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Oldest Disneyland Rides from 1955 to Today

  • Oldest Disneyland Rides from 1955 to Today

    Disneyland draws over 15 million visitors to its gates every year, as families from across the globe come to enjoy the Happiest Place on Earth. To imagine and engineer the magical kingdom, Disney has employed some of the most creative minds in the world (dubbed Imagineers) to work together to design world-class attractions that are both awe-inspiring and entertaining. When Walt Disney opened the gates for the first time on July 17, 1955 the park consisted of 33 different attractions. Today, 13 of these opening day experiences still exist to delight visitors with timeless thrills and memories, while the full Disneyland park has expanded to over fifty unique attractions.

    At Stacker, we set out to compile a definitive list of every Disneyland attraction that you can enjoy today to highlight when different timeless classics came into existence. Using data from Touring Plans, Disney archives, and historical news releases and reviews, our list starts with exciting recent park additions and stretches back to the oldest opening-day classics. This list focuses on the original Disneyland Park, so you will not see any rides from its neighboring California Adventure located just across the promenade. Read on to discover the oldest Disneyland rides you can still ride today.

  • #60. Frightfully Fun Parade

    Opening Date: September 23, 2016

    Age of Attraction: 1 year

    The most recent addition to Disneyland, this seasonal parade features various Disney villains decked out in all their Halloween glory. Favorites like Jack Skellington and Dr. Facilier make an appearance as do troupes of grinning ghosts. If you're lucky enough to snag an early seat, you may even catch the Headless Horseman's ride down Main Street USA. This attraction only appears at the ticketed Halloween parties running in September and October.

  • #59. Star Wars Launch Bay

    Opening Date: November 16, 2015

    Attraction Age: 2 years

    Fans of the intergalactic space adventure can visit their favorite Star Wars characters and explore actual props from the films in this interactive experience. The attraction also features a documentary, video games, and life-sized settings from the movies. Disneyland will open the ultimate immersive experience in the form of Star Wars Land in 2019.

  • #58. Silver Dollar Six

    Opening Date:  August 6, 2015

    Attraction Age:  2 years, 2 months.

    The Silver Dollar Six is a little harder to spot than some of the other bands at Disneyland. You'll catch this brass band performing once or twice a day in Frontierland near The Golden Horseshoe Saloon, where guests can enjoy a selection of jazzy tunes.

  • #57. Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

    Opening Date: June 15, 2013

    Attraction Age:  4 years, 4 months

    This movie attraction melds Luke Skywalker's story into a 10-minute compilation featuring Luke, Leia, and Han Solo. The experience is heightened with some in-theater wind and moving seats. People unfamiliar with the Star Wars storyline may find the plot a bit confusing so it’s recommended to take in the films before visiting.

  • #56. The Royal Swing Big Band Ball

    Opening Date: June 15, 2013

    Attraction Age: 4 years 4 months

    This big-band era dance takes place at the Fantasy Faire theater on Saturday nights throughout the year. Disneyland has long played host to these dances at the Carnation Plaza Gardens (which were eliminated to create space for the Fantasy Faire Stage in 2012). Many guests go all out, even donning themed outfits to embrace the Swing period experience.

  • #55. Mickey and the Magical Map

    Opening Date: May 25, 2013

    Attraction Age: 4 years 5 months.

    The 22-minute play features the Big Cheese - Mickey Mouse himself - as an apprentice who accidentally uses Sorcerer Yen Sid's dream-controlling map on an adventure that spans the globe. Mickey meets friends along the way including Mulan, Sebastian, Stitch, and Rapunzel. A combination of live action and video effects meld together to create a unique musical stage-play.

  • #54. Storytelling at Royal Theatre

    Opening Date: March 12, 2013

    Attraction Age: 4 years, 7 months

    Classic Disney stories get a Renaissance-style reenactment treatment. The theater is currently alternating between ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and ‘Tangled.’ Guests can view the shows in an open-aired theater, and most of the minor character roles are interpreted by Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones, a comedic pair who are always willing to lend their thespian skills to the show. Kids can sit on the floor close to the stage for a better view.

  • #53. The Royal Hall

    Opening Date: March 12, 2013

    Attraction Age: 4 years, 7 months

    Guests can meet three different princesses at this indoor attraction which typically features Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, and a few surprise drop-ins. While this meet-and-greet is generally popular, the line actually moves faster than it looks because there are additional meeting areas hidden behind wooden panels.

  • #52. Mickey's Soundsational Parade

    Opening Date: June 3, 2011

    Attraction Age: 6 years, 4 months

    This attraction is a daytime parade featuring plenty of music and characters including larger-than-life floats with The Princess and the Frog, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Mickey Mouse sitting atop a giant drum. The parade runs through Fantasyland and down Main Street and lasts about 50 minutes from start to finish. Tip: it usually takes around 20 minutes for the whole parade to pass any given sitting area along the route.

  • #51. Halloween Screams - A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks

    Opening Date: September 25, 2009

    Attraction Age: 8 years

    Disney doesn't skimp on their fireworks any time of year, and their Halloween show is no exception. In addition to a flood of impressive pyrotechnics, guests can watch projections displayed on the castle, a flying ghost dog and an impressive Jack-Skellington who introduces you to the show. Like the Halloween parade, this seasonal show is only available at the ticketed Halloween parties in September and October.

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