Some people's approach to a theme park visit is to just show up, buy a ticket and wing it. There's nothing wrong with that, but with the price of tickets and the time you can waste trying to figure things out once you're there, it pays to do a little planning to make the most of your vacation time and dollars. These resources are designed to help your Disneyland Resort vacation run as smoothly as possible.
This Beginners' Guide to Disneyland provides an introduction to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure
with links to more trip planning resources.
Photo courtesy of Disneyland
Here you'll find information on what to expect on a visit to Disneyland at different times of year and the pros and cons of each season, with links to specific seasonal events at Disneyland.
An insider's guide to making the most of your visit to Disneyland and California Adventure
. This guide includes maximizing your time, what to wear, eating at Disneyland, visiting with babies and toddlers, and other amenities and conveniences.
Tips specific to visiting Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort
Most of the Disney Resort is a smoke-free environment. To reduce the stress of smokers in this environment, I've put together this guide to the officially sanctioned smoking areas at Disneyland and California Adventure
, and compiled some tips from smoking friends on how to survive Disneyland as a smoker.
This directory lists which rides, exhibits, restaurants and shops are located in each of Disneyland's "lands."
To budget your dining time and dollars, this guide breaks down Disney's restaurant and snack bar choices by location and price, with descriptions of the types of food available at each.
If your child has an absolute favorite Disney character and you want to be sure to find a related souvenir, be sure to check out the shopping guide before you go. Some movie and character merchandise can only be found in one particular shop near the related ride or "land," so know before you go, so you don't end up running into every shop looking for Star Wars memorabilia that can only be found at The Star Trader in Tomorrowland.
Each person has their own favorite rides at Disneyland and California Adventure
. My favorites at Disneyland are the classic Space Mountain
dark roller coaster and the Astro Blasters laser light shooting gallery ride, both in Tomorrowland. At California Adventure
, I can't get enough of the Soarin' Over California glider simulator with its incredible views of our state, or the highly entertaining Toy Story Mania, a moving carnival game where you shoot targets with air guns.
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Although Disneyland is a world of it's own, outside the gates there are plenty of other attractions within a short distance. Click through for a list of other things you might want to do from your Anaheim