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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, the 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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**The Disneyland Resort officially reopened to the public on April 30, 2021, and some experiences listed below have been temporarily suspended or modified due to the pandemic. Be sure to visit our official Disneyland reopening post for updated information to guide your vacation planning! 


 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically 20+ minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Casey Jr. Circus Train

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically 5-10 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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 of Dumbo the flying elephant!
  • Wait Time: Typically 30-40 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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 the rest of the day!)
  • Wait Time: Typically 5-10 minutes except during “it’s a small world” holiday when the lines are longer
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

King Arthur Carrousel

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride.
  • About the Ride: Enjoy a beautiful old-fashioned carousel ride that is original to the park.
  • Wait Time: About 5 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically about 5 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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Matterhorn Bobsleds

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: Some days can be 45+ minutes, but it’s usually about 20 minutes.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically 20 minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Peter Pan’s Flight

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: This line can be long… sometimes 40 minutes or more. So be sure to ride early in the day!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may ride, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Ride: Take a slow-moving journey through the classic Pinocchio story.
  • Wait Time: Typically just a few minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No wait time
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Snow White’s Enchanted Wish

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically just a few minutes or more, but maybe longer for a while due to its recent major renovation.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Storybook Land Canal Boats

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: About 15 minutes or more
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: About 10 minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

 

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Autopia

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Usually 20-30 minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically 10-15 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Disneyland Monorail

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: Typically no wait unless traveling during peak times of the day (such as closing time!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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 friends. It is worth noting that this ride is somewhat enclosed in a tighter-than-usual space.
  • Wait Time: 20 minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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Space Mountain

  • Height Restrictions: 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: What’s not to love about a space-themed roller coaster in the dark?? (Currently, this ride is Star Wars themed and called “Hyperspace Mountain.”)
  • Wait Time: 45 minutes or more
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: 20-25 minutes or more
  • 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

  • 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!)
  • Wait Time: 20-40 minutes or more during peak seasons
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

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Mark Twain Riverboat

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: A new trip departs every 20 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No wait time
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Sailing Ship Columbia

  • 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.)
  • Wait Time: The journey takes about 15 minutes.
  • 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.

Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: This self-guided treehouse is super cute and designed with young ones in mind to explore.
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Donald’s Boat

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Take a self-guided tour through Donald Duck’s boat.
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Gadget’s Go Coaster

  • Height Restrictions: 35 inches or taller
  • About the Ride: This small coaster (perfect for a first-time rider) is made to look like you are riding in hollowed-out acorns. It is super cute, but also super short.
  • Wait Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Goofy's Playhouse in Mickey's Toontown | Magic in the PlanningGoofy’s Playhouse

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: As with many of Toontown’s attractions, take a self-guided tour through Goofy’s house. Run, play, and be goofy!
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Mickey's House in Disneyland | Magic in the PlanningMickey’s House and Meet Mickey

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Mickey’s house is filled with all sorts of details to explore.
  • Wait Time: While his house is self-guided, the line to meet Mickey can be 20 minutes or more. (We found that later in the evening, this line wasn’t quite as long as many families with younger children had left the park.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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Minnie’s House

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy, including babies and pregnant women.
  • About the Attraction: Minnie’s house works a lot like Mickey’s. Her house is super cute, and if you’re willing to wait, you can meet Minnie at the end of your self-guided tour.
  • Wait Time: 20 minutes or more depending on the time of day
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

  • Height Restrictions: Any height may enjoy.
  • About the Ride: This dark ride has you steering a runaway taxicab as you travel through the world of Roger Rabbit.
  • Wait Time: Typically 30-40 minutes
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

**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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Usually not much of a wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typically 5-10 minutes with the exception of peak times
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Splash Mountain in Disneyland | magicintheplanning.comSplash Mountain

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: 30-60 minutes depending on the season (as well as weather… you will get wet!)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Disneyland Railroad

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: It varies depending on the season and time of day. Trains generally arrive every 5-10 minutes at each station.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Main Street Cinema

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: No formal wait, vehicles are usually available in the mornings and will close during parades.
  • 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

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: 10-30 minutes depending on the time of day and season with lines exceeding this when Jack Skellington takes over for the Halloween and Christmas seasons.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

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

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: With no FASTPASS option, this ride can easily top 45 minutes during peak times and seasons. But usually, the wait is 10-30 minutes.
  • 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 

  • 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!
  • Wait Time: This ride can easily top 45 minute wait times, FASTPASS is recommended!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time: Typical wait time is 15 minutes or less.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Tarzan’s Treehouse

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy this attraction
  • About the Attraction: Young ones can play and enjoy this legendary treehouse.
  • Wait Time:  No wait
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

  • 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!)
  • Wait Time:  Shows begin every 30 minutes
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Wait Time:  Up to 100 minutes during peak times, but less at later times in the day.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

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

  • 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!)
  • Wait Time:  Up to 120 minutes or more.
  • 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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