What are your top 5 rides at the Disneyland Resort?

November 27, 2019, 6:09 PM

Growing up in New York, I went to Disney World more. Due to the fact that Florida was closer than California. I love Disney World. But Disneyland has my heart. The nostalgia I feel ever time I’m there. Disney World is great as well. Especially Epcot. But there’s something about Disneyland. Maybe because it’s the “original.” Both offer some great rides. But today I’m going to tell you my top 5 favorite at Disneyland. What are yours?

1.) Radiator Spring Racers
2.) Pirates of the Caribbean
3.) Indiana Jones Adventure
4.) Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
5.) It’s A Small World

Replies (16)

November 29, 2019, 9:24 AM

Oooh, I absolutely LOVE this thread! I practically grew up at Disneyland, and it's my favorite park in the world! Here are my top 5:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
2. Indiana Jones Adventure
3. Space Mountain
4. Incredicoaster
5. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

November 29, 2019, 6:52 PM

Clayton Lott, it’s my favorite park in the world too! I love your list as well!

November 29, 2019, 9:07 PM

I do love lists, I'm in. DL is also my favorite park, though I have yet to visit Europa Park and Tokyo Disney. I have little love for DCA other than Radiator Springs Racers.

1. Radiator Springs Racers
2. Space Mountain
3. Millennium Falcon
4. Indiana Jones Adventure
5. Haunted Mansion

If you want a full list of DLR exclusives, remove Falcon and Haunted and replace with Matterhorn and Incredicoaster (I don't consider Space Mountain a clone since the ride experience is completely different/way better at DL).

Edited: December 1, 2019, 10:02 PM

While I wouldn't say Disneyland is my favorite park period, it is my favorite of the Disney parks I've visited and I feel spoiled living only 30 minutes away (with no traffic). I've got a pretty solid top three, but top five gets a little messy. I'd probably have to go with this:

1. Indiana Jones Adventure
2. Pirates of the Caribbean
3. Radiator Springs Racers
4. Space Mountain (regular...Hyperspace/Ghost Galaxy doesn't make the cut)
5. Splash Mountain
HM: Guardians of the Galaxy

If restricted to just Disneyland park, I'd probably put either Millennium Falcon or Star Tours in 5th place. Also note that the holiday version of Haunted Mansion ranks above Space and below RSR for me.

Edited: November 30, 2019, 1:56 PM

From our Best Theme Park Attractions page, it's currently:

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean
  2. Radiator Springs Racers
  3. Haunted Mansion
  4. Indiana Jones Adventure
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout

Beyond that, my five underrated favorites would be:

  • Animation Academy
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes
  • Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

(Aka, the "even if the park is slammed, you can do these" list.)

December 1, 2019, 9:49 AM

Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Matterhorn. Please note that none would be the modified version, like Hyperspace or Haunted Mansion Holiday. They are also very unique to me, and it was hard to have Indiana Jones on here instead of the Railroad, Tiki Room, and others, but it does have an impressive queue and is fun. The list is not in order, but the Mansion and Pirates are easily the top two.

December 1, 2019, 4:05 PM

I love everyone’s Disneyland list! Now, let’s switch it up. What are your top 5 Disney World rides? Here are my top 5:
1.) Avatar Flight of Passage
2.) Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
3.) Haunted Mansion
4.) Tower of Terror
5.) Expedition Everest

December 1, 2019, 5:53 PM

Hmm, that may be harder. Haunted Mansion and Pirates still get the top spot, but it gets much more difficult. Expedition Everest, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (don't remove those first two words), and Space Mountain. Yes, Avatar did not make the cut, but it would be next as would the boat ride, which I think is underrated. I think FoP could be longer and can give you some bad views. Aerosmith and Dinosaur is way up there, but I stand by my five.

December 1, 2019, 10:10 PM

We're doing Walt Disney World now? Okay...

1. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
2. Expedition Everest
3. Haunted Mansion
4. Soarin'
5. Toy Story Mania

Avatar Flight of Passage and Kilimanjaro Safaris just miss the cut (those would be 6th and 7th, respectively). I should also note that I have not ridden Florida's version of Splash Mountain but anticipate that would make the list given that California's is in my top five at the resort.

December 2, 2019, 8:15 AM

1) Pirates of the Caribbean
2) Haunted Mansion
3) Temple of the Forbidden Eye
4) Space Mountain
5) Radiator Springs Racers
1) Flight of Passage
2) Splash Mountain
3) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
4) Kilimanjaro Safaris
5) Na'vi River Journey

December 2, 2019, 8:18 AM

1) Splash Mountain
2) Tower of Terror
3) Flight of Passage
4) Millennium Falcon
5) Test Track

I have a feeling this is going to change in about 72 hours, though!

December 2, 2019, 8:59 AM

I guess I'll play along...


1. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout
2. Hyperspace Mountain
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye
4. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
5. Radiator Springs Racers


1. Flight of Passage
2. Tower of Terror
3. Mission Space
4. Test Track
5. Splash Mountain
(FWIW, I haven't been to WDW since Galaxy's Edge opened on the east coast)

December 2, 2019, 12:36 PM

Haven't ever been to Disneyland, so I can only speak for WDW. My top 5 would be:

1. Haunted Mansion
2. Expedition Everest
3. Pirates of the Caribbean (I realize this one is considered inferior to the DLR version, but it's the only one I know and I've loved it since childhood... I'm even nostalgic for the smell...)
4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
5. Splash Mountain
HM: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

December 3, 2019, 3:29 PM

It's tough to choose just 5, at at Disneyland Park (I'm excluding DCA) They would be:

Big Thunder Mountain (So underrated when it comes to the mountain family of rides!!)
Space Mountain
Haunted Mansion

Edited: December 5, 2019, 4:16 PM

1. RotR
2. FoP
3. ToT
4. Everest
5. RnR
6. Haunted Mansion
7. Test Track
8. Splash Mt
9. Thunder Mt
10. Space Mt

At DL Resort:
1. RotR
2. Indiana Jones
3. Radiator Springs
4. Pirates
5. Thunder Mt

Edited: December 9, 2019, 7:02 AM

I want to go for Splash Mt due to their Trim Trails events

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