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I love Disneyland, but even being the fan that I am, I still have a short list of things that could be better and have created this what not to ride guide to help you decide what to skip. Call me a party pooper, but I always manage to have a blast at Disneyland . . . there are just a few things I choose to avoid.
Remember this is all meant in good fun. If there’s something here you love, definitely go for it. You’ll see I update this article every once in a while and even change my mind on occasion. Here’s my “What Not To Ride” confession in no particular order.
What Not to Ride: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
When does this thing not have a huge line? After you get in line, thinking it doesn’t look too bad, you find out even a short line takes forever and then you get to cram in to this tiny space with a bunch of stinky strangers, put your face into the germ filled window and look at underwater scenes all while breathing the same recycled air for 10+ minutes. Sounds delightful.
Poor Nemo is just gonna have to remain lost, because after another ride on the submarines summer of 2015, I’m keeping Nemo on the what not to ride list.
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What Not to Ride: King Arthur Carrousel
I don’t mind riding the carrousel, and there are times when it comes in handy (like during Rider Switch). But generally, my rule is to not do things at Disneyland that we could easily do somewhere else. However, if you’re a big Mary Poppins or Julie Andrews fan, you must take the chance to ride on her very own horse, Jingles.
I even let Jingles take a selfie with my phone because I love Julie Andrews and Mary Poppins that much. But know you will have to race to score a ride on Jingles, as many people love this horse just as much as you do!
What Not to Ride: (or do) Parades
I used to be totally anti-parades. To me, it means prime riding time! But, it can serve as a well earned break. I now regularly make time in my schedule to watch Disneyland parades, seriously no one does it better!
What Not to Ride: Autopia
Anyone else have trouble turning the wheel on that dang car? I wonder if I got a lemon because it took all my might just to move the wheel a teeny bit. The last time I went on it, I vowed not to ride again until my kids could drive me.
What Not to Ride: (or do) Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
A few other “What Not To Ride” Rides
Main Street Vehicles (unless it’s your 5th day at Disneyland and you simply need a break) and Disneyland Railroad (unless you have a tired hubby, because you woke him at 5:30am to open the park and this is all he can manage to stay sane).