Our Walt Disney World ride guides review & rate every attraction, so you know which are best and what to skip! In addition to the Florida theme parks, we have overviews for Disneyland in California plus Paris, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai. (Updated February 2, 2023.)
These guides provide objective scores for each ride, show, and other attraction based upon how well-done those attractions are when experienced by their target audience. Fantasyland dark rides are reviewed with kids in mind, and intense roller coasters and simulators are reviewed with teens and adults in mind.
We’ve updated these ride guides for 2023 in light of the new and returning attractions at Disney’s theme parks around the world. In the last year, several new rides have opened. More significantly, the vast majority of stage shows, nighttime spectaculars, and other entertainment have returned. Many of these shows have been reimagined, and we’ve updated our reviews accordingly!
In addition to basic information and ratings for each Disney attraction, we’ve included strategy! We know your time in the theme parks might be limited, so we mention how you should prioritize popular attractions and whether they’re worth using FastPass (which is temporarily unavailable).
Below are the guides, organized by resort with links for the guide to each park at that resort. We hope these guides prove handy when you’re planning your next Disney trip!
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Magic Kingdom Park & Attraction Guide – Walt Disney World’s flagship castle park, Magic Kingdom is home to more rides and other attractions than any other park. Known for its family-friendly Fantasyland dark rides and Magic Kingdom Mountain Range, which will soon see new additions with TRON Lightcycle Run and Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. (Despite neither having ‘mountain’ in the name, they both count!)
EPCOT Park & Attraction Guide – Currently in the midst of a colossal transformation, EPCOT has already evolved considerably in the last few years. Notable recent additions include Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind (and before that, Frozen Ever After). In 2023, Moana’s Journey of Water and a new nighttime spectacular will debut, too.
Hollywood Studios Park & Attraction Guide – Prior to EPCOT’s transformation, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the park that “reinvented” itself at Walt Disney World, thanks to the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, plus Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. As a result, DHS has a stacked ride roster, but problematically, it doesn’t have enough ‘supporting player’ rides…meaning long lines and high wait times!
Animal Kingdom Park & Attraction Guide – Known as the “Zoo Park” at Walt Disney World, there’s really a lot more to Animal Kingdom. In particular, the impressive Pandora – World of Avatar land that’s devoted to James Cameron’s blue alien cat critters. There’s also Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris, two amazing stage shows, and a whole lot of animal attractions.
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Guide – Walt Disney World’s first water park, Typhoon Lagoon is home to a great wave pool and lazy river, plus classic water slides and a couple of new, more technologically-impressive attractions.
Blizzard Beach Water Park Guide – This water park is themed to winter, with the idea that a freak snowstorm transformed the Florida landscape. It has been enhanced in recent years with a scattering of Frozen-inspired additions.
Additionally, we have a list of attractions with height restrictions here. If you’re planning a Walt Disney World vacation, make sure to read our full 2023 Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Guide. It includes information about MagicBands, where to stay, whether Genie+ is worth buying at each park, and much more!
Disneyland Park & Attraction Guide – Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom, Disneyland is home to more attractions than any other Disney theme park in the world. It has everything from Fantasyland originals to modern masterpieces of Imagineering, including both Indiana Jones Adventure and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Its new for 2023 addition is Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Disney California Adventure Park & Attraction Guide – The second gate at Disneyland Resort, DCA is home to Cars Land, Avengers Campus, Pixar Pier, and more. It features many Marvel and Pixar rides, and generally has a higher thrill factor than Disneyland–making it more appealing to young adults.
If you’re planning a trip to Disneyland, we highly recommend you check out our comprehensive Disneyland Trip Planning Guide. It will assist you with everything from hotels (off-site or on?) to dining and beyond!
Disneyland Paris Park & Attraction Guide – This is Disney’s finest castle park, but that’s not because of its rides. To the contrary, a major new attraction has not debuted here in decades. Still, it’s home to Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more–and several of those are the best versions of the respective attractions.
Walt Disney Studios Park & Attraction Guide – A far cry from the castle park next door, WDSP is a utilitarian park. However, it does have many newer rides, including ones based on Marvel, Ratatouille, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and more. Next up, an Arendelle area with Frozen rides.
If you’re planning a Disneyland Resort Paris trip, check out our detailed Disneyland Paris Trip Planning Guide. It includes in-depth information for Americans (or any non-Europeans) heading abroad!
Tokyo Disney Resort
Tokyo Disneyland Park & Attraction Guide – This park started as an amalgamation of Disneyland and Magic Kingdom, with cloned rides from the Florida and California castle parks. Since then, it has come into its own, with the exceptional Pooh’s Hunny Hunt, Monsters Inc. Ride & Go Seek, Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast, and more.
Tokyo DisneySea Park & Attraction Guide – Far and away our favorite Disney theme park, this one is like Disneyland Paris in the sense that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Which is to say that it’s lighter on rides and heavy on theme. Still, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Sindbad’s Storybook Voyage, Tower of Terror, Soaring Fantastic Flight, and others are world-class. Next up, Fantasy Springs and the addition of boat rides based on Peter Pan, Frozen, and Tangled!
If you’re traveling to Tokyo, read our full Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Planning Guide. It includes information on traveling around Japan, and specifics for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Definitely a must-read!
If you are thinking about visiting Disney’s newest theme park, start by reading our comprehensive Shanghai Disneyland Trip Planning Guide. In addition to strategy for the park, it covers everything from travel visas to the language barrier, culture, WiFi, public transportation, and much more!
Hong Kong Disneyland
Visiting Hong Kong? Our comprehensive Hong Kong Disneyland Trip Planning Guide contains information not just about the park, but about visiting Hong Kong, China, and Macau. It covers everything from WiFi to the MTR and much more!
For basic information about the rides & attractions at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Tokyo Disney Resort, these guides are great places to start. If you are looking for other ways to save time, money, and make the most of your Disney trip, check out our Disney Tips & Tricks section of the blog. It has numerous posts devoted to getting more out of your Disney vacation!
Which Disney attractions, stage shows, and nighttime spectaculars are your favorites? What about least favorites? Which parks have your favorite ride rosters at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and beyond? If you have any questions, comments, or your own attraction ratings, please feel free to share them in the comments below. We try to respond to every question we receive!