Walt Disney World

by : Leslie Clevenstine

Visiting the theme parks in Disney World is an experience that goes far beyond thrill rides. Many of the attractions are not rides at all, but entertainment experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.

Here’s just a small sampling of what you can experience at the Disney theme parks that are not rides in the traditional sense of the term:

Magic KingdomBuzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – take aim at the evil emperor Zurg with your “laser gun" as you travel through outerspaceHall of Presidents – history lesson given by audio-animatronic versions of the U.S. presidentsGoofy’s Country Dancing Jamboree – learn country line dancing with Goofy and friendsMickey’s Philharmagic – 3D magical adventure with Mickey, Donald Duck and a host of other charactersShare a Dream Come True Parade – held every afternoon at 3:00 pmWishes fireworks – evening fireworks set to music (check park map for times)

EpcotSpaceship Earth – ride through time as you learn about the history of communicationsHoney I Shrunk the Audience – 3D theater experience with a few unexpected surprisesL iving Seas – first rate aquarium and oceanography exhibitWorld Showcase entertainment – a host of entertainment can be found each day, all of it top notch (consult the park map for times)Illuminations – fireworks and laser spectacular set to music, held at park closing each eveningImpressions de France – large screen movie on France and its peopleThe American Adventure – a multi-media telling of American history by Ben Franklin and Mark Twain

Disney MGM StudiosGreat Movie Ride – ride through sets of some of the most popular movies ever madeIndiana Jones Stunt Spectacular – stunt show based on the popular movie trilogyLights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show – an auto stunt show imported from Disneyland ParisMuppetVision 3D – a funny 3D movie experience with Jim Henson’s puppetsVoyage of the Little Mermaid – a live stage version of the classic children’s movieWho Wants to Be a Millionaire Play It! – play along with the game show using a touchpad in front of every seat Fantasmic – an evening fireworks and water show with Mickey overcoming the Disney villains

Animal KingdomKilimanjaro Safaris – ride through the savannah and see many animals from Africa and AsiaFestival of the Lion King – a theater in the round muscial and stunt show based on the Lion King movieIt’s Tough to Be a Bug – fun 3D movie on the life of bugsFlights of Wonder – learn about birds and see some amazing stunts in this live showMickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade – held every afternoon at 4:00 pm.Pagnani Forest Exploration Trail – explore a tropical forest’s vegetation and animal life at your own pace