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Guide to Planning a Trip to Disneyland (California)

Disneyland in California

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Anyone who is planning a trip to Disneyland will want to make sure that they understand everything there is to know about the park before they go.

Guide to Planning a Trip to Disneyland

History of Disneyland

Disneyland is the first amusement park created by Walt Disney and opened on July 17, 1955.

Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland after visiting Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He then bought a 160-acre site in Anaheim, California in 1953 and construction began a year later.

Disneyland Today

Disneyland Map with Galaxy's Edge
Map of Disneyland

Today, Disneyland is home to 9 lands and over 50 rides & attractions!

The lands include Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Mickey’s Toontown, and the newest addition, Galaxy’s Edge!

Each land has its own rides & attractions.

Disneyland Main Street USA

MAIN STREET USA

Main Street USA is built to look like a small town in the 1920’s. You will find souvenir shops, restaurants and different places to explore.

Adventureland in California
Courtesy Disney

ADVENTURELAND 

Adventureland is full of adventurous rides! This is where you will want to grab a Fastpass for one of the most popular rides, Indiana Jones.

Haunted Mansion Disneyland

NEW ORLEANS SQUARE

New Orleans Square makes you feel as though you have arrived in the bayou. Walk along the water and enjoy the shade of the trees!

There are two rides that you will want to make a point of getting Disneyland Fastpasses for: Pirates of the Caribbean & the Haunted Mansion.

Disneyland Steam Boat

FRONTIERLAND

Frontierland takes you back in time to the Wild West where you will get the chance to take a ride on Big Thunder Railroad (one of my favorite rides in Disneyland).

Critter Country in Disneyland

CRITTER COUNTRY

Critter Country is where you will find one of Disneyland’s two water rides: Splash Mountain! This log ride is currently getting an overhaul and will soon tell the story of Princess & the Frog!

Lines can get very long for this ride, so consider getting a Fastpass.

It's a Small World in Disneyland

FANTASYLAND

Fantasyland is the main focal point of all of Disneyland and this is where you will find most of the crowds and the iconic ride, It’s a Small World.

Disneyland Mickey's Toontown

MICKEY’S TOONTOWN

Are you planning a trip to Disneyland with small kids? You will want to visit Mickey’s Toontown.

It is where you will find Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and other Disney characters.

TOMORROWLAND

If you are visiting Disneyland for the first time, you are going to want to ride one of the most popular rides in all of the Disney theme parks: Hyper Space Mountain.

Millennium Falcon in Disneyland

Galaxy’s Edge

You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan or on your first trip to Disneyland to enjoy the newest addition to Disneyland park.

This place is pretty amazing and filled with plenty to do and see as it is now the largest land in all of Disneyland.

Disneyland Fast Pass System Tips

Disneyland Fastpass System

For those unfamiliar with the Disneyland Fastpass system, this is a way for you to “Jump the line” for various rides & attractions.

Simply take your park ticket to a Fastpass distribution kiosk, scan your ticket and then choose from a list of rides that are available.

Once you make your choice the Fastpass ticket will print.

It will tell you the time window you have to actually ride your chosen ride and all you have to do is show up with your Fastpass during the time frame given.

Disneyland California Park Fastpass Rides & Attractions

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Fantasmic!
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • “it’s a small world”
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Guide to Disneyland

Disneyland Ticket Prices

  • Value $104
  • Value with Hopper $154
  • Regular $129
  • Regular with Hopper $179
  • Peak $149
  • Peak with Hopper $199
  • 2 Day $225
  • 2 Day with Hopper $280
  • 3 Day $300
  • 3 Day with Hopper $355
  • 4 Day $325
  • 4 Day with Hopper $380
  • 5 Day $340
  • 5 Day with Hopper $395

As you can see, the more days you visit Disneyland, the cheaper the per day ticket is.

Do yourself a favor and make sure that you purchase your tickets to Disneyland before you arrive.

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