8 of Our Favorite Disneyland Rides That Are Worth Lining Up For

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You can’t deny that the rides are one of the things that make Disneyland. After all, who goes to a theme park just to admire the scenery?

From Adventureland to New Orleans Square, the place is packed filled with attractions.

Whether you’re looking for something child-friendly or adrenaline-inducing, there’s bound to be a Disneyland ride that’s right for you.

On this page, we will be going over 8 of our favorite Disneyland rides.

1. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The Big Mountain Railroad is a roller coaster that goes both indoors and outdoors.

Located in Frontierland, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes riders on an adventure in runaway mine cars.

A rollercoaster-type attraction, it features several sharp turns as well as a few drops—some of which take place inside the canyon.

 
While there are a few adrenaline rush moments, it’s not something that we would consider to be super intense. Nevertheless, it’s a fun ride all around!

Location: Frontierland
Height Restriction: 40” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: No

2. Space Mountain

Space Mountain is our favorite indoor roller coaster at the park.

What’s a trip without going on Space Mountain? An iconic landmark, the attraction—which is easily recognizable with its white dome—is one of our favorite Disneyland rides.

Not only is it thrilling with the high-speed turns and drops, but it takes place in the dark—with galactic music to boot!

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: 40” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: Yes

3. The Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular Disneyland rides in New Orleans Square.

If you’re a fan of spooky things, you’ll definitely want to check out the Haunted Mansion. As its name implies, the attraction is designed to give off an eerie vibe.

Don’t let that get to you though—if anything, it’s just part of the overall experience. Unlike the previous Disneyland rides that we’ve mentioned, the Haunted Mansion is not a roller coaster, but a dark ride.

That is, you’ll get to explore different parts of the mansion—all of which utilize special effects, some of which are century-old—on special vehicles called “Doom Buggies.”

Location: Liberty Square
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: No

4. Peter Pan’s Flight


Ever wondered what it’d be like to fly over London on a flying ship? If so, you’ll want to go on Peter Pan’s Flight.

 
While it might be intended for little ones, the dark ride can also be quite an experience for us adults—especially if you’re a fan of the classic Disney movie. Be sure to look around thoroughly when you’re inside, the lights and props are quite amazing!

Location: Fantasyland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: No
Single Rider: No

5. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is a fun attraction for people of all ages!

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters is another fun attraction. What makes it so special is the fact that it is designed to be like a game.

Essentially, each rider gets their own toy gun, which is used to shoot at designated targets. For each “hit”, they will receive a set amount of points—which can be viewed on the vehicle’s dashboard.

If you’re riding with someone, you can even have a friendly competition to see who can get the higher score!

Location: Tomorrowland
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: No

6. Indiana Jones Adventure


Indiana Jones Adventure is a fast-paced thrill ride that is based on the film series of the same name. Upon boarding a jungle transport vehicle, guests are taken into a lost temple—one that is filled with both treasures and booby traps.

 
While there aren’t any crazy drops, the attraction features several sharp turns, all of which are incorporated into the story. Buckle up—it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

Location: Adventureland
Height Restriction: 46” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: Yes

7. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain is one of the only Disneyland rides where you can get wet.

Splash Mountain is a classic when it comes to Disneyland rides. Based on the 1946 film, Song of the South, it features three different segments, the last of which includes a dramatic 50-feet drop!

If you don’t like the idea of getting wet, you may want to pass on this log flume ride—it has to live up to its name after all.

Location: Critter Country
Height Restriction: 40” or taller
Fastpass: Yes
Single Rider: Yes

8. The Pirates of the Caribbean Ride

Pirates of the Carribean is a dark ride attraction that first opened in 1967.

Pirates of the Caribbean is the ultimate dark ride at Disneyland. While it starts off as a relaxing boat ride, things eventually escalate as you sail deeper into the caverns. B

Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in the middle of a pirate ship battle between Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa.

A personal favorite, it definitely is one of the most immersive attractions at the park. Did we also mention that it’s the longest ride with a duration of 16 minutes?

Did you know?

The Pirates of the Caribbean is the last ride that Walt Disney himself worked on. The attraction opened to the public in 1967, just three months after his death.

Location: New Orleans Square
Height Restriction: None
Fastpass: No
Single Rider: No

Which One of the Disneyland Rides Is Your Favorite?

Are you a fan of the Pirates of the Carribean ride? Perhaps you like riding in the front of Splash Mountain?

Let us know which is your favorite Disneyland ride in the comments below!

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