Happy Pi Day! It’s March 14 (3/14), which means it’s time to celebrate everyone’s favorite irrational number: 3.1415926535897…
Being a math nerd, I knew I had to choose a theme today that would honor Pi Day, but I wasn’t sure what to do. Things to do in Walt Disney World if you love math? Numbers? Pie? I decided to focus on circles, because there are a lot of attractions that happen to go around in them.
So, here are ten things to do in Walt Disney World if you love spinning in circles.
1. Mad Tea Party
If simply spinning in a circle isn’t enough for you, and you want to spin in a tea cup on a small spinning platform on a larger spinning platform, this is the attraction for you! This is probably the most dizzy-making attraction on this list, definitely not recommended for those who get motion sick!
2. Dumbo The Flying Elephant
This is the classic spinning attraction that all other spinning attractions are compared to. It’s a favorite of many small children, which is why it’s being doubled in capacity as part of the new Fantasyland expansion. As I mentioned in my last post (on slapstick), the photos from the soft opening look awesome, and I love the new water feature!
3. Astro Orbiter
This attraction make look like an outer space version of Dumbo, but it goes much faster! It’s still not fast enough to make most people dizzy, but the circular motion and the height might bother some. The queue for this attraction is rather odd. You wait in line near the entrance to Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and then you have to take an elevator up to the attraction itself. Because you are high up, you do get some nice views, if you can focus on them while spinning!
4. The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
This attraction is comparable in speed and height to Dumbo, but its advantage is that it has two rows of seats. Those in one row control the height, and those in the other control the tilt of the carpet. This attraction is one of my nephews’ favorites. They take particular delight in trying to position us so we get wet from the camel “spitting” on us.
5. TriceraTop Spin
Again, this attraction is comparable to Dumbo, but it has a dinosaur theme to suit its location in DinoLand, U.S.A. in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Like Magic Carpets, it has two rows, each with its own controls.
6. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Back in Fantasyland, here is another sedate spinning ride. Here’s a tip: the larger horses are on the outside and smaller ones on the inside. So, if you can influence your child’s choice of horse (I know it can be difficult when they have their heart set on one), you can encourage them to pick a smaller horse inside, and you can ride the larger one to its right. What? You were just going to stand next to them? Well, that’s OK if you need to hold onto a baby, but otherwise, you should be riding! You’re on a carousel! You’re in Disney World; it’s OK to look silly.
7. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
OK, this may not be the normal way of riding this attraction, because you’re usually trying to shoot targets, but theoretically you could spend almost the entire attraction using the red knob to spin your ride vehicle in circles. I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but if you love spinning in circles, here you go.
8. Primeval Whirl
I have to admit I don’t think I’ve ever actually ridden this attraction! My family doesn’t tend to spend an entire day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so attractions like this slip through the cracks. I intend to remedy that as soon as possible. The ride is a roller coaster, but your vehicle spins as you go. It’s another one that’s not for those prone to motion sickness.
9. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
I love it when I can work this attraction into a list! You may not be spinning quickly, but during this attraction, the theater does rotate around the stage! It is a carousel, after all.
10. Walt Disney World Railroad “Grand Circle Tour”
I don’t think they actually say “Grand Circle Tour” in the train narration anymore, but when you ride around the entire Magic Kingdom on the Walt Disney World Railroad, you are taking the Grand Circle Tour. It’s a relaxing experience, and it gives your aching feet a break. I like to do a Grand Circle Tour at least once on every trip.
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I do have to note that there actually is an attraction with “circle” in its name (Circle of Life), but since you don’t actually go around in a circle while watching the movie, I’m not including it on today’s list. It would be an appropriate Pi Day activity, however.
To do all of the items in today’s list in one very dizzy day, you’ll have to visit two parks: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom. Although I’m always a big fan of starting in Magic Kingdom because I love the welcome show, it might make more sense to start in Animal Kingdom because it closes earlier. There, you’ll visit DinoLand U.S.A. and ride Primeval Whirl and TriceraTop Spin. Then, head straight to Magic Kingdom, because you have a lot to do there today! When you arrive, check the queue for Dumbo. If it’s 30 minutes or less, get in line. If it’s more, try waiting until later in the evening. During the fireworks or the parade can be a good time to ride with a shorter wait. Besides Dumbo, you’ll also need to ride Mad Tea Party, Astro Orbiter, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and the Walt Disney World Railroad. And don’t forget to see my favorite attraction, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress!
Hope you enjoy some pie today!