We ended up getting a 4 day Park Hopper pass when we decided to make the Dumbo Double Dare weekend a racecation. We also thought it best to wait until after the Labor Day weekend business to use our passes Sunday-Wednesday. That, was a smart move. We had the parks to ourselves for most of the week days!
Disneyland, Anaheim, is split into two theme parks: Disney’s California Adventure & [the original] Disneyland!
When you walk into Disney California Adventure, it’s similar to a mix of Disney World and Hollywood Studios. You enter onto a Main Street in front of Carthay Circle Restaurant (which is a replica of the theatre Walt Disney showed his first feature film in!) and can go right towards Golden State (Grizzly River, etc.) and Paradise Pier (California Screamin, Toy Story Mania) or left to head into the Hollywood Pictures Backlot (Aladdin, Monsters Inc) and Bugs Land and Cars Land!
Our California Adventure favorites:
Radiator Springs Racers (Single Rider, another tip from Heather, get you on and off quick!) such a fun ride through Radiator Springs, you feel like you’re in the movie!
Monsters Inc – ride through the story of the movie and see Sulley and Mike Wazowski try to get Boo back to her door!
Tow Mater’s Tractors – Spin around and around as Tow Mater serenades his tractors through a dance – I still have the song stuck in my head lol
California Screamin – a roller coast set to music in Paradise pier – only one upside down turn!
Toy Story Mania – Similar to Buzz Lightyear and Men in Black at Universal, you can play your partner by shooting targets all while seeing the ride in 3D, fun! (I am the reigning champion in our household too!)
Disneyland was finished being built in 1955 – Walt Disney himself used to live on property at the park too! (I made sure to Google like mad before our trip so I knew the hidden places to find, tips for getting on and off the rides quickly, and history behind the parks to make things more interesting.) Very similar to Walt Disney World here in Florida, Disneyland loops around Sleeping Beauty’s castle (compared to our Cinderella castle) with Tomorrowland (Space Mountain), Adventureland (Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise), Frontierland (Big Thunder Mountain – which was closed, boo), Fantasyland (Matterhorn, Pinocchio), and Mickey’s Toon Town.
Our Disneyland favorites:
Indiana Jones – Fun, but rough, Jeep ride through the Temple of Doom!
Space Mountain – A tad different than the ride in WDW but full of fun, dark, roller coast twists!
Matterhorn – a Disneyland classic! Beware of the Yeti!
How would you compare it to Walt Disney World?