Just a week ago, the date of the Chinese New Year 2021 was marked, ushering in the year of the Ox. Coincidentally, 2021 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World. For anyone who feels attuned to the ebbs, flows, energies, and spirits of the Chinese Zodiac signs, but still wants to spend some time on the many attractions of the Orlando theme park, there is a way that these two seemingly disparate threads can come together.
After all, with so many attractions to choose from, it can be a bit tricky to know where to begin. But by following the traits laid out by the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, park visitors can better understand which attraction will best match their identities and personalities. There’s one clear ride for everyone.
Before hanging out on an adventurous boat with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, those who are Rats in the Chinese Zodiac can try their hand at the Jungle Cruise attraction in Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland.
Rats are known for their quick wit and their ability to turn anything into a tool or a mechanism. This energy is clearly matched by the skippers of the Jungle Cruise, who are tasked with piloting guests to safety while cracking some jokes along the way.
Those born in a year of the Ox are most appreciative of the most dependable and strong-willed forces of the universe. Over at the Magic Kingdom, only a few attractions have been around since the very beginning.
Pirates of the Caribbean was a staple of Disney parks long before Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom suited up for the high seas. If Oxen want a true reliable ride, Pirates will never let them down; it’s a classic for a reason.
Tigers in the Chinese Zodiac are undeniably brave, but they’re also led by the overwhelming quality of unpredictability. Therefore, Tigers need a ride that can somehow top this manic energy.
Only the Tower of Terror is more unpredictable than a Tiger. Space Mountain might have an argument, but the thrills of Hollywood Studios’ Twilight Zone homage are programmed to drop randomly every time. Tigers will flip for it.