Rides are my favorite thing about the Disney Parks! They transport you to another place and time and I get caught up in all the brilliant magic from the talented Disney Imagineers!
So for this post, I’m going to share my favorite classic rides at Disneyland and why they are my favorite. However, I love these rides so much that I can’t rank them so with that in mind, here we go!
Pirates of the Caribbean
If you ask any of my fellow Disney Sisters, they will tell you that this ride is one of the rides that I always have to ride when I go to Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Ever since I was a little girl, this ride has pulled me into the swashbuckling life of plundering and singing pirates with its iconic scenery, life-like Audio Animatronic figures, and thrilling watery plunges into the dark grottos where dead men tell no tales. This ride is fun for all ages and has a song that will have you singing all day long!
The release of the Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movies has only brought more magic with the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, and the villainous Davy Jones to the fun-loving crew. Pirates of the Caribbean is located in the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland park in between Adventureland and the Haunted Mansion. It features a water flume style of ride that features riding in a boat while the action happens around you and it features two water drops down into the life of the Pirates of the Caribbean. (The two drops in the Disneyland attraction were actually built out of necessity because the Disneyland Railroad tracks were in the way. So instead of rip up the railroad tracks, the Disney Imagineers just made the ride underground. Super smart!)
Go check out this adventurous rides and remember that “it’s a pirate’s life for me!”
This is another of those infamous rides that is always on my to-do list when I visit the Disney Parks because this is another of those rides that just immerses you in a story and world that is full of detail and magic! The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean attractions were among the last rides at Disneyland to be personally worked on by Walt Disney before his death so to me, it is like riding into Uncle Walt’s direct imagination every time I ride them.
The Haunted Mansion is a slow-moving attraction where grim grinning ghost come out to socialize and visit with the living of Disneyland. The ride is divided up into two parts: a darker, creepier story of the Mansion and a funny, light-hearted graveyard scene full of ghosts. You ride through a slow-moving “Doom Buggy” and witness ghosts dance in a beautifully appointed ballroom (which is a Disney Imagineering secret how it is accomplished), Madame Leota telling your fortunes from her ghostly Seance Room, and ghosts of all shapes and sizes having a graveyard party all to the music that makes the “crypt doors creak and the tombstones quake.”
It’s A Small World
This attraction is one of those infamous rides that make most people groan at the thought of having the theme song stuck in their head all day long. However, that is NOT the case with me!
Like the past two attractions, this is one of those childhood attractions that have just amazed me with all the imagination and care that went into making this ride. Props to the Imagineers!
Another slow moving attractions by boat, you float by scenes from different places around the world that feature children singing that famous song in their native tongues and costumes. Finally, you come to the last room where all the children of the world are united and singing about how it is a small world after all.
These values of equality and unity on Earth I think are something that we need to be reminded of in this chaotic world of hatred and violence and something that is worthwhile to teach our children. The detailed scenes in the Mary Blair style delight and the song ties the whole show together. This ride is a beautiful reminder that we all might come from different places and speak different languages but that we all live on the same Earth and have some many similarities that make it really seem like it’s a small world after all.
Now we get to the thrill rides! Now up to this point, you may be thinking that I only like the slow moving rides and don’t like roller coasters. If you are thinking that, I PROMISE that is the farthest thing from the truth! I LOVE ROLLER COASTERS! I love to feel the wind flying through my hair and race and plunge down the next hill. This next ride is no exception.
Space Mountain was one of those rides growing up that I was terrified of due to the fact that I was a big chicken but also because it was dark and fast. However, now that I am older, it is the FIRST ride that my family and I always hit first. Partly because it is a popular attraction and usually fills up as the day goes on, but also because its location in Tomorrowland makes it a perfect place to start your day at Disney.
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Space Mountain is the perfect dark ride roller coaster and has one of the sweetest beginning queues! I mean who doesn’t want to zoom around the stars in a rocket ship?
Indiana Jones Adventure
Where to begin with this ride?? There are so many things I could say about this amazing attraction! But first, Disney+George Lucas=magic, so there’s that. Also, racing through an ancient temple facing mummies, giant snakes, booby traps, and dark caverns teeming with bugs and mice is a good thing to point out. Then there’s meeting face to face the legendary archeologist/adventurer/childhood crush since I was like 10 Indiana Jones is another plus.
Do I need to go on???
Obviously this attraction needs no more explanation, HOWEVER there is another plus to this ride. It, like also Matterhorn Bobsleds attraction, is only located at the Disneyland Resort in California so hello unique upside!
This attraction is on my favorites list because it has everything: adventure, immersive storytelling and queue line, and it never ceases to leave me with a great big smile after I get off of it! Indy can take me on any adventure he likes, I will be there!
What are your favorite classic Disneyland rides?