The Disneyland Resort has a history of being known as the first theme park to offer entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. This may lead some to think that Disneyland only has tame and gentle attractions and has nothing to offer for thrill-seekers looking to get their adrenaline pumping. This is certainly not the case though as the resort offers many fast-paced and exciting rides that are sure to please older guests who want to add a level of excitement to their visit. Let’s take a look at the Professor’s choices for the top 5 rides for thrill-seekers at Disneyland.
The Matterhorn Bobsleds
The Professor’s first pick for thrill-seekers is also one of the oldest attractions still running at the Disneyland park. The Matterhorn Bobsleds opened to guests in 1959 and was the first tubular steel coaster ever made. Although there have been many changes to the ride since then, the concept still remains the same. Guests board a sleek bobsled to ascend high into the Matterhorn mountain. After reaching the peak, the bobsleds careen in and out of the mountain on a fast and bumpy ride with a visit from a fearsome yeti. This coaster features two tracks that intertwine throughout the course of the ride making it feel like you are racing other guests to escape the mountain. Guests must be 42 inches or taller to ride.
Indiana Jones Adventure
Do you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of famed archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones? You can find out at Disneyland park’s Indiana Jones Adventure. This fierce and impressive indoor attraction takes guests on a perilous journey into the Temple of the Forbidden Eye evading booby traps, ancient curses, and crumbling ruins while trying to find a way out. This is arguably the most intense attraction at the park featuring a completely enclosed ride building where articulated vehicles zip in and out of danger at high speeds. Combining this with lighting effects, animatronics and other feats of Disney magic also make it a great choice for thrill-seekers to get their blood pumping. Guests must be 46 inches or taller to ride.
The Professor’s next choice for thrills in Disneyland is a classic attraction that has been around since 1977 and has the distinction of being the second rollercoaster built in the Disneyland park. Space Mountain is an indoor coaster that takes guests on a rocket blast through the cosmos. This attraction is fast, thrilling, and, well…dark as the lighting is subdued into pitch-black making every dip, turn and hill come as a surprise. The ride also gets regular overlays like its current run as Hyperspace Mountain. This version features a Star Wars theme added with new effects and soundtrack. Guests must be 40 inches or taller to ride.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout
This next thrill ride in Disney California Adventure began its life as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and has only been around in its current form since 2017. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout is an accelerated drop-tower ride that propels guests up and down the service elevator shaft of the Collector’s museum in an attempt to help Rocket Raccoon free the cosmic Marvel superheroes. The exhilarating falls of the ride are combined with realistic video screens featuring the film’s stars as well as upbeat music from Starlord’s Awesome Mix playlist. Guests must be 40 inches or taller to ride.
Our final stop on the Professor’s tour of thrills at Disneyland Resort brings us to arguably the most intense attraction in the parks. The Incredicoaster in Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure is the fastest ride in the park reaching a top speed of 55 mph and the only ride at the resort that features an inversion. This speeding rollercoaster begins with a powered launch that sends guests on an adventure to help the Incredibles capture the mischevious super-baby Jack-Jack. The ride vehicles zip in and out of tunnels lined with Incredibles characters and enhanced with music and voices from the hit Pixar films. Guests must be 48 inches or taller to ride.
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