DADventure Disney Top 10 Tuesday – Top 10 Favorite Disney Parks Non-Ride Attractions

Welcome back to DADventure Disney’s round table of some of my favorite Disney Fan Parents on Instagram.

Every week, I work alongside this merry band of Disney fan parents to find our Top 10 favorites in all things Disney. See ALL our lists by clicking HERE!

This week, the Disney Parent Panelists are: @dad_at_disney, @daddingatdisney, @disneybaby4life, @disneyblogmomma, @dismoms, @disenchanted.dad, @disneymagicmam, @disneymommingsohard, @milehighdisneymom, @suburbandisneymom, @thediaryofadisneydad, @truedisneymom, and yours truly @dadventuredisney.

Our topic this week: Top 10 Favorite Disney Parks “Non Ride” Attractions!

When you’re not on a ride, or eating, or at your resort – chances are you’re popping in to see a Disney Attraction! Parades, nightly festivities, dance parties, music and so much more – there is a ton to do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

This week 13 different Disney Parents Panel members submitted their favorites. I tallied them up, sorted them out and now we know what our Top 10 Attractions are at the Disney Parks.

We submitted OVER 60 different attractions – that’s a LOT of things to do that aren’t rides or food! The breakdown looks like this: 19 are in the Magic Kingdom (most duplicated on either coast), 17 specific to Disneyland/California Adventure, 12 at Hollywood Studios, 9 at Animal Kingdom, 4 at Epcot and 1 at a resort.

Classics, brand new, Princesses, live action, Star Wars – it’s all here! Let’s take a look and see what made our top 10!


Enchanted Tiki Room
Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
Top 10 Score: 1.31, nominated on 4 of 13 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Sing along with a lively menagerie of exotic birds, flowers and Tiki statues in this jubilant Disney classic. A feast for your eyes and ears, this theater-in-the-round show invites you to sit back, relax and experience the beauty of the South Pacific with a cast of over 225 choreographed Audio-Animatronics performers.

The Audio-Animatronics technology that powers the show’s performers was introduced to the world when Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room debuted in 1963 at Disneyland Park.

The groundbreaking technology allowed animators to synchronize movement, audio and visual effects, paving the way for other classic attractions like “it’s a small world,”Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.

Attraction Length: ~15 minutes


Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Hollywood Studios
Top 10 Score: 1.38, nominated on 3 of 13 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Watch live as Indiana Jones dodges deadly traps, battles bad guys, leaps from tall buildings and makes thrilling escapes straight out of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The edge-of-your-seat suspense ends with a dynamite finale!

Along the way, get an inside look at how stunts are done with demonstrations that reveal how to safely throw and take punches, fall from tall buildings, and even wield whips in the midst of complex action sequences.

Raise your hand when the casting director steps on stage to choose some adult volunteers. If you get picked, you’ll appear as a costumed extra in the show.

Check the Entertainment Schedule, the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for showtimes.

This outdoor show is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Showtimes are subject to change.

Attraction Length: ~25 minutes (FastPass eligible)


Jedi Training Academy
Tomorrowland in Disneyland & Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World
Top 10 Score: 1.38, nominated on 2 of 13 ballots.1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Driven into hiding by the Empire, the Jedi now train in remote hidden temples. The last Jedi Knights have assembled Force-sensitive children from throughout the galaxy. These fearless young recruits will learn how to wield lightsabers—and feel the Force.

When they come face-to-face with menacing Star Wars villains, the Padawans must use their new skills in the ultimate battle of good and evil!
Register to Participate in the Show
Younglings who wish to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple must register before the show.

– You must be between 4 and 12 years of age to participate.
– Please register in advance.
– Registration begins when Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens for the day.
– All participants must be present at the time of registration.
– Availability is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Be sure to check our Entertainment Schedule, the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for showtimes.

Since this is an outdoor show, it is also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Showtimes are subject to change.

Attraction Length: ~20 minutes


Turtle Talk With Crush
California Adventure & Epcot at Walt Disney World
Top 10 Score: 1.54, nominated on 4 of 13 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Got a burning question for Crush? During this live 15-minute chat, you may get ask it.

Take a seat at Turtle Talk theater and watch as the turtle from Disney·Pixar’s Finding Nemo swims up close. Through the amazing technology of the hydrophone, he can communicate directly with land-based dudes and dudettes about almost anything that’s on their minds.

Ask him about marine biology, his friends from the sea, his favorite foods, life on the East Australian Current—it’s totally up to you!

He may also introduce you to his pals Marlin, Nemo and Squirt—plus new friends from Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory.

The show is improvised, so it’s different every time. It’s an ocean full of laughs for all ages!

Attraction Length: 10-15 minutes (FastPast Eligible)


Magic Kingdom Parades
Disneyland & Walt Disney World
Top 10 Score: 2.46, nominated on 5 of 13 ballots.

Photo: Disney

Everyone loves the day-time parades in the Magic Kingdom. Watching your favorite characters dance and ride floats down Main Street is a Disney rite of passage. There have been many different variations on the parades (even one specific to when it rains), but for the purposes of this list, we combined them all into this entry.

Attraction Length: ~30 minutes (stake out a ‘good’ spot early!)


Enchanted Tales With Belle
Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 2.69, nominated on 5 of 13 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Step into Belle and Maurice’s quaint country cottage and marvel at the charming decor. Next, tour Maurice’s workshop, where you’ll see his inventive gadgets—and a special enchanted mirror the Beast gave to Belle. Say the magic words and the mirror comes to life!

Watch the story of how Belle and the Beast met, and then behold the walls disappear before your eyes as you are magically transported to the Beast’s castle.

Meet the Enchanted Wardrobe, who will help selected participants prepare for their role. Which of you will play the Beast? Guests of all ages may volunteer!

Take your places inside the Beast’s splendid library, where Lumière the talking candlestick directs the action. When Belle appears, you’ll get a chance to play your part in her fairytale story—or just cheer along as you observe the fun!

Attraction Length: ~20 minutes (FastPass Eligible)


Festival of the Lion King
Animal Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 3.23, nominated on 6 of 13 ballots. 1 first place vote.

Photo: Disney

Join the inhabitants of the Pride Lands for a grand gala in honor of Simba, the lion cub who would be king.

As the lights dim, hear the sounds of the African savanna. A kinetic kaleidoscope of color floods the stage as colossal puppets, extravagantly costumed dancers, amazing acrobats, a daring fire dancer and incredible stilt walkers dazzle the senses.

During spectacular theatrics, you’ll relive all the classic songs from The Lion King, including “Hakuna Matata” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” The spectacular finale includes a soaring rendition of “Circle of Life.”

It’s a moving and immersive theatrical experience celebrating music that has touched generations of Disney fans—and a festival you’ll want to be part of again and again!

Attraction Length: ~30 minutes (FastPass Eligible)


Fantasmic
Disneyland & Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World
Top 10 Score: 4.00, nominated on 8 of 13 ballots. 2 first place votes.

Photo: Disney

Featuring more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light like nothing you’ve ever seen. Overflowing with silly and suspenseful surprises, it will leave your entire family smiling from ear-to-ear!

Fast asleep, Mickey Mouse dreams that he is a mighty sorcerer’s apprentice with the power to control water, color and magic. The Disney Villains—including Maleficent in the form of a towering, 40-foot-tall dragon—turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, but don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination!

The fantastic fantasy includes Disney Characters from some of your favorite animated classics:
Beauty and the Beast
Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
Aladdin
The Lion King
Pocahontas
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Fantasmic! is performed on select nights only. Be sure to check our Entertainment Schedule, the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for showtimes.

Guests sitting in the first couple of rows may get wet during the performance.

Please have your entire party together before entering the amphitheater. You may arrive as early as 90 minutes prior to each show. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat!

Since this is an outdoor show, it is also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Showtimes are subject to change.

Attraction Length: ~30 minutes (FastPass Eligible)


For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
California Adventure & Hollywood Studios at Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 4.31, nominated on 8 of 13 ballots. 2 first place votes.

Photo: Disney

Drift over to your seat in the theater and listen spellbound as the Royal Historians of Arendelle recount the frosty story of their enchanted kingdom. Watch as thrilling moments from the movie play on-screen, then cheer as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff appear to sing along with the audience! Projected lyrics make it easy to belt out irresistible show-stoppers like “Let It Go.”

Other special surprises and magical touches make this show a real royal treat!

Attraction Length: ~30 minutes (FastPass Eligible)


Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Disneyland & Magic Kingdom
Top 10 Score: 5.31, nominated on 8 of 13 ballots. 3 first place votes.

Photo: Disney

If you watch the fireworks shows in Disney with the music playing and the new projections and all the pomp and circumstance – and don’t have a little bit of a tear in your eye – we’ll, we don’t even want to know you.

Disney magic is everywhere in every park – but when the night is dark and the Disney anthems play and the sky is a glow with color – we all get to be 6 years old again and live in the wonder of this magical place.

Attraction Length: ~20 minutes (Beware the mad dash for transportation to the resorts immediately after the show – be ready for it. If the parks have extra magic hours – stay a while and walk around – let everyone else jam up the buses and monorail.)


There are so so so many amazing things to do at Disney that missed our Top 10! Here are a few that had more that 1.00 but couldn’t crack the ceiling into the list:

Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
Mickey’s Magical Map
Character Meet & Greets
Disney Jr. Dance Party
Illuminations (Rest in Piece)

Other favorites that were mentioned and should be on your family’s agenda:
Dessert parties, Finding Nemo the Musical, Country Bears Jamboree, Tough To Be A Bug, Tom Sawyer Island, Lightning McQueen Racing Academy, Disney Villain’s Dance Party, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Building a Lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop – and a whole lot more.


What did you think of our list? What attractions are in your DO NOT MISS IT list at the Parks? Share your thoughts in the comments below or on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Thanks for reading and always remember – DADventure is out there!

Cheers,
Keith

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