We usually do a park hopper because we love having the best of both worlds. If one park is busy, we just hop over next door. California Adventure also closes earlier, so we can still enjoy Disneyland in the later hours. However, my co-worker is only tackling Disneyland so here are my quick tips for her:
We recommend packing snacks and especially, water to refuel during the day. There are lineups everywhere, and it's hot during mid-day. It's nice to have a bottle of water or a granola bar to help refuel. There is not one particular restaurant that is a must-visit for us in either park, but Carthay Circle, Cafe Orleans and Carnation Cafe are among our favourites. The best snacks in Disneyland are Dole Whips. One cannot visit the park, and not have Dole Whip. If there is no time to eat dinner in the park or dinner can wait, Downtown Disney is opened after the park closes. Downtown Disney stays opened until 11 PM, sometimes 12 AM.
RidesWe recommend getting FastPasses for: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, and Splash Mountain. A lot of people don`t recommend getting a FastPass for Big Thunder, and I understand. If the line is short, then it is better to get a FastPass elsewhere. Don’t miss: Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and It's a Small World.
Mickey’s Magical Map is a new show that debuted last May. We recommend seeing the second showing of Fantasmic if there is one. There are less kids, and more space. Watch the “Remember Dreams Come True" Fireworks show.
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I love learning new tips about Disneyland. It's always a new experience for me, and I always discover something new. If you have anything to share, I would love to hear it!