The 11 Best Disney Attractions in the World
Okay, I didn’t mean to do clickbait there, but it’s somewhat inevitable with this topic. I’m not about to name my choices for the best Disney attractions on the planet, at least not today.
Instead, I’m recounting the details of someone else’s list.
Are you familiar with Blooloop? The website describes itself as “the world’s leading online resource for professionals working in the visitor attractions sector.”
That’s a fancy way of saying that they’re theme park industry experts, and they recently revealed their selections for the top 25 attractions in the world.
As I’m about to detail, Disney dominated the list. Here are Blooloop’s choices for the best Disney rides, along with my description of each one.
11) Star Tours
First of all, let me state that Disney dominated this list. According to these experts, Imagineers created 64 percent of the best rides in the world!
So, Disney built 16 of the attractions while all other theme park industry engineers managed nine…in combination. You’re right to love Disney, folks.
I’ve compressed the list a bit for reasons that will make sense in a bit.
Keeping that in mind, the first Star Wars ride still qualifies as one of the best attractions in 2020! It won’t be the last one on this list, though!
Fans admire the motion simulation structure and randomized stories.
Unless you plan to ride Star Tours hundreds of times, you’re unlikely to receive identical experiences.
Blooloop ranks Star Tours 23rd in the world.
10) Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
You know the deal on this one. You enter an abandoned town and wind up on a runaway train.
This vehicle carries you, perhaps unwillingly, through some terrifying mountain structures, including a skeletal pass that looks eerily similar to a dinosaur.
Big Thunder Mountain comes with many selling points, but it’s recently become more famous for a medical quirk.
The Walt Disney World version can help riders pass kidney stones.
Blooloop ranks Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 22nd in the world.
9) Splash Mountain
Everyone that goes up must come down. The laws of gravity apply all around. However, perhaps the best example exists at Splash Mountain.
This cleverly themed attraction introduces you to a series of lovable Audio-Animatronic critters but then tosses your log flume off the top of a mountain.
You’re gonna get wet when you reach the bottom of Splash Mountain.
The joyous attraction marries humor and music perfectly. I’m a bit annoyed that Blooloop only deems it the 20th best ride in the world.
Friends, there aren’t 19 rides better than Splash Mountain. Period.
8) Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Some of Disney’s latest offerings provided strong showings on the list.
For instance, the newest Disney ride in North America finished 15th.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway provides guests with an unprecedented opportunity to enter a cartoon and live out an adventure.
While Mickey Mouse and his lady friend, Minnie Mouse, attempt a romantic date, cartoon shenanigans thrust them into several uproarious settings.
This one’s a delight.
7) Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast
While Runaway Railway’s the latest Disney ride in the Western Hemisphere, its Tokyo Disneyland counterpart is the newest in the world.
Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast is only a few weeks old. Yet, it’s already claimed headlines for its brilliant retelling of the Disney film.
I’d rather not spoil this one. Please watch this video instead:
Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Best finished 13th on the list. Still, it’s not the best ride Tokyo Disneyland Resort attraction…
6) Journey to the Center of the Earth/Radiator Springs Racers
Okay, now we get to the combined rides. Some Disney attractions share similar engineering styles or, at the very least, names/themes.
Journey to the Center of the Earth at Tokyo DisneySea employs the same ride mechanic as Radiator Springs Racers and Test Track.
Oddly, Test Track didn’t make the list, which strikes me as a huge oversight.
Still, Blooloop loves this slot car racer style enough to list Journey to the Center of the Earth 12th and Radiator Springs Racers 11th.
You can compare the two rides in these videos:
I agree with the scorers on this one. Journey comes with several thrilling highlights, but the Cars theming puts Radiator Springs Racers over the top.
5) Phantom Manor/Haunted Mansion/Mystic Manor
Here’s where the situation grows a bit confusing. In the earliest days of Disney theme parks, multiple versions of Haunted Mansion told similar stories.
However, when Disney introduced international parks, some of them received their own spins on the premise.
Blooloop undoubtedly loves Haunted Mansion, as its variants finish 17th (Phantom Manor), 16th (the original), and ninth (Mystic Manor).
I fully agree that Mystic Manor is the best of the bunch due to its humor and charm.
Still, I think Phantom Manor got the short end of the stick, as the updated version represents a vast improvement.
4) Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
Frankly, I’m a bit surprised that this one didn’t do better than fifth place.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance has dominated theme park headlines since its inception.
The ride’s sustained popularity has forced Disney to create a virtual queuing system exclusively for Rise of the Resistance.
As for the ride, it blurs the line between the pre-attraction waiting area and the attraction experience.
You encounter several recognizable faces from Star Wars lore during your journey, and not all of them are friendly.
In fact, at least one wants to stab you in the heart. It’s an unusually intense encounter for a Disney ride.
3) Pirates of the Caribbean/Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure
I decided to group these together, although one’s vastly superior to the other.
Back in the 1960s, Pirates of the Caribbean exemplified the best of Disney Imagineering. This timeless classic has entertained guests for generations.
However, when Disney planned Shanghai Disneyland, the Chinese park needed something more modern.
The updated version, Battle for the Sunken Treasure, elevates the concept to dramatic heights, including a tense showdown with Davy Jones.
The classic Pirates of the Caribbean finished 19th while the modern one earns fourth place.
2) Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT!/Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Out of the groupings, I had the most challenging time deciding whether to group these two.
Yes, they’re both inverted drop tower rides in elevator shafts. However, the point of Mission: BREAKOUT! is to provide a different ride experience.
On Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, you’re trying to escape a haunted hotel. With Guardians of the Galaxy, the enemies are life-threatening aliens.
Actually, you may be the alien on Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m never clear on how that works.
Disney retrofit Mission: BREAKOUT! in the same space of Tower of Terror, believing it could create a superior experience.
Blooloop disagrees, as Guardians of the Galaxy finishes seventh. Meanwhile, the original beats it in third place.
1) Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye
Oddly, despite all Blooloop’s love, a Disney ride didn’t win the top spot. That honor goes to The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
So, the best Disney attraction in the world “only” finishes second on Blooloop’s list.
Still, that’s a remarkable honor for a 25-year-old ride.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye takes the guest along with the titular hero on his latest adventure.
This time, Indy desires an archaeological item located in an abandoned temple. Alas, the spirit within the temple feels displeased about his theft.
Unlike some other Disneyland attractions, you don’t take on the role of Indy here. Instead, you’re an unfortunate tourist who gets stuck in the temple.
Also, as usual, Indy doesn’t inspire much hope right up until he saves the day. So, the ride gets stressful.
That intensity differentiates it from everything else here, earning it the title of best Disney attraction in the world.