Wendy Rush wears many hats but her vacation time is her time to do whatever she wants. Disneyland only being a four hour drive didn’t stop Wendy from experiencing her favorite rides at Disneyland. The ride list has grown since its opening in 1955 and new rides are being added periodically. Get ready to twist, turn, and experience fun with Wendy’s seven favorite Disneyland rides.

1. BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD

This ride has an awesome combination of smooth drops and fun scenery. You get to go through an old mining town with mountain goats and old railroad tracks. And the drops and turns aren’t so hard that you lose your lunch. But there are a few adrenaline-pumping spots where you’re sure you’ll hit your head on the mountain (don’t worry…you don’t).

2. SPACE MOUNTAIN

When I see the Tomorrowland sign, it get excited. That means we’re going to Space Mountain! And it’s really for one reason: everything is scarier in the dark. Space Mountain doesn’t even really go that fast, but doing those turns and drops in the dark brings the traditional roller coaster ride to a different level!

3. PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN

   

I’m a sucker for anything with a storyline. Pirates of the Caribbean has plenty of it. Pirates locked up in a jail cell, pillaging a town, going into battle. There’s plenty to see. This one has been a classic for years and it’s one I NEVER miss when I’m at the park.

4. JUNGLE CRUISE

   

Not going to lie. Sometimes this ride is just to let mama take a break from all the running around. It’s very chill, but lots of fun stuff to see with the animals and waterfalls. And it’s a show too because the tour guides always have jokes. 🙂

5. THE HAUNTED MANSION

 

Another ride I’m not going to miss is the Haunted Mansion. It’s a perfect combination of tour and ride, with some spooky eye candy throughout. And going around Halloween or Christmas is a bonus because of the extra decorations!

6. THE MATTERHORN

 

An oldie but a goodie (and gotta love the new upgrades!). I love this ride because the animated snowmen always catch me off guard, and the water fall drops cool me off on a hot summer day at the park! Plus with all the new animation, it’s like revisiting a classic in a whole new way. Bonus: It’ll now be the icebreaker I use if I ever run into Matt Damon.

7. Tea Cups

No trip to Disneyland is complete without a trip to the teacups! And it’s even more fun now that I’m the older one with more spinning power. Of course, you can’t do this one after lunch and, truth be told, sometimes I just visit to watch other people get sick. Either way, it’s a “must-do” at Disneyland.

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