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10 Underrated Theme Park Gems That Deserve More Attention

6. Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

TPT100 Ranking: No. 71 (full ride details)

Among all of the wildlife- and prehistoric-themed attractions at Disney's Animal Kingdom, there's also a Broadway-caliber show — and you don't even need an extra ticket for it. Dancers, stilt-walkers, acrobats and fire-jugglers bring the story of Simba to life with gorgeous lighting and musical effects. It's such an immersive, well-produced show that at the end, you'll completely forget you've been sitting on a bench for 28 minutes.

7. Hogwarts Express

Hogwarts Express

TPT100 Ranking: No. 29 (full ride details)

This magical train ride is the only attraction out of the more than 3,500 rides in our guides that must be listed as belonging to two different parks! Guests are transported between the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade at Islands of Adventure and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida on a seven-minute journey that has a different storyline and characters in each direction. The trains share a single track but are able to pass by each other at one point in the middle, and the ride combines old and new technology to create an amazing experience.

8. SAW — The Ride

SAW - The Ride

TPT100 Ranking: No. 96 (full ride details)

Are you brave enough to tackle the world's "scariest" rollercoaster? If you think you are, you'll need to head over to the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park. The ride is billed as the first coaster ever based on a horror movie franchise and it features several scenes from the "SAW" films. You begin in Jigsaw's warehouse, where you see the Billy puppet riding on a tricycle and offering a warning of danger. Then, you're hurtled toward swinging axes and metal spikes before diving down to escape them. You're hung upside down over a corpse that actually squirts "blood" up at you — and then you're sent outside the warehouse for the actual coaster portion that promises even more thrills, chills and surprises. This ride offers incredible theming both inside and out, even if it has become a little rough over the years.

9. Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
TPT100 Ranking: No. 98 (full ride details)

Toy Story Midway Mania may be getting a ton of attention now at Walt Disney World, but another ride offers nearly the same competitive fun and much shorter lines! You can help Buzz and the Space Rangers defeat the evil Emperor Zurg in the Magic Kingdom building that formerly housed If You Had Wings and Dreamflight. The vehicles can spin 360 degrees and the laser technology is the same as those used in supermarkets. The guns used to be held in each vehicles by cords, which allowed you more firing ability, but they now stay in place. And if you're lucky enough to get the top score of 999,999, don't forget to take a picture of it and show it to a cast member in the gift shop at the ride's exit. You might just be rewarded with a surprise!

10. Superman: Escape From Krypton

 Escape from Krypton on-ride

Image: Six Flags Magic Mountain

TPT100 Ranking: No. 99 (full ride details)

Just looking at this shuttle coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain feels intimidating. The ride will send you up 328 feet at a speed of 100 miles per hour, then send you back to earth. The coaster was changed in 2011 to include backward-facing cars, and you can choose whether you want to face what's coming or not. You'll also feel weightless for nearly 7 seconds in the ride's vertical section. This coaster is one of the world's tallest and fastest, and it has one of the longest drops ever. It's a quick ride, but one that some readers love to go on again and again.

So how many rides have you attempted on this list? Do you think that any of them deserve a better ranking? Voting is easy — just head on over to the park guides, choose a park and make your voice heard!

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