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Can You Name All 15 Eticket Rides Still At Disneyland It Is Not As Easy As You Think

Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules
Orange County Register
Brady Macdonald
August 5, 2019
August 9, 2019
As Disneyland celebrates the 60th anniversary of the E-ticket, it seems like a good time to look back at the rides that earned that distinction at the Anaheim theme park.

But what are the E-ticket rides of Disneyland? Naming them all is not as simple as you might think.

There were 23 E-ticket attractions during the ticket book era that stretched from 1955 to 1982, according to Disneyland. Of those attractions, 15 remain today and 8 have been retired.

An E-ticket was the top coupon in the Disneyland ticket booklet that granted the bearer access to the premier rides in the park.

There were no A through E lettered ticket books when Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Visitors paid a general admission to the theme park and separately for each attraction. In October 1955, Disneyland introduced ticket books with rides designated as A, B or C attractions. D-tickets were introduced in 1956, with a few lower-tiered rides promoted to the top status.

The first E-ticket rides were introduced on June 14, 1959 with U.S. vice president Richard Nixon and his family on hand for a day-long ceremony celebrating a trio of new attractions. The three new attractions were joined by eight existing ones to form the first slate of E-ticket rides. E-ticket soon entered the American lexicon as a term synonymous with excitement and thrills.

In the summer of 1981, Disneyland began offering an all-inclusive ticket with unlimited access to the theme park’s attractions as an alternative to the traditional booklet with A to E tickets. The next summer, the ticket books were phased out completely.

Through the 1960s and ‘70s, new rides joined the E-ticket roster and older ones were retired or demoted. Over the years, the names of the remaining rides have changed slightly. A few attractions have been updated or re-themed. But for the most part, the enduring E-tickets have stayed the same.

Think you know all the E-ticket attractions at Disneyland? Here are the 15 Disneyland rides still operating today that once held the E-ticket designation.

Space Mountain: The 1977 indoor roller coaster remains one of Disneyland’s most popular rides today. A no-brainer. Certainly you had it on your list.

Matterhorn Bobsleds: One of three rides that ushered in the E-ticket designation in June 1959. That was an easy one.

Big Thunder Mountain: The 1979 roller coaster was the last ride to be designated an E-ticket. That means the 1989 Splash Mountain — the fourth peak in the Disneyland mountain range — was never an E-ticket. Hopefully Splash wasn’t on your list.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The 1967 water ride is the epitome of an E-ticket. You had to have that one.

Haunted Mansion: Come on, you had to know the classic 1969 dark ride was an E-ticket. When does this get difficult?

Jungle Cruise: A former D-ticket that got upgraded to E-ticket status in 1959 and stayed there for good. That’s the first 1955 original ride on the list so far. There ares two more. Know what they are?

It’s a Small World: The 1966 water ride that packs in a boatload of riders remained an E-ticket until the end of the booklet era in 1982. Starting to get a little tougher? Just wait.

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage: The original underwater attraction was introduced in 1959 as part of the trio of new E-ticket rides. Did you have the subs on your list? This is where it starts getting hard.

Enchanted Tiki Room: The 1963 animatronic bird show was so revolutionary at the time that Disneyland charged 75 cents for the attraction — 15 cents more than an E-ticket, according to Yesterland. Did you get that one?

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln: Like the tiki birds, the 1965 Lincoln attraction was another early example of audio-animatronics technology. Most people would not think of the attraction as an E-ticket today. Did you?

Disneyland Monorail: The third new ride in 1959 to get the E-ticket designation. Was the transportation system of the future on your list? Come on, be honest.

Disneyland Railroad: The original 1955 Disneyland attraction was upgraded from a D-ticket to an E-ticket in 1959, but eventually dropped back down. There’s no way you had that one.

Mark Twain Riverboat: The former D-ticket rose to an E-ticket in 1959 before eventually being demoted. Who knew the original 1955 attraction was an E-ticket.

Sailing Ship Columbia: If the riverboat was an E-ticket then the 1956 sailing ship must have been one too. Yup, it was. For awhile. The Columbia was eventually dropped from E-ticket status as well. If you got that right, there’s only one more left.

Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island: We left the hardest one for last. The final E-ticket on the list also rose to E-ticket status before being downgraded. Congratulations if you guessed all 15 E-ticket attractions. You know your Disneyland history.

A number of one-time Disneyland E-ticket attractions have been retired to Yesterland: Rocket to the Moon, Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, Rainbow Mountain Stage Coaches, Mine Train Thru Nature’s Wonderland, Pack Mules Thru Nature’s Wonderland, America Sings, Flying Saucers and Country Bear Jamboree.

A trio of rides since 1982 almost certainly would have attained E-ticket status when they debuted: Star Tours (1987), Splash Mountain (1989) and Indiana Jones Adventure (1995). A few others might have started out as E-tickets before dropping to a lower tier by today: Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1983), Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin (1994), Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (2003) and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (2005).

The new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (2019) and Rise of the Resistance (coming in 2020) in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge might have required the creation of an F-ticket (if Indy hadn’t already forced the issue).
Attractions Referenced

America Sings

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

Country Bear Jamboree

Disneyland Monorail

Disneyland Railroad

Enchanted Tiki Room

Finding Nemo: Submarine Voyage

Flying Saucers

Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln

Haunted Mansion

Indiana Jones Adventure, Temple Of The Forbidden Eye

It's A Small World

Jungle Cruise

Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh

Mark Twain Riverboat

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland

Pack Mules Through Nature's Wonderland

Pinocchio's Daring Journey

Pirates Of The Caribbean

Rafts To Tom Sawyer Island

Rainbow Mountain Stage Coach

Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules

Rocket To The Moon

Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Sailing Ship Columbia

Santa Fe and Disneyland Railroad

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Star Tours

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance

Star Wars Rise Of The Resistance

Submarine Voyage

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