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The Ultimate Disneyland Attraction Guide (all you need to know and more!)

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Looking for a Disneyland attraction guide? You’ve come to the right place! When it comes to rides and attractions, Disneyland park in California has you covered. It is, after all, the original Disney theme park! Here is everything you need to know (and more) about the Disneyland attractions as you plan your vacation!

 


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Planning a Disneyland vacation in 2023? Be sure to check out our guide to all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer this year including the reopening of Mickey’s Toontown, the Disney100 Celebration, and more!


 

Welcome to Magic in the Planning’s Unofficial Disneyland Attraction Guide!

 

Update… Disney has replaced FastPass and MaxPass with the brand new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+. The new system is very similar to Disneyland’s MaxPass as it is an add-on purchase allowing you to make “Lightning Lane” reservations throughout your day in the parks. There is also the option to purchase Individual Attraction reservations for select top-tier attractions. For more information, be sure to visit our guide. Happy Planning!

 

Fantasyland

Alice in Wonderland

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: A colorful caterpillar takes you through Wonderland. It is a slow-moving, dark ride accommodating 4-6 people per caterpillar.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Casey Jr. Circus Train

  • Attraction Type: Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: This slow-moving ride allows you to travel in a circus train behind Casey Jr.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Dumbo Ride in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningDumbo the Flying Elephant

  • Attraction Type: Slow Ride, Spinning
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: This extremely famous slow-moving, spinning attraction allows you to soar around and around inside Dumbo the flying elephant!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

it's a small world in Disneyland | Magic in the Planning“it’s a small world”

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride, Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Sail around the world in this slow-moving boat ride as you listen to dolls from around the world singing. (Yes, this song will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

King Arthur Carrousel

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride, Spinning
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride.
  • About the Ride: Enjoy a beautiful old-fashioned carousel ride that is original to the park.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Mad Tea Party in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningMad Tea Party

  • Attraction Type: Spinning
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride.
  • About the Ride: Take a ride in a whimsical oversized teacup! When I was younger, I watched a documentary on Disneyland and this was the ride that stood out to me the most. Perhaps it’s the whimsy or the brightly colored cups… either way, it’s usually one of the first Fantasyland attractions we ride at Disneyland.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: 42 inches tall
  • About the Ride: Take a ride in a bobsled on either the Tomorrowland or Fantasyland side. Be prepared for sharp turns!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: This quick (and sometimes scary) dark ride is only found at Disneyland Park.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Peter Pan’s Flight

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Hop aboard a pirate ship and “fly” above Neverland in this slow-moving dark ride!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Take a slow-moving journey through the classic Pinocchio story.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningSleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

  • Attraction Type: Dark
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: This is not a ride, but rather a walkthrough journey through Princess Aurora’s castle.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: At one time, this classic Fantasyland dark ride was known for being quite… dark. But it has now received a significant makeover! Snow White’s Scary Adventures underwent a major refurbishment just before Disneyland closed last spring, and it will be ready to reopen with a new name and an enhanced storyline on April 30, 2021.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Storybook Land Canal Boats

  • Attraction Type: Slow Ride, Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Sail in a slow-moving boat enjoying scenes of miniature fairy tales.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Fantasyland for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Tomorrowland

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Astro Orbitor

  • Attraction Type: Spinning
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Climb aboard to fly your own rocket ship high above Tomorrowland in this iconic high-flying, spinning attraction.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

 

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Autopia

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: 54 inches may drive on their own, 32 inches may drive when accompanied by someone over 54 inches tall.
  • About the Ride: Experience driving a real gas-powered vehicle through a miniature speedway in Tomorrowland.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: In this slow-moving, dark ride, take aim as you fight off the Evil Emperor Zurg! This video-game-like attraction is a lot of fun and very interactive for young and not-so-young alike.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Disneyland Monorail

  • Attraction Type: Transportation
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: No trip to Disneyland would be complete without a ride in the classic Disneyland Monorail!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Disneyland | magicintheplanning.comFinding Nemo Submarine Voyage

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: In this slow-moving, submarine ride, you will take a journey into the world of Nemo and his friends. It is worth noting that this ride is somewhat enclosed in a tighter-than-usual space.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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Space Mountain

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: What’s not to love about a space-themed roller coaster in the dark?? (Seasonally, this ride is sometimes Star Wars-themed and called “Hyperspace Mountain.”)
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Small Drops
  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: This 3D simulator is one of my favorite rides in Disneyland. Featuring some of your favorite Star Wars characters both past and present, this is one ride you definitely don’t want to skip.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Tomorrowland for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningBig Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Small Drops
  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches and taller may ride.
  • About the Ride: This roller coaster is themed as a runaway train, and it’s easily one of my favorite rides in the park. It’s thrilling, yet not so thrilling that it can’t be enjoyed by the whole family. (My 6-year-old daughter loved it!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

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Mark Twain Riverboat

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride, Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Take a sightseeing tour on one of Disneyland’s original attractions.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

  • Attraction Type: Self-Guided Tour
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Take a log raft across the Rivers of America to retrace the steps of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when they ran away to live as pirates. Once on the island, everything is self-guide.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Sailing Ship Columbia

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride, Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Sail into the wilderness on this full-scale replica of an 18th-century ship. (This boat ride doesn’t always operate on days with low attendance.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Frontierland for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Mickey’s Toontown

*Mickey’s Toontown is currently closed for reimagining. Opening on March 8, 2023, here’s a look at what we know so far:

CenTOONial Park – This new area will be the first space guests encounter when they enter Mickey’s Toontown, and it will be a natural space “anchored by two interactive play experiences.” It will feature a fountain (designed for play) and water tables for some additional fun. The fountain will also transform at night into a “unique spectacle.” Nearby, there will be a “dreaming tree” inspired by the tree Walt Disney would daydream under as a child. The sculpted tree roots will also provide children with an opportunity for play.

Goofy’s How-To-Play Yard –  This space will incorporate a “whimsical sound garden where kids will discover new ways to make wacky noises, as well as enjoy an all-new, elevated clubhouse.”

Donald’s Duck Pond – This splash area will also allow guests to look inside the boat through the portholes, where they can interact with favorite ducklings Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby.

Chip ‘n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster – This will be a one-of-a-kind coaster specifically designed for kids.

Café Daisy – Daisy Duck will serve up diner classics at this sidewalk table eatery.

Toontown Farmers Market at Good Boy! Grocers – This will be a friendly roadside stand, offering grab-and-go drinks and treats.

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin – This fan-favorite attraction will be returning!

Mickey's House in Disneyland | Magic in the Planning

Mickey & Minnie’s Houses – Guests will once again be able to meet Mickey and Minnie at their homes.

*Opening January 27, 2023: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Much like the ride already open in Hollywood Studios, guests will be able to join Minnie and Mickey for a picnic in the park only for everything to suddenly go wrong! This trackless ride will take you through multiple scenes featuring all of your favorite Disney characters.

 

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Mickey’s Toontown for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Critter Country

Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes

  • Attraction Type: Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy.
  • About the Ride: Paddle in a canoe down the Rivers of America. This ride is only open seasonally and when the weather permits.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningThe Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Take a ride in a giant beehive through the hundred-acre wood in this slow-moving, dark ride.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Splash Mountain in Disneyland | magicintheplanning.comSplash Mountain

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Thrill Ride
  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches or taller
  • About the Ride: This is undoubtedly one of the most well-known attractions in Disneyland. Take a ride in this classic flume ride through the world of Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox before plummeting 5 stories into the “Brier Patch” below!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Critter Country for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Mainstreet, U.S.A.

The Disney Gallery

  • Attraction Type: Self-Guided Tour
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: View Disney-inspired artwork along with rare or historic theme park concept models and memorabilia.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Disneyland Railroad

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: This 18-minute train ride makes stops at Main Street, U.S.A., New Orleans Square, Mickey’s Toontown, and Tomorrowland. Not only is it fun (and relaxing) to ride, but it may save you some walking if you are heading to any of these destinations within the park.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

  • Attraction Type: Dark
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: This is actually two attractions in one with the Disneyland Story in the lobby area of the Opera House and Great Moments playing in the theater. Enjoy a 15-minute show starring an audio-animatronic Abraham Lincoln.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Main Street Cinema

  • Attraction Type: Dark
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Enjoy classic shorts such as Steamboat Willie and Mickey’s Polo Team.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Disney Mainstreet U.S.A. Transportation | magicintheplanning.comMain Street Vehicles

  • Attraction Type: Slow Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Ride from one end of Main Street to the other in a horse-drawn streetcar, a Jitney, a vintage fire engine, or an omnibus.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Mainstreet, U.S.A. for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

New Orleans Square

Haunted Mansion

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Climb aboard your Doom Buggy for Disney’s version of a haunted house!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Pirates of the Caribbean in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningPirates of the Caribbean

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: This slow-moving boat ride (with the exception of a couple of small drops) takes you right in the middle of an epic pirate battle. You may even catch a glimpse of Captain Jack Sparrow!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

**Be sure to visit our full guide to New Orleans Square for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Adventureland

Indiana Jones Adventure 

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: 46 inches or taller
  • About the Ride: This is one of the most thrilling rides in Disneyland park. Ride in a rugged jeep as you explore an ancient archaeological site filled with dangers at every turn!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Hippo on the Jungle Cruise in Disneyland | magicintheplanning.comJungle Cruise

  • Attraction Type: Loud, Slow Ride, Water Ride
  • Height Restrictions: Any height can ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: A Disneyland classic, take a leisurely boat ride through the jungle complete with a “humorous” tour guide.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Tarzan’s Treehouse

  • Attraction Type: Self-Guided Tour
  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy this attraction
  • About the Attraction: Young ones can play and enjoy this legendary treehouse.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Stage Show
  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy this attraction
  • About the Attraction: This Disneyland classic is home to one of the most well-known shows in the park. With a cast of over 225 Audio-Animatronics, this show will have you singing in no time! (…and perhaps have the songs in your head for the duration of your vacation!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Adventureland for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Small Drops
  • Height Restrictions: 38 inches or taller
  • About the Ride: This brand-new simulator attraction allows you to fly the Millennium Falcon, a dream come true for many Star Wars fans! There are three “jobs” onboard – pilot, gunner, and engineer. The pilot definitely has the best view yet the most difficult job. I highly recommend that younger children be gunners as it’s the easiest job. My six-year-old enjoyed it very much and felt like she was contributing to the cause. Engineers sit in the back, but unlike the gunners, they get to do more than simply hit a couple of buttons. I actually really enjoyed being the engineer on our flight.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Rise of the Resistance Ride in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comStar Wars: Rise of the Resistance

  • Attraction Type: Dark, Loud, Scary
  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches or taller
  • About the Ride: You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the level of detail on this attraction. From start to finish, this ride is quite an immersive experience. While Disney rides are known for their storylines, this ride takes it a step further. You become a prisoner of the First Order. The cast members running the ride never break character making the experience unlike any other. As far as the ride itself, be prepared for a trackless ride as you escape from the clutches of Kylo Ren and the First Order. Also, be aware that there is a small drop near the end of the ride. This ride uses a similar mechanism as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, but it is a much smaller drop. (My young daughters, 7 and 9 years old loved the drop!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.

**Be sure to visit our full guide to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for more information about dining and entertainment!

 

**I hope you enjoyed this unofficial Disneyland attraction guide! Looking to plan your first Disneyland Resort vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning!

And be sure to visit the official Disneyland website for more information about your favorite rides and attractions!


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