I LOVE Disneyland!! Disney World is great too, but the original is my fave! There is so much to do in Disneyland, but you can see both parks and ride a lot of the rides in one day. Disney World - not so much. It is a one-park-per-day kind of place and there are five parks! Disneyland you can do in a weekend, whereas Disney World needs at least a week!
I have blogged previously about what to take with you when you visit the parks, but I have never really mentioned the rides. There are so many to choose from so I picked ten and listed them here. Don't get me wrong - there are so many that I love to go on, but there is just no room for all of them.
Adventures of Winnie the Pooh - A kiddy ride but still a lot of fun for adults. A great way to get off your feet for a few minutes! Take a ride through the Thousand Aker Woods and visit Winnie the Pooh and his friends!
Disneyland Railroad - A relaxing ride around Disneyland Park and you can stay on as long as you want. Some of the trains also have a place for scooters so if you have a mobility aid, you can ride without leaving it behind and then trying to remember which station you left it at!
Pinocchio - Another kiddy ride that is great for adults. Take a ride with Pinocchio, Gepeto, and the rest of the gang.
Peter Pan - What's better than soaring over the rooftops of London with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy, and the boys! Captain Hook, the Lost Boys, the Indians - they are all there!
The Matterhorn Bobsleds - This fast roller-coaster style ride is a lot of fun! The Abominable Snowman is there to try and stop you as you travel through his land!
Grizzly River - Yes, this is actually in California Adventure, but it is a great ride for cooling off on a hot day! Ride on a huge rubber raft that takes eight people through rapids and over waterfalls! Yes, you WILL get very wet!!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - An old gold mining town is the set of this fun, fast roller-coaster style ride. Tunnels, hills, and everything else you can expect from a coaster!
Radiator Springs Racers - A newer ride (only about a year or so) that takes you through Radiator Springs with Mater, Lightning McQueen, and all their friends. Get shined and tuned up, then out to the track to race another car to the finish line! Who will win this time??
Splash Mountain - Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear, and Brer Fox all sing you songs of the South as your log boat meanders through the Briar Patch. A few waterfalls and some rapids add to the fun, and at the end... well, why should I spoil it? Just remember that you could get wet on this ride, depending on where you sit in the boat. And smile! Your picture will be waiting for you at the end of the ride!
California Screamin' - My favourite ride!! This fast and furious coaster is THE BEST!! THREE! TWO! ONE! And you are catapulted up the first hill! From there, the track twists and turns, rises and falls, and then there is the loop-the-loop around Mickey's head! WOW!!! What a RUSH!! Can we go again?? Remember to smile! Your picture will be waiting for you!
The Haunted Mansion - What is a trip to Disneyland without visiting the Haunted Mansion!! Enter, if you dare, and find yourself in a room where, once the door closes, the walls suddenly seem to get taller! When the door opens again, get ready for a trip through this spooky realm! You might even find a ghostly visitor joining you on the ride!
Pirates of the Caribbean - Another must-do! Ride through the pirate lair with Jack Sparrow and his motley crew! Keep an eye on the Jack Sparrows in the ride. There are a few and once in a while, Johnny Depp himself has been known to make an appearance in costume!
There are so many more that I always have to ride - Prince Charming Carousel, Dumbo, one of the streetcars on Main Street, Small World (although I end up with the song stuck in my head for hours after!), and Storybook Land to name a few - but this list gives a few to choose from. Just remember that some of them get you REALLY wet, but they are all great ways to get off you feet for a while and cool off.
While you are wandering around the parks, whether in Disneyland or WDW, keep an eye out for hidden Mickeys. They are found in places you would never think to look! Here is a sample found in the Christmas store in Downtown Disney in WDW:
Whether you are visiting Disneyland or Disney World, the main thing is to have fun! It doesn't matter if you are 5 or 95, this really is the Happiest Place on Earth! Enjoy!