Eleven attractions from Walt Disney World® Resort’s opening day on Oct. 1, 1971 are still in operation today. They have each managed to stand the test of time and hold their own against the newer, sleeker attractions, but some still reign above the rest.
Here are the top five:
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
This attraction’s legend is what makes it so special. A 1917 creation handpicked by Walt himself in the 1960s just to bring to Florida, and the fact that it still stands as one of the park’s central icons is an awe-filling experience that makes each ride more than worth the short wait.
It’s a Small World®Attraction
It’s the almost-too-catchy boat ride that demonstrates the famous colorful dolls and their joyful dancing. The original attraction was designed for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and has sense remained one of the most recognizable parts of the Disney parks.
It holds the weight of its legendary status well, exuding charm better than almost any theme park attraction anywhere else in the world.
Haunted Mansion® Attraction
This attraction seems to top more favorite lists than most, and with good reason. Its special effects are jaw-dropping, and knowing how it all works only makes it more impressive.
What’s more staggering about these effects is how many of them were feasible when the park first opened. The ride’s history is one rich with innovation, and has only continued its reputation as such over time.
Country Bear Jamboree
Often I leave the show with tears in my eyes, but not become of some deeply emotional message or heartstring-tugging moment. It’s hilarious, and is easily Disney’s funniest attraction. It’s also perhaps its most adult attraction, with plenty of lines and jokes catering to an older audience.
It’s an attraction that I hope stays forever, and will always be among my favorites.
An all-time great, Jungle Cruise bears so much of Walt’s handiwork that it would be impossible to ignore on this list. It almost made our list of top five attractions in Magic Kingdom® Park, if you needed an even bigger endorsement.
Inspired by Walt’s own expeditions and journeys, its intentionally corny humor is laced with a history and an atmosphere replicated only in the park’s oldest attractions. With a holiday overlay and a different atmosphere in the dark, there’s always something a little different about each ride-through.
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