Disneyland Los Angeles is definitely a must visit. We previously visited the Disney parks in Paris, Orlando and Tokyo, and Disney’s theme park in Los Angeles was also super to visit. By the way, it is not 1 amusement park in Los Angeles, but you have 2 (Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park). We visited both parks and in this blog we will give you all the information you need to visit both of Disney’s Los Angeles theme parks in the best possible way.
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As we mentioned in the intro, Disneyland Los Angeles consists of two parks. You have Disneyland Park Los Angeles and the Disney Californaia Adventure Park. The former park is the traditional Disney park as you have in the other cities of the world such as Orlando, Paris and Tokyo and the California Adventure Park does differ to a large extent from the other parks of the world.
We visited both amusement parks for one day and that was enough for us. That did mean we visited the park twice for a full day. Disneyland Park Los Angeles was open until 12 p.m. even when we visited the park. So you have enough hours in the park to visit most of the park’s attractions.
For California Park Los Angeles, 1 day was definitely enough, but that’s also because we often used the single rider option here.
Like most Disney parks around the world, Disneyland Los Angeles also has an app that you can download in advance. In this app you have a map, which you can easily navigate, and it also shows the wait times at the attractions. You can also use the app to buy tickets to the park and also, for example, a fastpass to certain attractions.
We also bought tickets through Disney’s app. Keep in mind that tickets are quite pricey. We had visited the Disney Park in Tokyo two weeks earlier and the Disney Park in Los Angeles was twice as expensive and those were tickets on the cheapest days. On weekends, it was even three times more expensive than the park in Tokyo.
Of course, you can also buy tickets on the official Disneyland Los Angeles website. Another thing to keep in mind is that you should not buy tickets too late, because in our case the park was sold out a few days in advance. We wanted to wait and see what the weather would be like when we visited the parks, but then we saw that both parks were sold out for the days we wanted to go.
By refreshing the app very often, three more tickets eventually became available (from people canceling their orders) for both parks and we were still able to go.
Disneyland Los Angeles is located southeast of the city of Los Angeles in Anaheim, so be sure to check where you book your hotel, as Los Angeles traffic is often congested and you won’t be in the car for more than an hour to get to the theme park. We were only a 20-minute drive from the park with our hotel, which was very nice.
Disneyland Park Los Angeles
Disneyland Park Los Angeles is the traditional Disney park and has many of the same attractions as other parks around the world. We only found the castle in the middle of the park a lot smaller than we were used to from the other parks.
You have the following themed areas at Disneyland Park Los Angeles: Main Street, New Orleans Square, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Adventureland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Critter Country & Star Wars: Galaxy Edge.
We love the roller coasters ourselves, so of this park, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure and Matterhorn Bobsled are our favorite rides. This last attraction is a unique attraction in this Disney park. By the way, what we noticed a lot is that many attractions in the park did not work. We have never experienced this at the other parks.
Furthermore, Fantasyland’s darkride attractions (rides that are indoors) are always fun related to the fairy tales of Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Snow White. When we were there at Christmas, It’s a Small World and the Haunted Mansion haunted house were in Christmas theme and therefore also very crowded in terms of waiting times.
In addition, we are fans of the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters attraction, where you have to shoot at objects in a cart for points. Check the app in advance to see where the long wait times are and which attractions you definitely want to visit. Of course, start with a busy attraction early in the morning, but be sure to ask a staff member beforehand if this attraction is already open.
The park opens a little earlier than it is officially listed on the website, and go straight to the particular attraction you want to visit.
In addition, Disney’s parades are always a highlight of the day. The Lion King show is also one to put on your list. Unfortunately, the Lion King show was not running on the day we visited the park (so check beforehand) and the parades unfortunately did not go on because of the rain with us.
Disney California Adventure Park
The other Disney park you can visit in Los Angeles is Disney California Adventure Park. This is another completely different park from the traditional park and we also found it to be a super fun park to visit. They have some standard attractions here that you also have in other Disney parks such as Soarin Around the World and Guardians of the Galazy (this was the former Tower of Terror that was revamped, definitely recommended).
You have the cool roller coaster Incredicoaster here that you should definitely visit and the Radiator Springs Racers, in which you race down a track in a car against another car. The latter attraction is by far the most popular attraction of this amusement park and we also visited this attraction first thing in the morning.
Keep in mind that Disneyhotel guests are allowed into the park half an hour earlier than other guests and everyone goes here at the beginning of the day. When we arrived, there was already a 90-minute line waiting. Via the single rider they have here, we were still in this attraction in 20 minutes. Especially with this attraction, where you sit next to each other in the car with odd numbers, the single rider goes super fast. You just won’t sit next to each other, unfortunately, but you’ll be in the attraction much faster than the regular queue.
Check the app beforehand to see which attractions they all have single riders at, because at some attractions that have an hour wait time, you’ll be up in 10 minutes.
In addition, at Disney California Adventure Park, we found the Toy Story Midway Manial attraction, Pixar Pal-A-Round Swinging attraction and the Grizzly River Run to be very fun attractions. We also took pictures with many Disney characters at this Disney theme park. These are located at various points in the park, and you can find exactly where they are in the Disney app.
Food and drink
You may bring food and drink into the Disney parks, as long as it is not alcohol or in glass bottles. Therefore, we had also bought enough food and drinks from the supermarket in advance so that we did not have to queue too much at the restaurants and could concentrate fully on the attractions.
Of course, you have all kinds of restaurants in the Disney Park and check the app beforehand to see where you would like to eat and drink. It sounds crazy, but if you want to get as much out of your day as possible, you need to do a little planning in advance and see what you all want to do and what you want to see. That way you can get the most out of your day!
Where to stay in Los Angeles with kids?
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