My family loves visiting Disney Land whenever we’re in Southern California.
We’ve been going there since before I was born. Because my parents have always enjoyed the park as much as we kids did, I guess I never thought of Disney Land as a “place for kids”. To me, it was always a place for family – including the adults!
The only requirement to enjoy Disney as an adult is that you be “young at heart”, if not in body. If you do this, you will enjoy Disney as much as we do – I promise. There is plenty for the young at heart to see and do.
After all, who doesn’t get excited about a trip to Disney child or adult? You feel the magic and power of pretend play when you enter the park. Its all there: your old favorites and new rides to experience. I am going to share the best five rides I enjoy the best, and think most other adults will love.
My first favorite would be:
Pirates of the Caribbean
Now I know Johnny Depp and the whole Pirates thing is over-hyped, but I really liked the PoC movies and will never pass up this ride. Disney has done a great job keeping the content fresh on this one (in line with the latest movies). And because there’s a real story line going on, this one keeps me motivated to see everything – and there’s a LOT to take in.
During this 15-minute ride, you’ll float past pirates who are plundering the villages and raising their tankards to toast you. You will travel though the burning village, with fire everywhere and pirates looking to run you through with their blades. Captain Barbossa leads his crew in a vicious fight with the soldiers at the fort. As they move through the fog towards the fort it is hard to tell who will be the victor.
Next up, we have Harrison Ford and
The Indiana Jones Adventure
This is 3 minutes and 15 seconds of bouncing, rocking and jostling good fun. Don’t do this one right after lunch.
The vehicles look like military hummers they stop, bounce, and spring using simulators. You could ride this ride many times and never experience the same things. This roller coaster ride is not for the fainthearted, as there are many moments of frightening events.
Its A Small World
This is another one of my all-time favorites. It’s by far the best choice if you have really small kids (or very tired ones). After you have been plundered by pirates and chased by the natives this ride is calming and sweet.
The figures you see are beautifully dressed in their native costumes. I was interested in the costumes that I had not seen before. It’s a Small World reminds us that we are one world together and maybe each of us can spread kindness to our neighbors.
This ride brings back memories of my childhood and gives you a nice break from the sun. It was first seen at the 1964 – 1965 Worlds Fair. Then it was brought to Disneyland Park where it became an opening day attraction to the delight of many young and old. Of course hearing the song over and over will stay with you all day.
Big Thunder Railroad
In Frontier Land you will find Big Thunder Railroad, a roller coaster that transports you around in a 5 car runaway train for 3 minutes and 21 seconds. You will rumble through the ghost town and dodge tumbleweeds. You will launch through caves, tunnels, and hallows.
The story here is that the real Big Thunder Mountain Mining Company was built in the late 1800s and was considered haunted. It was built on sacred Native American land. Evidently, that was bad luck because the mine and surrounding towns suffered events like earthquakes and flooding. This ride is exciting and again not meant for the fainthearted.
Haunted Mansion originally opened in 1969 after several years of delays. You ride in a “Doom Buggy” enduring of the mansion and will provide you with lots of terrifying moments. You will see the haunting graveyard with a dutiful, scrawny dog. A séance room with ghostly visitors floating around trying to get the mediators attention. In the ballroom dancing phantoms will waltz around making you dizzy. The ladies dresses swirl in the fog and the gentlemen do their best to lead the ladies.
During Christmas holidays, the Haunted mansion is altered to reflect Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is a fun time at the park when this transformation takes place. You will find the characters in the movie residing in the mansion and many of the menacing toys lingering about.
Well that’s my Disney list of fun rides and attractions for adults.
Personally, I never feel like an adult in the Disney Park. I always think about my growing up years and the impact all those visits to Disneyland had on me – and my parents.