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Ranking Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides

by Leap on March 18, 2015 Los Angeles   Video

Families come to the Disneyland Resort for the fun, to ride the rides, see the shows and catch up with their favorite Disney pals. Everything at Disneyland is geared toward families, so when we're talking thrills, it's a relative term.

Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides

Most of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure's thrill rides are on the milder side, more euphoria-inducing than death-defying (for the latter, you'd need to travel farther north to Knott's Berry Farm or Six Flags Magic Mountain). Still there are a few that pack a punch and many more that will provide a good ol' adrenaline rush — perfect for fun-loving parents and adventure-seeking kids who meet the height requirement. Today, we're talking about Disneyland's top thrill rides, those hang-onto-your-hat and maybe even keep-your-eyes-closed-for-parts-of-it experiences. Let's get started!

Here are Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides:

10. Goofy's Sky School at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland's top thrill rides - Goofy's Sky School

Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

The Wild Mouse-style coaster offers plenty squeal-inducing twists and turns rather than pure thrills. Never the less, it leads our list of Disneyland's top thrill rides.

9. Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park

Height requirement: 46 inches (117 cm) or taller

This action-packed enhanced motion vehicle dark ride follows Dr. Jones over rough terrain on a fast-paced quest through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. It offers some of the best theming this side of the Disneyland Resort!

8. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

One of Disneyland's famed mountains, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad looks more intimidating than it actually is. Themed after the Old West, it remains an enduring family coaster — and a first coaster for many.

7. Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides - Grizzly River Run

Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

The tallest, fastest and longest river rapids in the world, Grizzly River Run offers a free-spinning white water rafting adventure starting from Grizzly Peak and ending in a dizzying descent.

6. Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park

Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides -  Matterhorn Bobsleds

Height requirement: 42 inches (107 cm) or taller

The first tubular steel coaster ever constructed has gone through several significant refurbishments over the years but remains an endearing family favorite. Made to resemble the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, it features two intertwining tracks, a chain lift and then an unpowered descent through its many caverns.

5. Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure

Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Disneyland Resort's newest attraction is a high-thrills joy ride through the Ornamental Valley. It's also the best-themed attraction in all of Disney California Adventure that includes a mischievous trip through Radiator Springs and a chance to encounter some of your favorite Cars characters.

4. Splash Mountain at Disneyland Park

Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

A perennial favorite because of its incredible theming, big drop and cool payoff on a hot summer day, Splash Mountain has also stood the test of time with 25 years at Disneyland.

3. Space Mountain at Disneyland Park

Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Hard to believe that Space Mountain is 37 years old. The rocket ship roller coaster through the twists and turns of deep space is a delight for Space Mountain first-timers and veterans alike. No, it never gets old.

2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure

Disneyland's Top Thrill Rides - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Height requirement: 40 inches (102 cm) or taller

Until Radiator Springs Racers came along, there was no better theming than the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Combine it with a drop tower, and you've got one great thrill ride! It doesn't get better than the Tower of Terror. Unless it's the Walt Disney World version of Tower of Terror, which offers a randomized sequence of drops so that no two rides are the same!

1. California Screamin' at Disney California Adventure

Height requirement: 48 inches (122 cm) or taller

With a launch for 0 to 55 mph, California Screamin' packs a punch! The steel coaster made to look like an old-fashioned wooden coaster found on the piers along California's coast offers terrific views of Paradise Pier and beyond! For the shortest waits, make use of the Single Rider Line. It's a little hard to find, so ask the nearest cast member.

Planning a visit to Disneyland? Check out our touring plans for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. You'll also find tips and resources on where to stay, how to get there and what to do inside our Los Angeles Planning Guide.

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