Walt Disney World remains one of if not the single most popular tourist destinations in the world. Its annual pre-pandemic attendance numbers were close to 59 million visitors. With pandemic restrictions loosening or mostly lifted, it’s a great time to plan your first trip to Disney.
Of course, the place is made up of a lot of individual Disney World parks. It’s a smart move to construct a list of your must-see Disney World attractions before you start the planning process.
Not sure where you should begin with narrowing down your options? Keep reading for our list of the four best attractions at Disney World for first-time visitors.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean
Sure, it was the movies that really put this attraction on the map, but that doesn’t make it a bad choice. You’ll get to hear pirates singing and witness a cannon battle between a galleon and a fort.
Don’t forget about the haunting and haunted Dead Man’s Cove. Plus, you may even catch a glimpse of Captain Jack Sparrow if you keep a sharp eye out.
2. Expedition Everest
One of the things that make Expedition Everest worth the inevitable wait in line is that attraction starts before the ride. You get to wander through diversions like a travel agency, tea room, and Yeti museum before you finally board the roller coaster.
Once you board the train climbs around the artificial mountain, but the real fun is when the train descends through the mountain due to Yeti-related track damage.
3. Kilimanjaro Safaris
If you want a change of pace in your Disney world rides or just want a glimpse at some animals you wouldn’t normally see, Kilimanjaro Safaries is the attraction for you. Acting as a kind of middle ground between a ride and a zoo exhibition, this attraction gives you a short replica of a photo safari.
You’ll get the chance to see a wide range of animals, including:
- Pygmy goats
It’s a treat for the animal lover and offers a more relaxed option for photo opportunities.
4. Star Wars: Millennium Falcon — Smugglers Run
Of all the attractions at Disney World, this is the must-see for Star Wars fans. You get to take your place on the bridge of the Millennium Falcon and help carry out an interactive mission. Talk about a dream come true.
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Disney World Attractions and You
With all of the Disney World attractions, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Keep in mind that you can’t possibly see every attraction in one visit or probably even in 20 visits. So, it’s all about picking the Disney World rides you can’t stand to miss.
Options like Pirates of the Caribbean and Millennium Falcon — Smuggler’s Run let you indulge your cinematic interests. Expedition Everest caters to roller coaster enthusiasts. Kilimanjaro Safari is a breather for your brain.