First Timer’s Cor­ner

WDW Magazine - - Content - BY DAVE SHUTE

Most (but not all!) of the clas­sic at­trac­tions at Walt Dis­ney World found their roots in Dis­ney­land, as it was the in­spi­ra­tion for the Magic Kingdom—the first park at WDW and, for more than a decade, the only park there.

At­trac­tions still op­er­at­ing at Walt Dis­ney World that were in­spired by Dis­ney­land in­clude:


• Pi­rates of the Caribbean

• Jun­gle Cruise

• Swiss Fam­ily Tree­house

• The En­chanted Tiki Room


• Tom Sawyer Is­land

• The WDW Rail­road Sta­tion (also in Main Street, U.S.A. and Fan­ta­sy­land)

Lib­erty Square:

• Haunted Man­sion

• Rivers of Amer­ica


• Peter Pan’s Flight

• “it’s a small world”

• Prince Charm­ing’s Re­gal Car­rousel

• Dumbo


• the To­mor­row­land Tran­sit Author­ity Peo­ple­mover

• the To­mor­row­land Speed­way

• Walt Dis­ney’s Carousel of Progress

The Carousel of Progress is of spe­cial note since it is the only at­trac­tion at WDW that was touched by Walt Dis­ney him­self. Orig­i­nally cre­ated for Gen­eral Elec­tric at the 1964 World’s Fair, it moved af­ter the fair to Dis­ney­land, and af­ter that to the Magic Kingdom.

Other clas­sic Magic Kingdom at­trac­tions—some of which first opened at Dis­ney­land, then came to WDW, but weren’t part of its ini­tial in­spi­ra­tion—in­clude Space Moun­tain, Splash Moun­tain, the Coun­try Bear Jam­boree, and Big Thun­der Moun­tain.

The only other park “old” enough to have clas­sic at­trac­tions is Ep­cot, but pretty much all but one have pro­foundly changed over the years, los­ing enough of their ties to the past to make it hard to cat­e­go­rize them as clas­sics. The one that has not is the Amer­i­can Ad­ven­ture Show in World Show­case.

Many of these clas­sic at­trac­tions con­tinue to be strong crowd pleasers, with hefty wait times and high Fast­pass+ pri­or­i­ties to match—in­cluded in this group would be Pi­rates of the Caribbean, Jun­gle Cruise, Haunted Man­sion, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Moun­tain, Splash Moun­tain, and Big Thun­der Moun­tain.

Oth­ers, how­ever, have as their main au­di­ence diehard Dis­ney fans, his­tory buffs, and nos­tal­gia lovers, and have low or non-ex­is­tent waits. First–timers ought to try them all un­less they are on a re­mark­ably short visit, as you never know which of the less pop­u­lar rides might speak di­rectly to you or to a mem­ber of your fam­ily!

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