Today I am going to give my 5 favorite Disneyland rides. In no particular order: Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Small World, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Radiator Spring’s Racers. Only one of these is at Walt Disney World and it is Small World (though quite a bit different than at WDW).
A sixth attraction I have to include is The Storybook Land Canal Boats.
I would have a hard time picking a favorite so I won’t put these six in order.
I favor the “dark rides” like Pinocchio, Alice, and Mr. Toad. These three are great at providing an escapist fantasy feel taking you through parts of the movie with imagery and sounds that Disney does superbly. I left the rides every time with a smile on my face and ready to get on the ride again.
The Storybook Land Canal Boats provided a ride past such montages and miniatures as Arendelle, Elsa’s ice castle, Pinocchio’s village, Cinderella’s castle, Snow White’s village and the seven dwarves mine, Toad Hall, etc.
Radiator Springs Racers was an unexpected adrenaline rush as well as a scenic delight. I felt I was in Utah or in some ways back in Colorado at Garden of the Gods while our ride started out slowly while stopping by a waterfall for the first outside portion of the ride. We were then immersed into some scenes from the movie Cars (where the ride is located in Cars Land). We then lined up next to another car in the next lane and the “thrill ride” portion of the ride began as we took off driving around curves and up and down hills. This portion of the ride was worth the wait. It was over too soon as so many Disney rides are.
The Small World ride was similar to the one at Walt Disney World but with the added enjoyment of some of the audio-animatronics being classic Disney characters. As you glide by the United Kingdom section you see Alice and the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan; Pinocchio from Italy; Lilo and Stitch in Hawaii; Cinderella, Jaq, and Gus-Gus in France and many more.