Are there certain attractions that you enjoy way more than your children? Check out the top 5 attractions that children dislike, but will appreciate more when they are older.
1. it’s a small world
“it’s a small world” was created for the 1964 New York’s World Fair. The original name for this attraction was “Children of the World.”
The original soundtrack for this ride was to be the national anthems from around the world. As you can imagine, this lacked both harmony and the magic that we have come to know and love with this Disney classic attraction.
The Sherman brothers, who wrote many of the legendary Disney soundtracks, brought to us a simple song similar to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” that would be simple, yet catchy enough to have you singing well after your voyage ended.
My (Donna) youngest daughter still loves this attraction, but her older siblings are not the biggest fans. We still ride the “happiest cruise to ever set sail” together at lease once during each trip to Disney. I love the message of peace and unity that this attraction represents.
As we pass through all of the different lands we come to the grand finale where all nationalities are wearing the same color. The overall theme is that even though we all may have a few differences, there is a beautiful unity. “There’s so much that we share, that it’s time we’re aware. It’s a small world after all.”
The overall theme is that even though we all may have a few differences, there is a beautiful unity.
This is such a great message for us all remember. You can enjoy a virtual ride through of this attraction from each of the five Disney Parks HERE.
2. Hall of Presidents
I will admit that this is not an attraction that we experience every trip, but we do make a point to add this to our touring plan when a new President is added to this attraction.
Walt Disney endeavored for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World to foster pride for our country. This is clearly evident as you see the American flags lined along Main Street, USA.
To me, the Hall of Presidents is more than simply a location to take a break during the day. This is our country’s heritage. We are inspired by the great leaders of the past as we also listen to the inaugural address of our current President.
3. Enchanted Tiki Room
In 1963, the Tiki Room birds first serenaded Guests in Disneyland. This was groundbreaking technology for that time. The Tiki Room was the first animatronic show in the world. This later paved the way for rides such as “it’s a small world” and Pirates of the Caribbean to later be developed.
In October 1971, when Walt Disney World first welcomed Guests this show was known as the Tropical Serenade. In 1997, this attraction received both a refurbishment and a name change to the Enchanted Tiki Room. This show was truly a test of ingenuity.
Walt Disney purchased a simple mechanical bird in a cage and the idea for this show took shape. This one little spark of inspiration created not only this unique show but led to the new technology that has evolved through the years.
I remember sitting in the Enchanted Tiki Room when I was younger and I couldn’t wait for the show to end so we could journey to the next attraction. As I have grown up I have come to appreciate this show.
As I watch the birds come to life and entertain Guests, I am reminded to think outside the box. I hope to encourage my kids to dare to dream to do the impossible just as Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers have done.
When they are a bit older, maybe they will learn to appreciate this attraction as much as I have learned to love it. Perhaps they may be dragging their kids to watch the Tiki Room birds and share the wisdom of Walt Disney with them as well.
I hope to encourage my kids to dare to dream to do the impossible just as Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers have done.
4. Living with the Land
Living with the Land is a slow and gentle boat attraction located in Future World. As Guests journey along this peaceful boat ride, you can learn how the Walt Disney World horticulturists are using innovative growing techniques and cross-breeding crops to help feed the planet.
As you can imagine, this isn’t the first attraction that my children want to experience as we venture to Walt Disney World. We first enjoyed this attraction with the holiday overlay. They really enjoyed the idea of seeing Christmas lights and holiday theming to this attraction.
This attraction is another great inspiration to be innovative. The following spring, my own little farmers asked to start a small garden in our backyard. During our next trip, they asked to ride Living with the Land once again.
This is a great attraction to help inspire young farmers and you can even enjoy a good meal together with yummy vegetation from this attraction at the Garden Grill.
This is a great attraction to help inspire young farmers.
5. Spaceship Earth
Spaceship Earth has remained the icon of EPCOT since the Park opened in 1982. As you travel back through time, you see the many pivotal moments and discoveries that led to our current technological communication. Be sure to remember to “Thank the Phoenicians.”
Why is this an attraction one that I think my children will appreciate later when they get older? I love how each invention led to the next breakthrough in communication. This leads us to remember that innovation is a process.
As we return to our modern time, we are invited to answer questions to create our future. This leads us to think of the fact that we have an active role in our future being either young or the young at heart.
This leads us to think of the fact that we have an active role in our future being either young or the young at heart.
This attraction was to receive a huge refurbishment, but this has been delayed and will hopefully still happen in the near future. This would allow future generations to enjoy this great attraction for many more years to come.
What are your favorite attractions that your kids dislike now? Join the conversation in the comments below and on Facebook.