• On Jan 30, 2017
    Janel from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it feasible to do at least parts of Disneyland and California Adventure in 1 day? That's all our schedule allows for. My children are 14, 10 and 5. We've been to Disney world several times, but this is our first trip to Disneyland.

    Hi, Janel! I am so excited that you are planning your first trip to the Disneyland Resort!

    It is absolutely feasible to take in both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park in one day! The parks are literally right across from each other, so hopping between parks takes mere minutes.

    Since you are familiar with the Walt Disney World Resort, I suggest focusing your time on some of the unique attractions the Disneyland Resort has to offer. At Disneyland Park, prioritize Matterhorn Bobsleds, Storybook Land Canal Boats, Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Indiana Jones Adventure, and all of Mickey's Toontown. Also, while the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction isn't unique to the Disneyland Resort, I recommend riding the attraction at Disneyland Park because it's a much longer ride and differs from the Walt Disney World version.

    Over in Disney California Adventure Park, do not miss Cars Land! If your youngest is at least 40" tall, then the whole family should take a ride on Radiator Springs Racers at least once. "a bug's land" is also a great place to ride a few unique attractions geared toward younger guests.

    Finally, the Disneyland Resort FASTPASS service uses traditional paper tickets, but you can still obtain several FASTPASS tickets throughout the day - just pay special attention to the time printed on the ticket when you can obtain another FASTPASS. Using the Disneyland app will help you to use your time efficiently by knowing current wait times and FASTPASS distribution return times.

    I hope this information is helpful. Have a great time at the Disneyland Resort!

    -Linda M.
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Meet the Panelist: Linda, Colorado

Hi there! I'm Linda from Colorado. The Disneyland Resort has always held a special place in my heart and now I enjoy Disney Parks vacations with my own family at least once a year. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a wonderfully silly daughter together. I love sharing my Disney Parks knowledge with anyone and everyone and I'm so excited to help you plan your next Disneyland Resort adventure! Learn More About Linda

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