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The 12 Best Disneyland Resort Attractions That You've Been Missing

Publish Date:

February 28, 2014

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We all have favorite attractions at the Disneyland Resort that we can't wait to experience again with our family and friends whenever we visit Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park. Everyone loves exploring the haunted caverns of Pirates of the Caribbean, gliding over orange groves on Soarin' Over California, holding on tight for a ride through outer space on Space Mountain and plummeting into the fifth dimension on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—but do you ever feel like you're missing out on something special just around the next corner?
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The Disneyland Resort has been enchanting Guests of all ages since 1955, and in those nearly 6 decades, the parks have added so many attractions that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Hidden among the headline attractions are many great lesser-known attractions that are just as fun and sometimes have far shorter waits. Here are 12 of our favorite attractions that you might have missed!

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Tucked in the shadow of Splash Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is filled with colorful scenes that recreate the adventures of Winnie the Pooh and his playful friends. This delightful ride includes classic songs by Disney Legends the Sherman Brothers and a standout scene where Winnie falls asleep and dreams of Heffalumps and Woozles.

Flik's Flyers

Hidden conveniently near the rear entrance to Cars Land, "a bug's land" is filled with fun family diversions—and Flik's Flyers raises to the top of the list. Fans know that this is secretly one of the most delightful attractions at the Disneyland Resort. Once you are inside your snack box or takeout container, the contraption lifts you into the air and the infectious music starts. As you soar around and bob up and down, it's almost impossible not to smile.

Disneyland Railroad

Okay, so it's hard to walk into Disneyland Park without seeing—and hearing—the Disneyland Railroad. But, many people don't know that the ride contains some of the most impressive scenery in Disneyland Park. In particular, dinosaur fans and Disney history buffs will want to check out the segment between the Tomorrowland and Main Street, U.S.A. stations—the Primeval World diorama recreates prehistoric times with giant Audio-Animatronics dinosaurs that originally appear during the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Sorcerer's Workshop

Kids and animation fans of all ages will love a trip through the Sorcerer's Workshop inside the Disney Animation Building. You'll explore 3 immersive areas filled with incredible interactive exhibits that show you how movie magic is made through a combination of animation, character and voice. This cool—in both meanings of the word—indoor location can be especially welcome on a warm day.

Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Located close to the popular Peter Pan's Flight and Snow White's Scary AdventuresPinocchio's Daring Journey is newer than these classic Fantasyland attractions, but it's just as colorful and charming. Added in 1983 as part of a major Fantasyland enhancement, the ride follows the misadventure of Pinocchio as he attempts to become a real boy. Keep your eyes open for the Blue Fairy's amazing disappearance near the end of the attraction.

The Bakery Tour

If you'd like a quick break from the thrills of nearby Paradise Pier, The Bakery Tour gives you a fascinating—and humorous—look into how the Boudin Bakery creates its delicious sourdough bread. You'll get an up-close view of the ingenious machines that are used in the process. If the experience makes you hungry, you can sample the freshly baked bread at the adjacent Pacific Wharf Café.

Casey Jr. Circus Train

Casey Jr. Circus Train is so much adorable fun, it's hard to believe the ride isn't one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland Park. Covering much of the same terrain as Storybook Land Canal Boats, this faster-paced train ride includes views of the miniature representations of classic Disney animated film scene from a higher vantage point. However, the main draw here is the delightful train itself—you can even choose to sit inside the colorful animal cages!

Heimlich's Chew Chew Train

Disney California Adventure Park features its own whimsical train for the whole family—and this one is hungry! Heimlich's Chew Chew Train allows you to ride along with the friendly caterpillar from Disney•Pixar's A Bug's Life as he searches the forest—well, really the lawn—for delicious treats to eat. While, like Heimlich himself, Heimlich's Chew Chew Train can't compete with some attractions on scale, it sure makes up for size with whimsy and charm.

Main Street Cinema

In the rush towards Sleeping Beauty Castle you can miss this tiny movie theater that shows some of the classic cartoons that built the foundation of the Walt Disney Company. Main Street Cinema is a delightful attraction, hidden between the shops on Main Street, U.S.A.—and well worth a stop for a few laughs between the big adventures.

Tarzan's Treehouse

It's easy to forget to look up when you walk between 2 of the most popular Disneyland Park attractions, Indiana Jones Adventure and Pirates of the Caribbean, but if you do, you'll see the magnificent Tarzan's Treehouse rising dramatically about the Adventureland jungle canopy. Where else can you climb an 80-foot-tall, 150-ton tree with 450 branches and over 6,000 leaves? And, when you get to the top, the views are spectacular!

It's Tough to be a Bug!

It turns out that "a bug's land" is positively crawling with bug-themed hidden treasures. Perhaps the most "underground" attraction in all of the Disneyland Resort, It's Tough to be a Bug! shrinks you down to the size of an ant, and takes you to a subterranean cavern where Flik introduces you to the hidden world of spiders, termite and stink bugs. The attraction features an amazing 3D movie, thrilling special effects and some of the most impressive Audio-Animatronics figures in Disney California Adventure Park.

The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is a must-do for anyone who loves Disneyland or American history. After you browse the rotating exhibits in The Disneyland Story and the adjoining The Disney Gallery, proceed to The Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln theater for a stirring and patriotic performance by an astonishingly lifelike Audio-Animatronics figure of Abraham Lincoln. While the show has been continually enhanced and updated over the years, the most recent version incorporates classic audio performed by Royal Dano from the original presentation that—after a run at the 1964 New York World's Fair— debuted at Disneyland Park in 1965.

Disney FASTPASS Service

Excited for your next Disneyland Resort visit? Beyond all of the fantastic attractions above, of course you still want to ride your favorite attractions. Why not save some time waiting in line by grabbing a complimentary Disney FASTPASS ticket to one of the more popular attractions and then trying one of the lesser known attractions while you wait? It's a terrific way to maximize your fun!

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