United States California Disneyland Disneyland Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Where to Stay Events All Disneyland Disney California Adventure Visitors Guide Tips to Plan Your Visit to Disney California Adventure Written by Kayte Deioma Kayte Deioma is an internationally published travel writer and photographer based in the Los Angeles area. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Kayte Deioma Updated 06/03/19 Share Pin Email Disney California Adventure opened in 2001 adjacent to the original Disneyland Park with a shared entrance plaza. The two parks along with Downtown Disney and the three Disney hotels make up the Disneyland Resort.The Park has a few rides in common with Hollywood Pictures Backlot at Disney World in Florida and other parks, but many of the rides are unique to California Adventure.When it opened, the second park had significantly fewer rides than Disneyland, making it hard for some people to justify spending the money, but with constant expansion, California Adventure has been increasing value for money, and with the completion of Cars Land in 2012 it became about even with Disneyland for number of different rides and experiences you can have at the park.Although Disneyland still has a few more rides, California Adventure has more extreme rides that appeal to teenagers. It also has some of my favorite rides overall, including Soarin' Over California, Toy Story Mania, and the Radiator Springs Racers. A Bug's Land focuses on the youngest visitors. There are also great shows, parades and interactive experiences to keep the whole family entertained.Time Needed: Try to give it a full day if you can, especially in high season. You can hit the highlights in half a day if that's all you have or easily spend two or more days to fit in everything at a leisurely pace (use FastPass and Ridemax to reduce wait time in lines).Age Level: All Ages 01 of 07 Rides and Attractions at Disney California Adventure by Location Kayte Deioma To decide if California Adventure is right for you and to get an idea of how to organize your day at the park, take a look at our Guide to California Adventure Rides and Attractions, including Cars Land. 02 of 07 Tips and Tricks for Visiting Disneyland and California Adventure Kayte Deioma You could just wing it, but a little preparation can really make the difference between an awesome day at the park and a lot of frustration. 03 of 07 Disney California Adventure Tickets Kayte Deioma There are a variety of ticket configurations available for visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure from single-day, single-park tickets to 7-day Park-Hopper tickets. Figure out which ticket is right for you and your family. 04 of 07 Using FASTPASS at Disney California Adventure Kayte Deioma The FASTPASS system at Disneyland and California Adventure is a strategic way to help you skip to the head of the line and is free to use. Continue to 5 of 7 below. 05 of 07 PhotoPass at Disney California Adventure Photos by Disney Photo Pass The Disney PhotoPass lets you get your photo taken by a cast photographer at every Disneyland Resort photo spot and come home to a great collection of souvenir photos from your Disneyland Resort vacation for one lump price, rather than paying for each photo. 06 of 07 Ridemax for Disney California Adventure Kayte Deioma Using an inexpensive software program called Ridemax is another way to cut down on time waiting in line at California Adventure. 07 of 07 Disneyland and California Adventure for Smokers Kayte Deioma Smoking is prohibited at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure outside of designated smoking areas. If you are a smoker or are traveling with a smoker, familiarize yourself with the smoking areas before you go. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Visiting Disneyland? Find Headache-Saving Tips Here Walt Disney World Guide: Planning Your Trip California's Incredible Theme Parks Rides and Attractions at Disney California Adventure Your Legoland California Visit - A Complete Guide How to Get From LAX to Disneyland The Best Time to Visit Disney's Hollywood Studios How to Survive Disneyland If You Don't Like Thrill Rides What Is the Difference Between FastPass+ and My Disney Experience? Your Guide to Visiting Walt Disney World During the Pandemic Disneyland Is Reopening. Here's How to Book Your Ticket Everything You Need to Know About Disney World Ticket Prices The Complete Guide to Military Discounts at Disney World How to Skip the Lines at Disneyland - Fastpass and MaxPass Tips Proven Tips to Reduce Your Disneyland Wait Times Disney Premier Passport: Is It Worth It?