8 International Disney Parks Rides We Wish Would Come to Disney World

by | May 20, 2024 | Hong Kong Disneyland, International Parks, Shanghai Disney Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort

Tokyo DisneySea, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland…there are so many incredible rides available exclusively at the international Disney Parks. We’re sharing a few that we’d love to see come stateside!

Disneyland in California may have been the park that started it all back in 1955, but the magic of the Disney Parks has only expanded since then. Currently, there are six Disney Parks around the world: Tokyo Disney Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Resort, and Walt Disney World. And the international Disney Parks are home to quite a few original attractions you won’t find anywhere else.

The Best International Disney Parks Rides

There are some incredible rides at the international Disney Parks, with original attractions you can’t find at Disney World or Disneyland in the U.S. We’ve narrowed down some of the most thrilling, innovative, and immersive experiences you can find overseas for our list of the best international Disney Parks rides we’d love to see in Disney World.

Enchanted Tale of Beauty and the Beast

  • OPENING DATE: September 28, 2020
  • LOCATION: Tokyo Disneyland
  • RIDE TYPE: Trackless Dark Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

Located in Tokyo Disneyland, this trackless dark ride has become well known for its innovative technology that immerses you in a tale as old as time. You’ll find yourself in the retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, hopping aboard a magical cup as you dance through some of the iconic musical numbers and scenes from the film. Along with a trackless element, each ride vehicle moves up, down, and side-to-side on its own, so you feel every moment of what you’re watching. It also includes some of the most stunning technology Disney has ever created – the Beast’s transformation is jaw-dropping.

We can’t be the only ones who would love to see this represented in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, where it could fit well with the current Enchanted Tales with Belle and Be Our Guest restaurant.

Mystic Manor

  • OPENING DATE:  May 17, 2013
  • LOCATION: Hong Kong Disneyland
  • RIDE TYPE: Trackless Dark Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

Located in Hong Kong Disneyland, Mystic Manor has become well known as one of the most creative original rides at a Disney park. Instead of replicating Haunted Mansion, this dark ride creates a new story. You’ll follow Lord Henry Mystic (part of part of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers) and his mischievous monkey, Albert.

The monkey accidentally unleashes various magical artifices you’ll encounter as you go from room to room. Each of the animated artifacts comes to life through stunning visual effects, accompanied by pitch perfectly with a score by Danny Elfman. Unlike its Haunted Mansion counterparts at other Disney Parks, Mystic Manor brings a slightly lighter, more whimsical approach perfect for younger ages.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for the Sunken Treasure

  • OPENING DATE: June 16, 2016
  • LOCATION: Shanghai Disneyland
  • RIDE TYPE: Boat Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

This Shanghai Disneyland attraction revolutionizes the classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride with advanced technology and a new storyline. Instead of rehashing the same Pirates of the Caribbean, you can find in Disney Parks around the world (a version we never want to part with, just FYI), this one brings you into the movies based on the attraction. Riders are plunged into the world of Captain Jack Sparrow as he seeks a treasured sunken ship. The attraction features massive screen projections, realistic animatronics, and special effects that create a truly cinematic atmosphere on your boat ride.

While we never want to get rid of the classic Pirates of the Caribbean, we also would love the chance to experience this thrilling journey in addition to the iconic attraction.

Zootopia: Hot Pursuit

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  • OPENING DATE: December 20, 2023
  • LOCATION: Tokyo Disneyland
  • RIDE TYPE: Trackless Dark Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

Based on the movie Zootopia, this innovative ride features a high-speed chase experience as you join Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde in hot pursuit of stopping a kidnapping. Part of the Zootopia land in Shanghai Disneyland, the ride takes you through Zootopia’s different terrains, including the ice of Tundra Town, Sahara Square, Mystic Springs Oasis, and Rainforest District. It’s a family-friendly fun addition that’s great for all ages.

The idea of a Zootopia-themed land in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has been tossed around quite a bit, so certainly, this ride wouldn’t seem out of place in the future. However, currently, it seems that Disney is focusing on bringing a potential Tropical Americas expansion to the park instead, so we’ll just have to wait and see if Zootopia ever comes around!

Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs

  • OPENING DATE: November 20, 2023
  • LOCATION: Hong Kong Disneyland
  • RIDE TYPE: Roller Coaster
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: 37.5 inches

Located at Hong Kong Disneyland, Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs is one of two rides available at the new World of Frozen (the other is Frozen Ever After, a copy of the ride in EPCOT). The family friendly coaster allows you to hop aboard a ride constructed by Oaken behind his Trading Post, allowing you to zip through the beautiful Arendelle Forest. While simplistic in design, the ride is truly beautiful and allows you some breathtaking views of the land itself.

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Plus, the animatronics of Olaf and Sven in the queue are worth the trip alone! With so many Frozen-themed lands around the world (there’s one opening in Disneyland Paris as well, and another in Tokyo DisneySea), we’d love to see the same in Disney World.

Phantom Manor

  • OPENING DATE: April 12, 1992
  • LOCATION: Disneyland Paris
  • RIDE TYPE: Omnimover
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

Located in Disneyland Paris, Phantom Manor is a darker and more storyline-driven version of the Haunted Mansion rides found in other Disney Parks. The narrative focuses on the tragic romance of Melanie Ravenswood, whose groom vanished on their wedding day, leaving her to wander the manor as a phantom.

The ride combines eerie Victorian aesthetics with ghostly apparitions and haunting music. Its unique storyline and atmospheric setting provide a chilling backdrop that deepens the mystery as riders explore the haunted corridors and ghost-infested ballroom. While we would never give up our beloved Haunted Mansion in Magic Kingdom, we certainly love the originality of this international option!

Journey to the Center of Earth

  • OPENING DATE: September 4, 2001
  • LOCATION: Tokyo DisneySea
  • RIDE TYPE: Slot Car Dark Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: 46 inches

This thrilling ride at Tokyo DisneySea is inspired by Jules Verne’s classic novel. Guests board steampunk-style vehicles designed as “Terravators” to travel through subterranean chambers filled with bizarre creatures and dramatic landscapes, simulating a journey to the Earth’s core.

The ride builds suspense as it descends deeper, culminating in an encounter with a terrifying monster and a high-speed escape to the surface. This attraction combines dramatic storytelling, special effects, and a dramatic ascent to deliver an exhilarating adventure. It’s really unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and we’d love the option to ride it again and again stateside.

All of Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea

We’re going to cheat here for a minute because instead of just one ride, we’re going to name an entire new land. Fantasy Springs is the newest addition to Tokyo DisneySea, bringing lands inspired by Peter Pan, Tangled, and Frozen. In total, there are four rides total, but we want to focus on three rides from Fantasy Springs that feature some of the most innovative technology and immersive experiences imaginable.

Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey

  • OPENING DATE: June 6, 2024
  • LOCATION: Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea
  • RIDE TYPE: Boat Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

While the boat ride Frozen Ever After already exists in two parks (EPCOT and Hong Kong Disneyland), Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey at Fantasy Springs provides a different experience. While also a dark boat ride, this one takes guests through far more scenes from the film, with some of the most stunning and innovative ride technology we’ve ever seen. As much as we love Frozen Ever After, it’s hard not to watch ride throughs of this and yearn for the same option to come to Disney World!

Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival

  • OPENING DATE: June 6, 2024
  • LOCATION: Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea
  • RIDE TYPE: Boat Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: N/A

While Disney World may have Tangled bathrooms, no Disney Park has ever had a full Tangled-themed ride — until now. Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival is a beautiful dark boat ride that takes guests through iconic scenes and songs of the movie.

Displaying scenes like the floating lanterns, and showing off iconic landmarks like the Snuggly Duckling, this is a must-do for any fans of Rapunzel’s film. And just like Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey, this Fantasy Springs ride shows off some of the most state-of-the-art Disney technology you could imagine.

 Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure

  • OPENING DATE: June 6, 2024
  • LOCATION: Fantasy Springs at Tokyo DisneySea
  • RIDE TYPE:3D Simulator-Style Ride
  • HEIGHT REQUIREMENT: 40 inches

While Rapunzel’s Lantern Festival and Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Journey are more typical dark rides featuring animatronics, Peter Pan’s Never Land Adventure is instead a simulator ride, combining both practical sets and screens to tell its story. The immersive ride combines both screen and effects to truly make you feel like you’re flying along with Peter Pan, a thrilling effect. You’ll join familiar characters like Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Lost Kids on an adventure through Never Land, journeying through some iconic landmarks from the film.

While we’d never give up Peter Pan’s Flight at Magic Kingdom, this ride brings the technology of 2024 to the iconic story, making for a thrilling journey.

Posts by Morgan Flaherty

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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