The fall's cooler weather finally has arrived in Southern California, but it's never the offseason for theme park fans around here anymore. No matter what the calendar nor the forecasts say, it's always a good time to visit a theme park in Southern California. But what to do first?
These are the top 10 theme park rides (not including roller coasters) in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area, according to our Theme Park Insider reader ratings.
10. World of Color Disney's California Adventure
The night time spectacular at Disney California Adventure is a visual love letter to Disney animation, giving fans a perfect way to wrap their day at the parks.
9. Studio Tour Universal Studios Hollywood
The heart of Universal Studios Hollywood delivers multiple experiences in one ride, with Jaws, Earthquake, King Kong 360/3D and Fast & Furious: Supercharged, plus your tour of the most famous backlot in Hollywood. (Well, thanks to this tour.)
8. Jurassic World - The Ride Universal Studios Hollywood
This update to the old Jurassic Park flume ride wows fans from the start with a new Mosasaurus "aquarium," followed by ever bigger thrills at the finale.
7. Waterworld Universal Studios Hollywood
Perhaps the best stunt show in theme park history, Waterworld is the go-to example for how a theme park attraction can surpass its source material.
6. Timber Mountain Log Ride Knott's Berry Farm
The inspiration for Disney's Splash Mountain actually beats that ride onto our list and is currently offering its annual Halloween Hootenanny overlay.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout Disney's California Adventure
The Marvel-themed revamp of DCA's old Tower of Terror might have the highest "laughs per minute" ratio in the business. It's pure fun.
4. Indiana Jones Adventure Disneyland
Indy revolutionized the theme park industry when it opened in 1995 and remains awe-inspiring today.
3. Radiator Springs Racers Disney's California Adventure
A rare attraction where nothing goes terribly wrong, Racers brings the world of Pixar's Cars to life in a delightful road trip.
2. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey Universal Studios Hollywood
One of the world's great theme park attractions, Forbidden Journey empowers Harry Potter fans to experience a few moments of the wild life of Hogwarts students.
1. Pirates of the Caribbean Disneyland
Disney created the enduring template for theme park attractions with this 1967 classic, laying the foundation for a multi-billion dollar entertainment franchise. All hail the king.Tweet
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