Groundhog Day Attractions

With it being Groundhog Day today, I thought it would be fun to look at some Groundhog Day attractions at Walt Disney World.  This post will one attraction in each park that you want to ride over and over again and one attraction in each park where you only ride it once but it feels like you rode it over and over.

Magic Kingdom

Attraction you want to ride over and over again: Space Mountain

photo courtesy of omniluxe.net
photo courtesy of omniluxe.net

This is one of the few “thrilling” attractions inside the Magic Kingdom which makes it a perfect candidate for our attraction that you want to ride over and over again.  The fact that it is in the dark only adds to the thrill aspect of the attraction.  However, long wait times make going on this attraction multiple times in a day very difficult.

Attraction that you feel like you rode multiple times: It’s A Small World

It's A Small World #1

This attraction is fun attraction for the younger set.  For adults, the theme song can get stuck in your head all day and you hear “It’s a world of laughter.  It’s a world of joy,” all day long.  Once or twice, not so bad.  All day, it can get repetitive.  I bet it’s stuck in your head now just from reading this.

EPCOT

Attraction you want to ride over and over again: Soarin’

This attraction moved ahead of Test Track because of the new-ness factor behind Soarin’ Around the World.  Every seat on the attraction can bring a different perspective to the attraction which only adds to the already high repeat-ability factor that Soarin’ already has.  But like Space Mountain, it’s a very popular attraction which makes multiple rides in one day difficult.

Attraction that you feel like you rode multiple times: Ellen’s Energy Adventure

Part of the reason that Ellen appears here is the attraction is just so darn long.  It’s a 45-minute attraction making it one of the longest if not the longest attraction at Walt Disney World.  Add in that the attraction is starting to feel dated and old and you start asking yourself “is this ride ever going to end?”  By the end, you feel like you have done multiple attractions but nope just one tour of Ellen’s Energy Adventure.

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS!

Attraction you want to ride over and over again: Star Tours

Darth Maul
Darth Maul

This attraction lends itself to riding over and over again.  There are lots of different stories that told on Star Tours.  Each ride can be a different tour through the world of Star Wars.  Plus right now, there aren’t a lot of attractions in Hollywood Studios with the ongoing construction and expansion of Star Wars Land and Pixar Place.

Attraction that you feel you rode over and over again: Disney Junior Live on Stage

The Disney Junior shows that tell the story of Minnie’s Birthday have changed but the basic plot of Minnie’s surprise birthday has not changed.  I know that the story is designed for kids and a lot of kids learn best when they hear or read the same thing over and over.  But for adults, it can get tiresome and repetitive.

ANIMAL KINGDOM

Attraction you want to ride over and over again: Kilimanjaro Safaris

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The animals on the safari make it so this attraction is never the same each time you go through the safari.  They move, they eat, they sleep, they disappear…they are, well, living animals.  No pictures can be the same from the safari.  Everybody has a different point of view of the animals and some are easier to spot than others.  Plus, it is not too long so no one gets really bored and the scenery changes to help move things along.

Attraction that you feel you rode over and over again: All of Dinoland USA

A traveling carnival atmosphere inside a Walt Disney World theme park.  But it’s the same type of carnival atmosphere that I can enjoy when the carnival comes to my hometown.  I understand that is most of the point behind the attraction but why should I visit something at Disney that I can enjoy at home.  I go on vacation, mostly, to get away from home.

Thanks for reading!

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