- Disney cast members tend to develop favorites when it comes to park rides.
- Business Insider reached out to 12 former cast members and asked them to pick out a favorite park attraction.
- Some went with old classics like the Haunted Mansion, while others praised brand-new offerings like Avatar Flight of Passage.
Disney cast members aren't impartial when it comes to park attractions.
Most of them have a favorite ride or area of either Disney park in the US: Walt Disney World or Disneyland.
Business Insider recently reached out to 12 former cast members who worked at Walt Disney World or Disneyland and asked them to share their favorite park attractions.
Some went with old classics like "It's a Small World After All" and "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror," while others highlighted popular coasters like "Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain."
Here's what the cast members had to say about their favorite park attractions:
'It's a Small World After All' is a park icon featuring 'cute' dolls
A former Walt Disney World cast member who worked on rides like "Peter Pan's Flight," "Space Mountain," and "The Carousel of Progress" told Business Insider that their favorite ride was "It's a Small World After All."
"I love the dancing dolls," the ex-cast member said. "I love the way all those dolls dance."
The former Disney employee also got to work on "It's a Small World After All" at certain points, and got a glimpse behind-the-scenes at the attraction.
"We could see how it all worked," the former cast member said.
They added that the large elephant seen during the ride conceals an employees-only staircase, and that the ride also featured a closet filled with waders, just in case employees had to get in the water for whatever reason.
The 'Matterhorn Bobsleds' are a snow-capped 'historic' peak
A former Disneyland cast member who worked at the park for six years singled out the "Matterhorn Bobsleds" for praise.
When asked why, the cast member told Business Insider that they were impressed by the attraction's "history."
According to animated film scholar Michael Barrier's blog, Walt Disney himself was inspired to construct the Matterhorn while visiting Switzerland to shoot the 1959 live-action film "Third Man on the Mountain."
'The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror' is 'beautifully done'
A former cast member who worked at the Walt Disney Company for nearly eight years, including a stint at Hollywood Studios, told Business Insider that their favorite ride is "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror."
"The theme is beautifully done, from the moment you get in line," the ex-cast member said.
Chantelle Judd, a former cast member who worked in Frontierland, agreed.
"I'm a big fan of thrill rides, so I would have to say 'Tower of Terror' would be my favorite," Judd told Business Insider. "I like the thrill of it all."
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