We’ve picked our top five attractions in both parks—many of these also happen to be the most popular, but what can we say? They’re popular for a reason!
This fast-paced ride always has the longest lines, so makes sure you take advantage of the Fast Pass. It’s a fast-paced ride full of dips and turns, all in the near-darkness with flashing lights. Not for really wee ones, but a favourite for older kids and up.
There’s a lot to look at on this gentle trip through a rambling haunted house. The experience is the perfect blend of spooky and fun: younger kids will delight in the atmosphere and funny ghosts, and everyone will appreciate the fantastic special effects. If you have a really wee one who has trouble with the dark, this might not be the best option.
Indiana Jones Adventure
Travel into the bowels of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye and assist Indy on his adventures on this classic favourite. They say it’s a fast-paced thrill ride, and it does get bumpy, but it’s not as intense as Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. A good option for younger kids ready to step it up a notch, but not ready to go on the really big rides.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This one is a classic. A gentle ride on a boat through the hidden underground of pirates reveals mysterious and hilarious scenes at every turn. And thanks to the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise, Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow can be spotted throughout. Great for all ages.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Ride a runaway rail car through the desert wilderness of the untamed American west! This is another attraction where the Fast Pass will come in handy: this ride is popular with good reason. It’s another fast-paced ride full of dips and curves and a whole lot of fun.
Disney California Adventure Park
Soarin’ Over California
It may not sound all that thrilling, but when you’re hauled 45-feet into the air and made to feel like you’re soaring over Calfornia’s major sights in a hang-glider—thanks to a giant 80-foot screen—you’ll fall in love. This is a great option to satisfy both the thrill-seekers and ride-averse folks in your brood.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
For those who are looking for a real thrill, this ride is just so much fun. It’s not for the faint of heart, to be sure, given that you’re plunged up and down through multiple stories of a haunted hotel in a “broken” service elevator. Often in the dark. But for those with the stomach, it’s an experience not to be missed.
Toy Story Mania
Part video game, part ride, this trip into the animated world of Toy Story has riders competing against each other through six different games. The best part is, whether you’re going through for the first time or the 51st, the ride is never the same. There even a few hidden target easter eggs for the real die-hard fans!
A Bug’s Land
Learn what it’s like to be a bug in this immersive attraction, complete with 9-minute 3D movie. Really little ones might be spooked by the scary bugs, eerie fog effects and the odd strange smell and sensation, but it’s a great place to have a seat, cool off and be entertained during a hot afternoon.
World of Color
This nighttime show is absolutely mesmerizing. A mix of fountain effects, video, fire and lights, the 25-minute long show is a wonderful way to cap off a tiring day at the parks.