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Robert Niles
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Ranking Disney's Pixar-themed Attractions

Published: July 2, 2015 at 10:45 AM

With Pixar-themed attractions expected to fill a substantial portion of the space that Walt Disney World is clearing in its Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park, let's take a look at other Pixar-themed attractions around the world.

You will find at least one Pixar-themed attraction in every Disney theme park. Disney's Hollywood Studios already hosts Toy Story Midway Mania, which not only will remain in the park, it will expand, as Disney is adding an additional track for the ride in attempt to help reduce its notorious long wait times.

As fans await an announcement on what Disney will bring to DHS, what should they hope to see? What are the best Pixar-themed attractions around the world? Which ones are the worst? Theme Park Insider readers have been rating and reviewing attractions at top parks around the world, so we tallied those votes to rank Disney's Pixar attractions.

1. Cars Land
Disney California Adventure

Cars Land

Disney's best Pixar-themed development anchored the redevelopment of what might be considered DHS's sister park, the formerly-maligned Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. DCA borrowed DHS's Pan Pacific Auditorium-inspired entry gates for its refurbishment, and at one point, DHS was slated to get DCA's Cars Land in return. But those plans were shelved like Wheezy. Will they return?

2. Toy Story Midway Mania
Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea

Toy Story Midway Mania

No matter where Disney installs this carnival-themed shooter ride, it draws huge crowds. But it's already in DHS.

3. Ratatouille: The Adventure
Walt Disney Studios Paris

Ratatouille: The Ride

Disneyland Paris's second gate opened this 3D dark ride to good reviews last summer, but attendance continued to drop at the struggling park, bringing into question just how badly people want to spend more time with a rat who cooks. Disneyland Paris is said to have a five-year exclusive on this ride, making it even more unlikely as a DHS expansion candidate.

4. Crush's Coaster
Walt Disney Studios Paris

Crush's Coaster

Fans endure the longest waits at the Disneyland Paris Resort to ride this relatively low-capacity indoor spinning coaster, but those who do ride almost always rave about it.

5. Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek
Tokyo Disneyland

Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek

The Tokyo Disney Resort is Disney's only resort to feature three Pixar-themed shooter rides, with this game of "flashlight tag" one of the most popular attractions in Tokyo Disneyland.

6. Buzz Lightyear
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland

Buzz Lightyear

Disney's first Pixar-themed ride is one of the few attractions to be featured at every Disney theme park resort around the world. (Trivia time: Name the others!)

7. Turtle Talk With Crush
Epcot, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea

Turtle Talk With Crush

This interactive experience lies somewhere between show and meet and greet, but it doesn't take much space and fans generally give it good marks.

8. Finding Nemo - The Musical
Disney's Animal Kingdom

Finding Nemo - The Musical

Nemo doesn't get the love from theme park fans that Disney's Lion King and Aladdin shows get, but it still routinely fills its Disney's Animal Kingdom theater with enthusiastic crowds.

9. It's Tough to Be a Bug!
Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure

It's Tough to Be a Bug!

A 4D movie with plenty of gross-out moments, this A Bug's Life-themed show has plenty of young fans in Florida, even as it is has been on hiatus in California in favor of Ant Man previews.

10. Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue
Disney California Adventure

Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue

Some might be surprised to see California's version of a Monsters Inc. dark ride ranked so low, but that might be because in comparison with the ride it replaced — the epically-hated "Superstar Limo" — "Mike and Sulley to the Rescue" seems like the next coming of the Haunted Mansion.

11. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor

This animated, yet interactive, comedy show might have gotten its biggest laugh the first time a Disney fan typed its acronym on a fan forum.

12. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
Disneyland

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

This retheme of Disneyland's submarine ride is actually the largest ride in the park, due to the need to duplicate the show experience for both side of the sub. It's widely tipped for elimination, as Disneyland looks for space to accommodate new Star Wars and Marvel attractions.

13. The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Epcot

The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Another retheme of an aquatic attraction, but here Nemo and Friends can't measure up to the true stars of The Seas pavilion — the real sea animals within.

14. Cars Race Rally
Walt Disney Studios Paris

Cars Race Rally

If The Onion were to design a stripped-down, low-budget, spoof version of California Adventure's Cars Land, it'd have this.

15. Toy Story Playland
Hong Kong Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios Paris

Toy Story Playland

If Disney claims that these two collections of basic carnival rides with Toy Story-decor are popular, it would only be because they were installed in mostly empty parks where fans were desperate for anything to do. Perhaps that's Disney's strategy with Hollywood Studios? Clear out the park and leave much of it shuttered for so long that fans will be happy when anything new appears.

16. A Bug's Land
Disney California Adventure

Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies

Home to our readers' choice as the worst major theme park attraction in the world, Disney's least-loved Pixar-themed land stands next to its most beloved, illustrating the cliche "if at first you don't succeed, try again."

Based on our readers' ratings, if Disney chooses to duplicate an existing Pixar-themed attraction at DHS, it would show its Walt Disney World fans the most love by bringing over Cars Land, or if not that, perhaps Crush's Coaster or Monsters Inc. Ride and Go Seek. Disney would be showing its Florida visitors a big middle Mickey finger, instead, by choosing to build another Cars Race Rally, Toy Story Playland, or A Bug's Land in the park.

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