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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Touring California Adventure

Some general thoughts:

  • First, as soon as you enter the park go and get your Fastpass for Soarin' Over California.  This is likely to become one of the premier E-ticket attractions for the new park, and Soarin', unfortunately, is likely to have some capacity problems as well.  If you don't get that Fastpass, you might miss this one.

  • Paradise Pier, with it's large, highly visible attractions is likely to be a big crowd magnet.  Teens, too, will find the attractions here to be their favorites.  You might want to do your best to beat the crowd and do as much of the midway rides as you can early.  On a second day in the park, you can skip this area altogether and concentrate elsewhere.

  • Muppet Vision 3-D and It's Tough to be a Bug are both high capacity attractions.  They're also both knock-offs of the same-titled shows at WDW.  If you've seen them in Florida, put these off until later.  If you love them, feel free to catch them whenever you can.

  • In a similar way, Grizzly Rapids Run is very much like Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom.  Same advice...If you've ridden in Florida, put this off until later.  If you love it, catch it whenever you can.

  • Disney Animation is a very well executed attraction.  It's similar to the Animation tour at the Disney-MGM Studios at WDW, but has some interactive displays and other features that knock it a step above the Florida version.  Take the time to see this, if you're a fan of the company's animation legacy.

  • Superstar Limo is not worth a long wait.  If the line appears to be greater than twenty minutes or so, pass it by until another time.

  • Golden Dreams is well executed.  Even if you're not a big fan of all things California, you shouldn't miss this one if you can avoid it.  On the other hand, this is a theatre presentation with large capacity.  It's not likely to be one that you'll have to miss if you want to see it.

  • The bakeries and Season of the Vine, are not likely to be huge crowd pullers.  Unless the park is busy (which is likely mostly in the summer and during the weekends), you should be able to catch these at your leisure.

In a non-busy time of year, a couple of days will cover pretty much the entire park.

 

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