Best Thrill Rides at Disneyland


Disneyland is known for their classic attractions like it’s A Small World and Peter Pan’s Flight but Disneyland is also home to some incredible thrill-rides! If you have a thrill-seeker in your family then continue reading to get to know some of Disneyland’s best thrill rides.

Matterhorn Bobsleds

One of Disneyland’s oldest thrill rides is Matterhorn Bobsleds. This classic Disney attraction was imagined by Walt Disney himself, and the attention-to-detail really shows. Matterhorn Bobsleds is a fast-moving race from the abominable snowman through a snowy mountain. This coaster takes you through dark tunnels and tight turns as you travel through and down the mountain. This ride can get a bit bumpy so be aware if you are sensitive to rough rides. The height requirement for this thrilling coaster is 42 inches or taller.

Matterhorn. Photo: Emily Murray.

Space Mountain

Another famous Disneyland attraction is Space Mountain. This exciting coaster travels at high-speeds in at-times total darkness! With sound and lighting effects, this attraction will have you feeling like you are hurling through outer-space. Space Mountain is suitable for guests 40 inches or taller but can be frightening for younger children due to the dark track. Guests with light-sensitivities should express caution when riding this attraction.

Space Mountain
Space Mountain, Disneyland

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

One of Disneyland’s newest thrill-rides is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This thrill-ride and dark-ride combination showcases the very best of Disney’s Imagineers. This attraction transports guests to the hands of the First Order as they attempt a mission given to them by the Resistance. The theming that guests encounter during Rise of the Resistance is incredible, and this attraction features some of the finest animatronics and set-design in all of Disneyland. Rise of the Resistance is suitable for guests 40 inches or taller and guests should be aware that the attraction is dark, loud, and might be frightening for young children.

Rise of the Resistance Queue.
Rise of the Resistance Queue.

Indiana Jones Adventure

This thrill-ride is one that you can’t find in any other Disney park. Indiana Jones Adventure is an exciting attraction that utilizes a trackless ride vehicle. This thrill-ride is not a roller coaster and not a dark-ride, but something in-between. Indiana Jones Adventure will toss guests about during its journey so be aware that this ride can get dicey! This attraction takes guests through Indiana Jones’ adventure within the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and fans of the film series will see many familiar scenes during their ride. Indiana Jones Adventure is suitable for guests 46 inches or taller.

Indiana Jones at Disneyland
Indiana Jones Adventure. Photo: Disney. 

Chip n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster

Our last thrill-ride on our list is Chip n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster, and it is perfect for those who are only beginning their thrill-seeking journey. This coaster has a height requirement of just 35 inches or taller and features small drops as well as twists and turns. The ride vehicles are designed to comfortably fit one adult and one child, perfect for your little one’s first thrill ride! Chip n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster is the perfect introduction to thrill.

Chip n' Dale's GADGETcoaster
Chip n’ Dale’s GADGETcoaster. Photo: Disney

What is your favorite thrill ride at Disneyland? Let us know in the comments!

Featured Photo: Bobby Asen.

Written by

Megan Woodard

Contributing Writer

Megan was born into a Disney family. Her first trip to Disney World was when she was only 18 months old. Now as an adult, Megan loves to share the magic of Disney with her two toddlers. Keeping up with Disney news and Disney World knowledge is a fun hobby for Megan. Disney World is her favorite place to be and continuously brings back her childhood joy.

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