So you’ve mainly been a visitor to Walt Disney World, but you’ve decided to try the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California? Fantastic! Despite the fact that the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida was modeled after Disneyland, the two have a lot of differences, and Disneyland has plenty of unique attractions and entertainment. These are my top tips for what Walt Disney World veterans should check out on their trip to Disneyland.
Radiator Springs Racers – The whole Cars Land area is unique to Disneyland, and is so well-themed that it’s absolutely worth visiting. Radiator Springs Racers is the land’s flagship ride, and is our favorite ride in Disneyland’s neighbor park, Disney California Adventure.
Matterhorn Bobsleds – Fantasyland’s classic thrill ride at Disneyland, the Matterhorn Bobsleds send you careening down the mountain attempting to avoid an abominable snowman. We’re big fans of the single rider line for this one.
Indiana Jones Adventure – A supposedly cursed temple with lots of missing tourist cases – what could possibly go wrong? This thrilling ride takes you through encounters with forbidden all-seeing eyes, booby traps, and giant snakes. Walt Disney World regulars may recognize the ride’s motion as similar to DINOSAUR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Storybook Land Canal Boats – This little boat ride is possibly my favorite ride that’s unique to Disneyland. Guests get to float past incredibly detailed miniatures of Disney film locations such as Agrabah, Pinocchio’s village, and Cinderella’s castle.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – This ride used to be in Walt Disney World where The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is now. It’s one of Disneyland’s original classic dark rides, and we always love to take a spin.
Snow White’s Scary Adventure – This is another classic Disneyland dark ride that was also once in Walt Disney World, as well. Watch for the Evil Queen occasionally appearing in the window above the entrance.
Bonus: Haunted Mansion Holiday and ‘it’s a small world’ holiday
The Haunted Mansion and it’s a small world are two attractions you can find at Walt Disney World, without many significant differences between the two versions. During the holidays, however, these two attractions have fantastic overlays that you can only find at Disneyland. Haunted Mansion Holiday transforms the classic attraction into the story of Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas from September through December. Over at ‘it’s a small world’, from November through December the exterior is covered in a gorgeous light display, and the ride itself has several holiday additions.
Elizabeth lives in Kansas City with her wonderful family. Elizabeth first visited Disney as a child, and when she prepared to visit Walt Disney World as an adult, she foolishly thought she may have ‘outgrown’ Disney. Happily, Elizabeth was proven wrong – but she also realized how good planning can make such a difference for having a fun, relaxing vacation! Elizabeth became her family’s go-to resource for Disney planning. Now she is dedicating her planning skills to helping other families create vacation memories as a travel agent specializing in Disney destinations. She will plan your trip as if it were her own. Her blog, planningformagic.com, has tons of advice on how to plan your next Disney trip, including trip planning instructions, sample itineraries, dining tips, and more. Visit her on Facebook or Twitter for more planning tips and theme park news. Contact Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.