Top Ten Rides You Can’t Miss at Disneyland (And TIPS on How to Get On Them All)

cars-land-radiator-springsI love thrill rides. I love to feel my stomach lurch and have gravity remind me of its power.

When I go to a Disney Park, I want to experience as many fast and fabulous rides as I can, and ride them as many times as possible.

So, here are my MUST RIDE rides at Disneyland and tips on how to make sure you can get on them all during your visit.

1. Let’s start in the all new Cars Land in California Adventure Park
— at the most exciting new ride to hit the parks: Radiator Springs Racers!

This “high-octane” indoor/outdoor adventure that whips through Ornament Valley is pure Disney fun. Radiator Springs Racers treats guests to a scenic road trip, twisting through the sights and sounds of Radiator Springs before catapulting them through the roadways in a who-will-win-this-time high speed race.

Children need to be 40″ or taller to ride and it is a family friendly, not too scary ride. So if your kids can handle some speed, they are good to go!

You definitely don’t want to miss Radiator Springs — but no doubt the lines will be long. Get there early and grab a FASTPASS before they are all gone!

If you have a child who is too young to go, most of the rides, including Radiator Springs, allow you to do a RIDER SWAP so both adults can get to enjoy the attraction.

And don’t forget the SINGLE RIDER option! The single rider line allows you to zip through the lines faster if you don’t mind splitting your party up.

2. While we are in California Adventure Park, I always want to take a trip Soarin’. I find Soarin’ Over California to be such an incredible, inspiring experience.

For Soarin’, riders also need to be 40″ or taller and it is family friendly. However, my four year old will have nothing to do with any rides that seem “scary” to her. So when we started to fasten her in her seat belt, she decided she was not going! I had to bring her out before the ride started. The cast members were fabulous and understanding and let me swap with my husband the next round.

Soarin’ FASTPASSES are often gone very early in the day. So if Soarin’ is a priority for you, make sure you plan to get FASTPASSES as early as possible.

Soarin’ also has the single rider option and rider swap. And don’t forget to use helpful apps, like the Verizon Disney Mobile Magic App, so you can check FASTPASS availability and wait times.

3. I cannot leave California Adventure without Screamin’! During the opening for Cars Land, the lines for Radiator Springs were hours long — but no one was at California Screamin’.

It was just before park closing, which is a great time to get on popular rides, and I rode it four times straight. It was awesome.


Rider must be 48″ or taller and ready for some serious screaming. I think California Screamin’ is the most fun of all the Disney Parks rides, with speed, turns, twists and upside down action. Oh man — I want to ride it right now!

One of your best options for Screamin’ is to do the single rider lane. You are going so fast, who cares whom you are sitting next to.


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Written by Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom.

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  1. says

    Great article, I knew about the fastpass and recommend it for anybody that actually wants to ride the rides instead of standing in the lines all day, but I did not know about the rider swap. Thanks for the great information.:)

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