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Your Favorite Disney Parks Attraction Is…

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Each attraction at Disney Parks has more than one story behind it. There’s our story, like the one about the oldest attraction at Magic Kingdom ParkCinderella’s Golden Carrousel. It was built in 1917 for the Detroit Palace Garden Park and later moved to Maplewood Olympic Park in New Jersey, where the Disney designers discovered it.

And then there are your stories. The memories and experiences that make an attraction like Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel special to you and your family. You’ve already shared some of your stories about our attractions on our Twitter account @DisneyParks. Now, here are some on video.

It’s your turn. Let us know in the comments which attraction is your favorite and why. And keep an eye out for our camera in the parks for future Disney Parks Blog video questions.


  • I like just about everything at Disney World. Especially Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mickey’s Philharmagic, and the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Magic Kingdom. But I think Mickey’s House of Mouse on the Disney Channel is so great that I think a House of Mouse like on the Disney Channel should be made at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World. It could be one of the greatest attractions at Disney World. Just like in the cartoon we would have some food and drinks while Mickey lets us enjoy some Disney cartoons on the big screen just like he does on the stage. It would be like Goofy’s son Max being in charge of the front door, Donald in the lobby to greet everybody, Daisy at the front desk, and Goofy being the waiter. And while we enjoy the place we could meet some of the other Disney characters. I think it’s a fantastic idea, even my friends think this could be one of the greatest places in Walt Disney World.

  • My favorite from Disneyland: Indiana Jones
    from California Adventure: Hollywood Tower of Terror!!!! yey!

  • I love Mr. Toad’s wild ride. A close second is Sorin Over California.

  • My Favorites At Disney Parks. My favorites are by Disney Park and Transportation.

    Walt Disney World – Park/Transportation/Downtown Disney

    Magic Kingdom – Cinderella Castle & Walt Disney World Railroad
    Epcot – Test Track/Mission:Space/World Showcase Also Award-Winning Illuminations
    Hollywood Studios – American Idol Experience & ESPN The Weekend
    Animal Kingdom – Finding Nemo: The Musical & Wildlife Express Train
    Downtown Disney – NEW Characters In Flight & DisneyQuest
    Other Places: Voyage of The Little Mermaid/Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream/The Miniature Golf Courses/Epcot Resort Area/
    Favorite WDW Transportation: Monorail, Motor Coaches, And Boat Rides.

    Other Disney Parks that are favorites but not yet have visited but soon to include: Disneyland/DCA, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris, and if possible, Disney Vacation Club.

    Thanks and keep up the hard work of the Disney Parks Blog,
    David Wint
    Disney Fanattic at heart

    P.S: Amazing Comments by many other users. Some funny and others cool.

  • Gosh, it changes every time I go! Right now I’ll say Alice in Wonderland.

  • Without a doubt, it is Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. My wife and our 4 kids sent me on an errand for treat, while they waited for the 1st raft crossing of the day. Of course, I took too long and ran to the pier in time to see them waving and yelling something back to me. Once on the other shore, my wife called me on the cell phone. Apparently, the kids wanted to play hide and seek. “Tag. You’re it!”

    When I disembarked the raft, the search was on. I had so much fun, that we played three times. I would ask other guests if they had seen four princesses and a goofy guy. (I have 3 daughers and a son.) That’s what they were wearing that particular day. Other little kids would help me out and say, “They went that a-way!” At least, I thought they were helping me…

    Then it was the kids turn. We gave the oldest, age 10, one cell phone and we had the other. As Michelle and I left to go hide, she asked if I had a good hiding spot in mind. “Are you kidding me??? I searched high and low for you guys. Of course, I have a good spot in mind!”

    I did. We hid back in this little 3x3x3 foot cave. It was near the end of a tunnel 10 feet back inside this rock. It was like the game Twister getting our bodies into the cramp space. We could barely see out to the trail through this crack in the rock. Some other kids would crawl back there and be scared by our presence or simply not believe there eyes.

    My wife said that the kids should just call our cell phone all over the island and listen for the ring. “That’s a great idea!”, I said. “Why didn’t I think of that when I was seeking?” Michelle said that if I had done it, she would have just put the phone on vibrate!!! 🙁

    We called the kids from time to time and gave them clues. Meanwhile Michelle and I enjoyed some wonderful alone time. It is my most precious memory of our wonderful days at Disneyland!

    Oh, the best part is when my sister called my cell phone to tell me that my mom’s oral surgery had gone well. I don’t think they were too impressed when our oldest daughter explained that her parents were hiding and the kids were trying to find them … AT DISNEYLAND!!! 🙂

  • Tracy’s Top 10 list:
    1. Haunted Mansion
    2. Pirates of the Caribbean
    3. Screamin over California
    4. Nemo Submarines
    5. Soarin over California
    6. Space Mountain
    7. Tiki Room
    8. Splash Mountain
    9. Tower of Terror
    10. Grizzly River Run

  • Oh wow! Where to begin? Let me just list off my favorite per park.

    Magic Kingdom: Tomorrowland Transit Authority
    EPCOT: Test Track
    Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest
    Disneyland: Matterhorn and Haunted Mansion
    Disney’s California Adventure: Soarin’ over California

  • I find it VERY Hard to pick!!! Along with the others there are many favorites! I would have to choose~
    Splash Mountain
    Peter Pan’s Flight
    Spaceship Earth
    The Land
    Kilimanjaro Safari
    Toy Story Midway Mania
    TOWER OF TERROR ( been on it almost 70 times!!!)

    I have three son’s their pick is
    10 year old~Toy Story Midway Mania, the “People Mover” and The Carousel of Progress

    8 year old~Pirates of the Carribbean, The Land, and Haunted Mansion

    one year old 🙂 Playhouse Disney and It’s a Small World

    A must see is always “Wishes” can’t be beat for a nightime fireworks display!

  • In Disneyland my favorite is Haunted Mansion. The entire experience from entering the mansion and entering the room with no windows to the singing heads. I also love this ride at holiday time, I love Nightmare Before Christmas! A close second is Indiana Jones.

    In California Adventure my favorite attraction is Toy Story Mania. I took my husband on it for the first time on 10/18. I think this ride is so innovative and you can really enjoy it with the person you’re sitting next to. A very close second and third is Soarin’ Over California and Tower of Terror.

  • For the non-ride attractions in Disney World, I think the best ones are:

    Philarmagic, Carousel of Progress, Illuminations, Backlot Tour.

  • My favorite ride has to be Soarin at Epoct, but my “must -see-or-my-visit-wouldn’t-be-complete is Illuminationas! It brings me to tears every time I see it!

  • At Disney World my favorites are Big Thunder and Space Mountain. My favorite attraction is Disneyland. I love it all.

  • The new SSE isn’t bad by any means, in fact, some parts ARE better, but the finale is really lacking. Hope it’s finished soon.

    Evan, it IS finished.

  • Peter Pan’s Flight, it is magical and I love it!

  • It has to be the Disneyland (Anaheim) version of Peter Pan — it’s hard to get past your childhood favorites…and there is something magical about this ride… maybe its the touch of Walt and the early Imagineers that still lingers a bit… The closest second for me is the Disneyland version of Fantasmic!

  • Favorite Rides:
    Magic Kingdom – Hall of President’s
    Epcot – Soarin
    Hollywood Studios – Rockin Rollercoaster
    Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest

    Favorite non-ride Attractions:
    Magic Kingdom – Philharmagic
    Epcot – walking through the World Showcase
    Hollywood Studios – American Idol
    Animal Kingdom – It’s a Bugs Life

  • Several years ago during a day in the park, my wife took our two older daughters and headed off to ride some “bigger rides” than my five year old could. The park was not busy and Kayla and I spent two hours just walking around Fantasyland riding on things and generally having a great time. We rode on the Carousel several times. Each time we rode I had to help her get on the horse and strap her in. Each time I did she gave me a big smile. I will not forget those rides if I live to be 200. The Carousel is my favorite ride….

  • Nothing tops Spaceship Earth in my book. My vacation doesn’t start until I get the smell of burning Rome. 🙂

  • I have to say Soarin’ at Epcot is my favorite attraction. I can’t seem to get enough of the realistic feeling of flight and the stunning music! Everytime I come off that attraction, I want to go right back again!

  • Spaceship Earth! I have loved this attraction since my first ride as a 10 year old in 1983. To this day, I can’t visit Epcot without at least one ride through.

  • My family loves the boat ride at the Land in EPCOT. My kids get so excited to see the plants in different stages as they grow. There is usually not a long line so we can often get off and on several times. My youngest daughter is still convinced the storm at the start is real.

  • So many to choose from. I love a whole bunch of them.

    But I will say that one of them has got to be the Country Bear Jamboree. It has had a place in my heart for years. It’s such a fun and entertaining show in all 3 of its incarnations (the original, the Vacation Hoedown and the Christmas Special).

    I hope that WDW will bring the Xmas and Vacation versions back sooner than later. It would be nice to follow suit with Tokyo Disneyland’s Country Bear Theater and rotate all 3 shows annually each year (the Xmas show from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, the Vacation show during the Summer months and the original show for all the other periods).

    Let’s also pray that the rumors of Disneyland’s Country Bear attraction being rebuilt at Disney’s California Adventure come true. It would be a perfect fit for the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area. The Disneyland Resort isn’t the same without the Bears.

  • Spaceship Earth…The 1994 Version. That was a classic ride. Defined the message of EPCOT, and really was so well done. Music was perfect and heightened the feeling and mood of the attraction. Narration was mysterious and grand. The finale was beautiful…That was almost art.

    Such a shame that it’s gone, now. The new SSE isn’t bad by any means, in fact, some parts ARE better, but the finale is really lacking. Hope it’s finished soon.

  • Mine is The Country Bear Jamboree. I cannot go without seeing it on any trip. It is one I remember from my first trip in 1980 and one that my Grandpa loved as much as I did(and it’s a small world).
    I love the hand clappin’, foot stompin’ corny jokes good time. Big Al makes me giggle like a little girl everytime I see him. I can sing it word for word any given moment.

  • This is always a hard question for me to answer because I LOVE Disney and it’s hard to pick “favorites”. ºOº I too will break it down by parks now that I’ve been to both DL and WDW…

    Disneyland – The Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean & Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
    Disney’a California Adventure – Californian Screamin’ & Soarin’
    Magic Kingdom – HM, PotC, Carousel of Progress & Tomorrowland Transit Authority
    Epcot – Journey Into Imagination & Maelstrom
    Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Tower of Terror & Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
    Disney’s Animal Kingdom – It’s Tough To Be A Bug & Kilimanjaro Safaris

    I still couldn’t pick just one for each park! There are just too many to choose from and each one is magical for different reasons.

  • Has to be between Jungle Cruise and Journey into Imagination

    I had the amazing opportunity last time I was at disney to actually skipper a jungle cruise expedition!
    It was about 2 AM during extra hours of magic and I asked the senior skipper if he thought it’d be a big deal to let me do the announcing for the Jungle Cruise. Since no one else was on line (the park had basically emptied out and they were running one more boat before closing) He let me do it. I can say that it is unique to Disney’s magical experience that he actually said yes, and I made every pun I could remember from “the backside of water” to “feel free to take pictures, the elephants are all wearing their trunks” and my best friend got it on tape. It is probably one of the most memorable experiences of my life and I owe it to the amazing cast Disney employs to make sure that every one of their guests feel like they are the only people in the park.

  • Whenever I am asked that question, my answer is always the same: the monorail. At WDW, I love going through Epcot on the monorail, and I even like just watching them at the Contemporary. At Disneyland, I love how the new fleet pays tribute to the original monorails. I also love the video of Walt Disney opening the monorail by ripping the ceremonial ribbon.
    By park..
    WDW Magic Kingdom – Big Thunder Mountain, Mickey’s PhilharMagic
    Epcot – Soarin’, Spaceship Earth
    Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Mania
    Animal Kingdom – Kilimanjaro Safaris
    Disneyland – Pirates, Mr. Toad, Space Mountain, Alice in Wonderland

  • Like a lot of commenters, I can’t just pick just one attraction. Space Mountain, Rock-n-Rollcoaster, Test Track, Tea Cups are amongst my favorites. However, if there is one thing I like to do at WDW, is to go “Around the World in a Daze” in EPCOT. That is going from Mexico to Canada and having an adult beverage in each country pavillion. However, If we come in from the back entrance, we usually go from Canada to Mexico.

  • Wow! That is a really tough choice to make. There are just too many good ones to choose from. So, as many others have who expressed their favorites by choosing each park, I may have to do the same. At The Magic Kingdom in Florida it would have to be Space Mountain; At Epcot it is Soarin’; At The Animal Kingdom it is Expedition Everest; And The Hollywood Studios it is The Tower of Terror. My favorite attraction at Disneyland, California is The Indiana Jones Adventure. So, there you have it; you can’t just pick one! 🙂

  • My favorite was The Adventurers Club, but it closed recently. My next favorite would be Soarin’ or Philharmagic.

    Keith from Celebration

  • My favorite would have to be if you had wings. As silly as that seems. As a kid we rode that many times cause you didn’t need a ticket and our parents encouraged it. It is one of my favorite Disney memories. As my family prepares for our Christmas trip we are all looking toward to soarin and the new space mountain.

  • My favorite ride is Big Thunder Mountain!

  • WOW…tough question…For nostalgia – I pick Pirates of the Carribbean & Haunted Mansion, for other – Matterhorn and Indiana Jones rides! LUV them all!

  • Carousel of Progress, Pirates, the Haunted Mansion, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Fantasmic, Soarin…….
    I could go on & on. It’s impossible to pick just one because of the unique aspects of each attraction.
    I guess my favorite attraction is all of WDW. It’s a truly magical experience.

  • Magic Kingdom: “Wedway” aka TTA Tomorrowland Transit Authority
    EPCOT: TIE – World of Motion and Journey into Imagination (Unfortunately neither exist anymore!)
    Hollywood Studios: TIE – Great Movie Ride and Toy Story Midway Madness
    Animal Kingdom: Kilimanjaro Safaris

  • I love the Carousel of Progress!

  • Soaring After yrs I’ve settled on Soaring being #1 But there are So Many Great rides, 3D movies, 48days til wdw :-)can’t wait

  • My favourite WDW attraction has always been Spaceship Earth, even when I was little. I actually went to school in Communications, so I always wondered if my favourite attraction influenced that decision! I haven’t been on it since it was updated though, so I hope it’s just as inspiring as it was last time I rode it!

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