Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sandys Top 10 List

Sandy's Top 10 List

So, after covering our survey's top 10 Disneyland rides, and reading my sister's top 10 list, I knew I had to do mine as well. What I found was the top 5 in my list came really easily to me. It's my must-do list; those rides that I can do on multiple times a day without a second thought. After that, there were a whole lot of ties...It was *so hard* to put the rest of Disneyland's rides into order.

So here's the big thing I need to clear up before I start this list...Space Mountain isn't on it. It's not because I don't like the ride, I do. But, as I've mentioned before, I get really motion sick, and Space Mountain is a ride that I can't go on without motion sickness medicine. Even then, it can be iffy...

So, with that in mind, here it is!

10. Enchanted Tiki Room
I'm big on cheesy goodness, and singing along with audio-animatronic birds is as cheesy as it you can bring a Dole Whip inside! It's the perfect spot to enjoy Disneyland's best dessert.

9. Storybook Land
Honestly, this was a ride that I couldn't stand until I was older. Now, I am in awe of the care taken to ensure that every little plant throughout the villages and patchwork quilt are absolutely perfect! Of all of Disneyland's amazing landscaping, this is, by far, the crowning achievement...Plus, the ducks that hang out there look enormous next to all the tiny houses.

8. Indiana Jones Adventure
So, I do get motion sick on this ride, too. But, this is an amazing example Disneyland ride-making at its finest: the queue area is detailed and interactive, and the ride immerses you in the world of Indiana Jones from the very beginning. Any ride that makes you feel like you are realistically crossing over a rickety bridge, with fire blazing beneath you is okay with me...even if it does make me a little queasy.

7. Alice in Wonderland
Back to old-time Disney charm, this ride is so much more than some of the others in Fantasyland! The updates are fantastic and riding out the outdoor ramp (especially at night with the teacups all lit up) is so beautiful!

6. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
A thrill ride that doesn't make me sick? I can even sit in the back? I'm in! This is such a fun ride, especially with the new upgrades! 

5. Peter Pan's Flight
I take a lot of flak from my hubby for making him stand in a 40 minute line for such a short ride, but Peter Pan is magical! I will wait in line as long as it takes to board my flying pirate ship and soar over the twinkling lights of Neverland and the sights of London. And, with the announcement that Peter Pan's Flight is getting improvements similar to those of Alice in Wonderland, I cannot wait to see how much more magical it will become! PRO TIP: On Magic Morning days, run to Peter Pan first! You can get on the ride in 5-10 minutes!

4. Haunted Mansion
So, this was a difficult ride to place, because it's basically two rides in one: the original version, which I like, and the Nightmare Before Christmas make-over, which I LOVE! I ended up placing this ride in the middle of my rankings of the two versions. In either version, the stretching walls, and the cheesy spookiness make this ride great fun!

3. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
I can't stand video games, really of any kind. But this video game that immerses riders is such amazing fun! I love trying to get the hidden target on Zurg...and this is the only ride that you hope to get stopped mid-ride because (unlike Toy Story Midway Mania in DCA) you can rake in the points while you're waiting!

2. Pirates of the Caribbean
A classic! And, the last ride personally supervised by Walt Disney. It's easily a ride that I can go on multiple times in one day, without getting the slightest bit bored! Plus, the fun music, the different stories told throughout, and the 15 solid minutes of glorious air conditioning makes this ride a must!

1. Splash Mountain
This is what I consider to be "the complete Disney package." It has fun songs, beautiful decor, great storytelling, and enough dips, drops, and splashes to keep riders on their toes! Easily, my favorite ride at the park!

So, those are my top 10...I know there are a lot on there to discuss (and disagree with)! So, feel free to comment with your top 10!

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