Overrated Disney World Experiences


While we love most restaurants, rides, and hotels at Walt Disney World, there are some things we think are overrated. These experiences might still be “good,” but they are overrated in the sense that their quality doesn’t live up to the hype, price, or long wait times. Because of that, in some cases, the listed experiences might be things we really enjoy…they just have wait times, prices, or hype that are too high in relation to the quality of what is offered.

Price and wait times are pretty easy to gauge since they’re objective. Hype is more difficult, as it requires a knowledge of what other people really like. We read forums, comments on social media, and listen to a number of podcasts, so we think we have a pretty good idea which Walt Disney World experiences are typically held in high regard by other fans.

This topic is one that was actually inspired by our Facebook page. Folks commenting there aren’t afraid to share opinions on what we review. We frequently read your comments that certain restaurants or hotels are “overrated” in response to our reviews, so we figured that we’d put together our list of “Overrated Walt Disney World Experiences.” This list does not take into account any of your opinions we’ve read; since many of you frequently disagree with us (which is great–we love the open dialogue of this site and although we happen to like our opinions ;), we hardly think our opinions are the definitive word on anything) and because “overrated” is widely subjective based upon personal tolerances, financial circumstances, and wait-tolerance, we’re really hoping for some feedback from you on what you think is overrated at Walt Disney World!

With that, let’s dig into the list!

Dining

Le Cellier – Four or so years ago, I think this would have been a controversial pick. Then, Le Cellier was a great value on the Disney Dining Plan, while offering some excellent appetizers and good (albeit slightly over-buttered and over-salted) cuts of meat. It was difficult to land an advance dining reservation at Le Cellier, but not impossible. Over time, buzz increased and reservations became more difficult to land. Disney made changes to the Disney Dining Plan and, eventually, to Le Cellier’s status at dinner. Finally, in 2013, Le Cellier became a two-credit restaurant for lunch, too, making it a full-time Signature Restaurant. It also moved to a lunch/dinner menu, removing many cheaper options that were popular with those paying out of pocket. By now, I think the perception of Le Cellier has soured with many Disney fans.

For the last several years, we’ve been saying Le Cellier, while good, doesn’t live up to the hype. Now, much of that hype is gone, but it doesn’t live up to its status or price points. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan and want a great meal from a Signature steakhouse in the Epcot area, you’d be crazy to go to Le Cellier over Yachtsman Steakhouse. The latter has excellent cuts of meat wonderfully prepared, the former is good but isn’t worth the price (either in real money or Dining Plan credits), wait, or effort to secure reservations.

Chefs de France – Chefs de France has never had the same buzz as Le Cellier, but it has long had similarly high price points. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, Chefs de France is a great value…meaning it’s a poor value for those paying out of pocket. Regardless of how you’re paying, you might want to skip Chefs de France, which doesn’t offer cuisine worthy of France.

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Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe – My opinion of Pecos Bill has improved a bit since our original review of it, but this is mostly due to me developing a greater appreciation for the theming. I still think the food is inferior to Cosmic Ray’s, and its toppings bar is approximately the same. Yet Pecos Bill is frequently hyped as one of the best counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World, while Cosmic Ray’s nary draws a mention. I get why some people dislike Ray’s, but Pecos Bill is nothing special and certainly isn’t deserving of the hype it receives from the fan community. At best, it’s the #5 counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney Dining Plan - Okay, it’s not a restaurant, and I’ve already shared this in my Disney Dining Plan Review, but I think this bears repeating as many times as possible. Despite getting less and paying more on a yearly basis, people continue to absolutely adore the Disney Dining Plan. A big part of this is because it’s cleverly marketed as being “free,” which savvy Disney guests know is not actually true. While still useful in some circumstances and for some guests, as a whole, the Disney Dining Plan is overrated.

There are a few other “near misses,” but I just couldn’t bring myself to add them to the list. For example, Liberty Tree Tavern is pricey for what amounts to American comfort food…but it is all you can eat, so it’s not overrated if you’re really hungry. California Grill has a lot of buzz in the fan community, and while we prefer a few Signature Restaurants to it, it doesn’t disappoint. Other restaurants that in some ways disappoint seem to compensate for their disappointing elements somehow. Dining is probably the most divisive aspect of Walt Disney World vacationing, so we’re curious to hear what you believe is overrated.

Hotels

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa – As Walt Disney World’s flagship resort-hotel, there’s a certain amount of cache that comes with a stay at the Grand Floridian. As a flagship resort, the Grand Floridian works. It’s the most elegant Disney-owned Walt Disney World hotel, has some excellent dining options, and is conveniently located on the monorail. As the “best” Disney-owned hotel at Walt Disney World for the money, it doesn’t work for me. The exterior is gorgeous, but it the interior is dated. Fans of the hotel will argue that the Victorian theme is inherently dated, but that’s not what I mean. When the resort was designed, the Victorian theming was seemingly “given a modern twist” (I put this in quotes because it’s how Disney describes so much of the theming around Walt Disney World). Unfortunately, the modern twist is no longer modern, but instead seems incredibly dated. Much of what is present in the Grand Floridian reminds me of the design of an affluent Kentucky house, circa-1991, not timeless Victorian beauty.

Beyond that, its price is out of touch with the amenities offered, even considering that you’re paying a premium for it being an on-property hotel. If price were no issue, I would prefer staying at any of the Epcot resorts or Disney’s Polynesian Resort. The one group to whom I’d recommend the Grand Floridian above all else is anyone who places a value on being surrounded by other well-off guests. Even then, why not just stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando?

For hotels, that’s the only one at which we’ve stayed that I consider overrated. Every other hotel at which we’ve stayed I’ve enjoyed for different reasons.

Note: this one is my opinion, not our opinion. Sarah loves the Grand Floridian and doesn’t at all consider it overrated. She considers Disney’s Old Key West Resort overrated. (I consider Old Key West incredibly underrated; her “overrated” consideration might be in response to my gushing over it!)

Attractions

Toy Story Midway Mania: glorified Wii game, or top Disney attraction?Read more about the Wii version of the game here: http://www.disneytouristblog.com/disneyland-disney-world-video-games/

Toy Story Midway Mania – Based upon past Facebook discussions, I suspect this will be a divisive one. Some on Facebook have called it a glorified Wii game, others have considered it the best attraction at Walt Disney World. For us, it’s neither. It’s a fun attraction that offers way more in terms of interactivity (and strategy) than the Wii game by the same name, but it doesn’t even come close to being a classic Disney attraction in terms of quality. It’s superficial and lacks the longevity of other classics. It’s overrated in terms of its wait times. I suspect this is primarily a result of a serious attraction imbalance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, not a true reflection of its popularity.

Captain EO – This one lands on the list solely due to fan community hype. Michael Jackson’s personal demons aren’t the issue for me, the issue is that this attraction is so dated and corny that it’s laughable. To add insult to injury, it’s located in Future World. When we showed a video of Captain EO to a couple of friends who aren’t Disney fans, their immediate suggestion was, “let’s turn this into a drinking game!” Although we never tried turning it into a drinking game, it’s so cheesy that it would probably work. Based upon audience size (or lack thereof) for the Captain EO shows we’ve seen, I think only the fan community and hardcore MJ fans are really happy to see it back. Captain EO demonstrates the dangers of Disney waxing nostalgic.

Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith – Although the pre-show and queue help spruce it up, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster is basically an unthemed rollercoaster in the dark. It’s fun, but it’s not 90-minute-wait fun, nor is it the caliber of experience you’d expect from Disney. It’s a thrills for the sake of thrills attraction. Not that there’s anything wrong with that in general, but there is something wrong that at Walt Disney World.

Primeval Whirl - Not exactly a beloved attraction among the fan community, and not exactly having long waits, Primeval Whirl is still overrated. As long as a single person visits Primeval Whirl each day, it will be overrated, as that’s one guest too many. Primeval Whirl is the biggest eyesore in Walt Disney World, and it’s arguably more tacky than areas of Disney California Adventure that were demolished for not being up to Disney theme park standards. Some people rave about Dinoland, claiming that it’s misunderstood and that its backstory makes it incredibly clever. It’s not clever. Its backstory is lipstick on a pig. Just as a landfill would not be appropriate for a Disney theme park (no matter what story attached) because it is a landfill, a roadside carnival with off the shelf attractions is not appropriate in a Disney theme park because of what it is. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a lot greatness, but absolutely none of that is attributable to Primeval Whirl or Dinoland.

The Barnstormer - I can’t imagine anyone will argue with this pick. It’s not overrated because fans love it, but because of often-long wait times. There’s no reason to fixate on this one, except to point out that it’s the only Fantasyland attraction on this list. That might come as a surprise to some. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid just misses the list because its wait times are expected to subside, Snow White’s Scary Adventures no longer exists, and Peter Pan’s Flight isn’t too bad early in the morning or with FastPass, which is why none of those attractions made the list.

You don't mess with Mickey Mouse's imagination. He'll bust out a flaming sword!!!

There are a few other attractions that just miss (Soarin’ is not worthy of its standby waits or early morning dash, but FastPass allows those waits to be skipped; Fantasmic! is overrated when compared to Disneyland’s version…but is that a fair comparison for people who only visit Walt Disney World?) making the list, but those are the big ones. Although we’ve come close to blurring the line between just plain “bad” and “overrated” with a couple of these attraction picks, it’s important to remember that there is a difference. With the exception of Primeval Whirl, which is just so awful that no matter what it’s “rated,” it’s overrated, these are all overrated due to reputation and/or wait times.

Make sure you check out our list of experiences at Walt Disney World that we think are underrated! For Walt Disney World trip planning tips and comprehensive advice, make sure to read our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide and related articles.

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Your Thoughts…

When first working on this list, I hoped to include some experiences outside these main three categories. Unfortunately, our frame of reference for an “other” category is not thorough-enough to do it justice, and I won’t include things we haven’t personally experienced (for example, Wild Africa Trek looks overrated due to its price, but we can’t be certain of that as we haven’t done it). With that said, we’d love it if you’d share your thoughts on anything at Walt Disney World that you believe is overrated, and what you agree or disagree with on our list!

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141 Responses to “Overrated Disney World Experiences”

  1. Sara says:

    I adore Le Cellier. I’ve never used the dining plan (and don’t plan to, I think it’s a scam) but didn’t mind paying for what I considered an excellent meal. But, I haven’t been since 2010, so if things have changed since then I guess I don’t know anymore. I’ve enjoyed Chefs de France (especially when they brought Remy around), but I could take it or leave it. And Pecos Bill I agree with. Back in the 80s/90s I remember loving it. Lately, it’s just been disappointing.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I wouldn’t have put Le Cellier on this list back in early 2010, so that might be the difference, there.

      Besides an entree or two, Chefs de France just seems really bland to me for French cuisine.

  2. Tina says:

    I would be curious of your underrated lists as well. Do you already have one of those?

  3. David says:

    Totally disagree that Pecos Bill’s is overrated. I love skipping breakfast and having lunch here around 11am, just before the real lunchtime rush, and if you sit in the reasonably-dark room with the Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-esque fascade (with the balcony and plants) it can be very quite peaceful and atmospheric (although it is arguably in more of an Adventureland than Frontierland style).

    I love Toy Story Mania and Rockin’ Rollercoaster, but I’m afraid I have to agree with your observations. One attraction I might add to the overrated list would be Finding Nemo: The Musical. Whilst I have only seen this once and am keen to see it again to see if my opinion has changed, I found this to be a long, drawn out and inferior-imitation of the movie (which I love!). The puppetry is impressive, but the novelty wears off after a while.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I know exactly which room you’re referring to, and we might have to give that a try. For now, I still think it’s overrated! ;)

      Finding Nemo: The Musical is really, really popular, so it would be a good candidate for a list like this…except I think it TOTALLY lives up to the hype. I guess I could see how some people would think it’s overrated, but I absolutely love it. The puppetry just amazes me.

      • Rose says:

        I agree with a lot of what you are saying. Nemo is just too long. Plus we were sitting in the back on the bleacher type seats. My back was killing me by the time the show finally ended!

    • celestineangel says:

      I agree with you on Nemo, but only because of the LYRICS. I loved the staging, the costumes, the puppets… but the lyrics to the songs are terrible.

    • Melanie says:

      I agree about Nemo being overrated. I watched it when it first opened and haven’t been back. Of course, my opinion may be biased just because I remember what Nemo replaced… Tarzan was much better! Even with it being outdoors in the heat I think I watched it every time we visited.

      • Judy says:

        We, too, saw Finding Nemo – the Musical when they were doing a “tech / dry run” pre-opening. And in our opinion, it was terrible! Again, I’m basing my opinion on before it opened, so some things may have changed, but what bugged us the most was the fact that the puppeteers would temporarily put down the puppet and sing to the audience. So, is this a puppet-show or a musical? Even “The Lion King” (the Broadway version) sticks to only the puppets. We found it a bit irritating.

        Oh, and I know what you’re saying about Dinoland, but I really enjoy the “kitch” of it. Yes, totally agree that they’re “store-bought” rides, but that’s kind of the fun of it.

  4. Joe says:

    I’m a lifelong WDW fanatic, and I agree with almost all of your choices, Tom (Captain EO? Yuck!). However, Toy Story Midway Mania is currently my single favorite attraction in all of Walt Disney World! Yes, the lines are nuts, and I won’t do it without FastPass, but I absolutely adore this attraction!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I really enjoy TSMM (we usually just do it at Disney California Adventure, where waits are shorter and it’s less of a hassle).

      For me, it lacks that x-factor to make it a classic attraction. It’s fun because there’s so much stimulation, but it just doesn’t have the same quality of experience as Haunted Mansion or Tower of Terror, for example, which I feel really draw guests into a story and make them part of incredibly detailed environments.

      I can understand why you’d love TSMM, though!

      • Joe says:

        Do I dare and blaspheme here by saying that I find Space Mountain overrated? What say you?

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Funny that you mention that… When I was doing the write-up for RnRC, I thought, “boy, this sounds a lot like Space Mountain!”

        I’m not sure that I can make a solid distinction, but I far prefer Space Mountain to RnRC for some reason.

        So in other words, I see your point but can’t agree with you! :)

      • Kevin C says:

        RnRC is a good roller coaster, but the wait times are enough to classify it as overrated. (Another example: Barnstormer is completely worth it if you can walk on) Personally I find that it’s a ride that you do after tower of terror if the wait time is reasonable. Space Mountain definitely has the x-factor…I’m reduced to giggling like a school girl every time I ride it… as a result, it’s definitely worth a longer wait time. Just one man’s opinion :-)

      • Melanie says:

        Space Mountain is Space Mountain. It has the history. Plus, you kind of forget how good it is until you ride it again :)

  5. Primeval Whirl is such a bad attraction it hurts LITERALLY. When a Disney Attraction causes you shout out curse words spontaneously in pain it needs to be scrapped. Dinosaur will literally jerk you around till you feel like you are in a milkshake but it doesn’t hurt.

    • Amber says:

      That is so true! My husband and I were in so much pain after riding Primeval Whirl. The only thing that saved this horrible experience was being handed Dream Fastpasses as we got off the ride.

    • Melanie says:

      We always call it Primeval Hurl.

      • Nancy Faust says:

        Love your name for Primeval Whirl! That’s exactly how I felt! I rode it once and no one will ever get me on there again!

    • Charles B says:

      Funny, I was going to call Dinosaur and its DL version with Indiana Jones overrated because of how they both jerk you around so much they do hurt. I’ve only ridden the Hurl once, and that was more than enough. Dinosaur is on the no-fly list right behind it.

      I’ll fastpass or single-rider RNRC most every trip, and almost never bother with space mountain. Guess nostalgia beats out that wonderful 0-60 for some people, but not for me.

      Le Cellier changed to their overpriced-all-the-time menu just a week before our lunch rez last Friday. We ended up having soup and appetizers, split a creme brulee, and still spent $80 with tip. Good soup, but hardly worth it.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        $80 for that?! Wow.

        Interesting points on RnRC v. Space Mountain. I think reducing Space Mountain to simple nostalgia is a bit much, but I will concede that is part of the appeal (at least for me, personally). Space Mountain, I think, is still the better overall experience.

  6. Steven says:

    Primeval Whirl is the only ride in WDW I absolutely will not do. Even other rides I don’t care for I’m willing to ride if someone else in my party wants to ride them. I’ve even sat through Lights, Motors, Action! in the middle of June. Primeval Whirl is where I draw the line. Cheap, tacky, and literally painful. The Dinoland concept has too much potential to waste so much space on Dinorama.

  7. Jeff says:

    Great article! I disagree with you on Pecos Bill. I like the theming better, and I find the lines at Cosmic Ray’s to always be way longer. I’d love to know which counter service restaurants you like better! I’ve never thought much of Fantasmic!, I much prefer Illuminations. We almost always do single-rider for RnR, much better that way. And I agree with your assessment of Captain EO, but my kids (15 and 16) LOVE it!! Strange.

  8. Kevin Crossman says:

    Agree with basically all of these except Pecos Bill for sure. I hear what you’re saying about Primeval Whirl, but as long as the wait is short it’s just a fun ride (not that I wouldn’t mind Chester and Hester being removed, mind you).

  9. Chrissy says:

    I 100% agree about the Grand Floridian being overrated, we went during Free Dining and had most of our reservations in Epcot–huge mistake given the fact you have to catch two monorails to get to Epcot (totally underestimated the time commitment). We spent a lot of time waiting during that vacation which put a damper on it plus like a lot of people, we had built up the hype (I blame Steve and DJ from Full House)so we were bound for disappointment. Still a beautiful hotel but we will probably stick with the Poly or the Epcot resorts in the future.

  10. MichelleD says:

    My one contention is with Barnstormer. I ride it late at night (no line) and with my head back, gazing at the night sky. Cumbersome, I suppose, but it turns the ride into a trippy BTMR. Many of my friends swear by BTMR facing backward, and this rivals it. Normal Barnstormer, I agree with you. The mere fact I have to hack it does speak to its issues.

  11. mjfangirl says:

    Yes- I am one of those hardcore MJ fans who also loves Disney and was super excited to see Captain EO in the park again. I missed it the first time around (I’m 25) so, it was a fantastic experience for me. That being said, I was able to see it 3x in a row without much of a wait. I think that goes to show that the era of Captain EO has passed long ago.

    MJ forever!

  12. Frank says:

    I have to go ahead and put Fantasmic on the list. I saw it once at DHS and vowed never EVER to see it again. I thought that the quality was so low, especially compared to Wishes and IllumiNations that it wasn’t worth the time effort or disappointment. It was, in my opinion, so bad that I had to be cajoled and almost coerced to go see the west coast version when I went the Disneyland half marathon last September – and I’m sure glad that I gave in. I found it so much better that I was even interested in seeing it again the next night. Obviously, Fantasmic at Disneyland is the superior version, but the one at DHS is just not in the same league, and should not be drawing the crowds and waits that it does, especially with two GOOD nighttime shows so close by.

    • mitch says:

      Well, Fantasmic is free and is a one-of-a-kind show for Disney World. I don’t see how anyone could dislike it in comparison to illuminations or wishes but hey that’s just my humble opinion.

  13. Kris says:

    I agree with Captain EO; I didn’t even enjoy it when it was first opened. I agree now with Le Cellier, especially with the lunch menu taken away. I never realized anyone without little kids too short to ride BTMR, Splash, or Space Mountains spent time on Barnstormer. I find Cosmic Ray’s overrated; I can’t stand that creepy singing animatronic and we can never find a seat, even well after lunch rush at 2:30 PM.

    As for resorts, of the ones I’ve stayed in (which are many), Beach Club is overrated to me. I love the pool area, sure, but the rooms are smaller than those across the lake at Boardwalk. Or maybe that’s just DVC rooms? Still, it makes a difference to us since we do use our room as more than just a sleep/shower place.

    Can’t wait to see your underrated list.

    • mitch says:

      I think Captain EO has very dated material (obviously) and may have been refurbished and brought back because of all the MJ hype in the media after his death (although I’m not 100 percent sure on the timeline). I will say that the sound system is state-of-the-art and if the wait is short it’s not such a horrible way to spend some time on a hot day in future world.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Good to see people are including things they think are overrated, but…

      You think Sonny Eclipse is CREEPY?! Those are fightin’ words!!! ;)

      I’ve been in a room at Beach Club that was MUCH larger than the DVC studio, but it was a corner room, so I’m not sure that it was representative of the rest of the resort. Their DVC rooms are small, but I still absolutely love Beach Club.

      • Ray says:

        I’ve got your back Tom….time to defend Sonny Eclipse! Bring it on!

      • Kris says:

        Sorry, Sonny just gives me the creeps. The rest of the family likes him.

        And yes, I think the corner Beach Club rooms are larger, but overall they are some of the smallest DVC rooms. Love the location though. We often try to stay in the Epcot resort area. We do love the resort overall, it’s the rooms that get us.

  14. Rebecca says:

    As a lifelong fan and avid park goer – I mostly agree! Except with Pecos Bill(like several others here). I have to say I find Dole Whips highly overrated – give me a Mickey premium any day! Also fantasmic. Seeing people standing in line 3 hours before show time is insane!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Dang, once again I am ALL alone on Pecos Bills! Doesn’t ANYONE else think it’s overrated? I’ll take just one other person agreeing with me, at this point! :)

      Thanks for sharing a couple of things you think are overrated, too. I love Dole Whips, but I’ll admit their status is a bit overblown.

      • Rachael says:

        Question about those dole whips since they were brought up…. What makes them any more special then soft serve pineapple sorbet?

        Every blog I go to raves about them but any description I can get of them makes me think that they must be over rated soft serve.

      • Ray says:

        See my post below….I’ll agree with you. The burgers at Pecos Bills are the same burgers everywhere else on property…nothing special. Give me a place indoors where I don’t have to have someone guard my food from the birds if I happen to get up.

        I’m not a pineapple fan…so I’ll go with the Dole Whips being overrated.

      • Melanie says:

        Me. I agree about Pecos Bills. Especially after my sister worked there. I’ll go to Columbia House over it any day.

  15. mitch says:

    I just want to say something.

    I HATE PECOS BILL!!!!! HATE!

    The place is over-run, crowded, ugly, with food that will give you indigestion. It fits in a place like six flags, not disney world. Man I hate me some pecos bill

    • Ray says:

      I don’t hate Pecos Bill’s…but I’ve yet to figure out what makes this place so popular among fans. The burgers are Disney burgers…the same burgers that you can get at Cosmic Ray’s. Fixin’s Bar? Whoop-Deee-Freakin’ Doo! At least at Cosmic Ray’s I’m getting quality entertainment from Sonny Eclipse to go with my quite ordinary Disney burger. :D

      • mitch says:

        I’m just bitter because my wife got horrible indigestion from pecos bill. It was bad enough walking through the hut-themed restaurant trying to find a clean table… or any table at all. Then dealing with the insanity of trying to walk back from the taco salad bar without spilling anything while dodging people on your way to a table.

  16. Aidan says:

    I think that Dumbo is overrated. I never even liked it as a kid. I preferred what were then the Rocket Ships (now the Astro Orbiters). The view is better, and I’m a Tomorrowland junkie. And to this day, the waits are so much shorter at the Orbiters.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I don’t think that’s true about the wait times now that Dumbo has two spinners.

      I’m with you on preferring Astro Orbiter, though. What a view!

  17. Jarrett says:

    I think it is hard to assign a ratings scale to some of the attractions because we typically have personal bias and nostalgia associated with some of them. Barnstormer was my son’s first roller coaster, and he loved it. I will always love that silly, little ride. O’hana is our traditional last night dining location, so it has a special place for my family. That being said, sometimes you just can’t overlook how awful the place and experience was. I think Chef Mickey’s is extremely overrated. The wait to get in (even with reservations) to be able to consume large amounts of below average food while waiting countless hours to see all the characters is just not worth it. We vowed never to go back in 2009 after our third trip there for dinner and have not. Overrated rides are Captain EO and Space Mountain.

    Underrated – I would include POP Century and TTA. TTA has no lines and a nice little break from the crowds and heat.

    • Amanda says:

      Totally agree about Chef Mickey’s. It was probably the worst meal I’ve had at Disney. Plus the characters didn’t want to spend any time at our table (2 adults) and the service was horrible. I warn people away yet it still seems to be popular. My experience at the Garden Grill was a lot better and the atmosphere can’t be beat.

    • Angie says:

      OMG – I read this whole article and all the comments and the one thing that I really, really yelled “YES!” to, is that Chef Mickey’s is Overated with a capital O! For years, I have been unable to get a reservation there. Finally, last month, I got me, my husband and my 2 sons a reservation. I was expecting really great food, especially as it was my favorite restaurant many years ago when it was a small restaurant at Downtown Disney. I also expected greatness because of its popularity. Blah! First, they gave us a beeper just so that they could DIVERT us to a photography area…then, “magically” and immediately, our table was ready! The food was really, really sub-par. We were so disappointed (and left a Disney buffet hungry!) THEN…got hit up with some high-pressure sales as some guy comes over to our table as we were trying to eat and tries to get us to buy a $31 photo package of the picture they made us take when we arrived. I felt embarrassed saying “no” – so I caved. The characters were cute and broke through my boys’ embarrassed barrier and made them laugh. But we were so disappointed when I saw how much we spent on such a disappointing dining experience. I’ll never return (unless I hear solid evidence that they’ve improved their menu) and I’ll never recommend it to anyone! (forgive me – so much negative spewing about such a magical place as WDW is!) Loved this article!

  18. celestineangel says:

    I can pretty much agree with you on all of this, except perhaps Toy Story Midway Mania. For some reason, I don’t mind standing in line 90 minutes for 6 minutes of this attraction. (Much more than that, though, is when it becomes overrated for me.)

  19. Betsy says:

    The only time the GF may not be overrated is in the very specific situation of staying there with small children (probably girls) who want to spend most of their time at the Magic Kingdom…and you get a room right by Narcossees (which means you are right next to the boat dock). This is pretty much as close as you can get to the MK by Disney transportation. When my youngest sibling was 3 my family stayed here – in a room right next to that boat dock – and it was great being able to be to and from the MK so quickly – no stroller necessary – and to avoid dealing with the hassle of walking to/packing onto the monorail with a youngster. The pool was HUGE and never crowded…and we were there Thanksgiving week.

    I actually think the GF is underrated and the (gasp) Poly is overrated in the Disney Internet community. Can’t wait for the “underrated” post…I’m expecting “adults meeting characters” to be on there!!

    • Alex says:

      I couldn’t agree more with Betsy on the Grand Floridian. I think it gets a bad rap from the Disney Fan Community as being too stuffy. We stayed in a similar room. Is it over-priced? Absolutely. Overrated? No. I think it is actually underrated for the reasons that Betsy stated above.

      The sole reason that Cosmic Ray’s is underrated is because of the separate bays for ordering. It really is hard to navigate, unless the stars align and everyone wants something from the same bay.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        I can understand how others would love GF (heck, my own wife does), but I’m not sure that something deemed overpriced can also be underrated.

  20. Ray says:

    I’ll be bold enough to add the overhyped Zebra Domes to the “overrated” list. I’ve had them twice….just to be fair. While I find them good….and tasty….they are not the end-all of desserts. After eating them I found myself disappointed because I didn’t find them living up to the hype. Boma has quite a few tasty desserts and some that actually are better than the Zebra Domes.

    • SpenceMan01 says:

      BLASPHEMY! You probably walk around the parks with a pin, popping all the little kids’ balloons, too, don’t you? ;-)

    • Melanie says:

      I had the zebra dome for the first time on my last trip (I don’t know how I hadn’t had them before…) and I didn’t think they were all that great. Maybe because my taste buds aren’t fans of coffee. I can think of tons of desserts I like better… bring on the Starring Rolls chocolate peanut butter cupcake!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        I like the Zebra Domes. I also like just about any cupcake at Starring Rolls!

        …I also like popping balloons with pins! ;)

      • Ray says:

        Maybe that’s the reason….also not a fan of coffee. I thought they were okay, but like you….tons of desserts I like better

  21. Annie says:

    Two words: Tonga Toast. The pineapple macadamia pancakes are far superior, though more plainly named.

    • Melanie says:

      Had that for the first time on my last visit too. It was too bready, but the strawberry sauce was awesome! I tried to make it on New Year’s morning… less bread, more bananas… all I can say is try to make it at home and you probably won’t be disappointed. ;)

      • Nick says:

        Fantasmic I enjoyed more at Disney World because of the ampitheater vs crunching into New Orleans Square.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I enjoy both. I probably prefer the more under-the-radar pancakes, too.

  22. SpenceMan01 says:

    I agree with you on TSM and Le Cellier (though the cheese soup and maple creme brûlée are DELISH). I’ll agree with you to a point on Pecos Bill’s. Yes, it is YADB (yet another Disney burger), but I did appreciate the efficiency of the self-ordering kiosks and the ambiance of the room that people have mentioned above. I love the Chicken and Ribs combo at Cosmic Ray’s, but having to order from separate ‘bays’ is a pain in the rear if you’re with a party that wants different things.

    I’m probably the only one that will do so, but I’ll defend Rock n Roller Coaster. 5 or so years ago I probably would have agreed with you, but over my last several trips I’ve grown in appreciation for the ride. I think calling it an “unthemed rollercoaster in the dark” is a bit harsh. It opened during a time when Disney was in active competition with Universal who was opening a thrills park down the road. If you want to call something “thrills for the sake of thrills”, I think either the Incredible Hulk or Dueling Dragons coasters would fit that bill. Their theme/story is far worse than RnRC’s. The queue for DD was pretty impressive, but that ended when the trains left the station. But I digress. I think RnRC’s theme of ‘a (super) stretch limo taking you from the recording studio, through the streets of LA, to the Aerosmith concert’ is pretty neat. On top of that, there are several cool details that give RnRC that ‘Disney touch’. I like lights in the loading area with the shadows cast by the fans rotating. I can’t explain WHY I like them, I just do. :-) Also, one of my favorite things is at the launch: If you watch the open windows across the alley, as the trains launch, the curtains in the windows ‘billow’ from the whoosh of the limos whizzing by. It’s a cool little detail that not many people notice.

    On my overhyped list is probably the Jedi Training Academy. Don’t get me wrong, kinds being able to fight Darth Vader is cool, but not worth the equivalent of the TSM dash at opening.

    • SpenceMan01 says:

      I forgot to mention: Where else at Disney World can you see Steven Tyler flash ‘the shocker’? :-D

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Good points about Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. The launch area is really, really cool.

      If there were one attraction I’d be most willing to drop from this list, that would probably be it. I’m not going to drop it, but you do make a compelling argument.

      You’re totally right about Jedi Training Academy. I didn’t even consider that one when making the list!

    • Ray says:

      I have to agree with you here….the theming of RnRC is great. And where else in WDW are you going to get a reference to Les Paul?

      • Jordan says:

        too bad they don’t have a Cast Member going into the recording studio to pick up the guitar anymore!! That was one of my favorite details about RnRc… the authenticity! (Since it’s fairly obvious that the stars are on a really large screen and not ACTUALLY in studio). I still personally enjoy RnRc… but. I have to admit, as much as I LOVE WDW, I do enjoy some… “other” parks more heavy emphasis on thrill rides. I’m a coaster-lover myself, so RnRc satisfies that craving that I sometimes feel Disney is missing out on. This is why I also love Tower of Terror, it gets me every time!

      • Tom Bricker says:

        There’s absolutely nothing wrong with loving other parks for the thrills! I enjoy thrill rides, too. I’d just rather Disney focus on what it does well. In my opinion, Tower of Terror is an amazing attraction because of the whole package and story–very little of its quality has to do with the drops.

      • Ray says:

        Other parks??? There are other parks?

  23. Don Livingston says:

    I agree with you on Le Cellier which has long been overrated. i have dined there twice and i can say that I will be more than happy to have the cheese soup at Food & Wine. Plus the tables are way too close together.
    TSM is another issue. I love that attraction especially with my kids who are very competitive. Granted, we only do fast pass and only wait in line if we make rope drop. This is easily in my top 10 attractions.

    i saw Fantasmic for the first time in October and it is really dull. I can watch illuminations anytime but that show was pitiful and it took forever to get out of the theatre once it was over.

    Hopefully, your underrated list will include Maelstrom which I enjoy quite a bit from an atmosphere standpoint.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I love Maelstrom, too, but I don’t know if it will make the underrated list. There have been a lot of problems with it as of late (serious problems) that have really disappointed me.

      • Megan Dyan says:

        What problems have you encountered? I, too, have always loved Maelstorm. My last visit was October 2012, and I didn’t notice any issues…but then again, I was riding with a 6 week old baby, a two year old, and a 9 year old…which is just to say my observation skills were not nearly as keen as yours!

      • Don Livingston says:

        That is not good. i haven’t been on it in 2 years and was looking forward to riding it with my wife when we go this weekend (NO KIDS! ).

      • Jordan says:

        Afte studying DisneyTouristBlog for months prior to my September 2012 honeymoon (sidenote: I’ve been to Disney appx 10 times in my life, but not for about 5 years… and never without my parents. I needed to brush up on my knowledge) I was determined to ride Maelstrom after reading about the Brickers riding it frequently. About 1 minute into the ride, our boat stopped. About 5 minutes later, the lights came on and a Cast Member came over the loudspeaker to let us know that the attraction had closed and a CM would be with us shortly to escort us. About TWENTY FIVE minutes later, we were escorted from our boat. May I mention that my hubby and I were indulging in “drinking around the world” and this was stop… 5 or 6? I basically ran to the nearest restroom after waiting for so long to get off of the attraction. I would be willing to try it again, perhaps. But I find it discouraging that others are also having unpleasant experiences during this ride.

      • Tom Bricker says:

        Maelstrom is in DESPERATE need of a large scale refurbishment. I haven’t heard many stories like the one you’ve mentioned, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. There are so many things wrong with that attraction right now that it really shouldn’t even be operating.

        Really disappointing for us, as we love Maelstrom.

  24. Myke says:

    Overrated can be interpreted inso many way. I agree with your points on rides with long waits, in my book that is anybridenwitha long wait time. If you use fastpass in its current form that make the complaint moot.

    I disagree on Pecos Bills to a point. I go off peak and enjoy the atmosphere. I would like to hear your 4 counter services about it.

    I also disagree on the GF? IMHO, it has the best theming and appointment end to end of the monorail resorts. I do prefer the Winderness Lodge as it more my type of themeing but the wife digs the GF to be pampered.

    Totally agree on Le Cellier and to some extent that same sentiment to Disney dinning in general. I’m sure that will cause a stir but I go quite a bit and find myself not as fired up about eating on property.

    Here is my BIG over rated………..Fastpass +/ Nextgen. I hope I’m wrong but it looks to eliminate some of the key reason I got to Disney over some other place, ie Universal. I could into detail but that is for another debate.

    Great website, keep it up !

  25. Tom says:

    When I saw this topic my very first thought was of Le Cellier. It’s good, but nowhere near good enough to match the price and the 6 month advance reservation needed. Yachtsman has better food, better service, and reasonable availability. Spot on with this one, Tom.

    I haven’t tried Toy Story Midway Mania yet because a) the wait time is ridiculously long and b) didn’t they just build this same ride a few years earlier in Tomorrowland?

    I love Soarin’ but it is in no way worth waiting in the standby line and even the Fastpass line is still a pretty long wait.

    I have not been to Disneyland or DCA but I cannot imagine that Cars Land could possibly live up to all of the hype surrounding it. And yes Tom – you, Cory, and Ryan contribute to that hype quite a bit so I fully expect that you won’t agree with me on this one. :)

  26. Brent says:

    Couldn’t agree more about Le Cellier. My wife and I had heard all the hype about it, and tried to get reservations there in 2011 and could not, so ended up “settling” for Yatchsman. We both loved it and couldn’t imagine how Le Cellier could be any better. In October we went back to WDW and I got reservations at Le Cellier and I was totally let down. It was definetly a great meal, just no where near as good as Yatchsman. We both wished we would have chosen Yatchsman again.

    Now Pecos Bills’ is another story. Of course I do not get the hamburger. I get the BBQ pork sandwich, which is delicious. Cosmic Rays is basically a giant food court with an amazing animatronic extraterrestrial lounge singer. The dining room itself has less theming than any other Magic Kingdom counter service. That’s why I think it gets less hype than the rest.

  27. Kevin says:

    Interesting list. I’d disagree with RnRCoaster, although I see your logic. But I think it’s a really, really fun ride and I think Disney needs more rides in general.

    Your thoughts on Primeval Whirl match my own perfectly. I just filled out a survey from Disney about Animal Kingdom today. I should have cut-and-pasted your comments, they fit so well. For such a beautiful, awesome park to have such a travesty in it as Chester and Hester is mind-boggling.

  28. Russell says:

    Great list! I’d add:

    1) Carousel of Progress – What an outdated, broken-down snooze. Fans need to have their heads examined. Must be a nostalgia thing.
    2) California Grill – Great view, but everything else is mediocre. No theme, no character. Just go to a fancy restaurant at home and save your Disney Dollars for Jiko.
    3) Magical Express – Nice to save some $, but prepare to be treated like cattle and to stop at 3 resorts before yours. Also accept that you’ll be forced to leave Disney 2 hours before you need to, due to Disney polices.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Carousel of Progress? I guess I could see that based upon the fan community, but I totally disagree. I love it. I’m probably one of the people over-hyping it, if anything! ;)

      • Don Livingston says:

        It is one of our favorite attractions. I remember ridding it a few years ago when Space Mountain was broken down and had its lights on so we could see the entire track.

      • Prof. Brainard says:

        The Carousel of Progress combines the two things that made Walt Disney tick: nostalgia and a commitment to progress. No attraction better reflects the man. And that’s not even mentioning the historical importance of the show, having premiered at the famed 1964 World’s Fair. You don’t get any more classic.

      • Russell says:

        Overrated as per the fan community is exactly what I mean RE the Carousel. They talk about it as if it’s a can’t miss attraction, but it really doesn’t make much sense at all in today’s context. That said, I think with new animatronics and a final scene that actually depicts today’s version of the future, it could be great. I just feel like Disney is letting a classic attraction wither on the vine and using Walt’s legacy as the excuse.

    • Megan Dyan says:

      Oh no! I love Carousel of Progress. But yes, I totally agree it’s just a nostalgia thing – I grew up with it from a young age and we’d go each year when we visited Disney.

  29. DRToohey says:

    I’m 50/50 on the list. I’ve loved the duck in Chefs de France (and love seeing Remy), I think the Grand Floridian is gorgeous, and don’t mind Primevil Whirl for all it’s kitschyness. What’s missing: Test Track. Oh my Goofy, Test Track. Guess what kids? Going through hot and cold and bumps is indeed as boring as it sounds. And then you get what, a short mildly fast ride? All for 100 minutes. I happy they fixed it, made it fun and Disney, and called it Radiator springs Racers.

    • DRToohey says:

      But you’re dead on about Disney World Fantasmic (give me Peter Pan over Pocahontas any day) and Pecos Bill (where the onions taste like how Pirates of the Caribbean smells for some odd reason…)

  30. Melanie says:

    Since you haven’t been and can’t comment on Wild Africa Trek I will say that, in my opinion, it is overrated. It’s a fun experience and the lunch is great, but it’s definitely not worth the $200 you pay to do it. I would recommend it if it was half the price or less. There are other options – you can drive down to Busch Gardens and do an animal tour (where you can actually get close and feed the animals) for less than a quarter of the price.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the feedback! Price is the reason I’d consider it overrated. In pricing out comparable experiences, Wild Africa Trek would basically have to include a hippo ride to make it worth the money.

    • Valerie says:

      My brother is working in AK right now doing a Professional Internship. He is one of the CM’s that works at the kids stations throughout the park, holds animals at the entrance to the park, and stands in front of some of the animal exhibits. He can get the Wild Africa Trek for…1/2 off!! So my family and I are doing it in April. I would never do it for full price!

  31. Valerie says:

    I think a lot of these are spot on! We’ve dined once at Le Cellier and did love it, but the prices are out of control and we’ve never been to Yachtsman before so I can’t compare. My husband and I also think Brown Derby is overrated…I know most won’t agree, but we just did not have great food there for what the cost was (and we were on the DxDDP, not worth our 2 credits!).

    Hate Primeval Whirl. Hate it. I kind of agree with another person about the Finding Nemo show…but I’ve only seen it once so I can give it another shot, just thought it was really long. Peter Pan’s kinda on my list, the wait times are too long for that short ride..and I know you can get a FP, but I never want to “waste” mine on peter pan, so I always wait stand by, therefore making it long.

    Astro Orbiter’s…ugh. Those things do not fit 2 adults in them, I don’t care what other people say, what the CM’s working the ride say, they don’t. And we are not big people. I basically squished my husband’s leg to death while riding, got dizzy b/c they go a lot faster than you think, and then got claustrophobic while riding back down on that hot elevator with 25 people in it. Not a good experience. Probably would’ve been a lot more fun with just one person per rocket…

    Also, my brother thinks the NEW Test Track is overrated! :O Say it isn’t so! I haven’t been yet, but he actually likes the old one better. Says there is no story to this one, it’s “not actually that cool to build you car”, and that the best part are the neon lights. I hope I don’t feel this way too!

  32. Tina says:

    Le cellier is overrated. ESP now that it is 2 credits. But where is the best best place to get a steak at in disney world? I love fantastic tho! I am going to dw in October-will it be a 3 hr wait then? I did the Hollywood and vine res Lin 2009 and I thought the food was awful!!!

    • Anna says:

      My husband and I went in Oct. 2012, and decided last minute after dinner at The Hollywood Brown Derby, to see Fantasmic. We weren’t going to because our dinner ran too late to get in line early, but we ended up RUNNING in right at 7pm (when it starts). Because we were late, and they were just trying to get the straglers hurried in and seated, they put us in the area reserved for people with the Fantasmic dinner package. We ended up with really good seats and NO wait! Might work for you.. :)

  33. Megan Dyan says:

    I’m looking forward to your underrated list! I hope it includes the Tomorrowland Transit Authority (or People Mover)…I have no idea why, but I enjoy riding that.
    I also love Living with the Land, and it’s totally underrated!

  34. lebeau says:

    You’re missing the most over-rated experience on property; Test Track. Although RnR is a close second.

    The New Fantasyland is easily the most over-hyped. I have heard a lot of disappointment from casual fans who were expecting more.

    Not a Cosmic Ray’s fan at all. Couldn’t drag my family back in there after two bad experiences. I have seen some fans rant about Pecos Bills. But not enough to where I would consider it over-rated. Now Dole Whips, those are over-rated.

    Dinoland can’t be over-rated. Everyone hates it. It borders on being under-rated because people hate on it in excess. Yes, it doesn’t belong in a Disney park. Kids still love it.

    AoA isn’t really beloved by many. Over-priced? Sure. Over-rated? I don’t see how.

    F! and Soarin’ should have made the list as well. Very over-rated. But at least they got dishonorable mentions.

    There is certainly a small group of people who love Captain Eo more than they should. But I don’t think that makes it over-rated. It makes those people fanatics.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Assuming that Test Track 2.0 ever gets its “issues” worked out, I don’t think it’s overrated. We were definitely disappointed by New Fantasyland, and I believe it was over-marketed. Don’t know why I didn’t consider it for this list…I was thinking of individual attractions, but I obviously expanded the dining section to include more than just restaurants. In any case, I commented on New Fantasyland here: http://blog.touringplans.com/2013/01/03/2012-disney-awards/

      Dinoland (and by that I actually mean Dinorama, I guess) is loved by a lot of people, shockingly. Just search for “Dinorama backstory” on Google and you’ll see what I mean. The one result that won’t turn up (at least in the first few pages) of a search there is an episode of WDWRadio that praises Dinorama and its backstory. (Can’t find a link to it, unfortunately.) While a lot of people may hate Dinorama, a lot of people love its “rich backstory.”

      Excellent point on Captain EO fans being “fanatics.” That made me chuckle.

      • Ray says:

        I think it’s unfair to truly evaluate New Fantasyland until The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens. I think having a huge construction site the middle of the area hampers the experience.

      • lebeau says:

        I haven’t experienced TT 2.0. So I can’t comment there. Fantasyland is more over-hyped than over-rated. As it has officially opened, I feel it’s totally fair to judge it without waiting for a ride that won’t be opened until at least a year after the official opening (sorry, Ray).

        Dinoland’s back story is definitely over-rated. I too have had people try to explain to me how this overly complex backstory justifies the existence of Dinorama. But as you correctly point out, that argument doesn’t hold water.

        But while I have heard people rave about the backstory, I have never heard anyone gush about the land itself. I have heard many people (myself included) complain about it.

        I’m probably splitting hairs distinguishing between the backstory and the area itself. I just find it weird to think of Dinorama as over-rated when most everyone hates it.

        Glad I elicited a chuckle. My work is done here. ;)

  35. Priscilla says:

    Well the bf and I are in the small camp of people who love Primeval Whirl. That ride is so jarring that both of us and up in a fit of giggles. We would be terribly upset if that ride were to leave. Also, we love Toy Story Mania, and with 90 minute wait time we got a fast pass and waited 3 minutes total. That is a ride/attraction that I could do multiple times in a visit.

    • Angie says:

      Gosh, my husband and 11 year old son LOVE Primeval Whirl! My 6 year old just can’t wait until he’s tall enough to ride it!

      We’ve always loved dining at WDW and we’re willing to pay the big $$ to do it without the dining plan. But something seems to be changing – restaurants we’ve loved in the past, we found terribly disappointing this last time. Brown Derby, Coral Reef and Chef Mickey’s – we had disappointing food at all.

      And surprisingly, without even having ADRs, we walked into Nine Dragons twice and had awesome meals. And, surprisingly to us, Prime Time Cafe helped us get in without an ADR and we had a delicious meal!

      And I have to admit…while I’m the only one in my family who will say this…I love both Captain EO and Carousel of Progress. I lived near DL when Captain EO first debuted so it’s nostalgic to me. Carousel of Progress?…well, not sure why I love it!

      But we ALL love the People Mover! Maybe because it’s so relaxing after so much walking!

      Loved reading everyone’s comments!

  36. Jaimie says:

    I could not agree with you more about Captain EO, my fiance actually fell asleep during it. I was so disappointed that it replaced “Honey, I shrunk the audience”. Hope that they change it back soon. Another place I think is over rated is “Coral Reef”. I had been so excited to go since that restaurant was featured in so many classic 90′s sitcoms. When we went they sat us at the same table as another family as far away from the fish as humanly possible. Not my idea of a romantic dinner. Looking forward to the underrated list.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      A lot of people will agree with you on Coral Reef. I’m not one of those people, but I can understand the criticism. It’s important to go there early to request a seat close to the tank. Otherwise you’re in for disappointment, especially if you’re a child of those glorious 90s TV shows! :)

  37. Don Livingston says:

    What’s funny about Le Cellier these days is that everyone thinks it is overrated and, yet, you still can’t get a reservation there.

  38. Jordan says:

    I can’t comment one way or another on many of these… never eaten at Pecos Bill’s, never been to GF, never eaten at Le Cellier or Yachtsman…

    I have previously commented on RnRc… miss the CM picking up the guitar!!

    As far as Fantasmic and TSMM… my husband and I went on our Disneymoon last September. I had seen F! several times prior, but TSMM was new since my last WDW trip. My husband had never been to WDW in his life (*gasp* blasphemy, I know!). We both got a lot of enjoyment out of TSMM, but we enjoy video games and a little friendly competition. I definitely agree that is it not a “classic” attraction, and in 5 or 10 years it will definitely be showing its age. I would say we enjoyed TSMM as much as Buzz at MK. I think they both have outstanding queue theming, especially for both being entirely indoor queues. Do I think TSMM (or Buzz for that matter) is worth 60+ min wait time?! No way Jose! Even in September, an off-peak season, TSMM had a 90+ min standby time. That is insane. That ride is not worth 90 minutes you will never get back of your life.

    F! was, well, Fantasmic. Considering it’s the only nighttime ‘spectacular’ as HS, I enjoy it. Is it worth standing in line for 1.5 hours prior, sweating, and drinking your beverage for lack of nothing else to do, and not being able to get a refill for fear of losing your place in line? I don’t think so. Imagine all of the ride time you could get in, knowing everyone else in the park is waiting for the show?! My husband was not enthused about the show, perhaps because I basically described it as Mickey + boats + princesses + fireworks. I might have emphasized the princesses too much for his liking. After the show was over, he thought it was really great. But we both enjoyed Wishes much more than F! Definitely overrated. I am interested to see the west coast version, hearing several comments that it is a better show!

    • Tom Bricker says:

      If someone described Fantasmic like that to me before I had ever seen it, I probably would have been blown away by the actual show, too!

      I’m not too critical of WDW’s Fantasmic because I think it’s still a decent show (when working right), but after having seen Disneyland’s, I have little desire to see WDW’s again.

  39. Kris says:

    I can agree with Le Cellier for sure but we have always payed OOP and never did the Dining Plan (I don’t need a dessert with every meal Disney), we use Tables in Wonderland and it still is an OK cut of meat for prime cut prices we spend our money at Shula’s Steakhouse instead. Pecos Bill’s on the other hand is a childhood favorite and will always be my favorite counter service at the Magic Kingdom. I love it’s theming and menu as simple as it is and I find Sony Eclipse annoying! As far as rides and attractions I can take or leave Primeval Hurl, if there’s a 5 min wait or less ill do it, same goes for Dinosaur. After riding Indiana Jones in Disneyland I can’t help but think we got short changed with Dinosaur……

  40. Jazzyjen508 says:

    Do u have a Disneyland/California Adventure list as well? I was there in June and I’m curious about which attractions seemed overhyped to you there.

  41. Sara R says:

    I’m totally with you on Captain EO. We did it for the first time every due to being stuck over there. We laughed so hard the entire movie and still make fun today. It was an enjoyable moment of vacation when we all got to bask in the ridiculousness of it for sure! The only one that I would differ with you on us Barnstormer. Not that it is a good ride, but the reason that the line gets so long is the height requirement. You only have to be 36 inches to ride it. We rode it too many times to count because it is the only roller coaster the my 3 year old is tall enough to ride on( fingers crossed that we can add Big Thunder Mountain to that list soon!). There are lots of other families who are in that same boat, so I would venture to say that impacts the ride lines a lot. Trust me, we would not have ridden it that much otherwise :)

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Maybe I should add Captain EO to my “underrated” list with the caveat that you have to go at the end of drinking around the world? I’ll bet it would be a lot of fun then!!!

      • Sara R says:

        Oh! You are on to something here!!!!! I think that is going to be our plan when we go back with my entire family next year. Auntie will be there to occupy the kids and drinking around the World is a high priority on my list. Add this for the one, two punch and its a go! Adding it to the touring plan now.

  42. Tom Bricker says:

    I’m blown away by all of the responses to this post. Thanks! I normally try (without much success, but I try) to respond to every comment. Definitely wasn’t able to do that here, but I do appreciate all of the feedback!!! :)

  43. Zaira says:

    I’m a vegetarian, so I joined my friends at Le Cellier once and had salad. Can’t really comment on their specialty but I can say that we literally rolled up in there at 3 PM and were sat 15 minutes later. All I had ever heard was that it was booked for months and impossible to eat at. Yeaaa, NOT really. So I definitely agree on that one. super overrated and talked up.

    The dining plan is a gluttonous affair. I shared one with a friend one time, and we always had so much food to give away afterwards.

    Toy Story Mania and Fantasmic are two of my absolute favorite things on property. However, looking at it objectively, I can admit that if it wasn’t based on Toy Story, my favorite movie, I probably wouldn’t care for it as much. Fantasmic I’ve seen about 15 times, because during my college program my friend and I tried to watch it as many times as possible, so I have such fond memories of that show, and I am reminded of them every time I see it since. I love fantasmic.

    I think the ride that should be number 1 on this list is Soarin’, seriously, most boring, lamest ride of all time, and yet people wait hours to ride it. It’s my grandmother’s favorite. So there ya go

    • Tracy says:

      Far from a grandma but I LOVE Soarin’. I don’t like the wait times but it is my favorite ride that I could do over and over again all day long.

  44. C. Randal says:

    Well put…couldn’t agree more…on each and every point.

  45. daffystardust says:

    I had a much better experience at Chefs de France back in 2009 than I did this past December. Remy definitely saved the day for us. Otherwise, the food was good–not great. I would probably try out another place next time around.

    Something I haven’t seen mentioned yet is the Candlelight Processional Christmas show. I didn’t hate it, but based on the hype I’d taken in, I was expecting a lot more. Thankfully we didn’t waste a lot of time waiting on this show. I’d probably be more irritated if we had.

    Test Track is good enough for one ride each visit, but I will most likely go straight to it at rope drop to avoid long waits and then forget about it the rest of the day in the future.

    Soarin’ is overrated, but they can fix that by improving the projection room to get rid of the continued degradation of the film.

    Toy Story MM is definitely overrated. This past trip I didn’t make it into DHS until 11:30AM (my plane landed that day and DHS was a last minute addition), and I was kind of surprised how easy it was for me to shrug my shoulders and just walk past it. With no FastPasses available and 50+ minute waits there was plenty of other stuff I prefferred to see.

    I love the Muppets, but Muppetvision 3D just doesn’t live up to either the love given to it or the Muppet brand in general. I wasn’t annoyed by it, but I’d probably skip it next time after being underwhelmed on each of my last 2 attempts. The building and queue are excellent, but the show itself is kind of spotty.

    I feel similarly about the new Little Mermaid ride at MK. With wait times pretty short due to its efficient ride system, I’ll probably hit it again in future trips, but despite a great building and queue and some impressive animatronics, the whole thing just didn’t deliver an experience that entranced me.

    RNRC would rank on the low end when compared to a whole list of best rollercoasters, but it is the only coaster in its park and is enjoyable enough that as a coaster lover, I ride it a couple of times on each visit to DHS.

    I really enjoy Liberty Tree Tavern based largely on its comfort qualities. The food is not stupendous or fancy, but I find it tasty and satisfying and the theme reminds me of my youth in the historic colonial areas of Virginia. Taking a load off and eating here is just fine for me. And until Be Our Guest opened there really wasn’t anything else in MK that came close.

    As far as underrated goes, I had read and heard bad things about San Angel Inn, but my whole party enjoyed our meal there and I liked the themeing. Despite lots of online complaints, I really love the Great Movie Ride.

  46. tanya says:

    Forgive me for not reading through all 100+ comments, but just wanted to point out that should you and Sarah have children someday, your view on Barnstormer will change. Yes, the wait times are stupid. But it is a perfect “roller coaster” for little kids. They absolutely love it. It’s not overrated for parents with kids who are just learning to be thrill-seekers in their own right!

    • Don Livingston says:

      I have 10 year old twin girls and they rode it 3 times in a row last October while there was no wait on an early Sunday morning. Definitely a great memory seeing them enjoy that attraction.

  47. Lin says:

    I get sort of depressed reading so many down comments on WDW…I love it all! I agree Le Cellier is too expensive, and Primieval Whirl is pretty rough…and sorry, Sonny Eclipse IS creepy…but all of the history and fun times make it all so much fun I don’t stop to think about it being tacky or boring. I love Grand Floridian, but only eat there, can’t afford to stay…my 21-year-old daughter and I have gone together once a year since she was about 7, and we love every minute we spend there together!

  48. Kevin says:

    One more comment – I ate at Pecos Bill’s today and thought about your post. I’d disagree with you, although I can’t say how popular it is to give it an over/underrated opinion. But I liked it a lot better than Cosmic Ray’s purely for the themeing of the restaurant. We ate in the back-right section with the flowers growing up the walls. It was dimly lit, pretty, and while not quiet it was quieter than Cosmic Rays.

    It doesn’t have quite the same dining plan bang-for-your buck, but my wife enjoyed the chicken wrap and I had a Disney burger that was actually quite enjoyable! (This is probably only the 2nd or 3rd I’ve ever had because they first 1/2 were just that bad. This one restored my hope in humanity.)

  49. Mark D. says:

    Never got the Peco’s Bill love. Very average to me. Give me a waffle sandwich at Sleepy Hallow anyday of the week.

    Can’t wait to see the underrated list and hope you have Old Key West on it.

  50. Deborah says:

    Two of your choices really stand out for me:

    Dino-land is horrible. I think even worse than the Primeval Whirl are the completely awful overpriced games! I dread walking past them with my children. They like the Dumbo-like Triceratop Spin and the Boneyard, so I feel bad avoiding that area of the park completely, but it’s pure torture having to drag them past those darn games!!!

    Toy Story Mania is a cute, fun ride in a video game kind of way, but the hype is OUT OF CONTROL! Last time we went, we got to the park for rope drop and by the time we walked over to the Fastpass line, there was a 2hr wait-TO GET THE FASTPASS!!! Think maybe we could have a shorter wait for the ride itself? No way- another 120 minutes and counting! We thought maybe we could tour the park a while and come back, but the line never went down.

  51. TJ says:

    Dinoland & Primevil Whirl- As an adult, I have to agree that they are both overrated… that being said, my nieces & nephews think those are some of the best parts of Animal Kingdom. The first ride they say they want to go on EVERYTIME (and everyday) we go is Primevil Whirl (it’s also quite often the 2nd & 3rd ride they go on with an adult in tow). The adults in the group always groan, but they kids have a blast & think it’s the best ride going at that park. Dinosaur is the one ride that fluctuates with the kids… some trips they love it, other trips they couldn’t be paid to go on it.

    I guess the vote for overrated depends on the age of the person you ask…. most adults I know would agree, unfortunately many kids I know would say it’s underrated by us lol.

    • Tom Bricker says:

      I’d be careful to judge quality based upon what kids like. I’ve seen kids who are infatuated with cardboard boxes! ;)

      While the Disney parks wouldn’t exist were it not for kids, I’d like to think that the measuring stick ought not to be simply whether kids like something or not. A good “family” attraction should be enjoyable for all ages (a new attraction that strikes this balance very well, in my opinion, is Turtle Talk) even if its primary audience is kids.

  52. Abby Carr says:

    I think you’re crazy to say that Rock N Rollercoaster isn’t fun! Sure, the wait is long but it’s also one of those waits that is a lot of fun to stand in. The music is a lot of fun to just stand there and listen to. Sure, it’s dark in there, but that ride is a must ride! It goes upside down for Heaven’s sake!
    You are SPOT on with the review of Le Cellier and Captain EO. Le Cellier is dark and unless you’re a meat lover, there isn’t much selection. Captain EO is one of those things that you have to be a huge MJ fan to appreciate the ride.
    As for the Prime Evil Whirl, yes, it’s an eye sore, but have you actually been on the ride? I took my 10 year old brother on it and we both loved it. Same thing with the barnstormer (now goofy’s circus something), the queue takes forever but is a lot of fun. It’s a super short ride but still tons of fun.

    Don’t knock it till you try it! Love your pictures on Pinterest!

  53. Jennifer says:

    I agree and disagree with some of your picks. Chefs de France is definitely overrated. We had a “not great” experience there and the food was just ok. I find it terribly crowded and noisy. I also agree with your Le Cellier vs. Yachtsman Steak. We had ADR for Le Cellier and still had to wait over 30 minutes for over salted and over sauced steaks. Yachtsmans is wonderful and if you have to wait, at least they have a nice bar to have a cocktail at. I also kind of agree with you about the Barnstormer- its definitely not worth waiting 45 minutes for a 2 minutes ride (but I still make the hubby go on with me when there’s a minimal wait!)

    My biggest objection is to the Grand Floridian hotel. We have stayed here the last four years and absolutely love it (so we are with Sarah on this one). Nothing beats the convenience of the monorail, boats, several excellent dining establishments and service. However, if I would have anything negative to say, it would only be about the rooms. They definitely need an update. You can’t beat the views (especially theme park) and they have also been clean, etc., but for what you are paying, they should be nicer. We don’t mind this as much as others, probably because we are only in the room to sleep and shower so its not that big a deal to me. But I can see where people would be annoyed. But I still think you can’t beat the location, amenities and dining.

  54. Wendy says:

    I agree 100% with you about the Grand Floridan and Rock N’ Roller Coaster. My dad and I stayed at the Grand back in ’09 and we didn’t like it, aside from the quiet pool, which would be the only reason we’d go back. For me, it felt very elitist and a mix of Kennedy/Kentucky affluence.

    I only like a few Aerosmith songs so Rock N’ Roller Coaster isn’t worth the hype to me at all. Of course, I’ve been to Cedar Point several times so I’m a bit spoiled on roller coasters.

    Another overrated attraction is the newly redesigned Test Track. I was expecting much more from it and I can’t accurately explain what I expected, just that the new design is a let down, especially for the wait times TT has. I much preferred the original design.

  55. Tammy B says:

    I have to agree with the verdict on Fantasmic. I’ve seen it at both parks, and when compared side-by-side, WDW’s version is kind of mediocre. The show was, however, MIND BLOWING at DLR. I wonder why they can’t do the same at WDW?

  56. Esther says:

    I love captain EO for all it’s 80′s cheesy glory! But mostly because it reminds me of visiting Disneyland as a kid!

  57. MrsM says:

    I would say Test Track is overrated. In fairness I haven’t ridden it since the refurb. The speed at the end is fun but the rest of it is just “meh”. I don’t understand the 90min stand-by wait time. Last time we were there I had a GAC and it still didn’t seem worth it to wait in fastpass line. Like I said, haven’t been since the the refurb so maybe it’s better now?

    Two things I’ve never done but have always wondered if they were overrated were Cinderella’s Royal Table and the Poly. I don’t think I would dislike either but even the best reviews never seemed to justify the cost.

    • Tammy B says:

      I absolutely A..DO..RE the Poly, but you’re right – the costs have gone up SO much recently, that it’s no longer worth the $$$. Just a few years ago when we stayed, it was definitely a “splurge” item, but with the proximity to MK, the monorail, the amazing restaurants (I’m in love with ‘Ohana, and Kona was amazing and NOT expensive at all,) the electrical water parade, and watching Wishes from the volcano pool… it was a worthwhile indulgence. The prices this year have gone beyond “expensive,” bast “insane,” and are quickly leaving “obscene” in the rear-view. With all of the construction, monorail closures, lobby mess, and blocked views with the new DVC bungalows, I wouldn’t go back. I’d consider the Contemporary (if prices are still in the “splurge” range) for a deluxe monorail hotel and Wilderness Lodge for a deluxe MK area hotel, instead.

      • MrsM says:

        That makes a little more sense. I’ve only ever looked at prices in the last two years or so. If prices were at one time closer to some of the other deluxe resorts I could see why it would be more appealing.

  58. Roxanne says:

    We enjoyedLe Cellier (being Canadian after all) but have yet to try Yachtsman Steakhouse which we may have to do on the trip in Septembe. My biggest disappointment after reading all the hype, BOG, Be Our Guest. We were there after snagging the ever elusive reservations for dinner n November, and not 1 of the 3 of us would go back. Service was not good, food was boring and rushed and we didn’t enjoy the atmosphere at all. Not sure why all the hype of this place. As for the dining plan, we love it and have used it since 2007. Back then, it included the appetizer, entrée, dessert and gratuity. The best thing about it now is that you have prepaid all your meals and you are not worrying every day how much you are going to spend eating that day.

  59. Don Livingston says:

    Interesting list and a great idea. Le Cellier is overrated except for the pretzel bread which is to die for and the Unibroue Beer. Yachtsman is outstanding by comparison.

    All the monorail resorts are overrated considering the costs but I don’t blame Disney since people keep paying no matter the price. I think Wilderness lodge is the best MK resort and it’s generally the least expensive in my experience.

    I love Toy Story Mania even though my wife crushes me at it every time we ride. I would easily put it in my 10 favorite attractions.

    Wishes was pretty good but the crowd trying to get out of there was painful.

    I would say the most overrated aspect at Disney is the Dining Plan which is overpriced, gives you way too much food (dessert twice per day every day!), and charges adult pricing for kids 10 and up,

  60. Kate says:

    I agree with most things on your list. I’m sad to see Fantasmic on the list but I haven’t been to WDW’s version since 2006 so maybe I’m confusing my memories of it with that of Disneyland’s version.

    As part of the DDP we ate at Chefs de France for the first time in September and I liked it. Along with BOMA, it was one of my favorite meals of the week.

    While I LOVE Tower of Terror, I find WDW’s version incredibly tame compared to the one at California Adventure.

  61. Michelle Tanner says:

    Finding Nemo is highly under rated!!! I work there and I can watch the show over and over!!! Sorry about the bleacher seats!!! If you get there 30 minutes prior to the shows you can sit in the “bubble zone” which is near the stage!!! There is where you get to experience more with the kites, bubbles, and sharks….

  62. Robin says:

    Even the cast members will tell you le cellier is overated! On our family trip 3 years ago I couldn’t get me and hubs in for our anniversary dinner… Was kinda bummed but we were redirected to yachtsman steakhouse… Holy cow what an amazing experience!!! Go these adorable anniversary menus, the service was spectacular and the food was out of this world. Needless to say we’ll be skipping le cellier forever more. (Although I may have to con someone into getting me that soup !! It’s almost worth our dining points, but not really lol)

  63. Arissa says:

    I do agree with you on most of these. However, I love Rockin Roller Coaster. Being a huge Aerosmith fan, I get to meet a lot of other fans and listen to their big hits while waiting in line. The Rollercoaster, for me, is still my absolute favorite out of all theme parks. The only thing that does bother me about the ride is for how quickly it goes and how often it breaks down. I do wish they would shut it down to do a refurbishment and possibly lengthen the ride itself. If I’m going to be waiting that long I would prefer it to be a little longer.
    But I agree with all of your other opinions!

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