Even if you’ve never been to Disneyland, you’ve probably heard of Splash Mountain or Star Tours. But the original Disney park is home to so much more. From beloved classics to hidden treasures, and everything in between. Just because you don’t go plummeting down a mountain at 35 mph, doesn’t mean it isn’t fun! With so many attraction options, it’s easy to skip by those with no line and not even notice they are there. Don’t worry though, because I’ve got you covered! Here’s my list of the most underrated attractions you have to check out on your next Disneyland trip!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
This classic attraction is a fairly unique dark ride. I say that because, not many of Disney’s other rides have a completely psychedelic scene or hidden moose heads instead of mickey’s. Sounds interesting, right?! This ride takes you through the Hundred Acre Woods and into Pooh’s personal nightmare; hefflups and woozles. Turn your head back as you exit this crazy section of the ride and you might catch a glimpse of some long gone characters from the Country Bear Jamboree. Unfortunately, Pooh’s underrated adventure is hidden way in the back of the park. But it’s a quick stop as you exit out from Splash Mountain, or to kill some time if you arrive early for a fastpass window!
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Toontown itself is pretty underrated in my humble opinion. Where else can you find your favorite characters and explore their houses? Nowhere, because the land was removed from Disney World. Leaving Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon spin as one of a kind. Hop in a car and chase down the baddies, while Roger’s mischievous ways take you for a turn – literally. Again this ride is far from the beaten path, but Toontwon opens before the rest of the park so it’s a fun way to start the morning!
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Similar to Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, the adventures of Mr. Toad come to life in this ride that combines dark ride staging with a crazy mouse style track. Located smack dab in the middle of Fantasy land, I’m always surprised by how many people pass this one up! I certainly prefer it to Peter Pan, but that’s just my thoughts on the matter. The line is never very long, making this an ideal stop between fastpasses or whenever you want to avoid those hour long queues.
The Disneyland railroad is the first ride you see when you enter the park, and you’ll see it over and over again throughout your visit. Travels around the entire property and offers some beautiful views you couldn’t otherwise get. It’s also home to some of Walt Disney’s original dioramas. If you want to really get a classic Disney experience, make this your first ride of the day and ask about the Lilly Belle car!!
Beloved by many, ridden by few the Disneyland monorail is another favorite! It started life as a utilized means of transportation with stops not just in the park, but at the Disneyland hotel as well. The track was rerouted when California Adventures was being built, to give riders a sneak peek of the park. Now a days you can travel between Downtown Disney and Tomorrowland, but it’s more of a ride than a mode of transportation. It’s a great place to rest your feet or snap some gorgeous photos.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
You might not know that you can actually enter into and walk around the inside of Sleepy Beauty Castle. The walkthrough tells the story of sleeping beauty and brings it to life through a series of props and stained glass windows. It’s actually really pretty, and how often will you get the opportunity to tour a castle!
The Enchanted Tiki Room
I bet you know where to get Dole Whip, right? But have you ever stepped into the attraction attached to it? The Enchanted Tiki Room is a magical show that brings some spirited fowl to life through the use of stunning animatronics. You’ll laugh, you’ll sing, you may even cry when you realize Walt Disney once sat right where you’re at. Oh! And the line for Dole Whip is always shorter on the attraction stand of the kiosk, so that’s a good reason right there.
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What’s your favorite underrated attraction?