54 photos that will make you want to visit every Disney theme park in the world

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceWalt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is known for its replica of Cinderella’s castle.

Whether you’re in Europe, Asia, or North America, there are Disney destinations to experience all across the globe.

Of course, each location is full of Disney magic, but no two parks are exactly the same. Cinderella’s castle in Walt Disney World, for example, is only open to special guests and breakfast diners. But in Disneyland Paris, any park visitor can walk through the whimsical building.

From Walt Disney’s first-ever theme park in Anaheim, California, to the nautical-themed attractions in Tokyo, here’s what Disney attractions look like around the world.

Correction: March 29, 2018: This story originally stated that Donald Duck’s boat and Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse are exclusive to Tokyo Disney Resort, however, these attractions are also available in Disneyland Park in California.

The article has been updated below.

Disneyland first opened for business in 1955.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceWalt Disney built his first park in Anaheim, California.

The first theme park created by Walt Disney still stands today in Anaheim, California.

It’s currently comprised of two parks – Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park – and three resorts.

Disneyland Park is home to Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe castle inside Disneyland Park is named after Sleeping Beauty.

From the outside, the castle serves as a stunning pink-and-blue backdrop to tourist photos. But on the inside, visitors can walk through interactive scenes from the 1959 film “Sleeping Beauty.”

Parkgoers can also use the castle’s tunnel to travel between Fantasyland and Main Street.

Main Street USA was inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty ImagesHorse-drawn carriages are available to take visitors down Main Street USA.

While on the strip, visitors can shop, dine, and even create custom Mickey Mouse ears, according to Disney blog WDW Info.

Visitors can also experience Main Street USA by riding vehicles like the Disneyland Railroad, Fire Engine, omnibus, and horse-drawn carriages.

In Adventureland, you can walk through a replica of Tarzan’s home.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceTarzan’s Treehouse is 80 feet tall.

Tarzan’s Treehouse is a walk-through exhibit inspired by the 1999 film “Tarzan.” Visitors of any height are allowed to enter the 80-foot-tall tree.

You can also find the Indiana Jones Adventure,Enchanted Tiki Room, and Jungle Cruise in this adventurous section of the park.

Next door is New Orleans Square.

Barry King/Getty ImagesThe Haunted Mansion ride is decorated each year for the winter holidays.

The aesthetic of New Orleans Square is inspired by the Louisiana city, and houses Disneyland Park’s spookiest attractions.

The Haunted Mansion is located within the space, as well as the Fortune Red fortune teller and Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

A number of classic Disney attractions are located within Critter Country.

J Etzel/Flickr/Attribution LicenceSplash Mountain is located within Critter Country.

This section of the California theme park includes rides such as Splash Mountain, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes.

You can take the Disneyland Railroad to visit different sections of the park.

MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images /The 18-minute-long train ride stops in four sections of Disneyland Park.

The full train ride lasts 18 minutes, and stops at four different locations throughout the park, such as Mickey’s Toontown and Tomorrowland.

Soon, Disneyland Park visitors will also be able to dine like a Jedi.

Coca Cola and DisneyYou’ll soon be able to buy these ‘Star Wars’ drinks at Disneyland.

On May 31, the “Star-Wars”-themed Galaxy’s Edge land will open in Disneyland Park. Of course, visitors will be able to partake in rides, restaurants, and shops while there.

But travellers will also be able to purchase “Star Wars”-themed soda and water, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Dasani, and Diet Coke. Each drink is packaged in a circular bottle, and is labelled in Aurebesh, a language featured in “Star Wars” films.

Even more thrilling attractions can be found inside Disney California Adventure Park.

Eric May/Flickr/Attribution LicenceMickey’s Fun Wheel is the centrepiece of Disney California Adventure Park.

While all Disney parks are family-friendly, Disney California Adventure Park is geared towards teenagers and adults.

Rides like Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Mickey’s Fun Wheel, for example, are perfect for older visitors who are young at heart. The second section of the California destination also serves alcohol, while Disneyland Park does not.

There are activities for all ages within Cars Land.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceCars Land is inspired by the 2006 film ‘Cars.’

This themed section of Disney California Adventure Park is inspired by the 2006 film “Cars.”

It was designed to look exactly like the film’s fictional city of Radiator Springs, and is home to three rides, including Radiator Springs Racers,Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, and Luigi’s Rollickin Roadsters.

Pixar Pier is one of the most recent additions to Disney California Adventure Park.

MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty ImagesPixar Pier pays homage to Pixar films like ‘Toy Story’ and ‘The Incredibles.’

Animated characters from Pixar come to life at this boardwalk-style section of the park. Guests can ride attractions like Toy Story Midway Mania or the Incredicoaster, and then relax at the shops and restaurants spread throughout Pixar Pier.

Walt Disney World is located in Orlando, Florida.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceMagic Kingdom opened in 1971.

The second Disney theme park opened in 1971, five years after Walt Disney’s death. It was originally comprised of a single park, Magic Kingdom, which remains as one of the most popular Disney attractions in the world.

Cinderella’s castle greets visitors as they enter the park, but only from a distance.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceOnly a few rooms of the castle are accessible to guests.

Most of the castle is closed to park guests, aside from those who attend a Princess breakfast in the dining hall, or a makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Celebrities and other special guests are also allowed to stay in an exclusive suite at the castle.

Surrounding the landmark are a ton of classic rides, such as Splash Mountain, It’s a Small World, and Haunted Mansion.

You can see all of your favourite characters walking down Main Street USA during parades.

Theme Park Tourist/Flickr/Attribution LicenceCharacters walk down Main Street USA during a Magic Kingdom parade.

Currently, Walt Disney World hosts two parades at Magic Kingdom: the Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party.

New parades are also added seasonally, such as the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

There’s more than one castle within Magic Kingdom.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceAriel’s castle is located within the renovated Fantasyland.

In 2012, Walt Disney World completed its latest renovations on Fantasyland.

The updated section includes attractions inspired by “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast,” all of which are located within the princesses’ respective castles.

Hollywood Studios has seen a ton of changes in recent years.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceHollywood Studios is home to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The park was originally called “Disney MGM Studios,” and doubled as a working sound stage, according to WDW News Today.

Today, many of the park’s original attractions have been removed, like The Great Movie Ride and the Studio Backlot Tour, to make space for the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge destination.

Still, some classic attractions remain, such as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.

Read more:
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Toy Story Land was added to Hollywood Studios in July 2018.

Gerardo Mora/Getty ImagesToy Story Mania is one of three rides located within Toy Story Land.

The newly-added section of the park includes three rides –the Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster, Alien Swirling Saucer, and Toy Story Mania – and one restaurant.

This year, Hollywood Studios will also celebrate its 30th anniversary.

DisneyThese churros look exactly like lightsabers from ‘Star Wars.’

In honour of the occasion, Disney has unveiled a new line of food that will be sold throughout the park starting May 1, including lightsaber-shaped churros.

Mickey-inspired desserts, birthday cupcakes, and peanut-butter-and-jelly milkshakes will also be offered, among other desserts.

Animal Kingdom is home to a surprising number of thrill-seeking rides.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Tree of Life sits in the middle of Animal Kingdom.

Upon entering the park, visitors are greeted by the Tree of Life, a landmark that has animal silhouettes carved into its bark, and disguises the fav-favourite It’s Tough to Be a Bug attraction.

Further inside, park-goers can expect to find action-packed rides such as Expedition Everest and Avatar Flight of Passage.

Visitors can also learn about wildlife in the midst of magical attractions.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceRhinos roam freely alongside Kilimanjaro Safaris.

The Kilimanjaro Safari and Maharajah Jungle Trek are two attractions where visitors can view animals such as giraffes, lions, and rhinos.

Epcot is known for its giant white sphere that sits at the front of the park.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceEpcot stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

Walt Disney originally envisioned Epcot as a utopian city where people could actually live and work, according to Disney Tourist Blog. The park’s name perfectly represents this plan, as it stands for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.

But today, the park is known for its futuristic rides, like Mission: SPACE and Soarin’ Around the World.

Epcot’s World Showcase makes you feel as though you’re travelling through 11 different countries at once.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceMorocco is one of 11 countries you can experience in Epcot’s World Showcase.

The multicultural exhibit features replicas of 11 different countries, such as France, Morocco, and Japan, and takes five hours to walk through. There are also rides, restaurants, and shops located within each destination to help give visitors a better sense of each country.

Walt Disney World is also home to two water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Steve Bozak/Flickr/Attribution LicenceCastaway Creek is a lazy-river style attraction found within Typhoon Lagoon.

At Blizzard Beach, travellers can race down the Toboggan Racers, and rush through the Summit Plummet slide.

Typhoon Lagoon is also worth a visit, as it includes attractions like the Crush ‘n’ Gusher slide,Castaway Creek, and Humunga Cowabunga water drop.

Tokyo Disney Resort first opened in 1983.

Cory Denton/Flickr/Attribution LicenceTokyo Disneyland includes a replica of Cinderella’s castle.

The Tokyo location was Disney’s first attraction built outside the US, and currently includes two parks: Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Cinderella’s castle sits inside Tokyo Disneyland, and looks identical to the one located within Walt Disney World in Florida. But unlike the original destination, visitors can actually walk through Japan’s castle as part of Cinderella’s Fairy Tale Hall exhibit.

On special occasions, classic Disney characters can be seen wearing traditional Japanese garments like kimonos.

Junji Kurokawa/APMinnie and Mickey Mouse appear to be wearing kimonos during a parade.

The two Tokyo parks also offer meet and greets with characters that you can’t find in any other Disney destination. Duffy the bear and ShellieMay, for example, are extremely popular in Japan, and can be met in Tokyo DisneySea.

In Tokyo Disneyland, parkgoers can expect to find characters like Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde from the 2016 film “ZooTopia.”

Pooh’s Hunny Hunt is a unique attraction that’s only available in Japan.

Y-line/FourSquarePooh’s Hunny Hunt is one of many rides that are exclusive to Tokyo Disneyland.

During the ride, visitors can sit inside one of Pooh’s honey pots and take a journey through the Hundred Acre Woods.

Tokyo Disneyland also offers other exclusive rides, such as Pinocchio’s Daring Journey,Goofy’s Paint ‘n’ Play House, and Monsters, Inc. Ride & Go Seek.

Of course, there are some similarities between Tokyo Disneyland and other parks around the world.

Raymond Chow/Flickr/Attribution LicenceMickey’s Toontown is found in multiple Disney parks throughout the world.

Mickey’s Toontown, for example, is included in both the Japanese location and Disneyland Park in California. Just like the original destination, Disney travellers can step inside everything from Donald Duck’s boat to Chip ‘n Dale’s Treehouse in Tokyo.

The Dreamlights Electrical Parade is the ultimate way to end a day at Tokyo Disneyland.

ume-y/Flickr/Attribution LicenceAlice rides an electric Cheshire Cat in Tokyo Disneyland.

Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, and the Cheshire Cat are just some of the classic Disney characters you can expect to find at this nighttime parade where everything is covered in LED lights.

From Tokyo Disneyland, visitors can take the monorail over to Tokyo DisneySea.

Shunsuke Kobayashi/Flickr/Attribution LicenceDisney park-goers ride the Tokyo monorail in 2013.

The entire train is Mickey-Mouse-themed, from the mouse-shaped windows to the Mickey-shaped handles.

Tokyo DisneySea celebrates the relationship between humans and the ocean.

nasrul ekram/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThere are multiple boats docked throughout the park’s seven ports.

While most Disney theme parks are split into sections like Fantasyland and Critter Country, Tokyo DisneySea takes a different approach, splitting the park into seven different ports of call.

Tower of Terror looks a lot different in Tokyo than it does in other Disney theme parks.

ume-y/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Tower of Terror has a nautical aesthetic in Tokyo DisneySea.

In Florida, the spooky attraction is inspired by “The Twilight Zone” television show, and in California, the classic ride was recently renovated with a “Guardians of the Galaxy” theme.

But in Tokyo DisneySea, the Tower of Terror is set in 1912 New York City, and follows the mysterious disappearance of the hotel’s owner. The ride’s exterior is also unique, and matches the parks nautical theme.

Toy Story Mania! also looks a bit different in Japan.

Kyodo News/Getty ImagesVisitors can enter the ride through Woody’s mouth.

To enter the ride, parkgoers must step inside Woody’s mouth. From there, visitors will feel as though they have shrunken to the size of a toy, as giant board games and larger-than-life “Toy Story” characters line the queue.

Mermaid Lagoon is one of the park’s most whimsical ports.

nasrul ekram/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThere are multiple rides inspired by Ariel in Mermaid Lagoon.

Inside, visitors can indulge in seven different rides and attractions inspired by “The Little Mermaid.” The Whirlpool and Flounder’s Flying Fish Race are perfect for those seeking an adrenaline rush, while Ariel’s Playground and Jumpin’ Jellyfish are ideal for younger travellers.

Disneyland Paris has been around since 1992.

Anna Fox/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe entryway of Disneyland Park is stunning.

Like in Tokyo, there are two parks within the Paris location:Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Park. Before entering the latter, travellers will encounter relaxing fountains, Mickey-shaped shrubs, and a giant clock tower.

Disneyland Park in Paris is home to Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Management/TripAdvisorSleeping Beauty’s castle is the centrepiece of Disneyland Paris.

Visitors are allowed to step inside the stunning pink-and-blue structure, and view scenes from “Sleeping Beauty.” Those who enter will, of course, learn about Aurora, but also face Maleficent in the form of a dragon.

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is one of the most unique features of Disneyland Park in Paris.

Jeremy Thompson/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Cheshire Cat greets those who enter Alice’s Curious Labyrinth.

Visitors can walk through the whimsical pathway leading up to the Queen of Hearts’ Castle, and encounter characters from “Alice in Wonderland” along the way.

You can learn about inventions from the 19th century at the Discovery Arcade.

David Jafra/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Discovery Arcade isn’t actually an arcade filled with games.

Inventions, patents, posters, and futuristic gadgets fill the halls of this golden building. Disneyland Paris even describes the spot on its website as a “gas-lit homage to the imaginative, and sometimes bizarre, ideas and inventions for the future.”

Phantom Manor is arguably the creepiest ride within the Paris parks.

David Jafra/Flickr/Attribution LicenceGhosts are said to haunt the Phantom Manor ride.

The ride follows the story of a fictional character namedHenry Ravenswood, who became rich after mining gold in the fictional town of Thunder Mesa. But after a series of unfortunate events unfolded and killed the Ravenswood family, their mansion was the only thing left standing.

Today, Disneyland Paris guests can enter the Phantom Manor, and visit the 999 ghosts who are said to haunt the premises.

You can celebrate the magic of movies at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.

David Jafra/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe second Paris theme park has a film theme.

Walt Disney Studios Park is strongly reminiscent of Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, and has rides inspired by Disney movies like “Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story,” and “Ratatouille.”

Every inch of the Disneyland Paris-based park makes you feel as though you’re walking around Hollywood.

David Jafra/Flickr/Attribution LicenceTower of Terror is one of many Hollywood-themed attractions in Paris.

From a replica Hollywood sign to the spooky Hollywood Tower Hotel looming in the distance, Walt Disney Studios Park has a classic California aesthetic.

You’ll feel like a movie star while visiting Paris’ Disney Studio 1.

David Jafra/Flickr/Attribution LicenceYou can shop and dine within Disney Studio 1.

Disney Studio 1 is designed to look like a movie set in the middle of Hollywood. Visitors will pass neon signs and flashing lights throughout the building, as well as real restaurants and shops.

Thrill-seeking travellers visiting the Paris location will want to head to the RC Racer ride.

Kyle Harmon/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe cars used in the RC Racer were designed to look like a character from ‘Toy Story.’

This high-speed ride is inspired by RC, the remote-control car from “Toy Story.” Visitors who hop inside the green car will be rocked back and forth, eventually hurtling 82 feet up in the air.

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort opened for business in 2005.

Josh Grenier/Flickr/Attribution LicenceDisneyland Resort is located in Hong Kong, China.

Whereas most Disney theme parks are comprised of multiple smaller parks, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort stands alone.

The park was originally built to include a replica of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

Alexander Savin/Flickr/Attribution LicenceSleeping Beauty’s castle in Hong Kong is currently being renovated.

The small castle looked similar to the one found in California’s Disneyland Park, and still stands today. However, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is currently renovating the attraction, and the castle will soon look completely different.

Most signs in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort are written in either Mandarin, Cantonese, or English.

Josh Grenier/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Hong Kong Disneyland location caters to visitors who speak a variety of languages.

According to Theme Park Insider, some rides throughout the park, such as the Jungle River Cruise, are offered in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Toy Story Land is also available in the Chinese theme park.

Josh Grenier/Flickr/Attribution LicenceYou can meet ‘Toy Story’ characters like Woody and Jessie inside Toy Story Land.

Slinky Dog Spin is a classic ride found within the park’s “Toy Story” section, as well as the RC Racer coaster. And if you’re hoping to meet Woody and Jessie, you can do just that inside a blue toy barrel.

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is one of many fast-paced rides found at the park.

Markylim/Flickr/Attribution LicenceVisitors go on a hunt for gold on the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars ride.

The roller coaster is nicknamed “the wildest ride in the west” for good reason – it twists and turns parkgoers throughout the fictional gold-mining town of Gower Gulch.

But if the ride is a little too action-packed for your taste, the Hong Kong park also offers attractions like the Cinderella Carousel, Mystic Manor, and Jungle River Cruise.

As in Tokyo Disneyland, Hong Kong parkgoers can travel between their resort and the theme park on Mickey-themed trains.

Rob Young/Flickr/Attribution LicenceMickey-shaped windows line the park’s Mass Transit Railway trains.

The park’s Mass Transit Railway stops at three stations, and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.

Shanghai Disney Resort is the newest Disney theme park.

xiquinhosilva/FlickrThe Enchanted Storybook Castle is inspired by a real structure in Germany.

The singular park was built in 2016, and is home to the Enchanted Storybook Castle, which is unlike any other in a Disney theme park. While most Disney castles are inspired by a single princess, typically Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella, the Shanghai location was inspired by the real Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

It stands four stories tall, and offers both a dining hall and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside. You can also step inside the castle to learn about Snow White, or go under it to experience the Voyage to the Crystal Grotto.

You’ll have to put in some work to ride Shanghai’s Explorer Canoes.

Xiquinho Silva/Flickr/Attribution LicenceYou actually have to steer the boat using paddles.

As visitors paddle through the waters of Shanghai Disneyland Resort, they’re able to see shipwrecks, treasure coves, and jungle wildlife.

The park houses two attractions inspired by the film “Tron: Legacy” inside a wave-shaped building.

Xiquinho Silva/Flickr/Attribution LicenceBoth ‘Tron’-inspired attractions are located in the same building.

The TRON Realm Chevrolet Digital Challenge allows visitors to customise digital vehicles with futuristic technology.

In the same building, the TRON Lightcycle Power Run is a fast-paced coaster race that gives travellers an insight into the “energy, lights and excitement of TRON’s high-tech universe,” according to Shanghai Disneyland Resort’s website.

Like Disneyland Park in Paris, the Shanghai destination has an Alice in Wonderland Maze.

Xiquinho Silva/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Queen of Hearts is one of many characters you can meet inside the maze.

However, the two attractions look completely different. While the Paris attraction was inspired by the original animated film,Shanghai’s version is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action remake.

Mickey’s Storybook Express is a train-themed parade that travels down the park’s Gardens of Imagination.

Xiquinho Silva/Flickr/Attribution LicenceTons of characters can be seen during Mickey’s Storybook Express parade.

According to the Shanghai Disneyland Resort website, the parade covers the longest route out of every Disney theme park.

You can find a wide range of cuisine at the Shanghai Disney location.

Xiquinho Silva/Flickr/Attribution LicenceThe Tortuga Treats stand serves Disney’s famous turkey legs.

Most of the restaurants and dining carts in Shanghai Disney Resort offer traditional Asian cuisine, including ramen. But you can also find Walt Disney World’s famous turkey legs served at the Tortuga Treats stand.

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