bridge to Adventureland suggests youre entering an exotic
paradise. The environment here evokes the Pacific and Caribbean
Islands with a sprinkling of Africa and Asia. Adventureland has
shops, eating places, and attractions.
Swiss Family Treehouse
Rating: * * *
Type: Outdoor walk-through exhibit
Time: 10 - 15 minutes, but dally longer if you wish
Steve says: Kids of all ages should have a treehouse
You pass through the entry turnstile into an imaginative trail
that winds up and through a replica of the treehouse built by
the shipwrecked Robinson family. Its fun to visually explore
the fascinating details of the various rooms of the
house. Try to follow the intricate water delivery system throughout
the huge tree.
Note: If you want to linger at sights in the Swiss Family Treehouse,
move to the side of the walkway and let those behind you pass
The Magic Carpets
Type: Flying, steerable carpets
Time: Less than 2 minutes
Steve says: Eye-pleasing circle ride
Colorful, four-seater carpets whiz around in lofty circles. However,
these magical carpets have a bit more zing than other circle rides:
the two riders in the front control vertical movement, while the
two rear riders can tilt the carpet nose up or nose down. Its
rather like sitting on a real flying carpet! Fly high to avoid
the water-squirting camel.
The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management
Rating: * *
Type: Musical show with singing robotic birds
Time: 16 minutes
Steve says: Especially fun for younger kids
The first Disney Audio-Animatronics attraction, this amusing show
takes place above your head as you sit in a dark, cool room. The
attraction was updated to add Iago (from Aladdin) and Zazu (from
The Lion King) to the veteran choir of brightly colored birds.
Even the flowers and tiki statues sing!
Rating: * * * *
Type: Outdoor boat tour
Time: 9 - 10 minutes
Steve says: Fun for everyone; the boat skipper has
A classic Disney attraction, Jungle Cruise takes you gently down
the great jungle rivers of the earth. Along the way, you pass
Audio-Animatronics elephants, hippos, and other animals. The boat
skippers jokes are corny yet still amusing and seem perfectly
in tune with the ride. Be sure to look at the back side
Tip: After the early morning, the lines are usually
long here for the rest of the day, especially during busy seasons.
At the exit is Shrunken Neds Junior Jungle Boats, which
are miniature boats navigated by your remote control around a
pond studded with various jungle obstacles. Theyre not free;
you have to buy a one-dollar token to make the boats operate for
about two minutes.
Tip: Save Shrunken Neds for downtime. Its fun
but if youve only one day in the MK, youll want to
spend it experiencing the more exciting attractions.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Rating: * * * *
Type: Indoor boat ride past pirate scenes
Time: About 8 minutes
Steve says: A classic attraction; not scary except
for one small boat drop
The queue area and the boat ride take you back in time to pirates
searching for island treasures. Your boat initially passes pirate
skeletons, then swooshes down a mild water drop back to the time
when those pirates were alive and pillaging. You float by incredibly
detailed sets and Audio-Animatronics figures as the pirates invade
and conquer an island town. Look for the hairy pirate leg dangling
from a bridge above you and the jail door lock shaped like Mickey
Mouses head. The waiting lines generally move quickly, but
even this ride can be a long wait during afternoons in busy seasons.
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