The Wonderful World of Disney: Parks and Rides Quiz



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The House of Mouse started with one man and a dream, and now Disney dominates the global theme park market. Many people consider the Disney parks the happiest place on earth.

The first park, Disneyland, was opened in Anaheim, CA in 1955. With fewer than 20 attractions, it was essentially one third smaller than Disneyland is today. The Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida didn't open until 1971, but now is the largest resort in the world! Do you know how many theme parks it contains?  Disney also has resorts in a number of other countries--can you name them?

Each Disney park has its own history and lore--from rides come and gone, to ghost stories and tales of exclusive clubs. While many of the most famous rides appear at multiple parks (like The Haunted Mansion) not all of them do. Do you know which park is the exclusive home of The Matterhorn?

If you consider yourself a die-hard Disney parks fan, someone who has traveled the world to see as many parks as possible, take this quiz to see if you truly deserve a place in the House of Mouse! 

What classic TV show is the Tower of Terror based upon?

The Tower of Terror is influenced by "The Twilight Zone" and takes visitors on a spooky tour of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The ride at California Adventure Park now houses the Guardians of the Galaxy--Mission: Breakout! ride.


What experience is the Soarin' ride meant to mimic?

Soarin' — at Epcot and Disney's California Adventure — has taken visitors on a hang gliding tour of California, as well as around the world in a second iteration of the ride.


Who guards the Forbidden Mountain at Expedition Everest?

Expedition Everest riders at Animal Kingdom should be on the lookout for the mysterious Yeti. Fun fact: The Yeti is 25 feet tall and weighs roughly four tons.


True or False: There is a network of utility tunnels that run under the entire Magic Kingdom.

Magic Kingdom employees get around using the Utilidors, which are situated below the park. "Utilidor" is short for "utility corridors."


Which band stars in Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios?

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster riders speed along with Aerosmith in cars designed to resemble a super-stretch limo. The members of Aerosmith were guests of honor at the opening of the ride.


In what Magic Kingdom land can you find Space Mountain?

There were five different Space Mountain rides built over the years. The first was built in 1975 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.


What is the official symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park?

Like Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom and Spaceship Earth at Epcot, the Tree of Life is the symbol of Animal Kingdom. The tree is a nearly 150 foot tall sculpture of a baobab.


Which Disney movie is Splash Mountain themed around?

Find your laughing place on Splash Mountain with Br'er Rabbit and other "Song of the South" characters.


What's inside the big "golf ball" at Epcot?

The Spaceship Earth rides sits inside the Epcot golf ball — it's actually a geodesic sphere. The ride is a time machine-themed ride through the history of technology.


Whose castle sits at the center of Disneyland in California?

Sleeping Beauty's castle is the main attraction at Disneyland, while Cinderella's castle takes center stage at Walt Disney World in Florida.


What are the ride vehicles in The Haunted Mansion called?

Visitors to The Haunted Mansion ride in doom buggies as they interact with 999 happy haunts, the ghosts of The Haunted Mansion.


Which Disney film got its own roller coaster in 2014 at Magic Kingdom?

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened in 2014, becoming the Magic Kingdom's fourth roller coaster. It is a steel roller coaster.


True or False: Epcot stands for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow."

Walt Disney originally envisioned Epcot as a utopian city, but this vision was never realized and Epcot became a legendary theme park instead.


Which Magic Kingdom land is home to the Jungle Cruise?

The Jungle Cruise is located in Adventureland and takes riders on a thrilling boat ride past wild animals and "local" tribes.


What is the name of the tallest mountain at Disney's Blizzard Beach water park?

Mt. Gushmore rises 90 feet high and is home to Summit Plummet and many other rides and slides. It has three different colored sections to help park visitors navigate the different attractions.


What is the fastest ride at Walt Disney World in Florida?

Epcot's Test Track is Walt Disney World's fastest ride, reaching speeds as high as 65 miles per hour. It is a giant slot car ride that simulates a car going through an automobile testing facility.


What singer starred in Epcot's Captain EO attraction?

Michael Jackson took riders on a journey to an alien planet in Captain EO. It's last showing at Epcot was on December 6, 2015.


What alpine-themed ride can be found at Disneyland, but not at Walt Disney World?

The Matterhorn rises high above Disneyland, taking riders on a high-speed journey. Surprisingly, this popular ride was not recreated anywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.


Which boat ride attraction at Walt Disney World was shut down in 2014 to make way for a "Frozen" themed ride?

Maelstrom (a log flume ride,) in Epcot's Norway pavilion, was closed in 2014 to make room for Frozen Ever After.


Which Magic Kingdom land got a full revamp in 2012?

The new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park opened in 2012 with a fancy new Princess Fairytale Hall and a pair of dueling Dumbo rides.


What classic Magic Kingdom attraction was replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh in 1998?

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride shut down in the late 90s, but fans of the attraction can still experience it at Disneyland in California.


How many attractions could be found at Disneyland when the park opened in 1955?

Disneyland opened with just 18 attractions and drew more than 28,000 visitors on its first day of operation. There are now more than 60 attractions.


What name was given to Disney World's entertainment complex, formerly known as Downtown Disney, in 2015?

Disney announced that it would revamp Disney World's Downtown Disney starting in 2012, and the complex was officially renamed Disney Springs in 2015.


What is the English name of the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland Paris?

At Disneyland Paris, the Haunted Mansion is known as Phantom Manor, while visitor's to Disney's Hong Kong theme park can take a tour of Mystic Manor.


What are the ride vehicles on Spaceship Earth called?

The time machine vehicles take riders on a journey from the dawn of man through the 21st century and beyond.


What was the name of Disney's first water park?

River Country opened in 1976 at Walt Disney World, closed in 2001 and now lies abandoned on the shore of Bay Lake.


How fast can the trains on Space Mountain travel?

It may feel like you're speeding through space, but the cars on Space Mountain reach a maximum speed of only 35 mph.


Who voices the pilot droid Rex on Star Tours?

Paul Reubens — aka Pee-wee Herman— voices the pilot droid on Star Tours at Hollywood Studios.


True or False: It's a Small World was one of Disneyland's original attractions when the park opened in 1955.

The ride was actually designed for the 1964 World's Fair in New York and shipped to Disneyland after the fair was over.


What was the official symbol of Disney's Hollywood Studios?

A water tower with Mickey ears — called the Earffel Tower — served as the symbol of Disney's Hollywood Studios. It was removed in spring 2016.


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