My Top 5 Slow Rides at the Disneyland Parks in Anaheim, California
There are many slow rides at Disneyland and California Adventure. Not only are they perfect for small children, but also for those of us not wanting a fast ride all of the time.
My selections for my favorite slow rides come from my own experience with the rides in the parks. It was definitely hard to narrow this list down.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the Top 5 Slow Rides in Anaheim, California’s Disneyland Parks:
Dress up like a pirate...
1) Pirates of the Caribbean
Every since I was a kid, I have loved this ride. I had a pretty active imagination (still do) and liked to imagine the characters were real.
At the start of the ride, your boat drifts through a quiet swamp. An older fellow plays a banjo, reminding me of Mississippi—a place I have never been but a place I have experienced through novels. Then, moving clouds on the ceiling make the ride seem all the more real. As the first drop approaches, a skull warning visitors of the perils ahead sets the atmosphere for pirates! Another drop follows shortly after.
For the first time rider, you can hang onto the front handrails. However, after multiple rides, you may decide to raise your hands for the drops like your fellow experienced riders—and maybe even close your eyes!
The scenes that drift by are amusing and fun to look at. The cascade of fog is thrilling to put your hands through, no matter how many times you have done it. And, then there’s always the getting splashed by firing cannons.
By far, this is my favorite ride. It brings back many memories and is always a great ride to transport yourself to a different time.
2) Haunted Mansion
This ride is a mix of spooky and fun. The optical illusions of walls stretching and phantom ghosts beside you make this ride memorable. I remember being afraid of this ride as a kid. Again, my strong imagination convinced me the house I had just entered was actually haunted. But, now, the constantly turning carriage keeps the ride entertaining. Note: Getting on and off the carriage can be a bit tricky, as the ride is constantly moving and you must walk on a conveyor belt to get on and off the ride.
3) California Soarin’ at California Adventure
I love rides on which I feel like I’m flying. A powerful fan, scents wafting by and stunning scenery with accompanying sounds help with the illusion.
Watch ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
4) Snow White
Yes, I know what you’re thinking. A little kid ride?! On my last trip to Disneyland, I noticed that there wasn’t a lineup to this attraction. Since I was in the area anyways, I thought I would check it out—for the fun of it. I remember being scared of the oh so creepy witch in the story! Who knows why my favorite rides scared me as a kid??
I had just checked out the Pinocchio ride—a nice trip down childhood memory lane. Then, I hopped on the Snow White ride with my mom. This ride can be summed up in one word: fast. I’m not kidding. My first ride was a short zip past the dwarves, through the forest and Happy Ever After. This is a fast slow ride.
So, what did I do? I wanted to ride it again. Again, no lineup. This time I took out my watch and timed the ride—2 minutes. In comparison, the Peter Pan ride is about 5 minutes (I think). I love this kid ride (strangely) for its unexpected speed. My advice: Go on the Pinocchio ride first to feel the difference!
Watch ... Peter Pan
5) Peter Pan.
Okay. Another little kid ride. But this ride is great! You sit in a flying boat that whizzes around Neverland. My favorite part of the ride is the night scene where you can imagine flying around Neverland in the dark.
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