In California, people can enjoy Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. In Florida, guests can visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. But there are also Disney theme parks in Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai!
While some of these parks feature classic attractions that can be enjoyed here in the U.S., there are other rides that we don't have here. In fact, Tokyo even has DisneySea, with lots of unique rides that are based around sea adventures. If anyone is planning or dreaming of heading out to international Disney parks, these are some rides to check out for sure.
10 Marvel Rides—Hong Kong Disneyland
Walt Disney Studios Park will be getting an Iron Man roller coaster and a Spider-Man attraction, and Epcot will receive a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster. Disney California Adventure has Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission Breakout and will be getting a Spider-Man attraction, Doctor Strange: Journey into the Mystic Arts, and an Avengers attraction.
Right now, though, Hong Kong Disneyland boasts Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle, a shooting dark ride which opened on March 31, 2019, and Iron Man Experience, a 3-D motion simulator that opened in 2017—and the first Disney attraction based on Marvel!
9 Voyage To The Crystal Grotto—Shanghai Disneyland
The princess castle at Shanghai Disneyland is the biggest of all the Disney castles out there. It also features a boat ride called Voyage to the Crystal Grotto, which goes around and under the castle and past scenes from popular movies like Tangled, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Beauty and the Beast.
This is the first ride that allowed guests to ride into a castle, and while underneath the Enchanted Storybook Castle, "fountains of light" and water effects can be enjoyed. This attraction opened when the park did on June 16, 2016.
8 Tron Lightcycle Power Run—Shanghai Disneyland
The main attraction in most versions of Disney’s Tomorrowland is Space Mountain, but Shanghai Disneyland does not have this ride. Instead, this area in this park boasts Tron Lightcycle Power Run. This is, of course, based on the Tron media franchise, and it allows guests to ride on light cycles as their roller coaster vehicles.
This ride opened up when the others at Shanghai Disneyland did on June 16, 2016, and the Magic Kingdom is set to get its own version by 2021, which will be Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary.
7 Alice's Curious Labyrinth—Disneyland Paris
Alice's Curious Labyrinth exists at Disneyland in Paris and has since 1992. Here, guests go through the White Rabbit's Hole, into a unique wooded area, past the Caterpillar's Mushroom Lair, onto the Caucus-Race, and, eventually, to the Queen of Hearts' Castle, which is in the center of the maze. People can even go on top of it to get an overlooking glance at all of Fantasyland!
Plus, March Hare Refreshments is next door, where ice cream, Mickey cake, crêpes, and—of course—tea can be enjoyed. A maze like this one can also be found at Shanghai Disneyland.
6 Tokyo DisneySea’s Mysterious Island
Tokyo is the only place to have a DisneySea theme park, so there are several rides here to check out, including two in the Mysterious Island section. Mount Prometheus is a volcano here, and inside of it is Journey to the Center of the Earth, an attraction that puts guests on mine vehicles that go through tunnels and into, well, the center of the Earth.
It opened in 2001, as did 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This ride takes place on a submarine, goes into the sea, gets attacked by the Kraken, and ends up in Atlantis with mermen!
5 Tokyo DisneySea’s Mermaid Lagoon
Another themed area within Tokyo DisneySea is Mermaid Lagoon. This spot looks like King Triton’s palace, with seashell architecture and an underwater feel.
It is also full of one-of-a-kind kiddie rides, such as Flounder's Flying Fish Coaster, the Blowfish Balloon Race (which has gondolas that are shaped like blowfish), The Whirlpool (a spinning teacup ride), and Scuttle's Scooters (which features the seagull from The Little Mermaid and ride vehicles that rotate 180 degrees). The restaurants, shops and other entertainment variations in Mermaid Lagoon show off other characters from The Little Mermaid.
4 Tokyo DisneySea’s Arabian Coast
The Arabian Coast gives off definite Aladdin vibes, and it features a ride called Jasmine's Flying Carpets (which can also be found at Magic Kingdom in Florida, as well as Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris), a 3-D attraction that also uses live action and animatronics called The Magic Lamp Theater, a double deck carousel that can seat over 190 people that is called Caravan Carousel, and Sindbad's Storybook Voyage.
Sindbad's Storybook Voyage is a dark ride boat ride that invites visitors to join Sindbad and his pet tiger cub, Chandu, on a journey led by the compass of your heart.
3 Tokyo DisneySea’s Lost River Delta
At the back of Tokyo DisneySea is Lost River Delta, a section that boasts ruins of a pyramid and two thrill rides. Raging Spirits is a roller coaster that opened in 2005. Its track goes around an ancient ceremonial site, Incan buildings, and an archaeological excavation site that looks like it is straight out of Peru. It also is the only ride at the Tokyo Disney Resort to have an inversion.
There is an Indiana Jones ride in the Lost River Delta, too. While the one at Anaheim’s Disneyland, Temple of the Forbidden Eye, opened in 1995, this similar version opened as Temple of the Crystal Skull in 2001.
2 Tokyo DisneySea’s Port Discovery
The final spot in Tokyo DisneySea that will be discussed here is Port Discovery. Like the other themed areas in this park, it is full of water- and sea-based rides that can’t be found in other Disney theme parks.
In this section, guests can enjoy a simulator ride called Nemo & Friends SeaRider, the DisneySea Electric Railway, and Aquatopia. Aquatopia is the second of only five attractions ever to feature a trackless system. The vehicles are designed to look like hovercrafts, and they move through a lagoon that is filled with whirlpools, water jets, and waterfalls!
1 Mystic Manor—Hong Kong Disneyland
One of the most popular Disney attractions is the Haunted Mansion. Well, in Hong Kong, there is Mystic Manor. While the Haunted Mansion attraction is full of ghosts, the Mystic Manor tells the story of Lord Henry Mystic and his monkey Albert. They open an enchanted music box, and it brings the house to life!
The house is inspired by the Bradbury Mansion, which used to stand in Los Angeles. The music on this trackless ride was done by Danny Elfman. There are nods to the Haunted Mansion, like a Medusa portrait, moving busts, and a conservatory. Mystic Manor opened in 2013.