How many rides does Disney have?
Written by Robert Niles
"Disney has only one ride," a colleague said to my mother the other day.Tweet
"It's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride," that person said. "All the rest are attractions."
I've heard this joke before, but it got me thinking this time. Sure, Toad's called a ride, but what about all those "journey"s and "adventure"s in the names of Disney attractions? Shouldn't they count for something, too? And by the way, I'm not so certain that other Disney attractions don't use the word "ride," either. If only I had access to a database that listed the names of all active, open Walt Disney attractions around the world....
Hey, wait a minute! ;^)
So I whipped up a little SQL query and here are the results.
[Notes: I thought it a bit cheap to count one name several times because it appeared on the same attraction at multiple parks, so I didn't do that. That decision got tricky with the five Fantasyland carousels, each of which has a different name - even with different spellings of "carousel". But they're all identical go-around-in-a-circle with white horses under a festival tent behind the castle - so I counted them as the same "carousel." That said, "carousel" still tied for third place. An attraction could have two "names," as well, such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, which counted as both a "tour" and an "adventure." Finally, I stopped the list at three instances of the same name, to keep the post length reasonable.]
For what it's worth, Disney has four rides, not just one. And a whole slew of adventures, races, spins, and tours, as well. Here's the breakdown:
Adventures (10, including an entire park)
So what's your favorite type of Disney, uh, experience?
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