What to Ride First at Disneyland

What to ride first at Disneyland! There is so much to do and see at Disneyland that our readers are always asking us, “what ride should I go on first at Disneyland? Which ride has the longest line?” The answers change with the season and also depends a lot on your preferences and group.

What to ride first at Disneyland. A Disneyland planning guide from The Happiest Blog on Earth.
What to ride first at Disneyland. A Disneyland planning guide from The Happiest Blog on Earth.

What to Ride First at Disneyland

What to ride first at Disneyland aims to answer those questions and more. We have put together an entire series on what to ride first at Disneyland broken down by each land in the park. Here we will give you our short-list answers, but invite you to click on each article for more insider information and tips to plan your day at Disneyland.

Remember, what to ride first is our opinion and applies to regular park hours. Some areas may not be open during Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour and might not be available as a first ride. 

What to Ride First at Disneyland: Overall Winner

Peter Pan's Flight. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.
Peter Pan’s Flight. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.

Peter Pan’s Flight is the overall winner for what to ride first. The line is always long but I feel this attraction really brings to life the magic of everything Disneyland has to offer. Every age can ride Peter Pan’s Flight and the journey over Never Land is always magical.

The longer you wait for the ride, the less of an impact it seems to have which is why I suggest riding it first thing in the morning if possible. It’s a quick journey into Peter Pan’s world that you won’t want to miss.

What to Ride First at Disneyland: By Land

Read about each land and what to ride first, plus tips for other favorites in that land and more.

The reimagined battle experience "Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple". (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
The reimagined battle experience “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple”. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)
We know it’s a tough choice to decide what to see and ride first, but we hope our guide has helped narrow down things a bit. When you’re visiting over multiple days, you can always pick a new first-ride each morning.

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What ride do you always go to first? What ride can you not live without riding at Disneyland? We’d love to know!
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Jessica Sanders

Disneyland expert who also loves the beach, flip flops and pink nail polish.

10 thoughts on “What to Ride First at Disneyland”

  1. We did Magical morning hour (or whatever it is called) just a few weeks ago and were surprised that Disneyland does NOT open all the areas for that early hour. We had planned to go over to Adventure Land and ride Big Thunder Mountain and Indiana Jones. So, when we saw a cast member standing in front of a rope across the entrance and found out it was not open, we started walking towards Tomorrow Land, and then remembered, Oh Yeah – Peter Pan is supposed to be good, so headed towards that ride. We spent our entire hour in line and it was totally NOT WORTH IT.

    1. Patricia, you are right, only select areas are open during Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hour. I appreciate you pointing out that this article should note “what to ride first” covers regular operating hours. Peter Pan regularly has wait times of 45+ minutes so riding it first is an excellent time-saving choice. That being said, it sounds like Peter Pan wasn’t the best choice for your group. When you’re ready to go back, send me an email and we can put together a custom plan for your group.

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