Disneyland Visitors Guide

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. While there's a lot of overlap, I have a more specific guide for visiting Disney California Adventure next door and the adjacent Downtown Disney shopping and dining zone.

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    Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, CA
    ••• Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, CA. Kayte Deioma

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

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    Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure
    ••• Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! at Disney California Adventure. Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort

    A regularly updated list of the latest attractions and events at Disneyland, Disney California Advventure and Downtown Disney.

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    Disneyland HalloweenTime
    ••• Disneyland HalloweenTime. Photo © 2010 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com
    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.
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    it's a small world ride at Disneyland
    ••• it's a small world ride at Disneyland. Photo © 2015 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Use these insider Tips for visiting Disneyland 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. Also check the Disney California Adventure Guide for tips specific to visiting Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort.

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    Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, CA
    ••• Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, CA. Kayte Deioma

    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.

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    FASTPASS
    ••• FASTPASS for the Indiana Jones Ride at Disneyland. Kayte Deioma

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

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    Toontown Entrance at Disneyland, CA
    ••• Toontown Entrance at Disneyland, CA. Kayte Deioma

    So you don't end up running back and forth across the park because you forgot to look for the souvenir you wanted in the right shop or missed a ride the kids were looking forward to, it helps to know what is where. I try to keep these up to date, but be aware that things may have changed slightly by the time you visit.

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    What are the Best Rides at Disneyland?

    Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland, CA
    ••• Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland, CA. Kayte Deioma

    Each person has their own favorite rides at Disneyland. My favorites at Disneyland are the classic Space Mountain dark roller coaster, which has been transformed into Hyperspace Mountain and the Astro Blasters laser light shooting gallery ride, both in Tomorrowland. I'm also a fan of Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. 

    You can see all the rides at Disneyland in my Disneyland Directory by Location.

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    Finding Romance at Disneyland

    The Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland, CA
    ••• The Mad Hatter's Tea Cups at Disneyland, CA. Kayte Deioma

    There are lots of adults who adore Disneyland and visit without any kids. If you're planning a romantic visit to the park, check out my guide to the Best Places to Steal a Kiss at Disneyland.

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    Disney Photo Pass Demo
    ••• Disney Photo Pass Demo Photo Contact Sheet. Photos by Disney Photo Pass

    The Disney Photo Pass lets you get souvenir photographs of your Disneyland visit from every roaming photographer and photo op station you run into for one price.

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    Smoking Area at Disneyland
    ••• Smoking Area at Disneyland. Photo © 2014 Kayte Deioma, licensed to About.com

    Most of the Disney Resort is a smoke-free environment. To reduce the stress for smokers in this environment, I've put together this Disneyland Smokers 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.

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    Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA
    ••• Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Courtesy of the Anaheim/OC VCB

    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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    Disneyland Wait Time
    ••• Disneyland Wait Time. Kayte Deioma

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

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    The LEGO Store at Downtown Disney
    ••• The LEGO Store at Downtown Disney in Anaheim. Kayte Deioma

    Adjacent to Disneyland and Disney California, Downtown Disney is a pedestrian shopping and dining zone that connects the theme parks with the Disneyland hotels.