Happy April Fools’ Day! Some of you may be the jokers today, while others are the victims. I promise I won’t be playing any jokes on you today, but if you do enjoy practical jokes, I have some experiences to recommend to you.
Here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love practical jokes.
1. Journey into Imagination with Figment
In the current incarnation of this attraction, guests take a tour of the Imagination Institute, narrated by Dr. Nigel Channing (played by Eric Idle). The tour is progressing in a civilized manner when Figment appears and starts causing trouble. Eventually, Dr. Channing realizes that imagination works best when it’s set free, so he ends the tour early and guests get to visit Figment’s upside-down house.
2. Stitch’s Great Escape!
Joining Figment in the pantheon of mischievous Disney characters is Stitch. I know this attraction is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you enjoy practical jokes and juvenile humor, you just might love it. It’s a show, not a roller coaster, so you might be confused by the height restriction (40 inches). The reason for the restriction is the shoulder restraints in the seats, which are used in some of the special effects. Some of the show takes place in total darkness, so kids shorter than 40 inches might find the show too scary anyway.
3. Muppet*Vision 3D
Waldo C. Graphic is the troublemaker in this attraction. After Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker accidentally release him, he starts bouncing on audience members’ heads, and the rest of the Muppets nearly destroy the entire theater trying to reign him in. There’s also a number of “cheap 3D tricks” throughout the show.
4. Haunted Mansion
If your ideal practical jokes involve more fright than funny, you’re probably a fan of the Haunted Mansion. It has a number of jump moments in addition to the general spookiness of the setting. If you want to play a little practical joke yourself during this attraction, you could always try this.
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Your joke-filled day will take you to three parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. None of the attractions involved should have outrageously long waits, so you could start anywhere. I’d start in Magic Kingdom and ride Haunted Mansion and then visit Stitch’s Great Escape! Then I’d take the monorail over to Epcot and ride Journey into Imagination with Figment. Finally, I’d ride the boat from International Gateway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and see Muppet*Vision 3D.
Who’s your favorite Disney practical joker?