Top RIDES at Disney World & Disneyland

Visiting Disney can be overwhelming. Figuring out which rides to experience can be challenging. READ about my favorite rides at Disney World & Disneyland

Hey fans, I am planning on doing several helpful lists of my top rides, resort, restaurants, etc…but thought I would start with this. My TOP favorite rides in each USA Disney Theme Park. Walt Disney World AND Disneyland Resort. These are my favorite rides, for no specific reason, just the rides I love and will continue to ride over and over again. I would love to hear your list – make sure to comment.

Almost made the cut – Jungle Cruise
Magic Kingdom – Disney World:

This park is probably the hardest out of any park as there are SO many options. But for me, I am gonna say Pirates of the Caribbean. I would love to say the Pirates BEFORE they changed it, but even with the recent changes…it’s still a favorite and something I ride EVERY trip. In fact when I visited WDW pregnant, my Dr told me no pirates and well…she wasn’t on my happy list during that trip 😉 I love the song, the familiarity from childhood. And the silly, singing pirates with dirty feet and sleeping with the pigs. “We wants the Redhead.”

Epcot – Disney World:

AS this was also a hard one, it ended up being a no-brainier. One ride that I hate to miss and will fastpasses or RUN to directly after rope drop is Soarin’ Around the World. I have been SO many times, you think I would be tired of it – nope. Its just so different from other attractions. I love the smells, the sights and the feeling like you are flying, even though it can make me a little nauseous (just close your eyes).

Animal Kingdom – Disney World:

This was an easy one – Kilimanjaro Safari. Sorry Pandora fans, nothing will beat the ability to see animals roam “freely” and enjoy life eating grass and grazing. Nothing with beat watching a baby hippo splash in the pond with her mom or seeing a lion rest on pride rock. Even being a vegan, I love this ride. It feels like the animals are happy and well cared for. I love that each time it’s a different experience, morning, noon or evening.

Hollywood Studios – Disney World:

This selection might be short lived once Galaxy’s Edge opens, but for now its Toy Story Mania. This could be due to my son who makes us ride this over and over again, especially at Disneyland where we can. But its a fave. My choice would have been the Backlot Tour and it might become Rise of the Resistance, but for now…Toy Story has my heart.

Disneyland Park:

100% Dumbo!! Its been my favorite since I was a kid and since my Disney life started in California, that’s where my heart is. It’s an original attraction that made little Nina very, very happy. Even today I tear up when on the Disneyland version. It goes oddly fast for a Flying Elephant and has the most beautiful view of Fantasyland, especially at night when the lights are on.

California Adventure: Disneyland

For this park, my favorite is an attraction or an experience – I love the Animation Academy. For those that don’t know this hidden gem, its a drawing class in the park. A Disney animator teaches you how to draw a certain character using only a pencil. NO erasers. The artist in me LOVES this. I love the concept, the actual experience so much. Think about it, with a place so filled with animated characters, shows and rides…why not learn how it all started…by drawing a mouse?!?!

Learn HOW to Draw GOOFY!!

Remember this is MY personal favorite list. These aren’t necessarily the rides to RUN to or to fastpass, but they are the attractions I won’t miss. I come from a place of childhood memories, growing up in the park. This is what drives my list, drives me. I love the original attractions that Walt helped create. The attractions that draw me closer and closer for whatever emotional reason. This is what makes Disney Parks so great, so many options. So, whats your list?

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Frozen Ever After, Ride at Epcot

Thinking about visiting Epcot? Worried there isn’t enough to do? How about Frozen Ever After in Epcot?

Hey guys, it seems I often get families worried there isn’t enough for kids to do at Epcot 🙁 READ and FOLLOW along as I post about all the fun Epcot has to offer, including the attraction, Frozen Ever After. This ride is so popular its actually a TOP Tier ride and more often than not, a super long line. Sing with Elsa, Anna and Olaf and take a boat ride thru Arendelle.

Frozen Ever After – Epcot
Location:

This attraction is located in Epcot, at Walt Disney World. It’s in the World Showcase, in Norway. It’s easy to spot as once in the Norway area you start seeing glimpses of Frozen everywhere. In Norway you can actually meet Elsa and Anna and get lots of cool Frozen merchandise and with the NEW movie coming out this Nov…just wait. You can also enjoy a fun Princess Meal in Norway as well.

The Queue:

As I am sure you have been reading all my other ride posts, you would know that most rides have a queue, a holding area (so to speak) that is basically the pre-ride. Frozen Ever After has a semi decent queue, its feels like you are in the village surrounding the castle, complete with Oaken’s Trading Post. When in that area, listen closely. Its a fun way to pass the time before the ride begins. Look around at the shop and see what you can spot on the shelves.

The Ride:

So the ride itself is inside a Viking Boat and for those that remember the original ride in that area, Maelstrom, its the SAME boats. Its actually also the same ride track. So you board a boat, in water, and coast away into Arendelle. You meet Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the gang and “let it go”. The ride features a decent drop, but nothing to scary. The big surprise about this ride is…it goes backwards. Yep, there is a part in the ride where you are rushing backwards. And if in the front row…you might get a splash during the drop, which is towards the end of the ride.

The Tech:

So, as you saw in the video…the technology in this ride is pretty cool. It was actually quiet hard for the imagineers to figure out and accomplish. When on the ride and you look really, really close you will notice that the figures, specifically the girls are like sculptures where a projection is on the face area that make them animate. It gives them the appearance as if they are singing and talking. This is totally new tech and very different from the original animatronic characters on earlier rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. In fact this new tech was also used on Lightning McQueen (in Hollywood Studios).

All in all, I love this ride and never miss it. I love the thrill of going backwards and I love trying to figure out the tech, its the artist in me. And, believe it or not, I have not lost the Frozen appeal. I want to note that this is not a princess ride, so please don’t skip it because you have boys, this is a family friendly, ALL ages/genders ride. My son LOVES it. So give Epcot a try, Fastpass Frozen Ever After and enjoy!

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Gran Fiesta Tour – Epcot

Headed to Disney World and wondering what rides to not miss? Well I have a hidden ride that fans LOVE.

Hey guys, after talking to one of you I was thinking about some rides that most or first timers don’t really know about, because they aren’t coasters or rides to fastpass. One of these rides is in Epcot – known as the Gran Fiesta Tour featuring Donald Duck.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
Location:

As mentioned, this attraction is in Epcot…in the World Showcase. Its located in the Mexico Pavilion inside the giant Mayan pyramid. I wonder if some people just walk on past, not knowing what is inside. After you go up the stairs and into the Pyramid you enter a wonderful Mexico themed world.

Inside:

Inside you will find a spectacular Mexican shopping area, like an outdoor crafts festival. Complete with Sugar Skulls, Tequila, Mexican themed gear and Coco merchandise. I really love shopping and looking around in this space. AS a person can only own so many Sugar Skulls, its enjoyable to look around and explore. There is also a Table Service Restaurant and a RIDE. The San Angel Inn Restaurante is a nice Mexican restaurant, but whats cool about it is, you can watch the ride boats go by.

The Ride:

Ride boats did I say? That’s right, next to the restaurant is the RIDE – Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros. Yep, you heard me – Donald and the gang. You hop into a boat, like on Its a Small World and travel with Donald, Panchito and Jose through Mexico. Of course Donald gets into some trouble (as expected)…but its a simple, kinda stereotypical ride that fans just adore. I can’t go to Epcot without riding this attraction…and you shouldn’t either. Like all of Disney’s “dark” rides, its a must.

The Rumor:

I feel like there is always a rumor going on about this ride as well, it never has a long wait and at times, I can usually just walk on in. But since the Coco movie came out, the rumor is giving this ride a make-over. The Gran Fiesta Tour opened in 2007, its hard to think of it changing already…but Disney loves a good Character Makeover (I am talking to you Frozen Ever After). Not sure how I feel about this rumor as I loved Coco but also think Donald and the gang are long lasting characters that deserve a place to be celebrated.

I hope you give this ride a chance when in Epcot, its actually nice having a ride in the World Showcase area, its breaks up all the shopping and eating 😉 As simple as this ride seems, compared to others, its a good ride for all ages and keeps the memory of the Three Caballeros alive.

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