Sometimes, the best thing that can happen on a ride is that you crack up. Don’t get me wrong. Thrill rides are fantastic and the main reason why many theme park tourists travel the globe in search of pure adrenaline rushes. Still, the underlying purpose of any park visit is to have a great time. Nothing indicates happiness and joy better than pure, unadulterated laughter. And that thought leads to a debate.
Which Disney attractions make you laugh the most? Surely, a couple of them popped in your head the moment that you read the question. Just as surely, your choices will diverge from the ones I’m about to select. And that’s the beauty of the discussion. Disney’s Imagineers do such a wonderful job with the little touches that they frequently lead to huge guffaws. When I collated the original list, I had 22 (!) different attractions that I felt were worthy of mention here.
8. It's Tough to Be a Bug
Do you like funny smells and getting stung in your nether regions? Okay, half of that is funny, and half of it is difficult to say in a way that won’t make Sterling Archer shout, “Phrasing!” The point is that It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a fun AND funny show featuring some of the characters from A Bug’s Life. Kids love it, and while it doesn’t have quite the same replay value for adults as some of the other attractions listed below, it’s still hilarious for first timers. That surprise at the end of the show ALWAYS leads to explosive laughter from the crowd.
7. Country Bear Jamboree
Bear puns. Lots and lots of bear puns.
That’s the easiest way to describe Country Bear Jamboree. Anyone who doesn’t like country music or lousy music will think of this attraction as a special sort of torture. For those of us who love incongruity of fuzzy audio-animatronics singing obscure country music hits from the 1950s and 1960s, it’s a strangely enjoyable show.
The Country Bear Jamboree was one of the last projects that Walt Disney worked on before he died, and his Imagineers picked some of the silliest, goofiest music possible to give their founder a few laughs in his time of need. My personal favorite is All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down, a (once) risqué inclusion for a family-friendly park that is a musical lament on failing to attract a mate.
Sure, Country Bear Jamboree is corny, but if you don’t laugh during the show, you’re impervious to humor.