Top 5 Boat Ride Attractions at Walt Disney World

This week on Top 5 Thursday, I’m going to take a closer look at the top attractions which are boat ride style attractions.  There are some great attractions on this list.  This is a great category of attraction because almost everyone who walks through the gates can go on one of these attractions because of the low thrill factor.  Another nice thing is these attractions are continuously loading so the wait times are not very long unless the park is really crowded.  Not every attraction on this list has the ride vehicle floating in water.  So with that in mind, on to the list (in no particular order).

Living with the Land

Living with the Land makes the list because it is a ride with usually a low wait time (though it has gotten longer with the introduction of Fastpass+) and it is a long attraction.  Plus, you get to learn about the history of farming and then go behind the scenes of the Disney Greenhouses and see what new methods of farming they are coming with to help those who don’t live in the best farming conditions.

Pirates of the Caribbean

The boat ride attraction that almost was not a boat ride attraction.  Walt Disney’s original vision for this attraction was a walk-through attraction where guests could go through the history of pirates from the 1700 and 1800s.  It was to be a “wax-museum” like walk-through attraction.  However, the success of the audio-animtronics in both It’s a Small World and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln shift the focus of the attraction to the boat ride through a series of pirate scenes that we know today.

Spaceship Earth

Spaceship Earth

Not a boat ride in the technical sense but it is an Omni-mover style attraction which moves a lot people through the attraction in a timely manner.  Still this attraction warrants a spot on our list because of its time-less nature as it whisks us through the history of civilization and gives us a glimpse into the future.

Peter Pan’s Flight

Another attraction that is not a boat ride in the truest definition but still makes it on the list also due to its time-less nature.  This is also the most thrilling attraction on the list since the attraction vehicles are suspended in the air to give the riders the feeling that they are floating over the story of Peter Pan.  Peter Pan is a story that has been handed down from generation to generation and still has a strong presence both inside (with the attraction and Peter Pan meet and greets) and outside (with a traveling Broadway-style show) the parks.

It’s A Small World

photo from Bay Area 9
photo from Bay Area 9

The attraction that started it all…..It’s A Small World.  From its beginnings as an attraction at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York to its presence in every Disney Park, It’s A Small World is the “Godfather” of boat rides.  The attraction helped bring the invention of audio-animtronics to the world.  The attraction allows people to have a whimsical and fun look into other cultures around the world.  All while getting the infectious song, “It’s A Small World After All….” stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

That’s my list of the top boat-style/omni-mover attractions at Walt Disney World.  What makes your top 5 list?

Thanks for reading!

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