Disneyland is the original theme park in the growing family of Disney parks, and it is the one that I grew up with, which gives it a level of magic and nostalgia that few places on Earth can match. True story.
Some of my fondest memories involve Disney vacations and even today, at the age of 41 (gasp!), I still lose myself in them every time I walk into the park.
To all that come to this happy place, welcome*.
Disney rides are more than attractions, they are like time machines, floating through the past and creating new memories at the same time. It’s complicated.
We visit Disneyland often, and the magic never wears thin. In fact, thanks to the wonder of my two young boys, it is stronger than ever. Over the years, as the boys have grown and reached new heights, in this case quite literally, we have been able to expand our repertoire of rides to include the bigger and the faster, but we still enjoy those that made the memories, and we make new ones every single time.
The trick is getting to those rides at the right time. It turns out that other people want to ride them, too (go figure) and that’s where technology comes in. The Mobile Magic app from Disney Parks and Verizon provides information on wait times and other factors to help you plan your next stop with the shortest queues possible, and that’s a good thing.
Here are our favorite family rides for kids of all ages (and sizes):
*from Walt Disney’s Disneyland dedication speech
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