Whether you’ve been to WDW once or go weekly like us (does that make us crazy?), there are a few rides that are iconic to the Disney brand in our very humble opinion. Let’s take a look that each one!
The Haunted Mansion
The first ride that comes to mind when thinking about the Magic Kingdom is The Haunted Mansion. A version of the ride first opened at Disneyland and was an immediate hit. It was a no-brainer that this ride would also be included at WDW. Did you know that there are currently 4 different version of The Haunted Mansion? Me neither! This ride is found in Disneyland, WDW, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland. We have an upcoming “Did you know” post about The Haunted Mansion. The ride is a time capsule of WDW advancements in ride/Imagineer technology that eventually consumed the entire park.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Sail the high seas with the Pirates of the Caribbean. You might even see a familiar face, or two. One of the few rides to inspire a movie. This ride was the last attraction that Walt Disney designed before his death. You can find Pirates at Disneyland, WDW, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland.
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room was the first attraction to feature audio-animatronic characters with latex, a huge technological advance at the time. Enjoy the air conditioning (let’s be honest, we are in Florida and it gets hot!) and watch a mesmerizing show of singing birds and plants. You might even start singing along by the end of the show!
Quick Fact: the roof is not a real thatch roof. It’s metal. Touch it! Walt wasn’t sure if they could maintain a real thatch roof at the time. So he had the Imagineers create the first (and probably only) metal thatch roof.
The Jungle Cruise was another one of Walt Disney’s personal creations. This ride was inspired by his travels around the world. Cruise through the jungle and you might see some animals, and hear some jokes from your captain, along the way.
Carousel of Progress
Walt Disney shared his vision of the Carousel of Progress, in cooperation with General Electric, at the New York World’s Fair (1964-1965). It was one of the most visited shows at the fair. If you want to relax from all that walking (it’s exhausting!), walk right in (usually a 5-10 minute wait), have a seat, and watch Walt Disney’s vision come to life. It’s amazing to sit and think that Walt inspected this exact ride many times over, the same ride you’re enjoying in 2016. Learn about technological advances through time, and possibly start singing a catchy song for the rest of your stay. One of the funniest things is watching the final scene of the “future”. Many, if not, all of the technological advances have already been developed. It just makes you more aware of the exponential rate of advancement.