5 Overrated and Underrated Rides in Orlando

24th May 2018 5 min read

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Good morrow and welcome to our latest blog.

Today’s post is coming to you from Carl and the title is a *bit* of a lie. I’ve only included rides from Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, even though the title says Orlando. This is just to stop it from being really wordy, not because there aren’t any overrated or underrated rides in the other Orlando parks because there is – journey to Atlantis, I’m looking at you.

Anyway, before you start shouting at me for my choices, I’ll just say that these are opinions based on my own experiences. I’ve made the decision based on both my personal enjoyment and how busy the rides were during our trip. I’ve only been to Orlando once as of writing this (will be twice come the end of September – whoop!) so we may have caught some of these on good and bad days.

Some of our three readers will disagree with my choices, but that’s ok. Life’s all about opinions and it would be pretty damn boring if we all thought the same thing, not mention the qeues would be even more of a nightmare. If you do completely disagree, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. I mean, after all, I’ve shown you mine so it’s only fair that you show me yours. Anyway, enough of the jibba jabba, let’s get down to business.

5 Underrated Rides at Walt Disney World & Universal Studios Orlando

The Simpsons Ride – Universal Studios

The Simpsons Ride

I’ve seen this ride get a lot of hate on Vlogs and threads, even Charlotte isn’t a fan but I honestly think it’s amazing. I love The Simpsons so getting to see the characters up close, visit Krustyland and watch the hilarious video before the ride all tick the boxes for me. What’s not to love?

Revenge of the Mummy –Universal Studios

I know most people think this ride is class, but while we were there the queue was always pretty small and – like the Carousel of Progress – I hadn’t really heard much about it before our trip. As I said in our dream day at the Magic Kingdom and Universal Orlando Hits and Misses blogs, the two were the surprises of the trip for me. Revenge of the Mummy is an amazing ride that truly encapsulates the movie, has great fire effects and Brendon Fraser – what’s not to like!

The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Magic Kingdom

I’ve never heard anyone say anything good about this attraction but we both loved it. It’s in a tight space and looks a bit out of place, I get that, but its a lot of fun and I even got squirted at by a camel! It could be that this was such a welcome cool down on a very hot day but we did this twice and had a great time during both

Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin – Magic Kingdom

Buzz Lightyear

This is a much better ride than Toy Story Mania! in my opinion. Yep, I went there and I truly believe it. This was the first ride we went on during our trip and I loved it. Yeah the queue line is a bit shit and it also kind of smells but it’s worth it for the ride.

Carousel of Progress – Magic Kingdom

This totally blew me away. I think I’ve said it before, but I only really caught the Disney bug when I was physically in the park. Before our trip I was actually more excited to visit Universal which couldn’t be further from the case now. I’d never even heard of the Carousel of Progress until we were walking towards it. Charlotte told me about it and I was like an angry eight year old being dragged onto something I didn’t want to do. As soon as I sat down all that changed though and I was hooked by the time the voiceover for the introduction was over. Don’t get me wrong, I know its needs updating but this is a majorly underrated ride because you never hear about it and it’s brilliant!

5 Most Overrated Rides at Walt Disney World & Universal Studios Orlando

Space Mountain – Magic Kingdom

Space Mountain

I was really looking forward to this before our trip because I’d ridden the Disneyland Paris version (which I now know is vastly superior) and loved it. The queue for this is horrible, the station is uninspiring, the coaster cars are uncomfortable and the ride its self is really slow – like 28mph slow. It’s dark and that means it’s still enjoyable, but I’m telling you if you turn the lights on, it’s the worst coaster in Florida.

Toy Story Mania! – Hollywood Studios

I just don’t get it. Why anyone would ever queue three hours for this is beyond me. I didn’t enjoy it all. It felt like I was playing a computer game, which in a way I guess I was. The queue is very cool with it being Andy’s bedroom but as I said before, Buzz all the way for me.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket – Universal Studios

I like this ride but it’s massively overrated in my humble opinion. We experienced this both during the day and at night. Now, it looks awesome at night when it’s all lit up but the wait times for this were ridiculous and it’s soooo not worth it. It’s really rough and, in parts, damn right painful. Just not worth the wait for me.

Transformers: The Ride 3D – Universal Studios

Transformers The Ride

This is a poor man’s Spiderman in my opinion. I don’t like the cartoon, the films or the ride. So maybe I was never going to like this one, but there you are.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom

This was our most anticipated ride of the trip and the first Fastpass we booked. We had watched videos and were really excited to ride it but when we came off the ride and all I could say was Meh. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad ride, it’s just extremely underwhelming. The dwarfs add a lot to this but other than that it’s bang average. The video you get through with Memory Maker is cool though, so it gets a few extra points for that.

My honourable mentions go to both Peter Pan (Yawn). I can’t believe people queue hours for that thing when it’s so boring. I mean, it’s not on a level of suckitude as Journey Into Imagination with Figment – anyone else want to punch Figment? – it’s just very boring.

And that’s it, a few shocks in there I think. Charlotte certainly isn’t entirely on board with a lot of these picks, but she can do her own damn list.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and please feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments!


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