I’ve already discussed my most recent Disneyland trip in a 3-part post. And I’ve ranked all of the food and desserts we have had so far last week, as well. All that leaves now is the best part of all, the rides. As I always do, I like to create a grand list of every ride (and show, as the Enchanted Tiki Room is now getting a place in this list) we’ve ever been on, including those we haven’t done recently. Keep in mind that this list is going to be generally as unbiased as I can make it. I mean, of course a list ranking Disneyland’s attractions in order of my preference is going to be biased, but I’m at least not going to let my terror during a few of them cloud my judgement. (Also, italics mean I didn’t visit the attraction during our most recent trip.) So, from least great to most great, read on to discover the Duck’s Disney rides ranking from 11-21!
21: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – Like last year, this one’s still on the bottom of the list because I don’t really enjoy rides where I have to do anything, y’know. I feel like this ride is more for kids and adults who want a more interactive experience. For me, I prefer to relax and enjoy the scenery, so it’s not really my thing. The Buzz Lightyear animatronic in the queue is still pretty cool, though.
20: Autopia – I get why kids would like this. I mean, you get to drive a car without any of the inherent dangers of vehicular transport. For us, however, it’s not a very fun one, as it’s hard to get the car to drive for more than a few seconds at a time, and you have a good chance of getting rammed by the person behind you. When I’m on vacation, bumper-to-bumper traffic is not my idea of a good time!
19: Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – This dark ride in Toon Town just doesn’t mean all that much to me, probably because I never saw the movie it is based on. I also didn’t really get the spinning aspect of the ride and often found myself facing away from the action. It’s pretty wild, but also pretty confusing.
18: Enchanted Tiki Room – The one non-ride in this list, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a fun little show with singing animatronic birds, flowers, and tikis. It’s also a pretty relaxing place to enjoy a dole whip or Jungle Julep while enjoying the ambience. My favorite thing was when they made it look like it’s raining outside. My least favorite thing was the singing flowers. I don’t know…I just thought they were kind of…unsettling….
17: Casey Jr. Circus Train – Alas, we never did this ride before, so we thought we’d check it out this timewhile the line was short. This is a train ride on a miniature train around where the Storybook Land Canal Boats go. It’s a fun enough ride, but you will probably either get a seat without shade or have to sit in the cramped animal cages with a speaker right above your head. If you want a train ride, you might be better off on the far larger Disneyland Railroad, which is far more comfortable.
16: Storybook Land Canal Boats – We decided to revisit this ride this year because we skipped it back in 2018, and it really is a cute and relaxing boat ride through miniature scenery from various Disney movies. It’s also funny to spot the intruding duck population that are the same height or taller than the houses. I’d be in so much trouble if I went where those ducks were sitting.
15: Mad Tea Party – Spinning around like mad (…) is pretty fun, and the lines aren’t usually very long. And even if you don’t like twirling in circles for several minutes, it’s hard to deny how beautiful the lanterns look at night.
14: Pinocchio’s Daring Journey – Fantasyland has lots of dark rides, so I always look out for things that make them stand out from the rest. While this is a perfectly good ride, it’s probably the least unique out of all the Fantasyland dark rides, so low on the list is where it shall remain.
13: It’s a Small World – Ah yes, the infamous Small World, with its overwhelming number of cute (or creepy, as some people feel) little characters and maddeningly catchy song. I know a lot of people don’t like Small World, but I think it’s pretty fun, and there’s a whole lot to look at, including various Disney character sprinkled throughout the ride. Every time we go, I find one or even several new characters. (This year’s newest find was Mulan and Mushu.)
12: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – This is a rather cute dark ride in Critter Country which gets extra points for featuring everyone’s favorite silly old bear and extra, extra points for being really relaxing, as for most of it, the ride vehicle rocks as if floating on water. Just watch out for those heffalumps and woozles!
11: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Out of all the dark rides in Fantasyland, this one is unique because of how wild and fast it is. It’s also unique in that you get hit by a train at the end and pay a short visit to…um, heck. (This was also the first time heck actually felt warm to me.)
And that’s just the half of it. Next time, I’ll discuss my top 10 Disneyland rides, so don’t forget to stop by! See you then, dear readers!