The Disneyland Resort is home to some of the most iconic attractions in theme park history. It’s also home to some truly impressive technological wonders in the form of a ride. Today we’re attempting to rate every single Disneyland Resort attraction from best to worst. And let’s just start with the fact that just because a certain ride came in last, doesn’t mean it’s not good, it’s just not as good as others at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
- Haunted Mansion
There’s really nothing better than walking into the dark rooms of the Haunted Mansion and getting a tour of the ghostly estate. One thing we look forward to every year is the return of Haunted Mansion Holiday from September through December.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Almost every Disney park around the world has some version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. With the addition of the big finale scene at Disneyland Park we can’t get enough of this western-themed coaster.
- WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure
The newest attraction at Disney California Adventure is WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure inside Avengers Campus. This ranks in our top three because Disney has integrated merchandise to enhance your on-board experience, which is just really cool.
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
One classic attraction that always has long lines is the Matterhorn Bobsleds. The steel roller coaster isn’t as smooth as it used to be, but kids of all ages still line up to ride this one over and over again.
- Jungle Cruise
Visitors at Walt Disney World have gotten a sneak peek into what the refurbished Jungle Cruise is going to look like, and it’s awesome. The lore of the attraction is one that keeps getting bigger with new updates and the new Jungle Cruise movie debuting this summer.
- Disneyland Railroad
When it’s time for a break at the park the best spot to go is the Disneyland Railroad. You can stay on as long as you wish and there’s always great views of the park from the Fantasyland station.
The best ride over at Disney California Adventure has to be the Incredicoaster. The ride flips riders upside down, goes through tunnels and smells like cookies at one point.
- Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout
We can’t get enough of Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: Breakout. The ride features all the characters from the Marvel films in an original story that now ties into the newly opened Avengers Campus.
- “it’s a small world”
“it’s a small world” has been a Disney icon since debuting at the World’s Fair. The detail in each doll inside is impeccable, and we love that Disneyland’s version has characters sprinkled throughout.
- Grizzly River Run
There’s nothing like a ride on Grizzly River Run on a hot day at Disney California Adventure. The raft ride basically guarantees you’re going to get wet, but it’s also really beautiful with Grizzly Peak in the background.
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
If it weren’t for the fact that this ride is the same at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland it would have been ranked much higher. The attention to detail from the queue to the actual ride vehicle is amazing and makes Star Wars fans around the world proud.
- Pirates of the Caribbean
There’s just something about Disneyland’s version of this ride that keeps us coming back to ride it “just one more time” before a day at the park ends. The transitions from the bayou of New Orleans to the Caribbean is incredible, and some of our favorite park illusions are tucked into this ride.
- Radiator Springs Racers
One attraction people can’t seem to get enough of is Radiator Springs Racers and we can understand why. The attraction feels like you’re right in the middle of Radiator Springs with all of the characters from Cars. We especially love that the ride splits into two tracks so every time you could have a different experience.
- Splash Mountain
Another classic Disney attraction is Splash Mountain. The Disneyland version is a little shorter than it’s Orlando counterpart, and the boats tend to get a lot of water inside on the final drop, but it’s worth it to sing along to the catchy theme song.
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction is a fun family-friendly ride that has you patterning with Hondo Ohnaka from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to go on a mission. If you really want a new experience on the ride try to lock in “Chewie Mode” before you take off.
- Alice in Wonderland
The first true dark ride on the list is Alice in Wonderland. We love the larger than life pieces inside the attraction, and who doesn’t love doing this after taking a spin on the Mad Tea Party?
- King Arthur Carousel
There’s nothing like a ride on a classic carousel to take you back to your childhood. Be sure to look out for “Jingles” which is said to be Walt Disney’s favorite horse.
- Indiana Jones Adventure
Indiana Jones Adventure is a good mix of dark ride and thrill ride without being too intense for kids. It’s definitely a solid pick for a first ride or last ride of the day.
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
In Carsland you’ll find three different attractions, but one we love just because it’s pure fun is Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. The swinging ride vehicles will sling you all over the place and you’ll get off laughing and ready to jump back in line.
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is a classic Disneyland attraction, and likely would never be built in today’s time. We love the step back into attraction history and going merrily on our way to nowhere at all!
- Peter Pan’s Flight
Many kids will remember Peter Pan’s Flight as one of the first attractions they were able to ride at Disneyland. The adorable dark ride tells the tale of Peter Pan, John, Michael, and Wendy as they journey to Neverland.
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Another fan-favorite dark ride is Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. The attraction retells the story of the puppet turned little boy. We love the Blue Fairy illusion in the attraction that makes her appear and disappear.
- Toy Story Midway Mania
As you’re walking through Pixar Pier you’ll run into Mr. Potato Head inviting you in to try your hand at some midway games. The attraction is fun for your whole family to see who can get the highest score.
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Another attraction you can attempt to beat your family and friends at is Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. Be sure to listen to the instructions Buzz gives you because some targets are worth more points than others.
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
Let’s just be honest, this ride wins the award for cutest ride at Disney California Adventure. The dancing cars are so fun to ride on sunny days when the weather is perfect.
- Mad Tea Party
One attraction that people often think of when they think of Disneyland is the Mad Tea Party. Here you get to hop into oversized tea cups and spin around until you feel like you’re in Wonderland.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh bring together the snuggly bear and all of his friends as they journey through the Hundred Acre Wood. The cute kids ride is as adorable on the inside as it is on the outside as you wait for your honeypot to pull up and whisk you away.
- Mark Twain Riverboat
Glide along the shores of the Rivers of America in the Mark Twain Riverboat. Oftentimes you’ll be riding along with bayou royalty Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog.
- Monsters Inc. Mike and Sully to the Rescue
The only reason this ride makes it up so high on the list is because of the use of the buddy pass which allows groups of one or two to enter the attraction at the exit and wait to be boarded with another group to fill a car. Think of this as a different type of single rider line.
- Snow White’s Enchanted Wish
Snow White’s Enchanted Wish is an upgraded version of the previous Snow White attraction. It features an all new ending with Snow White and her Prince living happily ever after.
- Soarin’ Around The World
This is a great ride to hop in line for while it’s raining or super hot in the middle of the afternoon. If it’s available be sure to ask for the front row so your view isn’t impaired by people’s dangling feet.
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
This attraction is virtually the same around the world, but we love it because Star Wars is awesome. We love the updated version where most rides end inside Batuu, which is the fictional planet Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is based on.
- Roger Rabit’s Car Toon Spin
Kids love the zany antics that happen on this attraction even if they’ve never actually seen Who Framed Roger Rabit? The Toontown attraction is an easy one to get on and off of without a long wait, even on busy days at Disneyland Park.
- Silly Symphony Swings
This classic pier or fair ride is themed after Disney’s Silly Symphonies with music and bright paintings in the cylinder of the ride mechanism. We suggest doing this one after sunset when Pixar Pier is lit up in sparkling lights.
- Astro Orbiter
The hub and spoke ride located on the outskirts of Tomorrowland is popular with little kids who are still too small for some of the bigger coasters and attractions like Space Mountain or Indiana Jones Adventure.
There’s nothing like a relaxing car ride through Disneyland Park. We love Autopia because of the fun colored cars and the history the attraction holds.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
This is likely the first ride many people remember riding at Disneyland when they were a kid or when they first brought their kids. Dumbo is an iconic attraction that lets you soar as high as the sky and see over all of Fantasyland.
- Gadget’s Go Coaster
The cute ride in Toontown is themed after Chip ’n’ Dale Rescue Rangers. While onboard you’ll notice you’re sitting in giant acorns and the track is made of oversized everyday objects.
- Golden Zephyr
There’s really nothing super inventive about this ride, but we love the views it gives of Pixar Pier, especially early in the morning when the park is just starting to let people in.
- Goofy’s Sky School
When Goofy is involved you know that things may go awry, and that’s exactly how it is on Goofy’s Sky School where there are twists and turns around every corner. Those with back or neck problems should heed the warning and not ride.
- Jumpin’ Jellyfish
This parachute-style attraction allows one adult and one child to hop into a basket as you hop over Jellyfish and take in panoramic views of Paradise Bay and Pixar Pier.
- Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind is basically a carousel with less riders and up off the ground. It’s themed after the Pixar movie Inside Out, and is one to add into your day if you’ve already hit all of the big rides at both parks.
- Casey Junior Circus Trains
Kids love this tiny train, but adults are often cramped inside tiny train cars as they glide around Fantasyland.
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
The Storybook Land Canal Boats is an adorable ride through miniature versions of fairytale settings. The actual boats are small and only fit 12 people so the line for this ride can get long quickly.
- Jessie’s Critter Carousel
After you’ve ridden the original carousel over at Disneyland Park this Toy Story-themed one just doesn’t seem like a must-do. The critters are cute, but we wouldn’t wait long for this one.
- The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
This attraction is almost exactly the same as the Walt Disney World Version. It features undersea friends like Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian retelling the story about how Ariel met Prince Eric.
- Space Mountain
Of all of the variations of Space Mountain, Disneyland’s version is the least exciting. It’s still fun, but we love the high-speed thrills of Walt Disney World’s more, and the cool exterior of Disneyland Paris!
- Pixar Pal-A-Round
There are two options for Pixar Pal-A-Round where one side has swinging gondolas and one side has stationary gondolas. We prefer the stationary version, but however you slice it this is still just a Pixar-themed Ferris wheel.
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
The last attraction on the list is the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. This attraction takes guests to the depths of an ocean reef to see Nemo and his pals through the glass of a submarine. The only reason this is last is because the submarines are a little challenging to get in and out of, and the line is often long.
Megan duBois is a travel and lifestyle journalist who has been venturing to the Disney Parks for over 25 years. Her favorite park is Disney’s Hollywood Studios and her favorite park snack is a Mickey ice cream sandwich.