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20 Incredible Disney Rides & Experiences

Aleney de Winter uncovers the ultimate family Disney experiences in the United States.

No one does it quite like Disney. Whether your family is after all the action of a Disney theme park where rides, shows and characters become part of a total storytelling environment, are keen to set sail with Mickey and friends on a Disney cruise, or would prefer to simply kick back and work on their tans with Minnie at a Disney resort, each of its four stateside destinations deliver that incredible magic only one brand can conjure.

The 10 Best Disney Rides

1. Radiator Springs Racers, Disney California Adventure

2. California Screamin', Disney California Adventure Park

3. Space Mountain, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney World

4. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Walt Disney World

5. Indiana Jones Adventure, Disneyland Park

6. Grizzly River Run, Disney California Adventure

7. Expedition Everest, Walt Disney World

8. Star Tours, Disneyland Park

9. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney World

10. Mission: SPACE, Walt Disney World

The 10 Best Disney Experiences

1. World of Color, Disney California Adventure

2. Kiliminjaro Safaris, Walt Disney World

3. Mickey's Soundsational Parade, Disneyland and the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

4. Jedi Training Academy, Disneyland

5. It's Tough to Be a Bug!, Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney World

6. Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Disney California Adventure

7. Character breakfast, Available at all parks

8. Pirates of the Caribbean, Disneyland Park & Walt Disney World

9. Disney Junior - Live on Stage!, Disney California Adventure & Walt Disney World

10. Unlock a new dimension of Disney Magic with the incredible MyMagic+ technology, Walt Disney World

Where to Stay

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
Walt Disney’s original theme park has made dreams come true for generations of families and, nearly three billion visitors later, it continues to thrill and entertain. Its two amazing theme parks, Disneyland Park – the original Walt Disney theme park – and Disney California Adventure Park, feature more than 60 adventures and attractions between them.
Little visitors might like Mickey’s Toontown or Fantasyland; the latter is where you’ll find Sleeping Beauty’s iconic castle with its fairytale world of entertainment. Older kids might prefer to step into the past at Frontierland, discover enchanted lands at Adventureland, launch into the futuristic fun of Tomorrowland, or enjoy a little classic action at New Orleans Square.

Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
50 times the size of California’s Disneyland, Walt Disney World Resort boasts four theme parks, two water parks, more than 30 resort hotels, five golf courses, Downtown Disney’s dining and entertainment precinct and, somehow, so much more!
To put this in perspective, Walt Disney World Resort is as big as Brisbane... so you’ll need a week spent donning your Mickey Mouse ears to really experience all the magic on offer.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii
Drawing on the magic, storytelling and service that Disney is celebrated for, and complemented by the beauty and traditions of Hawaii, the luxurious Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa offers a tropical holiday with more than an ample touch of Mickey magic. A short drive from Honolulu International Airport and 30 minutes from Waikiki, the resort is located by a lagoon and white sand beach, and offers a choice of family-friendly accommodation and recreational activities designed to immerse guests in the legends of the islands.

Disney Cruise Line
What better way to explore America than by taking to its seas with Mickey and pals. An enchanting holiday that combines world-class Disney entertainment with comfort and convenience, a Disney Cruise offers something for every member of the family, regardless of age. You'll enjoy deck parties and fireworks at sea, a family pool, kids' pool, splash zones, waterslides and Disney character experiences, plus delightfully Disney-themed kids' clubs.
Disney's state-of-the-art cruise ships sail from Florida to the Bahamas and Caribbean, from the West Coast to Mexico and Hawaii, from Seattle up to the glaciers of Alaska and from New York City past the Statue of Liberty to New England before heading on to Canada.

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