I don’t know about you, but I visit Disney theme parks A LOT. Friends joke that I go far too much, but I drown out their complaints with my happiness. After all, I know something that they don’t. Many of Disney’s best attractions aren’t ones to experience once and then forget about. To the contrary, Disney’s Finest provide a compelling reason to ride over and over again. Here are the Disney attractions with the best repeat value.
Any character interaction
All of the other attractions that I list here are rides, but I’d be remiss if I failed to point out the obvious. Many of the best moments during a Disney theme park visit involve costumed cast members.
Whether you prefer a Disney Princess, a pirate named Jack (or Redd), or an anthropomorphic mouse, any Disney character interaction is potentially unforgettable. Just off my head, I cycled through half a dozen memorable instances wherein a character made me laugh so hard I couldn’t breathe.
Yes, I’m asthmatic, so that’s not difficult, but I really regret that I didn’t record the time that Pluto stole my cellphone. He started taking pictures of my party as we tried to retrieve the phone, and then he stuck it on his giant nose, out of reach of my tiny wife’s grasp.
Obviously, I couldn’t record it all because he had my camera. It's one of the greatest "you had to be there" moments of my life, though. Literally any character interaction comes with that possibility. It doesn't have to be your encounter, either. While watching others in line in front of you, you'll frequently witness similarly magical exchanges. Character interactions are genuinely the best of Disney.
With regards to rides, many of the ones with the best repeat value feature some sort of randomization. In most instances, Imagineers hardwire the variability into the programming. In other situations, circumstances prevent predictable behavior.
Kilimanjaro Safaris falls into the latter category. After all, the most significant achievement at Disney's Animal Kingdom is that beasts roam the lands at all hours of the day. While the zoologists on staff can entice these animals to congregate in specific locations, natural instinct is also a factor.
Sometimes, a creature doesn’t care about eating. It wants to play or fight or…get frisky. On Kilimanjaro Safaris, anything goes, and that chaos factor is what I love about it. Some trips are predictable and uneventful. Other times, you'll watch a smaller creature chase a larger one for a half a mile. I promise you that the mental image will stay with you for years afterward.