Disney often "clones" rides, creating similar versions at multiple theme parks. Arguments rage over which version is the definitive one, but there's no real hard data to prove which version is really the best. Which is why we thought it would be fun to take a look at ratings you've given the Walt Disney World and Disneyland versions of some of Disney's most popular rides in our park guides.
Here, we compare the rankings for eight rides at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, and the results may surprise you! If you agree or disagree with the ratings, all you have to do is visit our free park guides to leave your own ratings and reviews.
1. The Haunted Mansion
The most popular ride at Disney's original theme park is this ghost-host-guided tour through an eerie estate. The Disneyland version (shown above) is ranked No. 8 on our TPT100 list of the top-rated 100 attractions in the world, and a long-standing rumor about one of the props outside the California ride has put the attraction in the news again recently. Every once in a while, people speculate that the white hearse outside the mansion was used during the funeral of religious leader Brigham Young. But despite the claims of the man who bought it in 1973 from a collector and then sold it to Disneyland, church historians say there's historical evidence that there wasn't a hearse present at Young's funeral, so the prop is just that - a prop.
The Haunted Mansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom comes in at No. 12 on the TPT100 list, and it's also been in the news recently as the park has added another interactive element to the ride. The hitchhiking ghosts near the attraction's end will hold up signs with your name and home state. And how do they know this info? It's all thanks to MagicBand technology.
2. Splash Mountain
Winner: Magic Kingdom
This water flume ride is a favorite of yours, and you're in good company: On his recent trip to Florida to support athletes in the Invictus Games, Prince Harry took a late-night trip to Walt Disney World and decided that he simply had to experience Splash Mountain again. Prince Harry also rode the ride during an early-'90s trip with his mother, Princess Diana, and his brother, Prince William.
3. Pirates of the Caribbean
This pirate cruise's Disneyland version is ranked much higher than the Walt Disney World version (it's No. 11 at the California park and No. 40 at the Florida one that's pictured above), but a brand-new incarnation at a soon-to-open Disney park is what's making a big splash these days. Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure at Shanghai Disneyland offers a new take on the classic ride, and it's even housed in the park's Treasure Cove section - the first land that's ever been exclusively themed to the "Pirates" movie series. The boats here travel forward and backward, down chutes and through live-action sets and next to Audio-Animatronics and digital projections. If the Shanghai Disneyland version proves to be a success, maybe Disney can add some of its technology to the rides at its other parks.
4. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Winner: Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World's wildest ride in the wilderness checks in at No. 22 on the TPT100 list, while Disneyland's version (shown above) is at No. 38, and the rip-roaring rollercoaster has yet another claim to fame: The ride's backstory has been featured in "Disney Kingdoms" comic books, and it was the first attraction to receive that treatment in the series. If you grab the series' five issues, you can learn how Abigail Bullion, the daughter of Big Thunder Mining Company's owner, joined forces with some unlikely partners to solve the mystery of what was happening in the mountain in the hopes of saving the business as well as the town. The comics feature amazing artwork and a compelling story that includes tons of small details from the attraction.