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Opening Day to Today: What is Your Favorite Original Disneyland Park Attraction?

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

The 61st anniversary of the Happiest Place on Earth is coming up this weekend, and it’s the perfect time to look back on the Disneyland park attractions that have remained guest favorites since 1955. Some of these classics debuted on opening day itself, while others followed in the months after. Walt Disney’s original Magic Kingdom has changed quite a bit through the years – some attractions have evolved with new technology, others have gone to make room for new experiences and some have stayed almost the same as they were 61 years ago. We recently headed out to Fantasyland to ask our guests to share their favorite memories from the original attractions that opened in the year 1955.

We just touched on a few of the opening-year attractions in the video … can you name them all? Give it a shot in the comments!


  • Well, even the original attractions have changed somewhat. And while seeing the old make way for the new, I’m excited to see things change. My two main favorites from is Autopia (though it has changed radically), and the Jungle Cruise (my daughter was proposed to on that ride!). And technically, the Storybook Land Canal boats opened in 1956.

    What’s sad is that I was there today, and no mention of the 61st birthday was made at all except for the speech on Main Street. No buttons, pins, or merchandise. No mentions on the Guidemap. So sad. Today was the 61st birthday of the 60th anniversary!

  • Bring back the PeopleMover!

  • Tough choice for me between Jungle Cruise and Peter Pan as I love them both…but I think I’ll have to choose Jungle Cruise for the great humor throughout it!

    In 1957, I was 12 years old. The only thing I wanted to do was drive those cars. I was 12 years old, and I wasn’t tall enough. I cried my heart out and wanted to leave.

  • The Matterhorn–hands down. I started going to Disneyland when I was about 4 (1970) and it harbors the most special memories for me! I also loved the Skyway that went through the Matterhorn. So incredible as a small kid! We are closer to Disney World and have been numerous times, but can’t wait to take my kids to Disneyland in 2017.


  • love autopia mr toad and railroad

  • As a kid my favorites were Mr Todd’s Wild Ride and the railroad. I’m sure my parents were tired of both…..

  • Mad Tea Party even though it makes me sick. I now watch from the sideline and I love watching how much fun my husband and my two daughters have trying to spin the purple tea cup as fast as it can go. They fall back from laughing so hard then scramble to get it spinning so fast again. They do this over and over again, it is hysterical just to watch them.

  • It’s A Small World!

  • As a kid it was Mr Toad’s Wild Ride. Now it’s a draw between it’s a small world and Space Mountain. Happy Birthday, Disneyland!

  • Jungle Cruise*
    King Arthur Carrousel*
    Canal Boats of the World
    Mad Tea Party*
    Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride*
    Peter Pan Flight*
    Snow White Adventures*
    Golden Horseshoe Revue
    Mark Twain Riverboat*
    Mule Pack
    Main Street Cinema*
    Main Street Vehicles*
    Disneyland Railroad*
    Hall of Chemistry
    Space Station X-1

  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

  • Original original? Hands down Peter Pan’s Flight.

  • My favorite Disney rides is what ever my Kester is sitting on. My favorite Disney theme park were ever my feet are…with character of course.

  • Disneyland Railroad is the bomb!

  • Here are the originals!
    Disneyland Railroad
    Jungle Cruise
    King Arthur Carrousel
    Mad Tea Party
    Main Street Cinema
    Mark Twain Riverboat
    Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
    Peter Pan’s Flight
    Snow White’s Scary Adventures
    Storybook Land Canal Boats

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