Top 10 Most Thrilling Rides & Attractions at Disneyland

Gregory
This is a list of the most thrilling rides at Disneyland, the original park built by Walt Disney.
Thrill scale is ranked below each detail.

The Top Ten

1 Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout

The new ride. It. Sucks. - Maddox121

I know the new ride sucks, but it still has a drop and launch sequence, which keeps it thrilling and intense.
Though it only has a minimum height requirement of 40", a huge understatement.
Thrill level: 7/10 - Gregory

2 California Screamin'

It's a coaster themed into the Incredibles, where you launch up to 55 mph in 4 seconds, and is the fastest ride in Disneyland and the only one with inversions, 1 loop, and while it might look like an old wooden coaster of the Victorian era, it's a steel coaster that's surprisingly smooth and provides real thrills.
Yet the minimum height requirement for this is 48", so little kids will not be tall enough to ride anyway.
Thrill level: 7/10 - Gregory

3 Space Mountain Space Mountain

It's an indoor roller coaster in the dark, and you might go up to 35 mph, but it's a space themed coaster, and space means darkness included, so with that it seems faster and more thrilling, and it's great for many coaster lovers.
Unlike Disney World's version, this one is MUCH smoother, thanks to the new track refurbishment, and has a height requirement of 40", so many little kids will be tall enough to ride this one.
Thrill level: 5/10 - Gregory

4 Splash Mountain Splash Mountain

It's a classic log flume dark ride, and a fun adventure for many, though not the best ride, but it has several drops, including a 50' drop that may get you wet.
Thrill level: 5/10 - Gregory

5 Goofy's Sky School

It's a wild mouse roller coaster, so involves sharp turns, and I mean Sharp, so they'll jerk you around, so those with even the slightest back or neck problems should sit this one out.
A minimum height requirement of 42" is in place, so only a fair amount of little ones can ride.
The theme of the ride is about Goofy's acrobatic flight stunts, think Barnstormer at Disney World, but more like Primeval Whirl, but unlike that, the cars don't spin, so it's no whirl, but it's still a thrill for many.
Thrill level: 4.5/10 - Gregory

6 Indiana Jones Adventure

The ride is pretty fast and really rough, along with scary images and the famous boulder scene towards the end.
Though the height requirement is 46", so hardly, if any, little ones will ride.
Thrill level: 4.5/10 - Gregory

7 Matterhorn Bobsleds

It's the 1st steel roller coaster ever built, and became so successful that thrill rides became a fairly common thing for Disney, and the theme of this involves a yeti, and you slide through the tracks out of the Matterhorn.
Thought the ride is quite jerky, so it's not for those with back problems, and has a minimum height requirement of 42", so only a fair amount of little ones will ride.
Thrill level: 5/10 - Gregory

8 Grizzly River Run

It's a river rapids ride, and it's an intense one.
Also, unlike Kali River Rapids at Disney World's Animal Kingdom, it's much longer and there are 3 drops, with 2 that are 21 feet, and the rafts are engineered to spin, so it's not for those prone to motion sickness, and you will get wet and you may get soaked.
FYI the minimum height requirement for this is 42", so only a moderate amount of little ones can ride, not to say the same for Kali River Rapids, as that has a minimum height requirement of 38", so many little ones can definitely ride that.
Thrill level: 4.5/10 - Gregory

9 Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

It's a mine train coaster and one of the medium grade coasters many families love to go on.
The theme fits the ride, and speaking of theme, they added special effects near the end involving dynamite, making this version scarier.
Thrill level: 5/10 - Gregory

10 Radiator Springs Racers

It's the flagship ride in Cars Land, and you explore Radiator Springs and start racing with your cars at the end.
It's like Test Track in Epcot, although you only go 40 mph rather than 64.9, there's more drops in this ride, providing more airtime, adding to the thrills.
Thrill level: 4.5/10 - Gregory

The Contenders

11 Astro Orbiter

It's like Dumbo, in that you spin, but rocket themed.
But unlike MK's version, it doesn't go very high.
Thrill level: 1.5/10 - Gregory

12 Silly Symphony Swings

It's a wave swinger, and you sit on the swings, and as it spins, the force lifts up your seat and tosses you to the side, and you may get dizzy.
The story is about a tornado tossing up the riders and stuff.
And to top that off, the William Tell Overture Finale plays as you spin and swing.
Thrill level: 5.5/10 - Gregory

This was actually boring

13 Countdown To Extinction (Disney's Animal Kingdom) Countdown To Extinction (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

This is about Disneyland, not Disney World! - Gregory

14 Pirates of the Caribbean Pirates of the Caribbean

Not to spoil any of you, but it there are 2 big drops, the 1st one is the biggest and the dark, so that might frighten you, and to top that off, it's 52', bigger than Splash Mountain's big drop, though not as steep.
Thrill level: 3.5/10 - Gregory

15 Gadget's Go Coaster

It's a kiddie coaster, and the perfect introductory at Disneyland for little kids starting out on roller coasters.
Thrill level: 3/10 - Gregory

16 Soarin' Soarin'

It's a simulator that simulates flight, and being so awesome, it's no wonder it was a success.
It also has fans and sprays to add to the realism, with the sensations of wind and nature.
The initial rise can be surprising, and those afraid of heights and/or are prone to motion sickness should not ride, and a minimum height requirement of 40" is in effect.
However, it is a very mild ride.
Thrill level: 2.5/10 - Gregory

17 Mad Tea Party

Known famously to people as the teacups, this ride you spin on teacups, and you spin right round like a record teacup.
And your teacups are on spinning tables, and with all spinning, those who are prone to motion sickness or have heath problems should not ride.
Although you can control the spinning.
Yet this is outside rather than inside (like Disney World's), so there are frequent stops from certain weather.
Thrill level: 2/10 - Gregory

18 Dumbo the Flying Elephant

A classic for little ones, very perfect for little ones who love Disney characters and haven't tried out the bigger rides yet.
Thrill level: 1.5/10 - Gregory

19 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Your vehicle rocks during the rain flooding part, and bounces a bit during the tigger segment.
There is a nightmare scene with the Heffalumps and Woozles that might scare some kids.
Thrill level: 1/10 - Gregory

20 Peter Pan's Flight

Long Lines. Short Ride. - Maddox121

As the name says, there is not only the representation of flying, but also the sensation of flying, and it's in the dark at the same time.
Thrill level: 1/10 - Gregory

21 Mickey's Fun Wheel

One of the icons for Pixar Pier at Disney's California Adventure, this ride has 2 levels, on one, you can ride the standard ferris wheel way, or you can try the crazy level, where the gondolas swing and take tops turvy paths as the wheel goes around, providing the thrills.
Thrill level: 4.5/10 - Gregory

Depends - Maddox121

22 Haunted Mansion

It's more silly than scary, but this place is dark, loud, and HAUNTED!
There are ghosts that party along, so join in the fun.
This version is better since unlike Disney World's version, this one is original, has portraits in the queue that change, also this one has seasonal overlays on every holiday season each year.
Thrill level: 3.5/10 - Gregory

23 Mr. Toad's Wild Ride

The only theme park ride in the world that ends in hell.

24 Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom) Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)

Again about Disneyland, not Disney World.
Get this and Countdown to Extinction off the list. - Gregory

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