This or That | Disneyland Rides

This or That | Disneyland Rides

By Jenny West

Have you ever seen a preview for a movie and thought, ‘hey didn’t that movie come out already?’, then it turns out it’s a very similar movie to another that came out 3 months ago. The movie industry isn’t the only culprit of this. Our beloved Disneyland is also guilty. They take the same ride, dress it up as something else, and charge you 2 hours to ride it. And when you don’t have 90 hours a day to stand in line for everything, I thought I’d break down the rides that are similar enough that you can pick one and skip the others.

Boat Rides

  • It’s a Small World

  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

  • The Jungle Cruise

  • The Mark Twain River Boat

  • Sailing Ship Columbia

Now the first 3 are a little different from the last two. My order of recommendation for each category would be:

  1. Storybook (cute views) 

  2. Jungle Cruise (dad jokes galore)

  3. Small World (that song...)

  4. Then: Mark Twain before Columbia because there’s more space.

*Quick Note about Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. I would skip this boat excursion all together. (Unless you’ve been to Disneyland 9000 times and haven’t done it before.) Since this ride relies on you and the other riders to get going, it can take quite a while. And If there’s a lot of kids on the canoe, prepare to do most of the rowing. It’s completely up to you! You don't need that kind of pressure on your Disney day.

Self Control Flight

  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant

  • Astro Orbiter

These are the same ride. Pick the one that appeals to you visually or has a shorter line.

Story Ride Through

  • Snow White’s Scary Adventure

  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey

  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

  • Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin

  • Peter Pan’s Flight

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Now this is a lot of rides, and some of them are pretty different. Of course your attachment to certain stories will sway your decisions. But on thrill alone, this is the order I would rank them:

  1. Roger Rabbit (you can spin your car as fast as your arms will allow)

  2. Peter Pan (you’re flying instead of riding in a car)

  3. Mr Toad (again you can spin yourself around)

  4. Snow White or Pinocchio or Alice in Wonderland (they aren’t super different in the style of trip)

  5. Winnie the Pooh (this is the slowest of all of them)

  6. Nemo (the line is not worth it!!!! Unless you’re staying at the Disneyland Hotel and take the monorail for your Early Morning Magic hours. The monorail drops you off right above Nemo and you can usually walk right on.)

Character Houses

  • Mickey’s House

  • Minnie’s House

  • Goofy’s Playhouse

  • Donald’s Boat

  • Chip n’ Dale Treehouse

  • Tarzan’s Treehouse (RIP Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse)

If you have smaller kids, you may want to hit up a few of these. Otherwise here’s my order of recommendation:

  1. Mickey’s Home Studio (pretty much always ends with a professionally lit photo)

  2. Minnie’s Casa (she’s usually out front for a photo, which really adds to the wait time)

  3. Tarzan (it’s a bit more visually interactive for the whole family)

  4. Goofy’s or Donald’s Bachelor Pads (these are interchangeable because they’re just big play places for kids)

  5. Chip and Dale’s Acorn Storage House (This has the tightest spaces for average sized adults to try to squeeze through)

Park Transportation

  • Monorail

  • Disneyland Railroad

  • Horse-Drawn Street Car (An old-fashioned trolley pulled by a horse Jitney, an early automobile without a rood)

  • Fire Engine (A replica of the very first fire trucks)

  • Omnibus (A gas powered open-air 2 story bus)

Honestly, if you're really strapped for time, skip all of this. You can probably walk faster to your destination than any of these can take you. That's on account of how long you might have to wait in line for these.

The most useful would be taking the monorail from Downtown Disney into Fantasyland or vice versa. Second most productive would be jumping on the railroad in Toon Town and take it to the front of the park. As for the main street transportation...only do it if you have a deep burning desire to ride one of these vehicles. These cars are fun, but they aren't really taking you very far.

That’s all for today folks. Let me know if you’ve ever been faced these hard choices, and what your decisions were.

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Hi! I’m Jenny and I have no idea what I’m doing most of them time. You can read more about it on my blog, It’s a smorgasbord of topics, travel and Disney included. Come say hello.