The Klook Disneyland Park California Guide To Make The Most Out Of Your Visit

22 Jan 2019

Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

The best day out at Disneyland Park California!

Disneyland California is the original Disneyland, the brainchild of Walt Disney himself. If you’re grown up on Disney movies, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped right back into your childhood. Not only will you experience the classics like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones, you’ll also bump fists with characters like Mickey and Minnie and most times they are unsupervised!

If you’re already planning a trip there, read on to find out what to expect as well as some insider tips and tricks to ensure you maximize your visit to the park. If you’re still undecided, we bet you’ll be scrambling to get tickets after this!

Photos by @faithcheryl

Disneyland California tickets

There are 2 theme parks in Anaheim - Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. If you can’t decide which to visit, we’d suggest getting the park hopper which allows you to visit both parks in a day! If you wish to visit BOTH parks across different days, which we definitely recommend, you can simply purchase the multi day admission tickets!

#Klooktip: Naturally queues are expected at the world’s first ever Disneyland. Pre-book your tickets on Klook to skip the queues - all you need to do is flash your mobile voucher at the turnstiles and enter the park directly!

Did we also mention Disney California tickets on Klook are open-dated? This means you can visit on any day within the validity period of your ticket, so you you won’t have to worry about bad weather foiling your plans. For the best experience, be sure to check out the crowd calendar before you purchase your ticket..

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When to visit Disneyland California

There are 3 different seasons - peak, regular and value. The value season is when demand is lowest and hence, the park will be significantly less crowded. You can definitely expect larger crowds on weekends and during the summer holidays from June to July so do avoid those months if you can!

#Klooktip: Visit on weekdays (Mondays to Thursdays) whenever you can, chances are you’ll have significantly shorter lines for rides!

Disneyland California opening hours

The opening hours for the park differs daily so be sure to check out the park hours on the official website before heading down! There are also extra magic hours for those staying at nearby Disneyland hotels so be sure to check if your hotel offers that. This will allow you to enter the park earlier than everyone else!

Disney Fastpass and Maxpass

Now that you’ve got your tickets all sorted, an essential part of your Disneyland game plan is the use of the Disney FASTPASS. These are special tickets for selected rides that allow you to come back at a stipulated time to take the ride. There are special FASTPASS queues that only ticket holders will have access to. You will just need to head to the ride, scan your ticket at the fastpass machine and take a printout of the ticket with the time printed and return during that time slot.

Your next Fastpass will be available (roughly) the earlier of: 2 hours following when you got your Fastpass OR when your next Fastpass window opens.These are the rides you can use your FASTPASS on:

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

The Disney MaxPass allows you to make Disney FASTPASS selections on your Disneyland App as well as download and share pictures with unlimited downloads from all Disney Photopass photographers, magic shots, attractions, Character greetings etc. You will need to purchase this as an addon to your ticket and you can do so through the Disneyland Mobile App once they enter either theme park.

#Klooktip: Download the official Disneyland app even if you’re not getting a MaxPass. You’ll be able to check attraction wait times, make dining reservations and even order your food ahead of time. You can also locate nearby characters and get ready for selfies with them!

Disneyland California parade

The Pixar Play Parade celebrates all of your favorite Pixar characters and this runs twice a day in Disneyland.The parade is a huge crowd favourite and many even camp up to 1.5 to 2 hours in advance for a good seat. Some of the best viewing spots include:

  • Main Street U.S.A
  • Close to It’s a Small World
  • On the side of Alice in Wonderland
  • Near the Disneyland Hub

P.S. This is a special water parade so you might get wet!

#Klooktip: Pack a blanket and some snacks for you to sit in comfort while waiting for the start of the parade!

Disneyland California fireworks

The “Remember… Dreams Come True” fireworks show is a must do for all. Of course the top location is right in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, but of course you can expect that area to be extremely popular. This spot fills up really quickly with people lining up at least 2 hours in advance.

#Klooktip: The side closer to Tomorrowland will offer better and more symmetrical pictures than the side of Frontierland.

Disneyland California rides and attractions

There are 9 different themed lands in Disneyland California.

  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  • Adventureland
  • Critter Country
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Mickey's Toontown
  • New Orleans Square
  • Tomorrowland

Read on to find out what are the top attractions in each themed land! We’ve bolded the attractions with a FASTPASS option.

1. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Attractions found in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (opening late 2019)

The latest themed land to open in Disneyland California, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is the theme park's most ambitious expansion yet. In the setting of Batuu, this Star Wars themed land is a dream come true for diehard fans. Remeber to grab a bite to eat at Oga's Cantina!

From 31 May until 24 June, patrons can only enter the themed land via the reservation system.

2. Adventureland

Attractions found in Adventureland -Indiana Jones Adventure

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse
  • Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room

One of the most popular rides in Adventureland is the Indiana Jones Adventure ride, a thrilling fast paced ride you’d definitely want to try. Enter the Temple of the Forbidden Eye where you’ll find molten lava, slithering snakes and collapsing bridges. Don’t forget to collect your FASTPASS for this ride!

Visit Tarzan’s Treehouse or head on a ride through the globe’s most famous rivers at the Jungle Cruise ride. Your trusty skipper will take you through the winding journey while providing hilarious commentary.

3. Tomorrowland

Attractions found in Tomorrowland

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Disney Monorail
  • Autopia
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours - The Adventures Continue
  • Star Wars Launch Bay

Space Mountain is probably the most popular ride in most Disneyland parks around the world. Blast off into space on this thrilling roller coaster ride and the immersive sound effects and stunning visuals will make you feel as if you’re entered a whole other nebula.

Star Wars fans you won’t want to miss out on the Star Tours! Hop aboard your Starspeeder and get ready for a 3D ride like no other. Voyage to distant worlds like Naboo and Crait with your favorite characters like Princess Leia and Kylo Ren in this thrilling unpredictable flight.

4. Fantasyland

Attractions found in Fantasyland

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Casey Jr. Circus Train
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • It’s a small world
  • King Arthur Carrousel
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
  • Snow White’s Scary Adventures
  • Storybook Land Canal Boats

Probably the most iconic land in all Disneylands, home to the Sleeping Beauty Castle, You’ll find the most whimsical parts of your childhood here. The Matterhorn Bobsleds is the most unique ride in all Disneyland Parks because of the one of the kind Matterhorn Mountain. As you ascend up the top of the cave, get ready to race through the jagged rocky ledges before splashing down into the lake

The Dumbo Flying Adventure ride has been around since 1955, a classic that everyone young or old loves! Feel the wind in your face as you fly around the magic dancing water fountain and gracefully dance to the jubilant organ melodies.


5. New Orleans Square

Attractions found in New Orleans Square

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Haunted Mansion

The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is one of the most immersive rides in the park! If you’re seeking adventure, head on over to the Grotto and get ready to plunge down a waterfall before singing along with sea roving scalawags.

6. Frontierland

Attractions found in Frontierland

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Frontierland Shooting Exposition
  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

Speed through a haunted goldmine on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! Swoop under a booming water and doge falling boulders before dropping into desolate canyons.

7. Toontown

Attractions found in Toontown

  • Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse
  • Donald’s Boat
  • Gadget’s Go Coaster
  • Goofy’s Playhouse
  • Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey
  • Minnie’s House
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

The little ones will love Toontown! The “hare” raising Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin is a crowd favourite where you’ll get to crash and dash and slip and slide through the Power House with Roger Rabbit and friends. You also wouldn’t want to miss out on a chance to meet the man himself, Mickey at Mickey’s House!

8. Critter Country

Attractions found in Critter Country

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Splash Mountain

Hop into a hollow log and get ready to be soaked! The Splash Mountain Flume Ride will have you singing along to the classic Disney ditties while you glide past the critters who live there.

Disneyland Park Souvenirs

Your trip to Disneyland Park is not complete until you put on a pair of Mickey ears or a huge bow on your head. Be sure to get dressed up and accessorize with your favourite Disney characters. Afterall, it’s not everyday that you get to go to Disneyland!

Disneyland Park lockers and strollers

For those of you travelling with a baby, fret not! You can find baby care centers at the end of Main Street U.S.A and these centers are equipped with nursing rooms, feeding areas and even vending machines with formula and baby food!

You can also find lockers at main Street U.S.A and these are available for USD7-10 a day depending on size. You can also rent a stroller for USD15 a day from the Disneyland Park Main Entrance adjacent to the Kennel.

Disneyland Park food

Did someone say Mickey shaped donuts! Not only is everything in Disneyland extremely cute, everyone is absolutely delicious! Grab the signature turkey leg or some churros before settling down and waiting for the parade to begin.

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