Mountain Thrill Rides At Disneyland In Anaheim, Orange County

Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California has been entertaining people of all ages since opening its doors to the public on July 18th, 1955. The brainchild of animator and film producer Walt Disney, the theme park continues to lead the way in family fun and

Thrill ride aficionados will enjoy the unique blend of elements that make Disneyland rides extra special. In addition to featuring excitement, each Disney thrill ride provides an immersive experience into a world of fantasy, adventure, or even space travel. That’s because every ride, fast or slow, begins with a story. Disney Imagineers design technically advanced rides, but they also create intricate stories as part of the attractions for a complete experience.

These mountain thrill rides engage all the senses and, just as importantly, the imagination:

Splash Mountain. When the log flume ride first opened in 1989, park guests were willing to wait in line three hours to experience the thrill. Today Splash Mountain continues to attract fun seekers ready for the big drop at the end. The ride begins with a pleasant watery journey in and around the simulated mountain. It continues with a themed ride through colorful scenes from the 1940s movie Song of the South, where animatronic characters sing about the adventures of Br’er Rabbit. Several minutes and a few false alarms later, the big drop finally appears. If you can keep your eyes open for this part, it’s worth it! The view from the top is spectacular. The ride ends with a grand, celebratory finale.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. As the Old West announcer says over the loudspeaker at the start of each ride, “Hang onto your hats and glasses, folks, ‘cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!” And so begins an exhilarating train roller coaster ride in Frontierland. The premise is that passengers find themselves aboard a driverless runaway mine train.  As the train races through tunnels and over and around Southwest red rock formations, evading perils along the way, riders are treated to a fast, fun trek and a few moments to catch their breath – and catch a glimpse of one of many Disney-themed touches, from rainbow caverns to howling animatronic coyotes. Big Thunder Mountain, in operation since 1979, is especially magical at night.  

Space Mountain. A completely enclosed steel roller coaster ride, Space Mountain is the closest many of us will ever get to hurtling through space. Opened in 1977, this futuristic spaceflight themed ride is as popular today as the day it launched. Completely refurbished in 2003 and reopened in 2005, Space Mountain is a prominent landmark in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. The adventure begins when guests board rockets at the space port. The rockets climb up a tunnel and then descend into a thrilling coaster ride in darkness. All around stars and galaxies swirl as riders traverse space while listening to inspiring music. When the ride is all done, it’s not unusual for the satisfied passengers to burst into spontaneous, happy applause.

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