If you are someone who loves anything and all things Disney related, chances are you have been to a Disney theme park at least once in your lifetime. Most people have been to the Walt Disney World Resort including maybe yourself. Now, what about going to the Disneyland Resort out in Anaheim, CA? The Disneyland Resort was the very first Disney resort ever created. If you have been to Walt Disney World, you need to, no, you must visit the Disneyland Resort at least once in your lifetime. Disneyland is where everything began. While going to Disney World requires much planning, Disneyland on the other hand does not require extensiveplanning. To help you in planning for a future trip to the Disneyland Resort, here is a guide to the Disneyland Resort!
The very first thing you need to know is the Disneyland Resort is small when compared to its sister resort in Orlando. The Disneyland Resort is made up of two theme parks, a shopping/dining district, and three unique hotels. To start this guide off, let’s talk about the parks themselves. The very first park that opened at the Disneyland Resort would be Disneyland Park. Not only is Disneyland Park the first park of the resort, but it is the very first Disney theme park ever built. On July 17, 1955, Disneyland Park opened its doors to guests for the very first time. Since then, year after year Disneyland has created magic that has given guests who visit memories to last a lifetime.
The second park at the Disneyland Resort is Disney’s California Adventure Park. This second park did not open up until 46 years later! Disney’s California Adventure Park opened on February 8, 2001. As of 2019, the park just celebrated its 18th birthday! Both parks consist of unique rides, shows, entertainment, and lands unique to that specific park. Disneyland Park is a world of “yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy” while Disney’s California Adventure Park is themed to California, Hollywood, Adventure, and Movies. Disneyland Park is similar to Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort being it is a ‘castle’ park and Disney’s California Adventure Park is similar to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Let’s dive in and talk about Disneyland Park!
Disneyland Park currently consists of eight themed lands: Main Street U.S.A; New Orleans Square; Fantasyland; Mickey’s Toontown; Tomorrowland; Critter Country; Adventureland; and Frontierland. Later this year in 2019, there will be a ninth land to debut at Disneyland Park which will be Star Wars- Galaxy’s Edge. Main Street U.S.A is the land you come into contact with once you enter the park. As in Magic Kingdom, it is exactly the same, well, almost the same. One of the big differences in Magic Kingdom’s and Disneyland’s is the castle. The castle at the end of Main Street in FL is Cinderella Castle. Over in Disneyland, you have Sleeping Beauty Castle. The other big difference is how tall the castles are. The Cinderella Castle over in FL is 189 ft. tall. Sleeping Beauty Castle on the other hand, is only 77 ft. tall; a difference of 112 ft!
Main Street U.S.A isn’t really home to any rides per se, but it is nonetheless a wonderful land to be in. If you are unfamiliar with the land, the land itself was actually modeled after a town Walt himself used to live in in Marceline, MO. The Main Street U.S.A., “attractions” consist of the Disneyland Railroad Station, the Main Street Vehicles (Horseless Carriage, Fire Engine, Horse Drawn Streetcars and the Omnibus), the Opera House (Disney Gallery and The Disneyland Story presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln) and the Main Street Cinema. For dining, you have the Carnation Cafe, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, Refreshment Corner, Market House, Plaza Inn, and the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.
Main Street U.S.A. is also home to Mickey’s Soundsational Parade (current parade), Mickey’s Mix Magic (current fireworks), Disneyland Band, Flag Retreat Ceremony, The Straw Hatters, and Main Street Piano Player. If you want to do a little shopping, you can visit one of 16 different shops: 20th Century Music Company; Candy Kitchen; Candy Palace; China Closet; Crystal Arts; Crystal Palace; Disney Clothiers, Ltd.; Disneyana; Disney Showcase; Emporium; Main Street Magic Shop; Main Street Pin Shop; New Century Jewelry; Newsstand; Penny Arcade; and Silhouette Studio.
New Orleans Square is unique land themed around 19th-century New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans Square is very special as it is the only Disney theme park in the world to have a New Orleans Square. While Tokyo Disneyland has an area of the park (not land) that is similar to New Orleans Square at Disneyland Park, it is nothing like the originality and uniqueness that is New Orleans Square. Believe it or not, New Orleans Square did not open with Disneyland Park in 1955. Before it became New Orleans Square, the land was called ‘Holidayland’. Holidayland was not actually a land inside of Disneyland Park. In fact, it was completely separate. It opened on June 16, 1957 and consisted of a large grassy field that held a large event space, playgrounds, horseshoes, baseball field, and volleyball court. With all there was, only 7,000 people could be in Holidayland.
Holidayland closed in September of 1961. Five years later on July 24, 1966, New Orleans Square opened to the public and became an official land inside of Disneyland Park. New Orleans Square Attractions consist of three attractions that include Pirates of the Caribbean, the New Orleans Square Disneyland Railroad Station, and Haunted Mansion. Dining options consist of four options that include Royal Street Veranda, Blue Bayou Restaurant, Cafe Orleans, and French Market Restaurant. New Orleans Square is also home to the Bootstrappersand Jambalaya Jazz entertainment offerings. Viewing of Fantasmiccan also be seen from the Rivers of America located in New Orleans Square as well as in Frontierland. If you want to go shopping, you can visit one of seven different shops: La Mascarade D’Orleans; Port Royal; Le Bat en Rouge; Mlle. Antoinette’s Parfumerie; Royal Street Sweets; Pieces of Eight; and Cristal d’Orleans.
Fantasyland is home to the magic, wonder, and fantasy (aren’t those Disney Cruise Line Ships?) that is in the classic Disney fairy tales we know and love. Fantasyland opened with the park in 1955 and is actually a land that is in every single Disney theme park worldwide. Obviously the fantasylands across the world are all different, although they do have some similar properties and similar rides. As Walt Disney declared, “Here (Fantasyland) is a land of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart, to those who believe that when you wish upon a star your dreams do come true.”
Fantasylands’ attractions consist of 17 attractions that include Fantasy Faire (Royal Hall and Royal Theatre); Pinocchio’s Daring Journey; Snow White’s Scary Adventures; Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough; King Arthur Carousel; Casey Jr. Circus Train; Dumbo the Flying Elephant; Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride; Peter Pan’s Flight; Mad Tea Party; Alice In Wonderland; Pixie Hollow; Matterhorn Bobsleds; Storybook Land Canal Boats; It’s A Small World; and Fantasyland Theatre. Fantasylands’ four dining options include Maurice’s Treats; Red Rose Taverne; Troubadour Tavern; and Edelweiss Snacks. Fantasyland is also home to Storytelling at Royal Theatre and Pearly Band. If you would like to do some shopping in Fantasyland, you can visit one of eight different shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique; The Castle Holiday Shop; Stromboli’s Cart; Royal Reception; Fairy Tale Treasures; “It’s A Small World” Toy Shop; Le Petit Chalet; and the Mad Hatter.
Mickey’s Toontown is a land that’s home to all the wacky, cartoony worlds of Mickey, his friends, and Roger Rabbit. Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park is only one of two remaining Toontown’s in existence. The very first Toontown opened at Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL on June 18, 1988. Unfortunately, their version of Toontown closed February 11, 2011. The second incarnation of Toontown opened at Disneyland Park on January 24, 1993, just five years after Magic Kingdom built theirs. The third and final incarnation of Toontown opened at Tokyo Disneyland on April 15, 1996, just eight years after Magic Kingdom opened theirs and three years after Disneyland opened theirs. To this day, Disneyland’s and Tokyo’s lands are still open. Prior to Toontown opening at Disneyland Park, the area was an empty plot of land in the far north corner of the park behind Fantasyland.
Mickey’s Toontown has eight attractions which consist of the Toontown Disneyland Railroad Train Station; Goofy’s Playhouse; Donald’s Boat; Gadget’s Go Coaster; Chip n’ Dale Treehouse; Mickey’s House and Meet Mickey; Minnie’s House; and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. For dining options, Toontown only has three dining option which is in Toontown Dining (Daisy’s Diner, Pluto’s Dog House, and Clarabelle’s Frozen Yogurt.) As for shopping, you can shop at three different locations which are either at Toontown Five and Dime, Toontown Delivery Company, or Gag Factory.
Tomorrowland is yet another land besides Fantasyland that is featured in every Disney theme park around the world. At Disneyland Paris, they do have Tomorrowland, but it is called ‘Discoveryland.” Tomorrowland is themed to the future (retro-future), and space. On the day the land opened which was the same day Disneyland Park opened, Walt gave this dedication, “A vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying Man's achievements... A step into the future, with predictions of constructed things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals. The Atomic Age, the challenge of Outer Space and the hope for a peaceful, unified world.”
Tomorrowland has 10 different attractions which consist of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage; Tomorrowland Disneyland Monorail Station; Autopia; Tomorrowland Disneyland Railroad Station; Star Wars Launch Bay; Space Mountain; Tomorrowland Theater; Star Tours- The Adventures Continue; Astro Orbiter and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. If you get a little hungry while visiting Tomorrowland, you can visit one of three different dining venues: Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port; The Spirit of Refreshment; and the Tomorrowland Terrace (Currently Galactic Grill). And after you eat some yummy food, perhaps you may want to do some shopping. If you do, you can visit one of four shops: Autopia’s Winner Circle; Little Green Men Store Command; The Star Trader and Tomorrowlanding.
Critter Country is a special land as only two Critter Countries exist in all of the Disney theme parks. The very first Critter Country opened at Disneyland Park on March 4, 1972. The second Critter Country opened up at Tokyo Disneyland on October 1, 1992. Both of them are still in operation to this day. Critter Country is themed around various animals found within Disney films like Splash Mountain, Winnie the Pooh, and more. Originally, Critter Country was called Indian Village. Indian Village lasted from 1956-1971. Indian Village was once a small section within Frontierland and featured Native American themed shows and Indian War Canoes.
In Critter Country, there are three attractions you can enjoy: Splash Mountain; The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh; and Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes. If you find yourself wanting to go shopping, you can visit one of three different shops: Pooh Corner; The Briar Patch; and Professor Barnaby Owl’s Photographic Art Studio. Lastly, if you want to grab a bite to eat, you can visit one of three restaurants: Hungry Bear Restaurant; Critter Country Fruit Cart or Harbour Galley.
The Last land at Disneyland Park is Frontierland. Frontierland opened with the park on July 17, 1955. On this day, Walt Disney dedicated this land. Here is what he had to say, “Frontierland. It is here that we experience the story of our country's past. The color, romance and drama of frontier America as it developed from wilderness trails to roads, riverboats, railroads and civilization. A tribute to the faith, courage and ingenuity of our hearty pioneers who blaze the trails and made this progress possible.”As one may assume, Frontierland is themed to the Wild West of America.
Frontierland is home to five attractions, four restaurants, and four shops. Of those five attractions, you have: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad; Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade; Mark Twain Riverboat; Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island; and Sailing Ship Columbia. Of those four restaurants, there is: The Golden Horseshoe Cafe; Stage Door Cafe; Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante; and River Belle Terrace. Lastly, for all your treasure findin’ goods, you can shop at: Bonanza Outfitters; Westward Ho Trading Company; Pioneer Mercantile; and the Silver Spur. As we are now finally done in Disneyland Park, let’s head on over to Disney’s California Adventure Park!
Disney’s California Adventure Park is the second park at the Disneyland Resort. California Adventure opened on February 8, 2001. It is almost crazy to think that this park didn’t even open until 46 years after Disneyland Park opened, but it did. The park is themed to the celebration of the culture and history of California, at least that is what it was when it first opened 18 years ago. Disney’s California Adventure Park is split into seven distinct lands: Buena Vista Street; Hollywood Land; Cars Land; Grizzly Peak; Pacific Wharf; Pixar Pier; and Paradise Gardens Park.
On the day it opened, Michael D. Eisner gave this dedication to the park, “To all who believe in the power of dreams, welcome. Disney's California Adventure opens its golden gates to you. Here we pay tribute to the dreamers of the past: the native people, explorers, immigrants, aviators, entrepreneurs and entertainers who built the Golden State. And we salute a new generation of dreamers who are creating the wonders of tomorrow, from the silver screen to the computer screen, from the fertile farmlands to the far reaches of space. Disney's California Adventure celebrates the richness and the diversity of California... its land, its people, its spirit and, above all, the dreams that it continues to inspire.”Let’s start in the first land: Buena Vista Street!
Buena Vista Street is essentially the ‘Main Street U.S.A.’ of Disney’s California Adventure Park. All it really is is a street that serves the purposes just as Main Street U.S.A. does. The only difference is this street doesn’t have a castle and the theming is completely different. Buena Vista Street is themed to 20th Century Art Deco/Mission. Buena Vista Street is also named after the famous street named the same thing on the Walt Disney Studios Lot. Interestingly enough, before 2012, this area was not actually called Buena Vista Street. Prior to 2012, this area was called Sunshine Plaza. It stayed Sunshine Plaza from February 8, 2001 till June 15, 2012. Just like Main Street U.S.A, Buena Vista street is not really home to any attractions. The only “attraction” in the land is the Red Car Trolley.
However, if you are hungry, there are five restaurants on Buena Vista Street: Mortimer’s Market; Clarabelle’s Hand-Scooped Ice Cream; Fiddler, Fifer & Practical Cafe; Carthay Circle Restaurant and Carthay Circle Lounge. If shopping is on your mind, you can visit one of five shops: Elias & Co.; Julius Katz & Sons; Kingswell Camera Shop; Oswald’s; and Trolley Treats.
Cars Land is one of the newest lands at Disney’s California Adventure park. By newest, I mean the land is only seven years old as it opened in 2012. Prior to this land being built, the area was only used as parking space. As one may guess, Cars Land is themed after the town and characters of Disney/Pixar’s 2006 Movie, Cars. Cars Land is home to three attractions, three restaurants, and three shops. Of those three attractions there is: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree; Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters; and Radiator Springs Racers. Of those three restaurants, there is: Fillmore's Taste-In; Cozy Cone Motel; and Flo’s V8 Cafe. Lastly, of those three shops, there is: Ramone’s House of Body Art; Sarge’s Surplus Hut; and Radiator Springs Curios.
Hollywood Land is an original land that opened with the park itself on February 8, 2001. It is themed to the 1930’s Golden Age period of Hollywood, California. Hollywood Land is located directly West of of Buena Vista Street as you enter the park. The land features 11 attractions, five restaurants; and four shops. In 2001 when the land first opened, it was originally called Hollywood Pictures Backlot.
Of the 11 attractions you can go on, they consist of: Disney Junior Dance Party; Sunset Showcase Theater that houses Disney Animation; Sorcerer’s Workshop; Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome; Animation Academy; Turtle Talk with Crush; Red Car Trolley; The Hollywood Backlot Stage; Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!; Frozen- Live at the Hyperion; and lastly, Guardians of the Galaxy- Mission: BREAKOUT! As for shopping there is: Gone Hollywood; Off The Page; Studio Store; and The Collector’s Warehouse. Finally, if you get quite hungry while in Hollywood Land, you can visit one of five restaurants: Award Wieners; Schmoozies; Fairfax Market; Studio Catering Co.; and Hollywood Lounge.
Grizzly Peak is a third original land that opened with Disney’s California Adventure Park on February 8, 2001. It is themed to a National Park you would have found or seen in 1950 California. Originally in 2001, Grizzly Peak was not its own land. Instead, it was a section in the land named ‘Golden State’ which included all of Pacific Wharf and Condor Flats. If you have never heard of Condor Flats, that is because it technically does not exist anymore. Condor Flats is the area that now is called Grizzly Peak Airfield and houses Soarin’ Around the World. Condor Flats was a desert airfield and testing facility that celebrated California's aeronautic history. Condor Flats and Pacific Wharf separated into their own lands respectively in 2012, and thus we now have Grizzly Peak. Grizzly Peak is home to three attractions, three dining venues, and two shops.
Grizzly Peaks’ attractions consist of: Redwood Creek Challenge Trail; Grizzly River Run; and Soarin’ Around the World. As for shopping there is: Rushin’ River Outfitters and Humphrey’s Service & Supplies. Lastly, if you get pretty hungry, fear not, as you can visit Smokejumpers Grill, Refreshment Point, and Storyteller’s Cafe (Disney’s Grand Californian Resort & Spa).
Pacific Wharf is themed to Monterey’s Cannery Row as well as San Francisco’s Fisherman Wharf. It is a land that is home to two attractions, and 10 dining options. Pacific Wharf is the smallest land at Disney’s California Adventure Park. It is also the only land to not have any shops. The two attractions you can find here are Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar and The Bakery Tour. And lastly, if you cannot find a good place to eat in Pacific Wharf, do not worry as you have 10 options: Pacific Wharf Distribution Co.; Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill; Lucky Fortune Cookery; Rita’s Baja Blenders; Pacific Wharf Cafe; Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop; Alfresco Tasting Terrace; Mendocino Terrace; Wine Country Trattoria; and lastly, Sonoma Terrace.
Pixar Pier is the newest land so to speak at Disney’s California Adventure Park. This new land just opened up on June 23, 2018. Technically speaking, this land was already here, but had different rides, a different name and different theme. Prior to being Pixar Pier, the land was called Paradise Pier. It was themed and modeled after a Victorian-style seaside amusement park/Victorian Boardwalk. Now, it is still a victorian-style boardwalk but now is themed to Pixar properties. Pixar Pier is home to six attractions, two shops, and six dining options.
The attractions you can ride on are: Incredicoaster; Jessie’s Critter Carousel; Toy Story Midway Mania!; Games of Pixar Pier; Pixar Pal-A-Round; and Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind. As for dining venues, you can eat at: Lamplight Lounge; Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats; Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums; Poultry Palace; Senor Buzz Churros; and Angry Dogs. Lastly, for all of your shopping needs, you can shop at either Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff or Knick’s Knacks.
The last land of Disney’s California Adventure Park is Paradise Gardens Park. Paradise Gardens Park is actually part of the former Paradise Pier. When the renovation was under way to transform most of Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier, a small portion was left unscathed and was simply re-named Paradise Gardens Park. Paradise Gardens Park is home to six attractions and four restaurants. The six attractions you can enjoy are: Silly Symphony Swings; Goofy’s Sky School; Jumpin’ Jellyfish; Golden Zephyr; The Little Mermaid- Ariel’s Undersea Adventure; and World of Color. The four restaurants you can enjoy are Bayside Brews; Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta; Paradise Garden Grill; and Corn Dog Castle. As we are now done at both of the theme parks at the Disneyland Resort, I think it is now time to discuss the three unique onsite hotels!
Obviously, if you plan on going to the Disneyland Resort, you are going to need a place to sleep at night. Luckily for you, the Disneyland Resort has three unique hotels for you to choose from. Your options are Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, or Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Each of these three hotels have a distinct theme and vary in pricing. Let’s dive into the least expensive resort: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
While Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel may be the cheapest hotel on Disneyland Property, it may not necessarily be the cheapest for your bank. Rooms start at $295/night. For essentially the same price as your hotel room, you can get a 3-day, 1-park per day park ticket. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel is themed to the elegant and casual beachfront pavilion hotels of 1920 California. Even though it is the cheapest, this hotel is the second hotel to debut at the Disneyland Resort. It opened in 1984.
This hotel has various kinds of rooms to choose from. They have: Standard View Rooms; Premium View Rooms; Standard View- Club Level Rooms; Premium View- Club Level Rooms; 1-Bedroom Suites; 2-Bedroom Suites; and lastly, Signature Suites. As almost every hotel has some form of dining option, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel has four different dining options for you to choose from: Disney’s PCH Grill; Surfside Lounge; The Sand Bar; and In-Room Dining. As for shopping, you can shop at Mickey in Paradise.
The Disneyland hotel is a special hotel. It’s uniquely themed to the past and present history of Disneyland Park. In fact, you can stay in one of three themed towers that are themed to three lands at Disneyland Park! You can stay in Frontier Tower, Adventure Tower, or Fantasy Tower. Disneyland Hotel was the very first hotel to debut at the Disneyland Resort. Even though it’s indeed the first, it didn’t open until three months after Disneyland Park opened in 1955. Rooms start at $393/night and is the next expensive hotel on Disneyland Property. Disneyland Hotel has 12 rooms you can choose to stay in. Your options include: Standard View Rooms; Deluxe View Rooms; Premium View Rooms; Premium Downtown Disney View Rooms; Standard View- Club Level Rooms; Premium View- Club Level Rooms; 1 Bedroom Junior Suite; 1-Bedroom Suite; 2 Bedroom Junior Suite; 2-Bedroom Suite; 3-Bedroom Suite; and Signature Suites.
For dining options, you can choose from one of seven unique eateries: Steakhouse 55; Tangaroa Terrace- Casual Island Dining; Goofy’s Kitchen; Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar; The Lounge at Steakhouse 55; The Coffee House; and In-Room Dining. And if you so desire to do some shopping after your meal, you can shop at Disney’s Fantasia Shop or Small World Gifts & Sundries.
The Last hotel on the Disneyland Resort property is Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. This hotel is the most expensive hotel on Disneyland Property. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is also the third hotel to debut at the Disneyland Resort. The hotel opened in 2001 to coincide with the opening of Disney’s California Adventure Park. It is themed to the the Arts and Crafts Era of California. The way it is designed, some people have said it resembles part of The Wilderness Lodge meeting Grand Floridian Resort. Rooms start at $485/night. As for lodging itself, you can stay in one of 11 various rooms: Standard View Room; Woods- Courtyard View Room; Deluxe Partial View Room; Downtown Disney View Room; Premium View Room; Standard View- Club Level Room; Premium View- Club Level Room; 1-Bedroom Suite; 2-Bedroom Suite; 3-Bedroom Suite and Signature Suites.
For dining options, you can choose from one of six dining venues: Napa Rose; Storyteller’s Cafe; Napa Rose Lounge; Hearthstone Lounge; White Water Snacks; and In-Room Dining. Lastly, for all of your shopping needs, you can shop at Acorns Gifts & Goods. Before we can be finished with the Disneyland resort, there are two more things you need to learn about: Downtown Disney District and Fastpass/Max Pass. Let’s talk about the famous Downtown Disney District.
Downtown Disney District is a wonderful shopping and dining district located at the Disneyland Resort. You can get to Downtown Disney District via the monorail station from Tomorrowland in Disneyland Park, the walkway from Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or via the walkway from Disneyland Hotel. To get to Downtown Disney District from California Adventure Park, simply head through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa till you get to the walkway. To get to Downtown Disney District from Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, you need to walk across the street to Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa in which you can then use the walkway.
While at Downtown Disney District, you can visit one of 12 various shops: Curl Surf; The Disney Dress Shop; Disney Home; Disney’s Pin Traders; The Lego Store; Marceline’s Confectionery; PANDORA Jewelry; Sanuk; Sephora; Sunglass Icon; WonderGround Gallery; and World of Disney. As for dining options, there are far more options available and most certainly should be one that meets your taste buds as there are a total of 19 dining venues! You can visit: Ballast Point Brewing Co.; Catal Restaurant; Earl of Sandwich; Jamba Juice; La Brea Bakery Cafe; La Brea Bakery Express; Naples Ristorante e Bar; Napolini Pizzeria; Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Express; Salt & Straw; Splitsville Luxury Lanes Dining; Sprinkles; Starbucks; Starbucks West; Taqueria at Tortilla Jo’s; Tortilla Jo’s; Uva Bar; and Wetzel's Pretzels. The very last things you need to know about the Disneyland Resort is Fastpass, MaxPass, and the Disneyland App.
One of the very last things you need to know about the Disneyland Resort is how the Fastpass system works. Unlike the Walt Disney World Resort, getting Fastpasses are very different. At Disney World, you must reserve all of your Fastpass times well in advance. If you are a resort guest, you get 60 days out to reserve and if you are not, you get 30 days out. At the Disneyland Resort, you do not reserve all of your Fastpasses ahead of time. Instead, you visit the Fastpass Kiosk in which you will then put in your ticket. Once you place your ticket in the machine, out will come a paper ticket that has a return time for your Fastpass. It could not be any easier and so it is all first-come, first-served in the park.
There is a special thing you can add on to your park ticket if you are looking to reserveFast Passes. This little thing is called the Disney MaxPass. Disney Max Pass is an additional purchase but with it, it allows you to reserve Fast Passes digitally the day of the park you are going to. It also will not work unless you are inside the physical park. Also, it will not work if you do not have a park ticket. To buy it, simply buy it from the app, buy it online, or visit Guest Relations and buy it there. It costs $15 per person per day of park tickets. In addition to getting reserved Fast Passes, you also receive free, unlimited Photopass downloads of that day! What more could you ask for only $15?! Overall it is an amazing tool to use.
The very last thing you must know about the Disneyland Resort is knowing about the Disneyland App. Utilizing this app is a MUST for visiting the parks. On the app you will find wait times for rides, the current event schedule, character meet/greet times, maps, and so much more! Another feature of the app is the ability to Mobile Order. Mobile Ordering is only available for certain, select quick-service restaurants. Within the app, you can simply place your order ahead of time for no additional charge, tap the button when you arrive at the restaurant and simply pick up your food! Best part is you don’t have to wait in any line! The best thing about the app is it is completely free and is available on the App Store and Google Play Store. When you visit the Disneyland Resort, make sure to download it ahead of time as it will help you plan out your trip!
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