A Magical Trip: Disneyland Rides, Attractions, & Shows

On our trip to The Happiest Place on Earth* we rode a TON of rides and saw a few shows. And we did so without feeling rushed, which was quite nice. Since I’m sure there are at least two of you who might be interested in all the things we did there (not including characters we met or food we ate – those get their own posts), here’s a list for ya’ll.

Disneyland Park

Main Street, U.S.A.
Horse Drawn Trolley Ride – For when you just don’t feel like walking.
Omnibus Ride – Got to sit on the top!
Disneyland Railroad – A great way to rest your feet while getting to other parts of the park.
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade – Loved the interaction between Captain Hook and Peter Pan.

Mad Tea Party – Always fun. I’m a fan of anything Alice in Wonderland related.
Peter Pan’s Flight – A short dark ride but the flying over London part was neat.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – So. Many. Stairs. The kiddos were scared of the Maleficent section.
King Arthur Carrousel – I ♥ carousels.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant – I’ll never be too old for this one.
Tangled at The Royal Theatre – Such a cute show.

Astro Orbitor – My husband felt like he was going to fly out of the ride.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – 5-year-old liked shooting the aliens.
Space Mountain – Not as fun as I remember it being. 5-year-old did not care for it at all.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – My husband took our 5-year-old on this THREE times! She LOVED it.
Disneyland Monorail – Took it from Tomorrowland to Downtown Disney.

Jungle Cruise – A very punny ride. Skipper Camille is a delight.
Tarzan’s Treehouse – STAIRS! LOTS OF THEM! The musical pots and pans area is kind of neat.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – We were screaming the whole time but it was super fun.
Big Thunder Ranch – GOATS!
Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition – This costs 50¢ to play. Our 5-year-old was not impressed.
Mark Twain Riverboat – A gentle ride along the Rivers of America.

Critter Country
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Kind of a trippy dark ride. Especially the Wuzzles part.

Disney California Adventure Park

Hollywood Land
Disney Junior – Live on Stage! – Super fun show for the preschool set.
Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular – Great music and a pop culture spewing Genie? YES!
Monster’s Inc., Mike & Sulley to the Rescue – The attention to detail is pretty great.
Turtle Talk with Crush – Pretty cool how he interacts with the audience.

A Bug’s Land
Francis’ Ladybug Boogie – This ride spins a lot faster than the Mad Tea Party.
Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train – For the younger ones.
Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies – Kind of like bumper cars. 5-year-old kept making us go in circles.

Paradise Pier
King Triton’s Carousel – You get to ride on sea creatures. No narwhals though.
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure – The 5-year-old and I were totally singing throughout the entire ride.
Mickey’s Fun Wheel – The swinging cages can REALLY SWING. 5-year-old got scared on it.
Silly Symphony Swings – Our 5-year-old liked it. I was over it after about two times around.
Toy Story Midway Mania! – So much fun!
Pixar Play Parade – Fair warning: You could get wet during this parade.

Cars Land
Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree – This ride kind of whips you around.
Radiator Springs Racers – The best ride. For reals.

Grizzly Peak
Redwood Creek Challenge Trail – You can get your Wilderness Explorer badge here.

Condor Flats
Soarin’ Over California – Husband said it could use an update. 5-year-old enjoyed it.

So, dear readers, what is your favorite ride, show, or attraction at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park?

Photos by Arbine Villanueva-Hoapili and Marcus Hoapili

*Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with the Walt Disney Company

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