How to Visit Disneyland California the Easy Way

The Partners statue in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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Disneyland was the original theme park, the one all others took their inspiration from. After more than fifty years, you could call it the granddaddy of them all, still popular and for many, still the Happiest Place on Earth as Walt Disney called it.

The theme is simple: take a scene or a classic Disney story: Peter Pan's flight over London or Alice's trip to Wonderland and re-tell it in a ride. At Disneyland, you might find yourself looking for Nemo, careening wildly down the road with Mr. Toad or zipping through the Temple of Doom with Indiana Jones.

Disneyland California is a place designed to offer something to the whole family, with lots of rides gentle enough that the whole family can enjoy and only a few roller coasters that could be called tame by modern standards. Disneyland is the perfect place for a family getaway.

The Complete Disneyland

If you go to Disneyland without a plan and wait in line because you think you have to, it could take you 3 to 5 days to see it all, but if you know how-to, it's possible to have more fun in less time. Use our tips to minimize waiting and experience everything Disneyland has to offer in about a day and a half, or a little longer if you want to meet a lot of Disney characters and see all the shows.

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Why All the Fuss?

We rate Disneyland 4.5 out of 5. Maybe it's the lingering effect of a baby boomer's childhood spent watching Walt Disney every Sunday night, but we're hooked, and judging from the smiles on the faces of the thousands of people we've seen there, so are a lot of other people. If it weren't for the crowds, we'd give it 5 out of 5.​​​

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