It sounds like a really question, but something I have given some thought to. A buddy and me recently did everything that was an attraction at DCA, and now have turned our attention to Disneyland. However, in the park map there are alot of weird things that are counted as attractions but really just seem to be extraneous or there to artificially boost an attraction count, something that Disneyland does not really need.
So we decided to come up with our own formula of what is considered an attraction, and let's se what everyone else thinks. The criteria what is considered an attraction is fourfold. (1) It must possess turnstiles or in some way counts guests. (2) It must be continuously operating. That discounts Aladdin's Oasis and Billy Hill, those are shows, not attractions. (3) It must included with park admission. This takes out the Shootin' Exposition. (4) It must be operated by Attractions Castmembers. This is the big one, since it takes out Starcade, the Gallery, Chip n' Dales Treehouse, and Donald's Boat. This leaves with according to our count 44 Attractions. The list is as follows:
Main Street U.S.A- (7) Disneyland Railroad, 50th Exhibit, Main Street Cinema, Omnibus, Horse-Drawn Streetcars, Horseless Carriage, Fire Engine
Adventureland- (4) Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Indy, Tarzan.
New Orleans Square- (2) Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion
Critter Country- (3) Splash Mountain, Winnie the Pooh, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes.
Frontierland- (5) Big Thunder Mountain, Mark Twain, Colombia, Rafts to Tom Sawyers Island/TSI, Big Thunder Ranch
Fantasyland- (12) Matterhorn Bobsleds, 'it's a small world', Mr. Toad, Peter Pan, Snow White, the Carousel, Dumbo, Casey Jr., Storybook Canal Boats, Alice in Wonderland, Mad Tea Party.
Mickey's Toontown- (4) Mickey's House and Meet Mickey, Goofy's Playhouse, Gadget's GoCoaster, Roger Rabbit
Tomorrowland- (7) Space Mountain, Star Tours, Buzz, HISTA, Innoventions, Monorail, Autopia.
And there you have it. If anyone else has any ideas/opinions on what does or does not constitute an attraction, please post away. Also if anyone finds any defects in our choices please, I'm curious as to what should and should not be counted.