Disneyland was the first Walt Disney Theme Park to open, which means it has a nostalgic feel and design that sets it apart from its sister parks across the globe. Many of the park’s original attractions are still operating, and while they have evolved, they continue to stand the test of time. Which classic Disneyland attractions are worth the wait? Read on to find out.

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Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight
Recently updated for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, with new additions like digital pixie dust and floating figures of Wendy and the Darling Boys, Peter Pan’s Flight delights children. During your flight with Peter Pan, you’ll ride in a tiny pirate ship, launching out Wendy’s window, flying over London and onto Never Never Land where the daring Captain Hook awaits. With unforgettable Disney characters and a story we all know, this ride continues to be a favorite for Disney guests.

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Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise
The Jungle Cruise continues to be one of the most beloved Disneyland attractions after all these years, despite largely remaining unchanged. Funny yet corny skippers keep the cruise lighthearted, and make you crack a smile regardless how of many times you may have heard their oft-used jokes. Plus, the animated figures you encounter, like elephants, lions, hostile natives, and a menacing hippo, are total throwbacks—but that’s part of their charm.

Mr. Toads Wild Ride

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride takes guests on a zany adventure though England. Based on The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, a story many may not be familiar with today, the twisting, curving ride has two-dimensional sets and some clever effects. However, it remains a park-goer favorite it is one of the original dark rides that has been open at Disneyland since day one.

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Snow White’s Scary Adventures This ride was originally named “Snow White’s Adventures,” but after getting feedback on its scare factor the name was changed. Albeit it’s really only (kind of) scary to those under six years old, the fright factor is there as its focus is more on the evil queen than sweet snow white. It’s hard to find a more symbolic Disney princess than Snow White (she’s part of the iconic princess trio that includes Aurora and Cinderella) and the childhood memories the ride elicits are hard to deny.

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Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party
On the outside, the Mad Tea Party is just a regular carnival-style spin ride. At its heart, though, this Alice in Wonderland themed ride has a dash of Disney magic. Go for a dizzying spin in one of the rides signature teacups for a not-at-all-maddening experience.

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Bonus: Disneyland Railroad
The Disneyland Railroad is deemed one of the classic Disneyland attractions because it was Walt’s favorite ride when the park opened in 1955. Disney was fascinated by trains, and even pretended to be conductor from time to time. Go a grand circle tour to get an overview of the park, or hop aboard to for energy-saving transport between areas of Disneyland.


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Built in 1955, Disneyland Theme Park is the original Walt Disney theme park. These streets were walked by Disney himself, and now you too can walk in his footsteps and be a part of the most magical place on Earth. The original vision of the park is still present, while the addition of Disney California Adventure has expanded upon the amusement and attractions families love. There’s a lot more to learn about Disneyland. Read on to get an overview of what this Los Angeles theme park has to offer.

Disneyland theme park is a land of enchantment, where dreams really do come true. From young children to young at heart, hearts are captured and minds transported to faraway lands of make-believe. A day at Disneyland combines beloved Disney characters with classic rides and modern attractions. It’s divided into eight lands, arranged around the central hub of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

0415zx_0800ms (2)The lands include:
Adventureland
Critter Country
Fantasyland
Frontierland
Main Street USA
Mickey’s Toontown
New Orleans Square
Tomorrowland

Throughout the park yesterday, today and tomorrow is celebrated, while a charmingly friendly atmosphere is ideal for a day of vacation. Disneyland is constantly changing, as Walt’s wish, but it also stays true to its beginnings with rides like It’s a Small World, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and the Haunted Mansion. Other Disney standouts are Star Tours—The Adventure, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Splash Mountain.

disneyland_0413zx_0741msThis is Disney so, of course, princesses play a big part too. The picturesque village, Fantasy Faire, is a welcoming location for memorable meet and greets. Enter a picturesque storybook village square where you may meet Disney friends from such timeless tales as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast.

At the relatively new Disney California Adventure (the park opened in 2001), Buena Vista Street welcomes guests into a world of nostalgia. It celebrates the 1920s and 30s Los Angeles that greeted Walt Disney, while also showcasing beloved Disney and Pixar characters.

Disneyland 0418ZX_0625MS_1_RSZIn total, there are eight distinct area to explore:
“A bug’s land”
Cars Land
Condor Flats
Grizzly Peak
Hollywood Land
Pacific Wharf
Paradise Pier

Disney’s California Adventure is a tribute to the land of dreams. Nowhere is that idea presented better than the all-encompassing Cars Land, a 12-acrea area inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar Film “Cars.” Journey to Radiator springs to drive high-octave racers, where the open road and mesa-dotted landscapes bring the cartoon vision into actualization. In other areas of the park feature Toy Story Mania, The Little Mermaid—Aerial’s Undersea Adventure, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, California Screamin’ and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Disneyland_RSZThis is Disney so, of course, princesses play a big part too. The picturesque village, Fantasy Faire, is a welcoming location for memorable meet and greets. Enter a picturesque storybook village square where you may meet Disney friends from such timeless tales as The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled and Beauty and the Beast.

Purchase Disneyland tickets to discover the magic of this Southern California theme park.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Los Angeles to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.