Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland
- For other Disney parks see Walt Disney World (in Orlando, Florida), Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Resort Paris and Tokyo Disney Resort.
The Disneyland Resort  is located in Anaheim, California. It is home to the original Disneyland Park, which opened on July 17, 1955, a favorite among visitors to Southern California from all over the world for well over half a century. It was joined in 2001 by a sister park, Disney California Adventure, which is a stylized recreation and celebration of California's rich history and culture.
Walt Disney himself once said, "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." True to Walt's vision, the Disneyland of today is very different from the way it was half a century ago. To revisit the Disneyland of the past, visit Yesterland .
- "To all who come to this happy place, welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideas, dreams and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." — Walt Disney, July 17, 1955
- "To all who believe in the power of dreams, welcome. Disney's California Adventure opens its golden gates to you. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past, the native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow, from the silver screen to the computer screen, from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California, its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire." — Michael Eisner, February 8, 2001
The Disneyland Resort is divided into two separate theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and entertainment district. The first park is the original Disney theme park Disneyland, which opened on July 17, 1955. Its sister park Disney California Adventure, which opened in February 2001, is located across the entry plaza on the former site of Disneyland's parking lot. Both parks are divided into "lands", or themes. At the western end of the entry plaza is Downtown Disney, the shopping and entertainment district. The three hotels are located at the west end of Downtown Disney.
The main difference between the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World is that in Anaheim, there are many non-Disney hotels, restaurants and shops just a short distance from the park's main entrance. Walt Disney personally disliked how Disneyland was immediately surrounded and blocked in by non-Disney development not long after opening. He was careful to buy an enormous amount of land for his next theme park project in Florida, which he then laid out on a much larger scale. Thus, Walt Disney World is sprawling, while Disneyland is jam-packed.
Disneyland's rides are generally considered classic well-themed dark rides (e.g. Pirates of the Caribbean) with the occasional thrill ride (e.g. Space Mountain), while California Adventure's rides are more thrill-oriented (e.g. California Screamin') with some some family-style rides (e.g. Soarin' Over California). The Cast Members (employees) in all sections of the park are widely known to be very friendly and helpful. The attention to detail throughout the parks is extraordinary; however, most Cast Members will not know the history behind the details, but many books and other information regarding this can be found in the park.
The Disneyland parks are two of the most visited in the world. The original Disneyland welcomed 18.3 million guests in 2017 (making it 2nd in the world, only behind Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom) and 9.57 million guests passed through the gates of Disney California Adventure in the same year (putting in 13th place) according to TEACOM annual statistics.
Unfortunately such privileges aren't always a good thing. The resort in general and especially Disneyland Park has a nasty reputation of getting really overcrowded. It is estimated that around 50,000 guests visit the park every single day (with an addition of a couple thousand more during the busy seasons). This is almost double that of Disney California Adventure's 26,000 which was also designed with big open spaces in mind. Clogged pathways, full shops and restaurants and long lines for rides are a common part of Disneyland's everyday functionality and the chance to be seen even during the off season has skyrocketed in the last decade. Even Walt Disney once said: "Disneyland has a big people problem.". In general, the most crowded areas of the park are Main Street Usa (especially after the fireworks show in Sleeping Beauty Castle), Adventureland, the entrance to Tomorrowland, the Castle Courtyard in Fantasyland and New Orleans Square during the Fantasmic! performances. If you want to avoid such situations avoid weekends (especially Saturdays) and try NOT to visit during the busy season (Easter Week, Thanksgiving, July and August and especially during Christmas when the crowding situation can be a nightmare). Prices are also lower during the off-season.
When to visit
When choosing when to visit Disneyland there are 2 important things to take in mind: crowds, weather and prices. When Disney expects a lot of people in the parks hotel and ticket prices are high and so are the crowds. Disneyland and Walt Disney World share many similarities to when their busy seasons are but with one key difference. Due to being located in the middle of the 18 million people area of Los Angeles, the Californian resort attracts guests year-round, unlike the Floridian resort that sees a lot less people on non-public or school holidays. Disneyland also has over 1 million annual passholders which is more than double the Disney World number. A traditional advice is to avoid weekends (particularly Saturdays) as they are crowded no matter the time of year.
Another thing to take into account is that Disneyland hosts many special events year-round (the marathon weekends have been cancelled as of August 2018 due to many construction projects across the park).
Here's a rundown of the best and worst seasons to visit:
- January (except the week after New Year) - February: This part of the year is one of the best times to visit the parks due to low crowds and prices. In recent years, the Three Kings Day event takes place in the second weekend of January which officially marks the end of the Christmas celebrations in a big festive way. The Three Kings Day is also particularly busy so if still want to see the decorations before they get torn down but without the crowds prefer to come mid-week. February is in the same situation as January and it is also the month when the Lunar New Year Festival takes place in Disney California Adventure (whenever the Chinese New Year is) in order to commemorate the multi-cultural area of southern California. However a notable exception to low crowds is Martin Luther King Jr's Day along with the Presidents Day Weekend. The weather can be cool to cold in the mornings and there might also be some rain. Keep in mind that many rides may be down for refurbishment during these months.
- March - April: With the Spring Break and Easter Week in full swing, there are big crowds and high prices. The resort starts to get progressively busier from St Patrick's Day and onward until reaching its peak in the last week of March and first week of April. A vacation in Disneyland during such times requires some pre-planning (e.g. early dining and hotel reservations) and definite use of Fastpass. This is also the time when the very popular Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival takes place usually from the beginning of March until mid-April and provides a great way to taste the Californian cuisine. There is also an egg hunt that runs during Easter Week. The one advantage here is that the weather is really pleasant with mild temperatures and little rain.
- May - June: May is usually calm (excluding the weekends that are busier than the rest of the year) with moderate crowds and fairly affordable prices. But as June rolls in Disneyland becomes very crowded. As the long summer break begins in most schools so does the prime vacation period for families all over the west coast. The surge is really intense in during the last week leading to July and one visitors must be prepared for multi-hour waits for rides and scarce Fastpass tickets. Adding to that the southern Californian weather starts to get hotter and hotter with days above 80°F (27°C) not being uncommon. On the upscale of things Disneyland in 2018 hosted Pixar Fest, a special event that included parades and nighttime spectaculars in both parks but as of August 2018 it's unknown weather it will return in 2019 or 2020.
- July - August: Two words come into mind when thinking about July and August in Disneyland: crowds and heat. The entirety of July is much busier than June so expect huge lines for rides, very high hotel and ticket prices and dining reservations booked well in advance so plan accordingly. Annual Passholders can't enter the park from July to mid-August because then the parks would become really overcrowded. Except for Pixar Fest (which is unknown if it will continue its run in 2019 and 2020) there isn't any special event that takes place in the parks. Another disadvantage is that the Californian weather is really hot (especially in August) and highs above 90°F (32°C) are a normal occurrence. Crowds do start to disappear after the second week of August but the parks still remain moderately busy.
- September - November (except Thanksgiving Week): As Los Angeles starts to leave summer behind it means that it is Halloween Time for Disneyland! Halloween officially starts in the first week of September with and features many special events and rides. You can read more about what's included in the special events section above. October generally sees a higher amount of guests than September, especially on weekends and Mickey's Halloween Party dates. November is also quite calm (except for the Veteran's Day Weekend that sees a spike in attendance) and you may have the opportunity to see the Halloween Decorations without the crowds of October. The weather is usually hot and dry in September but gets cooler and wetter by mid-October.
- Thanksgiving Week: With school holidays come crowds. And such is the case during Thanksgiving. Typically the busiest days of the week is Thanksgiving itself along with the day before and after. Thanksgiving week also means that it is time for Christmas in Disneyland! For more information about what is offered during the Holidays check the special events section above. Prices during Thanksgiving aren't as high as they are for other holidays but it still makes sense to book some months in advance.
- December 1st - 23rd: The absolute best time to visit the parks with all of their christmas decorations and events up and running but without the intense crowds of the Christmas Week. Keep in mind that the Christmas surge does begin around December 20th so be prepared for moderate to high crowds if you intend to visit then.
- December 24th - January 7th: Christmas might be the best and worst time to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. On the upscale of things the parks are at their most magical point during this time of the year due the huge number of special events during the week along with ride overlays and decorations (all of them listed at the special events section above). The weather also helps up the festival atmosphere with mild temperatures (but some rain more often than not). On the other hand, Christmas Week is the absolute most crowded week of the year. The parks will be packed all day long and many of the headliners will see wait times above 100 minutes while other attractions will usually average between 40-80 minutes. Make sure that you have dining reservations, use Fastpass cleverly and be in the parks early. This week is also the costliest of the year with hotel rates and ticket prices at sky high levels (particularly on New Year's Eve). If you want to visit during this season prefer the first week of January which sees SLIGHTLY lower crowds than the last week of December.
Map of the Disneyland Resort Complex
1313 South Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, CA 92802
Disney California Adventure
1620 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Disneyland is within driving distance of a number of Southern California airports. Regardless of which airport you land at, it is always a good idea to consider available alternative forms of transportation before deciding to rent a car. Airport shuttles and public transit are an ideal option, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area. While LAX is the obvious choice and the most popular, there are a few other options which are calmer and sometimes even make for an easier arrival.
John Wayne Orange County Airport (IATA: SNA)  is one of the two closest airports to Anaheim. The Disneyland Resort Express , operated by Gray Line, provides direct bus service to the Disneyland Resort from here.
Long Beach Airport (IATA: LGB)  is the same distance as John Wayne, about 14 miles from the Resort, and is the smallest (i.e. easiest to deal with) in the Los Angeles area. Depending on where you are flying from it's one of the easiest ways to get to Disneyland. Although there is no direct bus service from the airport to the resort, depending on the number of people in your party it may be less expensive to rent a car in any case. Interestingly, if you take the main exit from the airport, which is East Wardlow Road, eventually it becomes Ball Road, which runs directly across the north edge of Disneyland itself. JetBlue  serves 13 nonstop destinations from Long Beach: Boston, New York, Washington D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Austin, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Portland, and Seattle.
Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX)  is the largest airport in the area. The Disneyland Resort Express is also available here as well. Most visitors, especially those from overseas, arriving for a visit to Disneyland or to the greater Los Angeles area tend to arrive here. The LAX Flyaway shuttle bus service is also provided here to Los Angeles Union Station for transfers to Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner and Metrolink's Orange County Line.
LA/Ontario International Airport (IATA: ONT)  in San Bernardino County is within close distance of Disneyland; take I-10 (San Bernardino Freeway) west and exit into California State Route 57 (Orange Freeway) south which leads directly into Anaheim. Take either the Ball Road or Katella Avenue exit (3 and 2 respectively) and travel west. Alternatively, you can also take the Metrolink San Bernardino Line from Rancho Cucamonga or Upland to Los Angeles Union Station, where you can transfer to either the Orange County Line or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner.
Bob Hope Airport (IATA: BUR)  in Burbank is the only Los Angeles-area airport that is directly served by Amtrak and Metrolink. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner directly connects the airport to Anaheim. Metrolink's Ventura County Line links the airport with Los Angeles Union Station, with many daily departures (though limited on weekends). Transfers to the Orange County Line or the Pacific Surfliner can be made at Union Station.
San Diego International Airport (IATA: SAN)  is the furthest of airports from Disneyland. You will need to take the MTS Route 992 to Santa Fe Depot and take Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner to Anaheim or the NCTD's Coaster to Oceanside and transfer to Metrolink's Orange County Line to Anaheim in order to get to Disneyland.
As with much of California, by car is probably the easiest way to get to the Disneyland Resort from the surrounding area (or even San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco). The Disneyland Resort offers ample parking both for day visitors to the park as well as hotel guests. All of the surrounding hotels offer parking, but some clearly do not have sufficient parking for the number of overnight guests.
Driving to the Disneyland Resort also means braving the Southern California traffic, which at times can be overwhelming. The Disneyland website offers driving directions , as do most online map sites. Traveling from the Long Beach Airport to the Disneyland Resort can be done using surface streets instead of freeways, which can be very crowded during commute hours.
The Disneyland Resort is bounded by Katella Avenue to the south, Ball Road to the north, Walnut Street to the west, Harbor Boulevard to the east, and the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) on the northeast corner. The Anaheim Convention Center is located south of the resort across Katella Avenue.
Parking at the theme parks is $20 for Car/Motorcycle, $25 for RV/Over-sized Vehicle, and $30 for Bus/Tractor Trailer (2017 prices). Parking at Downtown Disney is free for the first three hours (extendable to 5 with a restaurant or movie ticket purchase) and $6 for each additional hour afterwards, charged in increments of $2 every 20 minutes. Valet parking is available at Downtown Disney for $6 extra from 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
The main parking garage is Mickey & Friends, which is accessible from Disneyland Drive heading southbound from Ball Road. If Mickey & Friends is full, then portable electronic signs will be deployed to send you to other parking lots like the Anaheim Convention Center garage as well as the Toy Story, Simba, and Pumba parking lots. A tram takes visitors from Mickey & Friends directly to the west side of the plaza between the two parks, while shuttle buses take visitors from the other parking lots to the main transportation center on the east side of the plaza.
If you are arriving in Anaheim by train, a taxi is a reasonable option to get to the resort from the station. A one-way taxi ride from either the Anaheim or Fullerton Train Station is around $15 plus tip to the Anaheim Resort area.
One of the great advantages at the Disneyland Resort is that Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, Downtown Disney, and many "off property" hotels are all within walking distance. Unlike Walt Disney World in Florida, guests can walk between Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park, and Downtown Disney in just a minute or two. There are approximately 12 "off property" hotels that are within a 10 minute walk. Some experienced visitors to the Disneyland Resort stay at the walking-distance hotels and find it more convenient to not have a car. It only takes five to 10 minutes to walk to the Disneyland entrance from a walking-distance hotel, and taking breaks in the middle of the day is much more convenient.
Local trains and buses are the cheapest ways to get to the park. Amtrak and Metrolink's Anaheim station is located on the north edge of the parking lot of Angel Stadium, about two miles east of Disneyland on Katella Avenue. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner  (Paso Robles to San Diego, via San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles) and Metrolink's Orange County Line  (LA to Oceanside) service the station.
From 6:30AM-8:45AM, a free Orange County Transit Authority bus (Route 430) will take you directly into Disneyland from the station. That same bus will take you back to the station for free from 3:30PM-6PM. There is no service on weekends. Other than these times Route 50, which runs from Cal State University Long Beach to The Village at Orange, services the station by using Katella Avenue about every 30 min (though you will have to walk about 10 min down Harbor Blvd if you pick this bus). Other OCTA routes servicing the park but not the station are Route 43 (Harbor Blvd.), which runs from La Habra to Downtown Costa Mesa about every 20 min; Route 46 (Ball Rd.), which runs between Los Alamitos and The Village at Orange; and Route 83 (Santa Ana Freeway), which goes from the Laguna Hills Mall to the Disneyland Resort, by way of Santa Ana. The last four routes cost $1.50 per boarding.
Los Angeles County MTA Route 460 links Disneyland with Fullerton, Buena Park (with a stop at Knott's Berry Farm), Norwalk, and downtown LA.
If you are staying at the Knott's Berry Farm Resort Hotel  in nearby Buena Park, you can take advantage of the free Disneyland shuttle.
The City of Anaheim runs a tourist bus service .
Warning: Purchasing tickets online
Many tickets sold online through auction websites such as eBay or Craigslist are partially used multi-day park-hopper tickets. While this is very common, it is prohibited by Disney: the tickets are nontransferable. There is also an inherent risk to you as a buyer. If you are purchasing tickets online, purchase only from authorized brokers as resold tickets are subject to rejection at the gate.
Visiting Disneyland is expensive. Tickets are sold at several levels: the base ticket is the Single-Day Theme Park Ticket and enables admission to only one of the two parks for a full day. By contrast, the 1-Day Park Hopper allows you to see both parks on the same day and to move back and forth between the parks. Park Hopper tickets are also sold in increments of 2, 3, 4, and 5 days; while the ticket price increases with each day, the price per day actually decreases with each day. Multi-day Park Hopper tickets do not have to be used on consecutive days, but they expire 14 days after the first day they are used. The value of the Park Hopper ticket options should not be underestimated.
Note that only the 1 and 2 day ticket options, the annual passes, and the Southern California CityPASS are sold at the Disneyland Resort Main Ticket Windows. To buy the longer tickets (3-5 days), you need to buy them in advance, such as Disneyland.com/tickets, a travel agent, or selected tickets can be bought at a local hotel or a Disney Desk.
The prices below are effective May 18, 2014:
|| ages 10+
|| ages 3-9
| 1-Day Theme Park Ticket
| 2-Day Theme Park Ticket
| 3-Day Theme Park Ticket
| 4-Day Theme Park Ticket
| 5-Day Theme Park Ticket
Children under age 3 are admitted free.
Discounts are hard to find, but California residents (bring a driver's license or utility bill to prove residency) will sometimes receive a small discount. AAA occasionally offers its members discounts.
CityPass website bonus
As an added bonus to purchasing the Southern California CityPass online (instead of in person at the park ticket counters), you will also get your choice of either the San Diego Zoo or the San Diego Safari Park (once used in one of these, the pass may not be used in the other).
If your schedule allows you only one day in San Diego, and you will be returning to Anaheim that same day, choose to visit the San Diego Zoo instead of the Safari Park. It is just 5 mi southeast of SeaWorld; that way, you can enjoy both attractions in as little time possible.
If you want a multi-day vacation to Southern California with visits to multiple attractions including Disneyland, you can save significantly by using the Southern California CityPass . For only $331 for adults or $289 for ages 3-9 (prices valid for the 2014 year), you will receive a 3-day Park Hopper ticket, and 1 day each at Universal Studios Hollywood and SeaWorld San Diego. This makes for a wonderful week-long vacation and a very attractive, with about $90 off standard prices.
Even better, visiting both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the same year is now easier with the Disney Premier Passport . For $1029, the Passport gives an entire year of unlimited admission to all eight theme and water parks in both California and Florida, plus DisneyQuest, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and the Oak Trail Golf Course. The Passport may be purchased at the theme park ticket booths.
If you are in the military, you can visit your local MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) to buy the tickets and passes in discounted prices. Buying an Annual Pass at an MWR can cost around $500 which is better than $650 at the park.
Once in the park, everything is reachable by foot. Disneyland also has pretty good access for wheelchairs and other mobility-assistance vehicles. The only exception is the Disneyland Railroad at Main Street. If a guest cannot get up and down steps in order to get into the attraction (Finding Nemo and Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough) there is a room with a virtual experience of the attraction. See a cast member to access these rooms. Outside of the park, a car is again the best way to get around, though many hotels and restaurants are just across the street. The city of Anaheim also runs a shuttle service to the nearby hotels and the Anaheim GardenWalk Shoppertainment Center .
To make getting around a breeze, the Disneyland Monorail links Disneyland's Tomorrowland with Downtown Disney (theme park admission is required to board at the Downtown Disney station). However, it may sometimes be slow and inconvenient, usually at park opening. The Downtown Disney station closes 30 minutes before park closing and the Tomorrowland station closes 5 minutes before park closes.
From the Mickey and Friends parking structure you can board a tram to Downtown Disney/Main Entrance Plaza (World of Disney Store) and back. A bus shuttle service takes guests to the satellite parking lots (Pumba and Toy Story). The trams and buses run until one hour after the later park closing (usually Disneyland Park).
- Disneyland Railroad: This attraction is one of the most beloved and symbolic of the park. The train is the first thing you see as you go through the turnstile. The trains run about every 5 to 10 minutes at each station. You can board the train at Main Street, New Orleans Square, Mickey's Toontown (Fantasyland), and Tomorrowland.
- Horse and Carriage: The old-fashioned way to get around is by a horse pulling a cart behind it. This attraction gets you from the Town Square (front of Main Street) to the Hub (center of the park) and back. The attraction runs only in the daytime, during good weather, and when the horses are ready to work. Note the attraction closes about an hour before the first parade of the day. The average horse only works 4 hours a day, 3 days a week in the Disneyland resort.
- Main Street Vehicles: The Omnibus, Franklin Cars, and Fire Truck. These vehicles run during the early day and before the parades. The vehicles take guests from Town Square to the Hub and back. These vehicles stop during any entertainment on Main Street that takes place in the street. These are real cars from the turn of the last century, running daily in Disneyland.
Disney's California Adventure
- Red Car Trolley: These replica 1920s streetcars run guests from the Main Entrance to the Tower of Terror and back, stopping in the middle of Hollywood Blvd along the way.
See and Do
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure offer their visitors a time-saving tool called FastPass. You can get a FastPass ticket at the most popular attractions by inserting your Passport (admission ticket) into a machine. The FastPass ticket allows you to come back at a pre-determined time (printed on the ticket) and go to a shorter line, called the FastPass Return line, to enter the attraction. This works well for very crowded rides, or especially busy times of the day. Although there is a specific time printed on the ticket (ex. Noon to 1 P.M.) the CMs at the FastPass Return line will accept your FastPass ticket any time after noon, for the remainder of that day. Also, make sure that you notice the return time before taking your FastPass ticket, since you cannot get a new FastPass until A) the printed time is reached, or B) two hours later, whichever time is shorter. In rare, possibly random cases, a "Bonus" FastPass may be given out with a normal FastPass ticket. These usually allow multiple people FastPass access to a less popular FastPass Ride. A new paid, mobile version of Fastpass was introduced in July 2017, called MaxPass and it now allows guests to make Fastpass reservations online (without having to go to the distribution machines). It also provides the opportunity to download unlimited photos from Disney's Photopass service and it costs $10 per day, per ticket.
Some attractions allow a special queue line for riders who are riding alone or are fine with being split up, usually these riders have a specific queue and/or entrance. Once at the front of the line, you'll then wait for an extra space for you to fill in. Keep in mind that Single Rider lines have a high chance of splitting parties up and isn't always faster then the main queue and will not take precedence over a FastPass user.
- "I think what I want Disneyland to be most of all is a happy place, a place where adults and children can experience together some of the wonders of life, of adventure, and feel better because of it." -- Walt Disney
Disneyland Park  is the original Disney theme park which opened on July 17, 1955. While the park has changed dramatically over the years, there are still many favorite classic attractions, such as the Disneyland Railroad. Today, Disneyland boasts 57 attractions, more than any other Disney theme park.
Disneyland's themed lands are Main Street, USA (modeled after 20th-century Marceline, Missouri, Walt Disney's childhood town), New Orleans Square (modeled after 18th-century New Orleans), Fantasyland (modeled after a Bavarian village), Mickey's Toontown (modeled after the cartoon town of Toontown in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?), Adventureland (modeled after the jungles of Asia, Africa and the South Pacific), Frontierland (modeled after the Old West), Critter Country (modeled after North American forests) and Tomorrowland (modeled after science fiction authors' visions of yesterday's future).
Main Street, USA
Main Street Railroad Depot
- Disneyland Railroad — A train ride that takes you around Disneyland and stops at four stations, great for sightseeing
- Main Street Cinema — A theater-like attraction that shows some of the first six Mickey Mouse cartoons
- Main Street Vehicles
- Fire Engine
- Horse-Drawn Streetcars
- Horseless Carriage
- Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln — A show that goes over a "Speech" made from segments from Abraham Lincoln's past speeches.
New Orleans Square
Take a look and wander through the alleys and the waterfront of 19th century New Orleans and experience a land where romanticism and intrigues dominate the atmosphere, while pirates and Southern Belles call this place home.
Fastpass offered: Haunted Mansion, Fantasmic! (disconnected from the system)
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad has a station in New Orleans Square.
- Haunted Mansion — A Disney classic where you enter in a dimly lit foyer, board a gloomy Doom Buggy and embark on a journey through an abandoned haunted estate of 19th century New Orleans, where ghosts and other supernatural surprises await you. It’s considered a Disney classic as it’s also part of 5 out of the 6 Disney Parks around the world. They also do a special overlay during the holidays and transform it to “Haunted Mansion Holiday, where the ride is filled with fun Christmas decorations. The ride fortunately has a very good capacity but its location on the busy walkway between Frontierland/Adventureland and Critter County means that it remains fairly clogged all day and waits usually peak at 25-30 minutes. Fastpass isn't useful here as there are other much more popular attractions that it should be used. Try to ride it before 12pm or after 6pm. Note that the crowds gathering for Fantasmic performances can make the attraction very difficult or even impossible to access.
- Pirates of the Caribbean — Considered a Disney classic, one of the best dark rides ever made and it has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It's located inside a grand southern manor where you will find a small fortress inside. There, you hop on and set sail on a pirate's journey that's wrecked havoc across the high seas. It also experienced an overhaul in 2007 after the release Pirates Of The Caribbean III, which now features Jack Sparrow and other well-known characters. Though it's popular, the ride has very good capacity where waits are usually up to around half an hour.
- Fantasmic! — A majestic show filled with magical and pyrotechnic effects. The show guides you through Mickey's dreams where good and evil battle each other. By far the most popular show in the entire resort, it has recently returned from a refurbishment and now looks better than ever. The show offers Fastpass for reserved viewing spot but it's disconnected from the general system so it won't affect any other distributions. It is performed 2 times every day at 9pm and 10:30pm but it is halted during the off-season.
- Tom Sawyer Island — A secret island hideaway inspired by the stories of Mark Twain that's perfect for those who want more of an adventure. It's an interactive spot that's perfect for kids to play in while the adults enjoy a stroll through the pristine wilderness. The island is only accessible by a raft from the waterfront of New Orleans Square and is a good way to escape the crowds during busy days. Note that the island closes much earlier than the rest of the park, at 5pm.
Fantasyland is where you can meet the heroes and villains of Disney stories. Best of all, you can encounter princesses from the royal realms of Disney films such as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella. Ride with Peter Pan, race through the Matterhorn Mountain and take joyful spin with Dumbo.
Fastpass offered: Matterhorn Bobsleds and It's A Small World
Single Rider offered: Matterhorn Bobsleds
Note: Peter Pan's Flight, Mr Toad's Wild Ride, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Alice in Wonderland, King Arthur's Carousel and Dumbo: The Flying Elephant shut down during the fireworks display in the Sleeping Beauty Castle and reopen later.
- Alice in Wonderland — Journey down an enchanted rabbit hole into the topsy-turvy realm of Wonderland and explore the curiously wondrous world of Walt Disney’s animated classic Alice in Wonderland aboard an oversized Caterpillar! This is ride also features an outdoor section! This is the second most popular Fantasyland dark-ride (after Peter Pan's Flight) and can get crowded .Especially after its 2014 refurbishment it is more popular than ever and regularly gets half an hour waits. Experience it during the first 2 or the last hour that the park is open.
- Casey Jr. Circus Train — Board for a “mini” tour and ride the rails with Casey Jr. through Storybook Land past miniature versions of some of Disney’s most beloved locales. The ride follows the same journey as the Storybook Land Canal Boats albeit being faster and it's usually a walk-on during most of the day.
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant — Soar high in the sky on a fanciful flight above Fantasyland aboard Dumbo the Flying Elephant and enjoy the jubiliant sounds on this spinning ride. Due to its central location in Fantasyland it is known for long waits (around 40 minutes) and the queue doesn't provide any shelter from both rain and the sun. Ride either early or late in the day.
- Meet Disney Princesses at Royal Hall — Step into a storybook world filled with fairytale fantasy, castles and “happily ever afters” and meet three of your favorite Disney princesses.
- Royal Theater — Hear ye lords and ladies of all ages are cordially invited to watch legendary Disney tales come to life in this theater.
- "It's A Small World" — Board a whimsical, indoor boat ride for a song-filled journey around the globe—this cherubic chorus is pure joy! Sing along to the classic anthem of world peace during a musical boat tour hosted by the children of the world. One of the most elaborate rides at Disneyland and one of the oldest (from 1966). It's especially popular with children and adults alike and this, coupled with its position in the pathway leading to Mickey's Toontown can cause long waits during midday (40min+). It's the only Fantasyland dark ride that offers Fastpass and it should be used if you're planning a visit between 12pm and 5pm.
- King Arthur Carrousel — A classic carousel ride full of dancing horses and joyful music on the way. A walk-on all day.
- Mad Tea Party — Spin ‘round and ‘round in an oversized teacup during a madcap music-filled adventure. Waits usually below 10 minutes.
- Matterhorn Bobsleds (42" height requirement) — Embark on a thrilling, high-speed run down the icy slopes of Switzerland’s most famous peak, while trying to avoid the cluches of the mythic Adominable Snowman. With 60 years of history this ride also has two tracks, the Fantasyland and the Tomorrowland track (don't get confused the entrance to both tracks is the same). Due to its iconic look it gets long waits early in the day and usually peaks at around 60-70 minutes. The ride now offers Fastpass and it should be used unless it's a desirable ride to experience in the first 45 minutes that the park is open or right before closing. Keep in mind that this is a rollercoaster and anyone that is either afraid of heights or doesn't want to get wet should avoid it. Guests can also use the Single Rider Line if they have no issue being separated from their party.
- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride — Driven mad by his first automobile, Mr. Toad embarks on an uproarious trip toward "nowhere in particular"... and you're invited! Zig and zag in a motorcar during a manic drive through the English countryside. The 3rd most popular Fantasyland dark ride but it usually isn't clogged and has a wait around 20 minutes.
- Peter Pan's Flight — Sail high into the moonlit sky with the boy who wouldn’t grow up. Board a colorful galleon and, with the help of some pixie dust, embark on a high-flying adventure, passing many of the unforgettable settings and scenes made famous in Disney’s animated film, Peter Pan. Don't forget to spot Captain Cook being chased by a crocodile. Present on Disneyland's opening day, it is one of the most beloved attractions ever made and it's present in almost every disney park around the globe. By far the most popular ride in Fantasyland, the rides get clogged very early with adults and children alike and it usually has a consistent wait of about 45 minutes all day. Due to it not offering Fastpass, there is no other way to experience Peter Pan's Flight without a wait, unless it's your first priority or last thing during the day.
- Pinocchio's Daring Journey — Hop inside a woodcarver's cart and take off on a fantastic adventure that revisits the beloved tale of Pinocchio and watch him turn from a puppet to a real boy. Like the neighboring Snow White's Scary Adventures the ride rarely has a wait above 15 minutes.
- Snow White's Scary Adventures — Hop inside a mine cart and embark on a suspenseful ride into lighthearted and frightening moments from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Keep in mind that the ride usually frightens small children. The least popular Fantasyland dark ride, rarely has waits longer than 10-15 minutes.
- Snow White's Grotto — A small spot next to Sleeping Beauty's castle that showcases a set of statues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that were a gift to Walt alongside a small wishing well.
- Storybook Land Canal Boats — Cast off on a colorful canal boat for a “mini” tour of fairytale destinations seen in classic Disney animated movies. Typically more popular than Casey's Jr Circus Train, usually gets 20-25 minute waits.
Mickey's Toontown is an interactive metropolis full of topsy turvy architecture and screwy sculptures. You can even visit the charming houses of Mickey, Minnie and other classic Disney characters. It's the place where some of your favorite Toons call home!
Fastpass offered: Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin
Note: Mickey's Toontown opens 1 hour later than the rest of the park and closes 1-3 hours earlier (depending on the time of general park closing).
- Chip 'n Dale Treehouse — A treehouse where you get to visit the home of the nuttiest duo around and see the world the same way your favorite pair of chipmunks do.
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad has a station in Mickey's Toontown
- Donald's Boat — Hop on this boat and explore Donald Duck’s home on the high seas in the middle of Mickey’s Toontown!
- Gadget's Go Coaster (35" height requirement) — Tumble and turn on this short, family-friendly rollercoaster ride created by the inventive mouse from Chip ‘n Dale's Rescue Rangers. A good way for younger kids to have their first experience with a rollercoaster but not worth the usually 20-25 minute wait for anyone older than 7.
- Goofy's Playhouse — A fun-house attraction that is based on Goofy's home, in the place of the former Goofy's Bounce House.
- Mickey's House and Meet Mickey — A walk-through based on Mickey Mouse's house and where one can meet Mickey Mouse himself.
- Minnie's House — A walk-through based on Minnie Mouse's house, Minnie appears out front quite often.
- Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin — Steer and spin a runaway taxicab through the wacky streets of Toontown and follow the adventures of Roger Rabbit as you run to avoid the Weasles that have captured Jessica Rabbit and now come straight to you! A family-friendly dark ride. Experience it during the first hour that Toontown is open or use Fastpass as peak waits are usually around 30 minutes and can get above 1 hour in busy days.
In Adventureland, embark on a bold expedition into excitement and intrigue! Journey to this captivating world, where natural wonders, incredible wildlife and untold danger surround you. Enter a lost temple or delve into dark jungles. Join your fellow explorers as you boldly seek mystery, romance and imagination.
Fastpass offered: Indiana Jones Adventure
Single Rider offered: Indiana Jones Adventure
- Enchanted Tiki Room — Sing along with a lively menagerie of exotic birds,tiki gods and colorful flowers in this jubilant Disney classic. One of the oldest attractions in the park, it is also a very good way to escape the crowds.
- Indiana Jones Adventure (46" height requirement) — Take a cliff-hanging journey and embark on a fast-paced thrill ride in search of Indiana Jones, through the Temple of the Forbidden Eye. With Indy’s help, escape the supernatural pull of the Gates of Doom—beyond which lies eternal torment. Opened in 1994, this ride was an immediate hit with children and adults alike. It belongs to the top tier of the most popular rides in Disneyland Park and it often reaches a 60-70 minute wait on busy days. The queue is long and incredibly detailed, but unless it's experienced early in the morning, Fastpass should be used. Keep in mind that Indiana Jones Adventure can run out of Fastpasses before 12pm and, because it's described as a thrill ride, it may scare some younger children. Guests can also use the Single Rider Line if they have no problem being separated from their party.
- Jungle Cruise — Cast off on a thrilling expedition and set sail for high adventure in Asia, Africa and South America during a guided tour of the world's most remote rivers. This is the place where tigers, gorillas, elephants and maybe even a headhunter await your arrival. One of Disneyland's opening day attractions, this boat ride is moderately popular. Due to its slow-loading process, some lines can form during the afternoon (20min+) but it can be experienced at any giver point during the day.
- Tarzan's Treehouse — Climbing high into the sky, tour Tarzan's jungle home—built aloft in an 80-foot-tall tree—and see what it's like to live on the wild side!
This is the place where you can forge your way into the rugged region of the American Wild West! From the soaring heights to Big Thunder Mountain to the calm waters of the Rivers of America the land celebrates trailblazers and settlers from the Old West!
Fastpass offered: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad —Explore the old barren mountain that formerly housed a mine, now left by the Big Thunder Mining Company. Dash in and out of caverns in this abandoned, legendary old gold-mining town aboard a speedy train. The ride was built in the place of a same mine train ride that also feature some audio-animatronics and was much more tamer. While the opening of Indiana Jones Adventure in Adventureland has eased some of the early and mid morning traffic, the ride can get quite sufficient waits in the afternoon (around 30 minutes). It is recommended that the ride is experienced before 11am or after 6pm or by Fastpass.
- Frontierland Shootin' Exposition — Aim and fire at 100 targets and test your shooting skills in this wild west shooting gallery!
- Mark Twain Riverboat — Take a cruise in the Rivers of America aboard the iconic Mark Twain and take glimpse at the way of life more than 200 years ago. The ride runs along the same path as the Sailing Ship Columbia and closes at 5:45pm to accommodate with Fantasmic performances. It is also a good way to escape the crowds during busy days.
- Sailing Ship Columbia — Board an 110 foot long, full-scale replica of a majestic 3-mastered ship from the 18th century and take a glimpse at the life in North America more than 200 years ago. The ride runs along the same path as the Mark Twain Riverboat and closes at 5:45pm to accommodate with Fantasmic performances. It is also a good way to escape the crowds on busy days.
- Golden Horseshoe Stage — Admire this legendary locale while you dine and enjoy live music on the side!
Come and visit Critter County! This majestic rusty land is the place where you can hear the critter's songs from the wild, while taking a boat through Splash Mountain or meeting Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
Fastpass offered: Splash Mountain
Single Rider offered: Splash Mountain
- Splash Mountain (40" height requirement) — Take a tour along a colorful bayou aboard a rollicking log and past singing critters, and see for yourself the world of Br'er Bear, Br'er Fox and Br'er Rabbit. Then prepare yourself for a 5-story splashdown from the mountain top! The ride is considered a Disney masterpiece and it is beloved by the guests in every park it's in. The ride opened first in Disneyland in 1979. On the other hand, its glamorous feel and appeal for all ages, makes Splash Mountain the most popular ride in the park. Even on cold days the ride averages at least 30 minutes of wait once the park fills up and it can hit 2 hours on hot days. The only advantage is that it is located very far away from the entrance and doesn't get a huge influx of guests until 1 hour after park opening (as there other popular attractions along the way too). Experience it in the first hour that the park is open, the last hour that the park is open, by Fastpass or Single Rider service and during the Fantasmic performances. Keep in mind that fastpasses are usually gone before 12pm (especially on hot days) and the huge crowds gathering in New Orleans Square for Fantasmic can make the ride very difficult or even impossible to access.
- Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes — Paddle across the Rivers of America aboard a canoe and travel back to the time when the only mode of transportation was through water. The ride closes at 5pm and requires the riders to be physically fit.
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh — Glide, bounce, swirl and fly while you take a journey across the Hundred Acres Wood in a giant beehive and wander through the world of Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Despite feeling many decades old, the attraction was the latest dark ride to open in the park, in 2003. Despite being located across the pathway from Splash Mountain the ride rarely has a wait above 15 minutes making it a very easy go-on attraction all day. Keep in mind that, whenever Splash Mountain is closed, the crowds flood towards The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, making wait times skyrocket to 30 minutes.
Embark on the world of the future today! Ready your rockets and explore a spaceport while taking a glimpse of out-of-this world wonders and the innovation of the human spirit with imagination being your only limit.
Fastpass offered: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Space Mountain
Single Rider offered: Space Mountain
- Astro Orbitor — Board and pilot your very own rocket ship and take to the sky above Tomorrowland in this spinning ride, amid a gleaming constellation of orbiting planets. As you are the commander of your rocket you can direce how much height you take for your flight. The ride suffers from the same thing as Dumbo: The Flying Elephant over in Fantasyland. They are both located in iconic locations (Dumbo is located in the middle of Fantasyland while Astro Orbitor is located in the entrance to Tomorrowland from the Hub) and they are both very slow-loading. This combined with their popularity means that waits can reach up to 45 minutes on busy days. Fastpass isn't offered so the best bet is to ride it early in the morning as it will remain fairly clogged all day.
- Autopia (32" height requirement to board a car, 54" height requirement to drive) — Board a futuristic car and put your pedal in the medal as you're guided across this amazing miniature motorway. The ride received a Honda sponsorship in 2015 giving a modern look to the cars that felt outdated. The ride is usually the least popular in Fantasyland and very rarely reaches half-hour waits.
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters — Evil Emperor Zurg is stealing important batteries from helpless toys to power a weapon of mass destruction. Hop aboard and fire lasers to the targets as you're trying to defeat Zurg with the help Buzz Lightyear in this thrilling space battle. The ride is one of only two interactive rides in the Disneyland Resort, the other one being Toy Story Midway Mania in Disney's California Adventure. Many riders experience Buzz Lightyear multiple times and it has earned itself moderate waits, also due to its fairly central location. That's why it should be experienced early in the day. Fastpass isn't useful as it serves greater purpose in the other much more popular Tomorrowland attractions (Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Space Mountain).
- Disneyland Monorail — Pick up the Disneyland Monorail inside Disneyland Park and take a tour of the Disneyland Resort in one of its 3 futuristic trains. This was the first monorail ever built in the Americas and opened in 1959. It is an excellent way to escape the crowds and the afternoon sun.
- Disneyland Railroad — The Disneyland Railroad Station in Tomorrowland.
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage — Hop on a yellow submarine and embark on a subaquatic voyage through the world of Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo, while meeting your favorite movie characters. The ride is touted as being of it's kind in the world and it has replaced the legendary 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which closed in September 1998. The ride has a shockingly low capacity for a headliner (800 riders per hour) and the queue for it is probably the most boring to be in in the park, entirely outdoors and dull with no character. That's why Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage should be on top priority and experienced within the first 2 hours after park opening, before wait times hit 30 minutes and the midday sun makes the situation even more unpleasant.
- Star Wars Launch Bay — Explore this epic exhibition filled film props and screen videos, while meeting your favorite Star Wars characters.
- Space Mountain (40" height requirement) — Blast off on a speedy rocket and explore the deepest most outer edges of the galaxy as your pass past stars, satelites, hundreds of planets and even a supernova! Will you be able to accomplish your mission? Another ride considered to be a Disney masterpiece, it is featured in 5 out of 6 disney resorts worldwide and the Disneyland version opened in May 1977. The ride is overhauled during the Halloween season and now you're racing through overtaken by an ominous and powerful phantom which only seeks your destruction. The ride is the second most popular in the park (tied with Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and after Splash Mountain) and can occasionally hit 1 hour worth of wait. Fastpasses are gone very quickly (usually before 12pm) and the ride should be experienced as early or as late in the day as practical. An alternative is to use the Single Rider Line which usually has 1/5 of the wait of the standby line.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (40" height requirement) — Board a majestic Starspeeder 1000 and and make a jump through hyperspace in this 3D motioned simulated flight and explore the Star Wars universe. There you can come face-to-face with your favorite characters like Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron and BB-8. The ride was one of the first 3D motion simulators worldwide in its official opening in 1987. It also adds new scenes from every Star Wars movie that is released (the latest scenes were added after the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Christmas 2017). The ride is very popular and its central location means that the waits rival those of Space Mountain (above 60 minutes during busy days). That's why it should be experienced as early or as late in the day as practical or with Fastpass (usually run out before 12pm). Keep in mind that most guests heading to Tomorrowland grab a Fastpass for Space Mountain and the head straight for Star Tours, meaning long lines from an early point in the day.
Shows and Parades
Fantasmic! is an evening live action show that takes place on the Rivers of America. It is a wonderful show with many of the Disney characters, animation on a screen made of jets of water, and fireworks. Most days, there are street events along the parade route between Main Street, U.S.A. and "it's a small world." Mickey's Soundsational Parade brings music to the streets with one or two performances daily. During the holiday season, "A Christmas Fantasy" Parade brings the joy of the season to the streets of Disneyland. Both parades are a must see and will be enjoyed by all age groups. Also most nights, Disneyland puts on its famous fireworks show. There are many other shows at Disneyland as well.
Disney California Adventure
Disney California Adventure  is Disneyland's sister theme park which opened in February 2001. The park has nearly doubled its attendance numbers since opening and is now ranked 13 in the world's most visited theme parks. It was originally called "Disney's California Adventure", but it was renamed in June 2010.
Disney California Adventure is divided into 5 themed lands: Buena Vista Street (modeled after 1920's Los Angeles), Golden State (which is divided into 5 districts: Condor Flats, modeled after the aviation days of 20th Century Mojave Desert; Grizzly Peak Recreation Area representing the Northeastern California wilderness; The Bay Area looks like 20th-century San Francisco; Golden Vine Winery, reminiscent of California's Wine Country; and Pacific Wharf, modeled after California's 20th-century wharfs, Paradise Pier, modeled after California's 20th Century boardwalks, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, modeled after Hollywood's studio backlots and "a bug's land", modeled after the movie "A Bug's Life" and the only non-Californian themed land in the park.
Buena Vista Street
Experience Los Angeles in the early 1920s! Step off the Red Car Trolley and let your emotions guide you through an era of brimming with shopping, dining and entertainement, and see for yourself what Walt Disney experienced during his visit to Los Angeles in 1923.
- Red Car Trolley — These trolleys, based off of the ones that once roamed the streets of 1920s Los Angeles, take you through a scenic ride from Buena Vista Street into Hollywood Land. There are two trolleys and each one makes 4 stops along the way (the park entrance, Cathaway Circle, the middle of the Hollywood Boulevard and Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout) and each ride lasts approximately 8 minutes. It closes 2-3 hours earlier than the official park closing and its an excellent way to relax.
This area of the park pays tribute to the wonders of Californian nature, great outdoors and the pioneering innovation and spirit of the human kind,
while rugged mountains and tall-evergreen trees guide you through your journey.
Fastpass offered: Soarin Around the World, Grizzly River Run
Single Rider offered: Grizzly River Run (only during the peak season)
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail — A big adventure play area with tree-lined paths, rock walls and the park ranger tower! The area closes 2 hours prior to official park closing.
- Soarin' Around the World (40" height requirement) — This 3D motioned simulator takes guests through a flight around the world's most iconic landmarks. From the Eiffel Tower and the Great Wall to Kilimanjaro and the Sydney Harbor passengers can admire earth's both the natural and the human-made wonders. The attraction was formerly known as Soarin Over California - where you were flown through California's sights - until the new version opened in June 2016. Its location directly on the left side of the park's entrance, means waits between 20-60 minutes all day, relevant to the overall crowds. The ride fortunately offers Fastpass but they run out quickly and it is better experienced without a Fastpass in the first or the last 45 minutes that the park is open.
- Grizzly River Run (42" height requirement) — This water ride takes you to a thrilling adventure down a wild Californian river in the Sierra Nevada mountains. All of this brought to you by the Grizzly River Rafting Company! Being the only water ride in the park means peaking waits above 60 minutes during hot days but usually less than 20 on cold ones and the evenings. Keep in mind that riders will get wet so it is probably a better choice between 12pm and 5pm. If crowds are a concern ,11pm-12pm and 5pm-7pm are also good times to experience or use Fastpass and the Single Rider line (if available). There are lockers next to the 20ft statue of a bear in the entrance.
This area is inspired by the famous Cannery Row in Monterrey, California and the beautiful vineyards of Napa Valley and it's considered a heaven for food, wine and relaxation, with diverse food cuisines, fine wine tasting and the majestic waterfront of the Paradise Lake.
- Bakery Tour — This walkthrough attraction lets you tour a real bakery and experience the making process of the world-famous San Francisco sourdough bread.
Step into a whimsical boardwalk where Pixar stories come to life. Meet your favorite characters like Woody, Buzz, the Incredibles family along with Joy and Sadness while you cruise your way along the re-imagined pier. Formerly the southern part of Paradise Pier, the area went through a 6 month long re-imagining and reopened in June 2018 as Pixar Pier, while the northern part of the former Paradise Pier was renamed to Paradise Gardens Park.
Fastpass offered: Incredicoaster, Toy Story Midway Mania
Single Rider offered: Incredicoaster
- Pixar Pal-Around — Climb aboard this iconic ferris wheel for an 150ft journey above the ground with wonderful views of Pixar Pier and beyond. All of the 24 gondolas are also decorated with a famous character of Pixar movies like Woody, Jessie, Sullivan, Lightning McQueen and others! The ride, like the former Mickey's Fun Wheel, is the one of two in the United States that has two versions: Swinging (where the gondolas swing back and forth while they climb up the wheel) and Non-Swinging (much like a normal ferris wheel). The swinging version is more popular than the steady one but waits above 45 minutes even on busy days are rare.
- Games of Pixar Pier — The Games of the Boardwalk now have a whole new tone to them! Put your skills to the test and try your luck in this 4 interactive games in the broadwalk based of off La Luna, WALL-E, A Bug's Life and Toy Story 2! The games require a special play card to be purchased with prepaid credits at the dispensing machine next to the booths.
- Toy Story Midway Mania! — Become an honorary toy, take aim, compete and shoot at the targets in this 4D interactive dark ride inspired by a midway. And don't forget! Your favorite friends from Disney-Pixar's Toy Story, such as Woody, Buzz and Jessie, will guide you through your way! This ride was the only one that remained unchanged with the opening of Pixar Pier, except for a new coat of paint. The ride is very popular with children, adults and seniors alike and occasionally hits 70 minutes worth of wait. Fortunately the ride now offers Fastpass but keep in mind that they run out quickly. Without a Fastpass, the ride is better experienced in the first or the last hour that the park is open, immediately after Radiator Springs Racers and Soarin Around the World.
- Incredicoaster (48" height requirement) — Climb aboard the longest looping rollercoaster in the world and help the Incredibles family save Jack Jack after he manifests his superpowers, vanishing and causing chaos along the way. This attraction is the re-imagined version of the iconic California Screamin that opened along with the rest of the park on February 8th 2001 and on January 8th 2018 marked the ending of its 17-year course. Being the centerpiece of Pixar Pier and now featuring beloved movie characters the ride is more popular than ever and it usually hits 50-60 minute waits on busy days. Fastpass isn't recommended in the morning as it could prove much more efficient in the more popular Toy Story Midway Mania. Ride it in the first 2 hours that the park is open, immediately after the World of Color showing or 30 minutes before park closing.
- Jessie's Critter Carousel — The carousel will be in the same structure that formerly housed King Triton's Carousel of the Sea and now riders will be able to board any animal they desire, from snakes to armadillos, all of it while marveling the giant statue of Jessie. It is scheduled to open in 2019.
- Emotional Whirlwind — Starting from 2019, guests will be able to board this completely new attraction in the Inside Out neighborhood and take a fly, while memory balls decorate the background. The ride will be a re-purposing of Filk's Flyers, which currently sits in A Bug's Land and it's scheduled to close in late summer of 2018.
Paradise Gardens Park
Step into a land modeled after Victorian Boardwalks that used to exist all along the coast of California. The land was the northern part of the Paradise Pier that was separated into to two lands to sync with the opening of Pixar Pier (the southern part of the former land).
Fastpass offered: Goofy's Sky School, World of Color
- Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure — A whimsical dark ride inside an elegant Victorian exposition building where you get to board your own pearl and journey under the sea - without getting wet- into the world of Disney's classic, the Little Mermaid, while meeting Ariel and her friends! Don't forget to set your sight at the massive 7.5 feet tall and 12.5 feet wide Ursula animatronic! Despite its central location waits above 20 minutes are very rare, mainly due to its omminover, fast-loading ride system.
- Golden Zephyr — A spinning carnival-flat ride where you get to board a silver spaceship inspired by science fiction stories from the 1920s and soar high in the sky. The ride is slow-loading but it rarely gets a wait above 15 minutes.
- Jumpin Jellyfish &mdash Step inside a jellyfish and float up and down 40ft into the air above Paradise Bay. Another flat, slow-loading ride but rarely has a wait above 15 minutes.
- Silly Symphony Swings — In your own chair swing and enjoy the views of the lake while music, inspired by the classic 1935 Mickey Mouse cartoon "The Band Concert", plays on the backround. A typical chair-swinging attraction, this one is the most popular of Paradise Park's flat rides and but waits above 25 minutes are only seen on busy days.
- Goofy's Sky School — In this wild mouse rollercoaster soar high in the sky and get a "crash course" to flying. But this is not a usual flight lesson. Here you learn to fly the "goofy" way, where thinks get a little wilder! The attraction has moderate popularity but its slow-loading process makes wait times skyrocket at around 50 minutes on crowded days and 25-30 minutes on non-crowded ones. The ride offers Fastpass but it is deemed as completely useless and typically Fastpasses are still being handed late in the afternoon. Once the headliners are ridden, Goofy's Sky School should be one of the top priorities.
- World of Color — In a vivid veil of mist, fountains and colorful projections, watch Disney characters come to life in this epic outdoor, nighttime spectacular! The World of Color is currently being refurbished and shows will continue in late 2018.
Step into a land inspired from the Golden Age of Hollywood, while taking a look at the magic of Disney movies through various attractions, shows and entertainment offerings that conjure with the glamour of 1920s Hollywood.
Fastpass offered: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! — A dark ride where you get to board a taxi cab and race through Monstropolis! Your goal is to help Mike and Sully save Boo from the world of monsters! Opened 2006, the ride replaced one of Disney's most well-known disasters, Superstar Limo that closed in January 2002. Being in the back of the park, and away from other kid-friendly rides, the attraction doesn't experience a significant influx of guests until around 12pm and lines are usually around 25 minutes, but the ride is usually a walk-on after 5pm on non-crowded days and 7pm on crowded ones.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout (40" height requirement) — Get ready for a thrilling free-fall adventure inside the Collector's Fortress! Join Rocket in his quest to save the Guardians from the Collector who has made them part of his exhibition in California! Opening in May 2017, the ride has been well-received by guests, despite having replaced the fan-favorite and legendary Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror. The ride is also overhauled during the Halloween season when it becomes Guardians of the Galaxy - Monsters After Dark where you get to team up with Rocket and help to save Groot from crazed creatures on the loose, inside the Collector's Fortress! Due to its newness though and relative appeal, the ride, like Radiator Springs Racers, attracts guests immediately after park opening and waits can reach 45 minutes within the first half an hour, while peaking at 70 minutes in the afternoon during busy days. Experience it within the first half hour that the park is open or the last full hour before park closing. Otherwise use Fastpass, but keep in mind that they can run out before 1pm.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance off! — Join Star Lord and Gamora in this small show and help power up a rousing dance-off featuring rock n' roll music from Peter Quill's boom box.
- Frozen: Live at the Hyperion — This majestic show replaced Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular in 2014 and tells the beloved and heartwarming story of Elsa and Anna, all in one theatrical presentation! Also keep in mind that the show lasts a long time, usually 1 hour and typically shows 3-4 times every day.
- Disney Animation Building
- Turtle Talk with Crush — Join others in 15 minute live conversation through the "hydrophone" with Crush, the famous turtle from Finding Nemo and his pals! This attraction is revolutionary, as guests won't see Crush as a real person or an animatronic, but through a giant screen where his movements and voice are synchronized by cast members from behind the scenes! The attraction can build a 20-25 minute line during busy days, but it is usually below 10.
- Animation Academy — Enjoy a unique opportunity to experience discover how Disney characters are brought to life during a manual presentation by a Disney artist!
- Sorcerer's Workshop — Learn how animation characters are brought to life through 2 hands-on exhibits.
A bug's land
See the world from a small bug's perspective while towering leafs decorate your way through. The land is unfortunately scheduled to close in late summer 2018 to make room for the opening of a whole new Marvel themed area!
- Flik's Flyers — Step inside a food a discarded food cartoon and settle on a gentle flight above Filk's Fun Fair in this special flat ride. Typically the most popular attraction in the land, due to its slow-loading process, it does get quite sufficient waits of around 30 minutes on busy days.
- Francis' Ladybug Boogie — Another flat ride where you take a joyful spin atop a ladybug's back. Not very popular, very rarely has a wait above 10 minutes.
- Heimlich's Chew Chew Train — Join this green Bavarian caterpillar journey through a small garden in search of his favorite food. The train ride is very short but it is the only attraction in A bug's land that worth experiencing, due to its fun story and charm. Moderately popular but rarely has a wait above 15 minutes.
- Princess Dot Puddle Park — A small water play area themed as leaky hose and spigot.
- Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies — This bumper cars let you steer your way around a swarm of buggies. Moderately popular, rarely has a wait above 10 minutes.
Step into the beautiful village of Radiator Springs, inspired by the hit Disney-Pixar movie, Cars. Take a lousy tour and admire well-known buildings from the movie like the Cozy Cone Motel, Flo's gas station and Casa Bella Tiers. Finally you can hop on board one of the best attractions in the world, Radiator Springs Racers and set your sights at the impressive orange, rocky mountains.
Fastpass offered: Radiator Springs Racers
Single Rider offered: Radiator Springs Racers
- Radiator Spings Racers — Get ready to start your engines through the majestic landscape of Cars Land, inspired by Disney-Pixar's movie Cars. Take lousy tour through the Ornament Valley and then head inside a night version of Radiator Springs (inside a show-building not to be confused with the land outside) and meet your favorite movie characters like Lighting McQueen, Sully, Matter Dr. Hornet etc. As you pass past Wido and Luigi get ready for an epic race through the mountains of Radiator Springs with 50% chance to win! The ride is considered to be one of Disney's best attractions worldwide and it is also one of the costliest ever made. This makes it easily the most popular ride in the park. It can open with a 45 minute wait and hit 1 hour just 20 minutes after park opening. Peak waits range from 90 minutes on the less crowded days to 150 on the most crowded ones. This should be experienced right at park opening or 15 minutes before park closing or use the Single Rider line. The ride offers Fastpass but they run out extremely quickly.
- Mater's Junkyard Jamboree — Spin and twirl inside this innovative flat ride and enjoy a dance hosted by Mater, on board a trailer! The ride's is less popular than Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters. Wait times at around 30 minutes should be expected once the park fills on busy days, mainly due to its abysmal hourly capacity (fewer than 1000 riders per hour).
- Luigi's Rollickin Roadsters — Enter Casa Bella Tiers and buckle up for a whimsical ride on board one of Luigi's car friends and settle in for an authentic dance with neat music! The ride opened in 2016 and replaced Luigi's Flying Tiers that stood in this place since the lands opening in 2012. It is more popular than Mater's Junkyard Jamboree but wait times aren't nearly as bad as those of Radiator Springs Racers in the other side of the "road". Peak waits usually are around 45 minutes on busy days and 20-25 on non-busy ones.
Shows and Parades
Disney California Adventure has shows and a parade for visitors. The park is home of the Pixar Play Parade, where floats are based on the Disney/Pixar movies, The Incredibles, Toy Story, Ratatouille, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. as well as water and bubble effects. The parade is only offered on selected days.
In 2010, Disney unveiled a new water show called World of Color in the Paradise Pier area of the park. It is highly recommended that you get a FastPass at the Grizzly River Run area to assure access to a main viewing area. These are segmented into different colored areas, which before the show are marked by the special colored lamp. Certain dinner options also can come with a FastPass. Be sure to play the mobile game that gives you a chance to control the lights on Mickey's Fun Wheel for a short time.
You get two hours free when parking in the parking lot. Certain restaurants and the AMC Downtown Disney 12 will give you a extra two hours.
- AMC Downtown Disney 12 — Catch a box-office chart-topper at this stadium seating, digital projection, and surround sound cineplex
- ESPN Zone — Watch your favorite sports event or play one of many interactive games
- House of Blues — As the name implies, a blues club
- Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen — Experience the best of Bourbon Street outside New Orleans
- LEGO Store — A place where you can find Exclusive LEGO products and events
- D-Street — Get some "Hip" Disney merchandise, including custom printed Phone Covers
First of a kind
The original Mimi's Cafe, which opened in 1978, is located on Euclid Street near the 91 freeway and is still in business. The location on Harbor Blvd. across from Disneyland's eastern boundary opened within the last 10 years. If you're on a tight budget, and if you have the time, this might be very well worth your effort.
When dining if you want to dine at the more upscale or "sit down" restaurants there is a good chance you will not be able to get seating without a reservation in advance. Some locations, especially the Blue Bayou Restaurant and Goofy's Kitchen, require a reservation weeks in advance. Reservations are made through Disney Dining at +1 714 781-DINE.
Main Street, U.S.A.
- Blue Ribbon Bakery - Baked goods,sandwiches and specialty drinks.
- Carnation Café - Table service, breakfast, sandwiches, gourmet coffees and ice cream
- Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor - Ice cream specialties
- Main Street Cone Shop - Ice cream cones
- Plaza Inn - "Minnie & Friends Breakfast in the Park", lunch and dinner featuring home-style favorites, broasted chicken
- Refreshment Corner - Hot dogs, chili and cold Coke
- Little Red Wagon - Corn dogs
- Jolly Holiday Bakery Café - Baked goods, sandwiches, salads, soups, quiche, and gourmet coffees
New Orleans Square
- Blue Bayou Restaurant - The Blue Bayou is one of the most well known restaurants inside Disneyland. It offers amazing ambiance from inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. A great location for a romantic dinner or a sit-down lunch of their famous Monte Cristo Sandwich. Entrees $25- $35, you are paying for the ambiance not necessarily great food quality. *Reservation Highly Recommended* *Vegetarian Friendly*
- French Market Restaurant -Fast serve "scramble style buffeteria" with jambalaya, roasted citrus chicken, creole salmon, roast beef, salads and decadent desserts. Live entertainment on the patio.
- Café Orléans - Table service, soups, salads, gourmet sandwiches including the Monte Cristo and crepes
- Royal Street Veranda - Chowder and gumbo in bread bowls, New Orleans-style
- Club 33 - Club 33 is an exclusive club with a membership limited to 521 people. This location is only open to members and guests but serves fine foods and alcohol. The waiting list to join can take many years for those who can afford the steep fees.
- Village Haus Restaurant - Hamburgers, pizza and salads
- Enchanted Cottage, Sweets and Treats - Bavarian-style sausages, desserts and drinks
- Daisy's Diner
- Clarabelle's Frozen Yogurt
- Pluto's Dog House
- Toon Up Treats
- Bengal Barbeque - Barbecue kabobs and coffee drinks
- Tiki Juice Bar - famous Dole Whip ice cream desert, Dole Whip floats, pineapple spears and pineapple juice are available out front of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room.
- The Golden Horseshoe - Chicken, fish and mozzarella strips, chili, and tasty ice cream specialties
- Stage Door Café - Chicken, fish, and mozzarella strips
- Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante - Mexican favorites and Costeña Grill specialties, soft drinks and desserts
- River Belle Terrace - Breakfast, BBQ and Southern-style food
- Conestoga Fries - Fries and drinks
- Harbour Galley - Sourdough bowl soups, salads
- Hungry Bear Restaurant - Burgers, chicken and salads
- Redd Rockett's Pizza Port - Pizza, pasta and salads
- The Spirit of Refreshment - Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite
- Tomorrowland Terrace - Breakfast, sandwiches, burgers, salads, desserts and drinks
Disney's California Adventure dining
Buena Vista Street
- Carthay Circle Lounge
- Carthay Circle Restaurant
- Clarabelle's Hand-Scooped Ice Cream
- Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Café
- Alfresco Lounge at the Golden Vine Winery
- Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill - Tacos, drinks and more
- Fairfax Market
- Lucky Fortune Cookery
- Mendocino Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery
- Pacific Wharf Café - Salads, soups and breakfast
- Rita's Baja Blenders
- Taste Pilots' Grill
- Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery - Casual table service Italian cuisine restaurant. Entrees between $10-$14
- Ariel's Grotto - "Ariel's Disney Princess Celebration" character dining featuring American-style favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Bayside Brews - Serves beers and pretzels
- Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
- Corn Dog Castle- Serves Los Angeles' Voted best Corn Dogs for 2010.
- Cove Bar
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.
- Award Wieners - Hot dogs and gourmet sausages
- Schmoozies - Fruit smoothies
- Studio Catering Co.
- Cozy Cone Motel
- Fillmore's Taste-In
- Flo's V8 Cafe
"a bug's land"
No food is served in "a bug's land".
Downtown Disney dining
Downtown Disney has a wide array of choices for dining; the complete list may be found on the official website . Those that shouldn't be missed are:
- ESPN Zone — A great place escape and watch the game. Snacks $6 - $11, Entrees $12 - $26 (for the New York Steak)
- House of Blues — Southern cuisine
- Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria — Pizza, pasta and more. Entrees $17-$25
- Rainforest Cafe — Nearly a theme park in itself, Rainforest Cafe is fully decorated to theme with rain storms and more. Entrees $15-$40 (for the Main Lobster)
- Tortilla Jo's — Mexican food, with hand-made tortillas and live music
Within the theme parks
There are many gift shops throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. They are so abundant, it is close to impossible to throw a stone and not hit a store. Some attractions even have gift shops located right at their exits. The complete list of shops in both parks may be found on the official website, via the links below.
- Disneyland Park Shopping 
- Disney California Adventure Park Shopping 
Downtown Disney's anchor store is the World of Disney, the second largest of its kind, after the one at Walt Disney World. Essentially, this is a Disney Store on steroids. Downtown Disney also showcases a wide range of well-known retail chains. These are just a select few; see the official website  for the complete list. Food and drinks are also there.
- Build-a-Bear Workshop
- Compass Books
- Disney Pin Trading
- Disney Vault 28 (specializes in boutique style pieces with Disney characters and from various designers.)
- House of Blues
- Lego Imagination Center
- Rainforest Cafe
- Java Hut Bar
Hotels within the resort
- Disneyland Hotel, 1150 Magic Way. Anaheim, CA 92802, ☎ 714 956 MICKEY (6425), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The original Disney hotel. The mid-level hotel of Disneyland's three hotels. 990 rooms and suites in three high-rise towers. three stars. Swimming pool, hot tub, air conditioning, television, fitness center, beach, dining, game room and indoor pool. $280. edit
- Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, 1600 S Disneyland Dr, Anaheim CA 92803, ☎ 714 956 MICKEY (6425), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The higher end of Disneyland's three hotels. Convenient location with an entrance into Disney's California Adventure (Golden State [Grizzly Peak Recreation Area]). 745 rooms and suites. Four stars. Air conditioning, fitness center, hot tub, spa, massage, swimming pool and dining. $340. edit
- Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel, 1717 South Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, California 92802, ☎ 714 956 MICKEY (6425), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. The lower end of the three Disneyland hotels. 489 rooms and suites. Three stars. Air conditioning, theater, rooftop pool and spa, fitness center, dining, hot tub, kitchen, and beach. $340. edit
There are many designated Good Neighbor Hotels  which are either within walking distance or provide transportation to and from the Disneyland Resort. Many other hotels and motels of varying cost and quality may be found in the local area. Start with Anaheim and Garden Grove.
Disneyland is within close distance of a number of other Southern California tourist attractions. Not surprisingly, some of these attractions have the word "Anaheim" in their names.
- Anaheim Convention Center  Located directly south of the Disneyland Resort, across Katella Avenue.
- Anaheim GardenWalk , 321 West Katella Avenue, 714-635-7400. A new outdoor shopping oasis, located just a stone's throw east of the Disneyland Resort.
- Anaheim Ice , 300 West Lincoln Avenue, 714-535-7465. About 1 mile north of the Disneyland Resort. Has two Olympic-size ice surfaces. The practice and training venue of the Anaheim Ducks, where you can also learn the sport yourself. There are also figure skating and public ice sessions.
- The Grove of Anaheim , 2200 East Katella Avenue, 714-712-2700. A concert venue located on the northwest corner of Angel Stadium's parking lot, adjacent to the Amtrak/Metrolink train station.
Other theme parks
- Adventure City  Located on Beach Boulevard south of the Ball Road intersection, about 4 miles west of the Disneyland Resort.
- Knott's Berry Farm  Take LACMTA Route 460. Or if you have your own car, travel west on Katella Avenue or Ball Road, then north on Beach Boulevard.
- Legoland California  Take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line south to Oceanside.
- SeaWorld San Diego  Take the Pacific Surfliner all the way to its southern end.
- Universal Studios Hollywood  Take the Pacific Surfliner or the Orange County Line to Los Angeles Union Station, then transfer to the LACMTA Red Line and disembark at the Universal City station.
- Anaheim Ducks (National Hockey League)  Plays in Honda Center, just north of Angel Stadium.
- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Major League Baseball)  Plays in Angel Stadium.
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