The Most Popular Disney Attraction Worldwide, According to Imagineering

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Walt Disney World Opening, October 1, 1971

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It’s safe to say that we all have a favorite Disney attraction. From The Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Space Mountain to Pirates of the Caribbean and, dare I say it, The Enchanted Tiki Room, there’s that one Disney Parks attraction that we hold dearest to our hearts.

However, the question remains: what sits as the attraction that the Disney Imagineers favor above everything else?

Well, we’re going on what has been built and reused multiple times over the years at Disney’s theme parks around the world and the results are surprising. Drum roll, Imagineering favorite attraction according to what they have reused more than anything else is…

Buzz LightYear’s Space Ranger Spin.

Space Ranger Spin
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That’s right, the attraction is currently sat in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney, Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland. That’s pretty crazy to think about, right? Here’s the order of when the attraction (or an attraction just like it with a slightly different name) opened at each of the parks:

  • Walt Disney World – 1998
  • Tokyo Disney – 2004
  • Disneyland – 2005
  • Hong Kong Disneyland – 2005 (since re-themed to Ant-Man and the Wasp)
  • Disneyland Paris – 2006
  • Shanghai Disneyland – 2016

It makes sense in a way; Toy Story is a huge worldwide franchise loved by all of the countries where the attraction currently sits. The attraction was originally introduced to promote Toy Story 2 (remember that awesome scene set in the video game at the start?) and has proven popular over 20 years later! Toy Story Land even exists in many of the parks we mentioned above, it’s a franchise with a lot of love!

The problem is, in many of the parks, Buzz LightYear’s Space Ranger Spin is one of the oldest feeling attractions at the parks. We’d love for the Imagineers to give the attraction a bit of love and to bring it into modern times!

Technically Dumbo the Flying Elephant also has a version in every major Disney Resort, but we feel that’s a lot less work for the team to insert into a park.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Walt Disney World
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Other attractions that have proven popular with the Disney Imagineers over the years include Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion (in various forms), Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Toy Story Mania, Peter Pan’s Flight, and of course, it’s a small world.

Many visitors to multiple Disney Parks around the world take issue with Disney reusing attraction in each resort but it’s important to remember that most guests aren’t lucky enough to be jet setting to each resort! We also still have some pretty incredible unique rides in each of the resorts that don’t exist anywhere in the world that include Kilimanjaro Safaris and the Matterhorn Bobsleds.

No matter where you are in the world from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, or Hollywood Studios to the Walt Disney Studios and Tokyo DisneySea, there’s always something unique to see.

Walt Disney Imagineering
Credit: Walt Disney Imagineering

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