10 Best Disneyland Kids' Rides ...


10 Best Disneyland Kids' Rides ...
10 Best Disneyland Kids' Rides ...

Born and raised in Southern California, I’ve been keeping track of the best Disneyland kids’ rides ever since I was a toddler. From long-running classics like Dumbo the Flying Elephant to more recent additions like the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, these 10 best Disneyland kids’ rides never fail to delight each and every time I visit. Ready to start planning your own family-friendly trip? Read on for a list of fun rides both kids and adult kids at heart are sure to love.

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It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World As a kid, there was nothing I enjoyed more than taking a leisurely cruise around the world while discovering that, yes, it really is a small world after all. By far one of the all-time best Disneyland kids’ rides, “It’s a Small World” offers a relaxing and fun introduction to other cultures as you meet children from countries around the globe! Be prepared to hum the ride’s iconic song long after you get off, and also be sure to check out the unique clock tower show that takes place outside the entrance every 15 minutes.


Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party Even when you’re late for a very important date, you’re always on time for the Mad Tea Party, where spinning teacups offer a whirlwind of fun for guests of all ages. Afraid you’ll be too dizzy to stand back up afterward? Fear not, since you have complete control over how quickly or slowly your teacup spins.


Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Join Dumbo as he learns how to fly and takes to the skies with you and your kids along for the journey. While timid toddlers might be a bit scared after first leaving the ground, this ride truly is gentle enough for even the youngest visitors. Looking for a more thrilling twist that’s still calm enough for kids? Be sure to give Tomorrowland’s Astro Orbitor a spin.


Storybook Land Canal Boats

Storybook Land Canal Boats Sail through the yawning mouth of Monstro the Whale as you enter Storybook Land, home to miniature villages that feature everything from Ariel and Eric’s seaside palace to Aladdin’s Agrabah. As you journey throughout this magical place, you might also catch a glimpse of the Casey Jr. Circus Train, another Dumbo-inspired kids’ ride that’s definitely worth checking out.



Autopia While they may still be years away from getting their own driver’s licenses, kids will love the Autopia auto track, which allows them to try their hand at navigating twisty turns, off-roading and more in a fun, lighthearted setting. Worried that your kids won’t be tall enough to reach the pedals on their own? No worries! Since each car seats two, you can easily accompany your kids and man the pedals while they steer.


Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight Follow the second star to the right and sail away to Never Land with Peter Pan and Wendy on this low-speed, fun-filled journey into a world of imagination and wonder. From the moment they climb aboard a magical pirate ship and take flight, kids will love seeing all their favorite characters from the movie as they also enjoy bird’s-eye views of a miniature London and Never Land.


Gadget’s Go Coaster

Gadget’s Go Coaster From exploring Mickey and Minnie’s homes to having a blast in Goofy’s Playhouse, kids will love everything about Mickey’s Toontown. Think they’re ready to try out their very first roller coaster? The mildly thrilling Gadget’s Go Coaster offers lots of fun without the fear.


Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters Kids will feel as if they’ve stepped inside a real-life video game as they help Buzz Lightyear defeat the villainous Zurg and his army of battery-stealing robots. By using lasers to shoot at targets, kids can help save the day and rack up game points as they go along. Compare scores and Space Ranger rankings at the end for a final dose of fun.


Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island Need to escape the crowds and take a quick break? Raft on over to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, where kids can explore, climb and burn off some of the energy they’ve surely built up while waiting in line for rides all day long. From Tom and Huck's Tree House to the Dead Man's Grotto cavern, this is one island refuge that offers adventure and relaxation alike.


King Arthur Carrousel

King Arthur Carrousel Looking for a little good old-fashioned fun? Take your kids for a spin on the famous King Arthur Carrousel, where they’ll have the chance to glide up and down on shiny white horses while Disney-themed music plays in the background. With a carnival-style classic like this, you definitely can’t help but have a good time.

What do you think are some of the best Disneyland kids’ rides? Do you have memories of visiting Disneyland as a child or taking your own kids for a visit?

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Pirates of the Caribbean has always been my favorite!:)

Didn't they get rid of Autopia and make it a Cars ride instead?

1,2,3,5,8 I went on back in 2005

No Amanda they have an amazing ride in California Adventure that is in Cars land . Autopia is still around but currently in refurbishment.

Love this article! Its great! :) haha one time i got stuck on its a small world, for an hour or so. Have enough of that ride to last me a life time! Love it just the same though, lol. Thanks!

My favorite ride was It's a Small World, it's a classic, can't wait to go back!

Peter Pan's flight is definitely one of the best rides. I LOVE Storybook Land too. I've been a Disney kid my whole life - and a Disneyland kid since I was 3! I'm now 20 and absolutely love going back and seeing things really haven't changed that much and they're still just as "magical". :)

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