Although many casual travelers will find Disneyland much smaller and less magical than Walt Disney World, for die hard Disney fans, Disneyland might surprise you. Is it smaller? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of magic to be found. If you follow us on Instagram, you’ll know that we are all about the details. And Disneyland has a lot of them! So if you’re short on time for your first Disneyland trip, here are a few of our must do’s!
See World Of Color at California Adventure
World of Color is a gorgeous light show held at Paradise Gardens Park. Using lights, lasers, fire and music, this show is set on the water and can be best viewed if you have a Fast Pass. Even though we’ve now been to Disneyland several times, World of Color had been under refurbishment during the last year and we hadn’t been able to see it. If there is one thing you plan to see/do on your first Disneyland trip, this is it. It’s beautiful, sentimental, and completely worth the wait. And if you know us, we don’t like to wait. If you’d like a spoiler, you can watch our video of the show here.
Ride the Classic Rides at Disneyland
Especially if you are an avid Walt Disney World goer, this is a must. Why would you ride the same rides that are at Walt Disney World? Well, because they’re not the same. And most people would argue that they’re even better. And by most people, I mean us. The classic rides at Disneyland are better kept up, because they are catering to local travelers, rather than world travelers who might be only visiting one time in their life. Most of the rides at Disneyland are longer, and the classic rides will be familiar, yet different if you’re familiar with Walt Disney World.
Even if you’re not a Walt Disney World traveler, the classic rides are beautifully done and we highly recommend trying out a few!
Visit Pixar Pier at California Adventure
While there was a lot of pushback from Disneyland fans when Disney announced they’d be switching Paradise Pier to Pixar Pier, the area has really become a fun place with a nostalgic feel and most people seemed to have changed their tune since the original announcement. With new places to get food and other treats, play games, and enjoy rides, all themed around Pixar, Pixar Pier is bright, fun, colorful and will make you feel like a kid again. Ride the Incredicoaster, grab a Jack Jack cookie Num Nums, play carnival games for prizes and check out the cuter merch at Knick Knack’s. Pixar Pier has such a fun atmosphere, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
Visit both Parks at Disneyland
This may seem like a no brainer, but sometimes there seems to be a lot of confusion about this. There are two Parks at Disneyland: Disneyland and California Adventure. Each are fun and unique in their own way, and you’ll want to experience both since they offer different things! Disneyland is more of a classic, cute Park, with classic rides and lands whereas California Adventure is more exciting and “grown up”, meaning they have more thrilling rides and you can purchase alcohol throughout California Adventure. Both are worth exploring for at least a day each.
Explore Downtown Disney at Disneyland
Maybe you’re looking for something to do on the day you arrive, or a day that you don’t have a Park ticket. Or maybe you’re trying to escape the crowds. Downtown Disney is a great spot to grab some food, get in some shopping and if you have a Park ticket, you can take a ride on the monorail from Downtown Disney. They also have live music often, so head over to Downtown Disney for some food and fun. Downtown Disney is a just couple minutes walk from the Park entrances so it’s easy to hop over for a short time and get back to the Parks quickly.
So there you have it! 5 things we think you must see as a first time visit to Disneyland! Disneyland may be small, but there is no shortage of things to do or magic to be found. What are your must do’s at Disneyland?!
World of Color 2019 at Disneyland