Disneyland and Disney California Adventure- Southern California theme parks that provide classic and current experiences!
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA) are on the same property, but have 2 separate entrances. Check out the various ticket combinations you can purchase (ie multiple day or park hopper) to see what makes sense for your family. Consider the weather, as it can get really hot at the parks and you may not be able to do everything you had planned. For our first visit, we bought one day tickets and the park hopper so we could do both parks in one day. They don’t have the automated/online fast pass process like their Florida cousins so you have to plan carefully to get your fast passes when you arrive at the park.
We arrived at Disneyland around 9:30a, so it wasn’t too hot and too busy for us to be able to quickly board some of our favorite rides like Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion. Because we have visited Disney World in Orlando many times it was neat to see the California version. Although smaller, it felt that it had all of the Disney necessities and was much easier to navigate and get across the park. We enjoyed the Orleans Square area for dining!
After lunch, we entered DCA to check out this theme park that highlights the different aspects of California. We did the Monsters, Inc taxi ride which is great for kids, the swings and Zephyr which were exhilarating and the Radiator Springs Cars ride. This new ride mixed great theming and visuals along a car ride through Radiator Springs and finished with an awesome race that included some fun bumps and turns!
Downtown Disney has some brand stores and restaurants. We ate at Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria and found the pizza to be delicious and the service to be great.
We didn’t make it to the night, as we had an incredible but exhausting day. Both parks have night time activities that we’ll be sure to take in next time. Don’t forget to drink lots of water and keep re-applying your sunscreen. Sometimes the Southern California heat is hidden in the cool breeze and you’re burning before you know it.