Disneyland consists of 9 themed lands: Main Street, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Mickey’s Toontown, Frontierland, Critter Country, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, New Orleans Square, and Adventureland. Each of these lands has incredible offerings, so be sure to visit each one. As of now, here are some must-dos for each:
Main Street - Great moments with Mr. Lincoln
Tomorrowland - Space Mountain
Fantasyland - it’s a small world, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Storybookland
Toontown - Meet Mickey and Minnie
Frontierland - Big Thunder Moutain Railroad
Critter Country - Splash Mountain
Star Wars - Galaxy’s Edge- Smuggler’s Run, Rise of the Resistance, Build your own lightsaber
New Orleans Square - Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, enjoy a mint julep and beignets
Adventureland - Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise
As you can see just from the must-dos, there are TONS of things to experience in this park, which is why a Disneyland Ticket for 1 day probably won’t cut it. A Disneyland Ticket for 2 days should suffice, plus 1 more day for Disney’s California Adventure.
When you arrive at Disneyland, stop to take it all in. Pay attention to all of the incredible detail that exists throughout the lands, and how revolutionary the idea was to build this kind of park. Once you take a minute, head to Tomorrowland to grab a fastpass for Space Mountain. The time will be almost immediate, but go ahead and walk over to the nearby Matterhorn to ride that. Then, use your Fastpass for Space Mountain. When you’re done, head over to Adventureland, and grab a fastpass for Indiana Jones. Go over to New Orleans Square and ride everything you can there until your Indiana Jones fastpass is ready. Again, grab another fastpass ASAP. Once you’re done here, you can move about the rest of the park however you’d like. I recommend saving most of the Fantasyland attractions for the nighttime, because they are likely to have no wait later in the night. Be sure to catch the Fantasmic show, arriving about 30-40 minutes early to claim your spot.
The food is Disneyland is impeccable for theme park food. Be sure to look at what options there are that your group may enjoy the most. Personally, I love the Blue Bayou restaurant. Also, the mint julep bar in New Orleans Square is a MUST. Jazz musicians often perform, and the area is incredibly romantic at night.