The Happiest Place on Earth isn’t always the happiest place. Yes, I’m destroying a tautology, but it’s true. Nobody likes waiting in line, especially not at a place of crowded as Disneyland. Some of the rides have ridiculous lines relative to their entertainment value. Others are so great that you should wait however long is needed to ride them. Which is which? Read on to find out which of the nine rides with the longest lines at Disneyland are worth the wait.
Matterhorn Bobsleds – 25 minutes
Disneyland’s FastPass system is incredibly efficient. It keeps the lines at the parks depreciated in size, which is why so few attractions have brutal wait-times. In the ongoing debate between Walt Disney World and Disneyland regarding park supremacy, Disneyland is the clear winner in this category. Even its newer attractions have reasonably sized line queues.
Keeping that in mind, I’ll evaluate these rides less harshly than last time. And some of the answers are obvious. Matterhorn Bobsleds is a historically significant attraction, one of four on this list. Those are always worth a bit more of a wait. Sure, the ride gets bumpy, but it’s refreshing in that regard. So many new attractions are impossibly smooth. Matterhorn Bobsleds is old school rough. I love that about it and have happily waited much longer than 25 minutes to ride it.
Haunted Mansion – 30 minutes
Walt Disney spent the last decade of his life trying to bring this attraction to life. Ultimately, he didn’t live long enough to see his plans for New Orleans Square come to fruition. While tragic, this turn of events helped the ride. Imagineers lovingly worked to fulfill the wishes of their founder, eventually crafting the seminal haunted house attraction in existence. To my mind, the question isn’t whether Haunted Mansion is worth a half-hour wait. Instead, it’s “How many times are we going to ride Haunted Mansion today?”