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Disneyland Resort California Visitors Guide


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.

Disneyland Resort for Beginners: Frequently Asked Questions

Sleeping Beauty Castle
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This Beginners' Guide to Disneyland provides an introduction to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure with links to more trip planning resources.

The Seasons of Disneyland

Disney's HalloweenTime
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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.

Disneyland Tips and Tricks

Tinkerbell at the Parade of Dreams
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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.

Disney California Adventure Guide

Tips specific to visiting Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Tickets

Main Street at Disneyland, CA
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Tickets to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure come in a variety of configurations. This guide to Disneyland Tickets will help you determine what kind of ticket will be right for you and decide where to purchase your tickets.

Using FASTPASS at Disneyland

FASTPASS Return line at Disney's California Adventure
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How to use Disneyland's FASTPASS system to spend less time waiting in line at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

RideMax for Disneyland and California Adventure

Disneyland Wait Time
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A review of a computer program that helps minimize your time waiting in line at Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.

Disneyland for Smokers

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.

Disneyland Directory by Location

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This directory lists which rides, exhibits, restaurants and shops are located in each of Disneyland's "lands."

Disneyland Dining Directory

Cafe Orleans
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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.

Disneyland Shopping Directory

Disneyland shopping
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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.

What are the Best Rides at Disneyland?

Space Mountain at night
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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.

What Else is Near Disneyland?

Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
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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 hotel base.

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