1: Indiana Jones Adventure – Adventureland, Disneyland
This is my #1 favorite attraction at the resort. Not only because it’s about a handsome archaeologist getting into trouble, but because the theming in the ride and queue are the best Disney has to offer here in the states. And did I mention the cars you ride in drive themselves? Yes, folks, there is NO track that the cars ride on. That just blows my mind!
Insider Tip: If you can spot a cast member while waiting in the movie room, ask for them to show you Eeyore. They’ll shine a flashlight up on the back wall to reveal a parking sign of Eeyore from the original Disneyland parking lot.
courtesy of Disneyland News
Although you might be familiar with the vehicles of this ride if you’ve ridden Test Track, the experience is much different. They completely submerge you into the world of Cars, driving on Route 66 and through Radiator Springs. What really impressed me was how they animated all the Cars characters.
Insider Tip: This line gets long quickly AND the fastpasses for it usually run out by early morning. In order to get a Fastpass at a decent time, get into the park before the official opening time. Walk towards the Carthay Circle Theater and you should see a line forming along side it. Get into the line and follow it to the fastpass distribution center for the ride.
3: Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – Fantasyland, Disneyland
For those of you old enough to remember, Mr. Toad’s used to be at the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, but it closed in the late 90’s to make room for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Many people mourned it’s loss (especially my husband), but I love knowing we can still ride a version of it here in California. It’s a very unique dark ride for Disney and that’s why it has so much charm.
4: Matterhorn Bobsleds – Fantasyland, Disneyland
When it opened in 1959, the Matterhorn was the world’s first tubular steel continuous track roller coaster which makes it a historical landmark. And for a ride that’s already 55 years old, it can still hold its own.
Not only are there two unique tracks (the left side or “tomorrowland side” is my favorite), but there’s also a basketball half-court hidden inside the mountain. Although you can’t see the court unless you’re a cast member, it’s cool to know it’s there.
5: Fantasmic! – New Orleans Square, Disneyland
If there is one single thing you see or do at the Disneyland Resort, it HAS to be Fantasmic! This version is very different from the version at Walt Disney World (and in my opinion it’s 1,000 times better) and it’s been going strong for 22 years.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell you why I think it’s so amazing without giving up some of the show’s greatest moments. So just take my word for it and go see it.
Insider Tip: Finding a good spot to view Fantasmic can be cause for frustration. But I learned a trick from a cast member that works like a charm every time.
While the first show of Fantasmic! is going on (usually 9pm), go on rides nearby like Haunted Mansion, until the show is over. Then as the fireworks are going, head to the walkway just in front of the Harbor Galley near the water, find a row of cast members with trash sweepers, and stand behind them. Once the fireworks are over, follow the trash sweepers as they clean up and sit on the cobblestones dead center to the stage on Tom Sawyer’s Island.
The next show won’t start for another 45 minutes, so spread out a blanket or backpacks to claim your turf and send one person to the Mint Julep Bar for hot chocolate and Mickey shaped beignets.
courtesy of Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland News
I hope you enjoyed my list of my favorite things to see at the Disneyland Resort. But now I’m also curious what all your favorites are?
Share your Disneyland must eats and must sees in the comments below.
Shannon has dedicating the entire month of April to Disney – that means new Disney-themed releases every Friday. And because last year Disneyland got some love, this month it’s is all about Walt Disney World! Head over and see what the magic is all about.