Disneyland Trip Overview

My parents and I experienced 24 different rides or shows in our two days at Disneyland. We rode 5 rides twice and one ride three times, bringing the total to 31 attractions. The longest wait time was between an hour and a half and an hour and forty-five minutes, which was for Space Mountain. We only used Fast-Pass once, for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin, and we had several rides where there was no line at all. We saw two shows, Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular and Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D, the first being a live stage show and the other a 3D movie. I rode two rides by myself, Dad rode one by himself, only two of us rode 11 rides, and all of us experienced the remaining 17 attractions. The full list of attractions, in the order we experienced them, is below. We also ate at 3 restaurants; the Village Haus Restaurant in Disneyland and the Taste Pilots’ Grill and Pizza Oom Mow Mow in Disney’s California Adventure.

Day 1
Disneyland
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Haunted Mansion
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – J & B
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – J & B
“it’s a small world”
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Star Tours
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Peter Pan’s Flight – J & N
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Disney’s California Adventure
Golden Zephyr
Mulholland Madness – J & B
Orange Stinger – J & B
California Screamin’ – J & B
Soarin’ Over California
Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
Disneyland
Space Mountain
Star Tours – J

Day 2
Disney’s California Adventure
Sun Wheel
California Screamin’ – J & B
Maliboomer – B & N
Orange Stinger – J & B
Mulholland Madness – J & B
Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – B
Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3D
Disneyland
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Star Tours – J
Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye – J & B

Overall, I was very impressed with Disneyland and I was surprised by Disney’s California Adventure (which are the two different parks at Disneyland Resort). Disneyland opened in 1955 and Disney’s California Adventure opened in 2001, and they are vastly different. Disneyland was originally known as the Magic Kingdom, until that name was adopted by the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Disneyland has most of the same rides of the Magic Kingdom, with a few notable additions like Star Tours and Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye (also the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which were unfortunately closed while we were there). It is more compact than the Magic Kingdom, due to Disneyland Resort’s lack of land, and has a slightly older feel, but is still just as magical. Disney’s California Adventure is very unique. Like many Disney parks it is divided into different areas or lands. The Hollywood Pictures Backlot area contains rides based on movies and TV shows, and is very reminiscent of Disney-MGM Studios. There is “a bug’s land” based on the Disney/Pixar film A Bug’s Life, which is oriented towards children. There is also an area based around an enormous water ride. The most interesting area, however, is the Paradise Pier half of the park. This area is designed to reflect fairgrounds and Coney Island style amusement parks. It has a wonderful roller coaster, a Ferris wheel, swings and carnival games. It has a great feel to it. Disney’s California Adventure is known for being something of a failure, due to its low ticket sales. I think this is because the park is too “real”. While the park is relaxing and fun (and the lines are short), it does not allow people an escape from reality, which is the main reason people go to Disney parks. However, I loved both parks, and I look forward to going back as soon as possible.

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