Attraction Rankings

Ranking all of the Disney Attractions I’ve Been On

This is our 1,000th post here on Wandering in Disney and I have several people to thank before we get to the actual post. Thanks to Melissa for coming along with me and encouraging me from day one, I treasure the past adventures and look forward to so many more. Thank you to Michaela for her writing and editing of (by my unofficial count) about half a million words. Some of my best memories in these places are with you. Thank you to all of the writers and guest posters over the years including Kelsee, Melissa, Cassie, Leslie, Darin, Mackenzie, and Matthew. Thank you to those that have inspired me, notably Tom & Sarah of Disney Tourist Blog, Chris from TDR Explorer and Guy and Len from Touring Plans, among many others.

Finally, a thank you to all of you who have read these posts. Some of you are family and friends and your encouragement has meant so much to me. Some of you, I’ve never had the chance to meet but I’m grateful that you’ve come to this site. In all sincerity, I’m blown away that people will come to take time out of their day and read my writing. It’s truly an honor and I’m not planning to stop anytime soon. Alright, enough sappy stuff, let’s get on with the post!

What better way to spend the 1,000th post on this website than by ranking every Disney attraction I’ve been on? Please don’t answer that because I’m sure there are so many different (better) ways. But here we are, and long time readers will know that ranking things and overly long posts are really what makes Wandering in Disney go.

Alligator Swamp Band Splash Mountain DL

I won’t spend much time in the preamble because this is exceptionally long. The rules are as follows:

  • There will be no ranking of stage shows but 3D movies are acceptable. Walkthrough attractions are also acceptable.
  • I’ll be ranking from Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort and Tokyo Disney Resort. Hopefully I’ll have made it to the other resorts before the 2,000th post. Hopefully I’m still alive by the time this site gets to 2,000.
  • Unlike the individual park attraction ranking posts, these are more based on my favorites than anything else.
  • I’m going to use every iteration of an attraction unless they are exactly the same. For example, I ranked all of the different Haunted Mansions but did combine PhilharMagic. If you came into this post hoping that I ranked the individual PhilharMagics then… Who are you?
  • Substantial overlays are included but extinct attractions are not.
  • Notable omissions include the newer attractions at Tokyo Disney Resort because we haven’t been able to travel there for some strange reason. Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is also missed because it was not open when we were there.

That about does it, although I’m sure I did something wrong along the way. How’s that for confidence after 1,000 posts? For those wondering, because I know you’re out there, most Universal attractions (which I didn’t rank) wouldn’t rank in the top 40 for me. The exceptions are Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, which would be top 15, the Studio Tour, which would be top 20, and The Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man, which would be top 40. There’s plenty of excellent attractions at the Universal Parks, they just aren’t always my thing.

Green giant wide lens Sinbad TDS

If you have questions or thoughts, then please let me know in the comments! Let’s get to it!

179. Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along (Epcot) – Is this a terrible movie that has you try to sing-along with great songs? Yes. Am I bitter because it replaced Impressions de France? Yes. For that, it’s last place.

178. Magic Carpets of Aladdin (MK) – This spinner ride creaks so much, it’s a little bit worrisome.

177. Tomorrowland Speedway (MK) – It might be a little more interesting now that the Tron coaster is nearby but it smells bad and is not enjoyable to ride either.

176. Jumpin’ Jellyfish (DCA) – One time I used this to watch a show down below because I showed up late and the crowd was large. That worked out pretty well actually!

175. TriceraTop Spin (AK) – This is not memorable, although my 7 year old nephew would definitely disagree.

Triceratop Spin night AK

174. The Whirlpool (TDS) – This DisneySea ride is like Mad Tea Party except you can’t spin the cup? What’s the point if you can’t spin it!

173. Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! (DCA) – It’s okay until you look too closely at the animatronics figures. The door scene is pretty cool but it could be so much more.

172. The Seas with Nemo & Friends (Epcot) – I’ve been on this many times and I can’t remember a second of the plot.

171. Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind (DCA) – I like all of the colors! There’s nothing really wrong with it but I also don’t want to ride it.

170. Jumpin’ Jellyfish (TDS) – I remember liking this much more than the California Adventure counterpart. No, I didn’t like it enough to remember why.

Jumping Jellyfish King Triton's Kingdom TDS

169. Autopia (DL) – While I do appreciate the differences compared to the lackluster Tomorrowland Speedway, I just really despise going on this attraction. Also, not many people pronounce Autopia correctly.

168. Scuttle’s Scooters (TDS) – The ride vehicles are very cute and this looks cool at night. Otherwise, it’s the kind of ride you could go on at the fair.

167. Jessie’s Critter Carousel (DCA) – It’s a small carousel but the critters are so cute!

166. Gadget’s Go Coaster (TDL) – Both the Tokyo Disneyland and former Disneyland mini coaster are pretty bland but a good intro coaster for little ones.

165. Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse (TDL) – Have you ever thought about Chip and Dale being the largest chipmunks of all time? Me neither.

164. The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure (DCA) – The Ursula animatronic is great and the rest is incredibly bland, poorly lit and unimaginative.

163. Journey Into Imagination With Figment (Epcot) – At this point, this is a bad ride with a lot of history. At least it’s original!

Figment statue Epcot WDW 50th

162. Alien Swirling Saucers (DHS) – The same ride system as Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, which is ranked much higher, but this one lacks character.

161. Minnie’s House (TDL) – Minnie should have enough money to buy a mansion by now.

160. Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House (TDL) – Of the Toontown houses, this one had stuff to do inside and so it’s ranked a little higher.

159. Blowfish Balloon Race (TDS) – The same system as Flik’s Flyers or Emotional Whirlwind but this flies over Mermaid Lagoon.

158. Goofy’s Sky School (DCA) – This scares me as much as anything on the list, I despise wild mouse coasters. I also just don’t think it’s a very good attraction.

157. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters (DCA) – It will be forever funny to me that this was the first trackless Disney ride in the states.

Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters sunset Cars Land DCA

156. Turtle Talk with Crush (Epcot) – The show is pretty funny but the room that it’s hosted in is nondescript and cramped.

155. Donald’s Boat (TDL) – I always remember Donald’s Boat more fondly because I really like waterfalls!

154. Castle Carousel (TDL) – Carousels behind castles is an ideal location but this is still just a carousel.

153. Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster (TDS) – This is the good version of Gadget’s Go Coaster, meaning it’s still not great.

152. King Arthur Carousel (DL) – The centerpiece of Disneyland’s Fantasyland. I really like the sword in the stone right beside it.

151. Awesome Planet (Epcot) – An environmental film in Epcot that’s a bit too heavy handed in messaging.

150. Dumbo the Flying Elephant (DL & TDL) – I know it’s a classic but it’s also a spinner that has half hour waits in the hot sun.

149. Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid (MK) – This moves up quite a few spots from the California Adventure version thanks to the outstanding queue.

148. Turtle Talk with Crush (DCA) – One of the best places to sit on a hot day at California Adventure.

147. Silly Symphony Swings (DCA) – The swings add some nice kinetic energy to the pier.

146. Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360 (Epcot) – This new film in the Canada Pavilion is a solid upgrade from the previous iteration.

Canada garden flowers Epcot

145. Sorcerer’s Workshop (DCA) – This would likely be much lower if it didn’t have some amazing light fixtures!

144. Prince Charming Regal Carousel (MK) – Finishing higher than other carousels because of the history behind it.

143. Vacation Fun (DHS) – An original Mickey short that fits alongside Runaway Railway is a decent use of this space.

142. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (MK) – For whatever reason, this ride just doesn’t work despite a somewhat fun queue and the most adorable characters around.

141. Casey Jr. Circus Train (DL) – This goofy Fantasyland ride is surprisingly fun if you ride in the very back, facing the other way. I have some good memories here!

140. Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition (DL) – The shooting range is pure nostalgia and worth saving a few quarters for.

139. Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade (MK) – I ranked Magic Kingdom’s shooting range higher because it was free on the 50th anniversary. That’s not a very good reason.

138. Pixar Pal-A-Round (DCA) – The scariest ride at Disneyland Resort has earned the nickname ‘Wheel of Death’.

Pixar Pier fun wheel sunset DCA

137. Wildlife Express Train (AK) – It’s a nice little train ride but not in the realm of others on this list.

136. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (DL) – I love the idea here and also looking at the lagoon! Unfortunately, I don’t like riding the actual attraction.

135. It’s Tough to be a Bug! (AK) – This is a confusingly scary 3D attraction that earns points for creativity and not much else.

134. Jasmine’s Flying Carpets (TDS) – A surprisingly pretty spinner that completes DisneySea’s Arabian Coast.

133. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (DHS) – That Lightning McQueen animatronic is super cool! Do I remember anything else about the show after seeing it multiple times? Naw.

132. The Barnstormer (MK) – Fun to ride five times in a row, late at night when there’s no line. That makes the 20 second ride a little more worth it!

131. Tarzan’s Treehouse (DL) – We’ll see where this ends up when it’s rethemed!

130. Alice’s Tea Party (TDL) – It’s the teacups but not as pretty as the other two on the list.

129. Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough (DL) – Walking through the castle is fun but the story doesn’t do much for me.

128. Astro Orbiter (DL) – My favorite Disneyland spinner offers some interesting views of the castle.

Astro Orbiter DL

127. Mad Tea Party (MK) – I like the little critter that pops up when the ride ends!

126. Cinderella’s Fairytale Hall (TDL) – Like the Disneyland castle walkthrough but more modern and prettier!

125. Caravan Carousel (TDS) – The highest ranking carousel because it’s a double decker! If you’re going to build a carousel make it a double decker.

124. Na’vi River Journey (AK) – River Journey is absolutely beautiful without even a hint of a plot.

123. Kali River Rapids (AK) – Kind of the opposite of River Journey here, so much plot that it gets in the way of the fun!

122. The Hall of Presidents (MK) – An old school attraction that’s in need of reimagining.

121. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (MK) – Significantly worse than the Disneyland version, partially because you can’t hold the laser gun.

120. Raging Spirits (TDS) – The appearance is outstanding, the ride is really lacking.

119. Swiss Family Treehouse (MK) – I like the old Swiss Family theme with stunning views of the castle.

Swiss Family Treehouse lantern castle MK

118. Magic Lamp Theater (TDS) – Maybe I was just confused since this was in Japanese… Or maybe this is just a very weird show.

117. Omnibus (DL) – On one hand, it’s just a bus going down Main Street. On the other, this should really rank much higher.

116. Mickey’s PhilharMagic (TDL, DCA & MK) – This seems like the best case scenario 3D movie attraction. It’s good fun.

115. Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (DCA) – The start of the fun walkthrough/playground attractions. This fits into the area seamlessly.

114. Swiss Family Treehouse (TDL) – The highest ranked treehouse because of the view of the castle and Tokyo Bay.

113. Mad Tea Party (DL) – My favorite teacups ride because of the beautiful lamps above the attraction.

112. The Boneyard (AK) – Another playground expertly fit to the land it resides in.

111. Mission: SPACE (Epcot) – The outdated graphics really take me out of this ride’s immersion.

110. Golden Zephyr (DCA) – I joke with people that this is my favorite ride. It does have some whimsy to it and is beautiful around sunset.

109. Dumbo the Flying Elephant (MK) – The reimagined Dumbo is much better thanks to the shorter waits.

Dumbo daytime MK

108. Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (DCA) – Try going on this and not smiling. Better yet, don’t even try that impossible task and just laugh the entire time.

107. Astro Orbiter (MK) – The craziest of the spinner rides. I do not feel safe on this one but that’s probably more of a me problem than the ride. Don’t judge me, please.

106. Gran Fiesta Tour (Epcot) – Perhaps higher than it should be, this slow boat ride is zany and fun and embodies the spirit of the Three Caballeros.

105. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (DL) – It’s not in the best shape and has a confusing plotline but an enjoyable short wait.

104. Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (DL) – They should ditch the Pirate’s Lair theme here.

103. Reflections of China (Epcot) – The China Pavilion could use an updated film but this one is still effective and lovely.

102. Tom Sawyer Island (MK) – A vestige to older theme park design and still a joy to walk around.

101. Nemo & Friends SeaRider (TDS) – One of the few things at Tokyo Disney Resort that might be slightly out of place.

100. Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress (MK) – It feels fitting to have this at 100. I don’t think this has aged very well for a few different reasons but the original song is still a banger.

Carousel of Progress MK night

99. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (TDL) – This iteration beats the Disneyland counterpart because you can actually see what’s going on in here.

98. Walt Disney World Railroad (MK) – I’m excited for the train to come back with views of the Tron Coaster.

97. Walt Disney Presents (DHS) – A mini museum with a heartfelt film at the end. It feels like it should be somewhere on Main Street but is obscurely placed in Hollywood Studios.

96. DisneySea Transit Steamer Line (TDS) – There’s a good amount of transportation rides coming up on the list. Them placing this high tells you how much I like unique transportation options.

95. Western River Railroad (TDL) – Tokyo Disneyland can’t have a railroad around the park for legal reasons. This is a nice solution and a beautiful ride.

94. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (DL) – I forgive it for replacing my beloved Country Bears. It’s a sweet little ride with minimal waits.

93. WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure (DCA) – Hopefully that E-ticket Marvel ride is built and this becomes a quality third attraction in the land.

WEB Slingers ride vehicle DCA

92. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor (MK) – Questionably placed but I always have a good time.

91. Storybook Land Canal Boats (DL) – It’s a nice ride. It’s an even better attraction when ducks are sitting by the little villages, appearing to be Godzilla-esque figures to the miniatures.

90. Muppet*Vision 3D (DHS) – Let’s hear it for Sweetums, putting out fires since 1991.

89. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (DHS) – If you’re really into thrill rides featuring a rock band that was best known in the 90’s then this will be your number 1, I assume.

88. Disneyland Monorail (DL) – I’m very thankful for the monorail, as it’s on our way into the Disneyland Resort so it saves us many steps. It’s also a great ride.

87. Frozen Ever After (Epcot) – The projected faces on the animatronics bother me, as do a few of the blank and dark spots. That said, it’s a decent dark ride.

86. Sailing Ship Columbia (DL) – Sailing along the Rivers of America as the cannon blasts is sublime.

85. The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (DL) – It’s truly amazing how well this show and the animatronic have held up over the many years.

84. Soarin’ Around the World (DCA & Epcot) – This will be too low for some but the CGI has worn me down over the years. I find the original so much more charming.

83. Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (DL) – The downside – your arms will likely get sore. The upside – taking a trip on the canoes is funny, interesting and a unique Disneyland ride.

Mark Twain raft River canoes DL

82. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues (TDL & DL) – Hot take: If they got rid of the episode 9 scenes then this would rank at least a few spots higher.

81. The Enchanted Tiki Room: Stitch Presents “Aloha E Komo Mai!” (TDL) – A zany take on the original Tiki Room, with Stitch doing his best Elvis impression.

80. Liberty Square Riverboat (MK) – I’m always up for a riverboat ride. I think the other versions are a little more scenic though.

79. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster (TDL & DL) – I can’t get over the 600,000 point barrier unless I’m stuck in the right spot and that really bothers me.

78. Test Track (Epcot) – I wish this hadn’t been updated all of those years ago but it’s still a good amount of fun to go zipping through those doors out into the open air.

77. Animation Academy (DCA) – Even for a terrible artist like myself, this is one of my favorite spots in California Adventure.

76. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues (DHS) – I do like the Hollywood Studios iteration better because of the queue.

75. Aquatopia (TDS) – Zipping around the water on this trackless ride is a blast, even if it’s a little simple.

Aquatopia ride building and volcano TDS

74. Living with the Land (Epcot) – A slow boat ride that embodies the original idea of Epcot.

73. Snow White’s Adventure (TDL) – The crazy ending that the original Disneyland attraction had is still in place in Tokyo.

72. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (DL & DHS) – Smugglers Run would take a leap if they had different missions to go on instead of the same one every time. Hopefully that comes in the future.

71. Toy Story Midway Mania! (DCA) – Ranking all of these separately seems a little tedious but the queues are different and California Adventure has the worst one.

70. Toy Story Mania! (DHS) – This one beats out DCA because it loads a little faster.

69. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (DL) – All of these years later, grabbing a Dole Whip and watching the birds sing is delightful.

68. Toy Story Mania (TDS) – I love entering through the giant Woody face.

67. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (TDS) – This iteration of the extinct castle park attraction fits brilliantly in Mysterious Island.

66. Snow White’s Enchanted Wish (DL) – Some of the new scenes in this reimagined attraction are beautiful.

65. Slinky Dog Dash (DHS) – This is a very good family coaster but not quite worth the hype, or wait times, it has.

Slinky at me SDD TSL DHS

64. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (MK) – This one places higher with the full show and in the more elaborate building.

63. The American Adventure (Epcot) – I’m still blown away by the show’s pulley system. Admittedly, I might be in the minority.

62. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (MK) – A very strong attraction that would vault even higher if it didn’t feel so short.

61. DisneySea Electric Railway (TDS) – Give me a railway that looks across both the most beautiful theme park in the world and views into the Pacific Ocean and I’m going to love it.

60. DINOSAUR (AK) – I can’t prove this but I think the ride gets darker every time I ride it.

59. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (DL & TDL) – If you don’t spin much then you’ll find one of the zaniest dark rides ever created. If you do spin, have fun!

58. Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (Epcot) – If this didn’t rely so heavily on screens it would jump up the list.

57. Spaceship Earth (Epcot) – This classic is still in need of a refresh but is interesting and climactic nonetheless.

Epcot statue SSE colorful night

56. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (DCA) – Fun and ugly! No, I’m not talking about Drax.

55. Pirates of the Caribbean (MK) – It’s still a great ride but Magic Kingdom’s version is substantially worse.

54. Mark Twain Riverboat (TDL) – The most romantic ride in a castle park. If you don’t believe me, take a cruise at sunset.

53. Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (MK) – You know that thing where people say something is underrated so much that it becomes overrated? That’s the case here even though it is a wonderful ride.

52. Mark Twain Riverboat (DL) – I ranked it higher than all of the other riverboats because I do like the changes to the river.

51. Grizzly River Run (DCA) – Probably my favorite river raft ride I’ve ever been on. It could use a few bear animatronics on it. Or just Big Al hanging out and playing some songs.

50. it’s a small world (MK) – Missing some of the pizazz of the other Small World facades.

49. Disneyland Railroad (DL) – Primeval World and riding over the river are a Disneyland rite of passage.

Front of park Mickey and train station DL

48. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (DHS) – Outside of one scene, this is a great attraction and I’m happy to see it coming to both coasts.

47. Impressions de France (Epcot) – When the organs come in on the final scene, I feel things.

46. Incredicoaster (DCA) – It’s up for debate if this is better than California Screamin’. What isn’t up for debate is that this is very fun.

45. Hyperspace Mountain (DL) – This special layover is fun but doesn’t touch the original attraction.

44. Maharajah Jungle Trek (AK) – An absolutely gorgeous place to walk through, complete with storytelling and tigers!

43. Venetian Gondolas (TDS) – Forget what I said about the riverboats being the most romantic attraction. This is it.

42. Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek (TDL) – The Monsters Inc. attraction that we deserve. Well, that and the oft-rumored door coaster.

Sulley sewer Monsters Inc ride seek TDL

41. Jungle Cruise (DL) – The original Jungle Cruise lags behind the other iterations but is still a joy to go on.

40. Alice in Wonderland (DL) – The most underrated dark ride in the world.

39. Peter Pan’s Flight (DL) – Ranked behind the other iterations because the queue is just not a fun experience.

38. it’s a small world (TDL) – The facade of this attraction is so stunning, albeit not as iconic as the original Disneyland edition.

37. Peter Pan’s Flight (MK) – A wonderful dark ride that we all wish had a shorter line.

36. Peter Pan’s Flight (TDL) – Like most dark rides, the Tokyo Disneyland version is better maintained than the others.

35. Space Mountain (MK) – Why isn’t the soundtrack louder? I like it but I like other versions much more.

Space Mountain Tomorrowland Station MK

34. Jungle Cruise (MK) – The temple here boosts it up a few spots from the Disneyland version.

33. it’s a small world (DL) – As I get older (and more sentimental), this will continue to rise up the rankings until it defeats all the others. Just like the dolls in here and the actual world.

32. Jungle Cruise: Wildlife Expeditions (TDL) – Hearing some of the classic Jungle Cruise jokes in a different language is a hoot. And they can actually talk inside of the temple at this one!

31. it’s a small world holiday (DL) – If you like Small World and haven’t been on the overlay then please come at Christmas and enjoy it with me.

30. Soarin’ Over California (DCA) – Another point for actually filming instead of using CGI. Keep the original in California Adventure full time!

29. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (MK) – All of these are clearly amazing attractions now and that started about 20 spots ago. Picking nits, this iteration of Big Thunder could really use some of the special effects.

28. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (DL) – From the cheeky line of going ‘nowhere in particular’ to the crazy ending, this is the leader in the Keep Disneyland Weird campaign.

27. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (TDL) – Similar to Magic Kingdom’s but with a few more effects.

26. Haunted Mansion (DL) – You know that B-movie that is one of your favorites? That’s what Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is to all of us that love it.

Haunted Mansion stretching room DL

25. Haunted Mansion (TDL) – A stunning library room and a cross between Magic Kingdom’s and Disneyland’s version of the attraction, have this ranking just above DL’s.

24. Indiana Jones Adventure (DL) – An extravagant thrill ride. There’s this weird dark space in the attraction because they ran out of money.

23. Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Crystal Skull (TDS) – Nearly a remake of the Disneyland version but without the weird dark space and inside of a giant pyramid/temple.

22. Space Mountain (TDL) – This is getting remade! It doesn’t necessarily need it, as the attraction is fantastic.

21. Country Bear Jamboree (MK) – The Country Bears have an absurd amount of character, the sort of thing that Magic Kingdom needs more of.

20. Fortress Explorations (TDS) – A walkthrough attraction that is perfection. Seriously, I don’t know how they could improve upon this.

19. Haunted Mansion Holiday (DL) – The best overlay of an attraction ever made.

18. Country Bear Theater (TDL) – This ranks slightly above Magic Kingdom’s version because they do the full show and do the overlays. Please Magic Kingdom, do those things!

17. Avatar Flight of Passage (AK) – Similar to what I said about Fortress Explorations. I don’t know how they could improve upon this attraction using the same ride system.

16. Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain (AK) – Fix the Yeti and this moves into the top ten. I dare you, Disney!

Everest water AK

15. Pirates of the Caribbean (TDL) – Most similar to Disneyland’s version of the ride, this is a little shorter and not quite as in-depth.

14. Journey to the Center of the Earth (TDS) – DisneySea’s iconic attraction is impressive in so many ways, most notably the setup to the big finale.

13. Radiator Springs Racers (DCA) – This has been around for a decade and it’s easily the most popular attraction in the park still. A masterpiece of modern Imagineering.

12. Space Mountain (DL) – I’ve come to love this ride more and more, largely thanks to the soundtrack.

11. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS) – Just an absolute classic, with an inventive ride system and over-the-top immersion.

10. Matterhorn Bobsleds (DL) – I’m sure I have this higher than most people but the attraction remains a hallmark of Disneyland. Being able to adequately tell a story on a roller coaster built in 1959 is an incredible feat.

9. Tower of Terror (TDS) – While I like the ride system at Hollywood Studios far more, the original story told here is done with a finesse that most theme park attractions don’t have.

ToT ground night TDS

8. Haunted Mansion (MK) – Disneyland’s facade is superior but once on the actual ride, this is a stunning work of art with every scene being as memorable as the last.

7. Splash Mountain (MK) – All of these Splash Mountains and so many different opinions on which is the best! Magic Kingdom’s could use some love.

6. Splash Mountain (TDL) – This iteration gets you the least wet (if you’re into that sort of thing) and comes with its own mini-land!

5. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (DL & DHS) – I do not know how this is going to age. For now, it’s an amazing achievement with the most elaborate ride layout I’ve ever seen.

4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (DL) – Another one that has grown on me more and more. It’s a fun outdoor roller coaster through a mining town, but really there’s so much more.

3. Sinbad’s Storybook Voyage (TDS) – The best dark ride in the world is unsuspecting from the outside and maybe in the first scene or two. Then that triumphant song plays and there’s no better feeling.

2. Splash Mountain (DL) – This will go away sometime soon, and that’s okay. But it remains one of the most fun attractions ever because of the wild, lively animatronics inside.

1. Pirates of the Caribbean (DL) – I’ve raved about this attraction for 1,000 posts. One of the last attractions Walt Disney ever worked on may have been his best storytelling. From the costuming, to the imaginative story, to the goofy characters, Pirates of the Caribbean is perfect.

PotC stairs DL

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