Disneyland's Best Rides

Best Rides at Disneyland California

If you want to know what other visitors think are the best Disneyland rides, we've got the answer. Our readers rated each Disneyland ride on a scale from "Awesome!" to "Yuck!" Below are the best Disneyland rides, with the highest percentage of top ratings.

In other polls, best Disneyland thrill ride: Indiana Jones Adventure, best kid's rides: Peter Pan's Flight and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, best "popular" Disneyland ride: Space Mountain.

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    Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square
    ••• Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. Steve/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

    It took 15 years to plan this quintessential Disneyland ride, which features 999 ghosts in residence in a haunted "retirement home."

    Disney Haunted Mansion gets gussied up for the holidays every year, its decor inspired by Tim Burton's "The Nightmare Before Christmas." Disney Haunted Mansion is exclusive to Disneyland in California. During this time of year, we'd bump it to the #1 spot on this list.

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    Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland
    ••• Dead Men Tell No Tales. Adapted from mliu92/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    The Pirates of the Caribbean Ride was first conceived in 1948 but opened in 1969. A quiet bayou boat ride suddenly ends up in the middle of a pirate raid, complete with cannons blasting and fires blazing. Its scenes include original movie props and a glittering "Treasure Cache," with more than 400,000 gold coins and set pieces.

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    Disneyland's Space Mountain
    ••• Disneyland's Space Mountain. Matthew Simmons / Getty Images

    Space Mountain feels like flying through the universe among the stars. This indoor dark ride has been a visitor favorite since it first opened in 1977. It's an indoor, metal-railed roller coaster that's all the more fun because it's all in the dark. Star War theming adds to the fun, too.

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    Star Tours at Disneyland
    ••• Star Tours at Disneyland. Courtesy of the Disneyland Resort

    Based on the George Lucas Film Star Wars, this 1980s-vintage ride now has eye-popping 3-D effects. Umpteen combinations of events and outcomes, each featuring images from various of the Star Wars episodes ensure that you can ride it repeatedly without getting bored.

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    Indiana Jones Adventure
    ••• Indiana Jones Adventure. © Disney/LucasFilm Ltd

    This ride is almost as popular as the films that it's based on, and it has one of the best-themed entrance queues, with plenty to keep you entertained while you're waiting. Riders play 1935 tourists en route to visit the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Its "jungle transport" vehicles resemble military Hummers but are moving motion-simulators with onboard sound. The vehicle bounces, stutters, stops and starts, and variations make every Indiana Jones Adventure ride unique: you could potentially ride it 160,000 times and never experience the same thing twice.

    It's no wonder our readers also voted Indiana Jones the best thrill ride in Disneyland.

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    Boarding Peter Pan's Flight
    ••• Boarding Peter Pan's Flight. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    Our readers voted Peter Pan's Flight best Disneyland ride for kids. The vehicles are suspended from above, giving more of a feeling of flying, and they look like small sailing ships.

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    Splash Mountain
    ••• Splash Mountain. KeithJ/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    Inspired by "Song of the South," Splash Mountain is a half-mile ride with five drops ending in a final, 52-foot, 45-degree, 40-mile-per-hour plunge.

    The ride follows Brer Rabbit, who leaves his Briar Patch to find his laughing place. Pursued by Brer Fox and Brer Bear, he outsmarts them for a while but is caught and put in Brer Fox's cave atop 87-foot-tall Chickapin Hill. From there, a sharp drop ends the ride and the Splash Mountain story.

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    Mad Tea Party at Disneyland
    ••• Mad Tea Party at Disneyland. tom.arthur/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

    It's iconic. It's dizzy-making. It's motion sickness inducing. And everyone loves it anyway. Those spinning teacups somehow spin a web of desire that keeps its riders coming back for more.

     

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    Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland
    ••• Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort

    This roller coaster pulls you up eight stories high before sending you flying down to earth past mountain scenes and the elusive Abominable Snowman.

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    Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland
    ••• Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland. John Delorey/Flickr/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

     Dumbo must have been many kids' first Disneyland ride and it's so popular that they have two of them in Florida. Those cute little elephants are photograph-worthy and it's gentle enough for pretty much anyone to ride.

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    Riding Big Thunder Mountain
    ••• Riding Big Thunder Mountain. Loren Javier/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    This ride has been at Disneyland since the early days when Imagineers combed the desert for parts of old machinery to decorate the surroundings. Thunder Mountain simulates a runaway train careening through an abandoned mine complex and past scenery reminiscent of Bryce Canyon and the desert southwest. It includes three climbs. It's fun and packs more into the apparently small footprint than you might expect.

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    Buzz Lightyear
    ••• Buzz Lightyear. Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland

    Forget those virtual reality games; this one is like being inside a giant game arcade. You'll be helping Buzz Lightyear save the universe by zapping the bad guys.

    My favorite part of Buzz Lightyear is that anyone can play and even the most unlikely of players (like me) can sometimes outscore their opponents.

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    Finding Nemo Ride at Night
    ••• Finding Nemo Ride at Night. ©2013 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

    Riders have a love or hate relationship with Finding Nemo, but if you loved the film, how could you miss it? It loads slow and can feel a little claustrophobic, but it's an amazing piece of technological wizardry that creates an effect as enjoyable as its namesake.

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    Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin Ride Vehicle
    ••• Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin Ride Vehicle. Josh Hallett/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    If you've seen the film, you know Roger already, and this ride is just as wild and wacky as he is. In this ride, you control the "spin" - of your ride vehicle, at least.