Board shining ships with gleaming gold fins that hearken back to space ships from classic science fiction films. Painted red, blue, gold and silver, your sleek space ship sails high and low — all at your command! Control your altitude by pulling or pushing a lever inside the ship. Ride around a fascinating kinetic sculpture inspired by real centuries-old astronomical designs. With the precision of a finely tuned watch, the orbs dance with universal grace as you zip past these circling satellites!
Located Tomorrow Land.
Indiana Jones Adventure is neither a roller coaster nor a typical slow-speed attraction like the Haunted Mansion. You'll board a 12-person troop transport for a fast-paced thrill ride that realistically simulates driving fast over rough terrain. The experience is truly unique...and truly exciting. I will have to admit this is one of my favorite rides now..awesome!
Our absolute favorite ride in Disneyland was Pirates of the Caribbean. It was so cool. Definitely worth the wait in line. Plus, you get to sit down and get inside out of the heat! Indiana Jones was our second favorite. We also loved the Haunted Mansion, very amusing. Splash Mountain was so much fun, but we didn't get to finish the ride. The ride broke down, when we were about forty feet from the top of the final descent. Yes, we got stuck in Splash Mountain. lol. But after we were escorted off the ride and through the back alleys of DL, the Disney folks gave us all a re-admit pass, good for any other ride in the park, which got us right to the front of the line of any ride we wanted, except Indiana Jones. Splash Mountain is a great ride, make it a must do while you're there. Try to get there by 10:00 am, after that, the line-ups are insane!
In Tomorrowland, our kids (and my silly husband!) just loved the Buzz Lightyear ride - did it 3 times! Space Tours is really funny. The Thunder Mountain Railroad (roller coaster) was another really popular one with our kids.
In Mickey's Toon Town, everyone loved the Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin. My husband still talks about it.
It's a Small World is hokey, for sure, but I think it is still such a neat ride (one of the original ones). Our 14 year old daughter rolled her eyes and looked bored through the whole ride, but our 11 year olds were still young enough to find it all quite entertaining. Just do it. lol.
There are lots and lots of rides at Disneyland. We only had 2 days and b/c of the huge line-ups, we never made it to the Matterhorn or Space Mountain. But we had so much fun there anyways. Next time we go, we'll plan for a quieter time of year so there are less people there and we will definitely spend more time there.
I can't wait till next time!
The best time for autographs with famous Disneyland characters is early in the morning. You want to get to the park when it opens. As soon as you enter the park, there is a small souvenir shop which sells autograph books and pens. I'd recommend you buy these for your kids right away. Then, watch as you walk a little further along, right at the top of Main Street USA, to your right. There is a Madhatter store and past that there is a big wall. At the far end of this wall is a small door. Many characters come and go thru this door, so it is a good spot to catch Mickey and others for autographs and pics.
Another spot we saw several characters coming and going was in Mickey's Toon Town.
The map you get when you enter the park also shows you where each character's "house" is located in the park. After about 9:00 am, all characters proceed to their houses and do pics and autographs there. We waited in line for about 30 minutes to get to see Mickey at his house, but we weren't interested enough to do this at each character's house. The other autographs and pictures we obtained as we roamed throughout the park.
These autograph books make a great souvenir (about $6.50 each) for the kids and will be one thing they will probably keep all of their lives. Plus, if you go back to visit another year, they can take the same book with them - there's plenty of pages in the book.
We spent 3 days in Disneyland and had a really good time. Although it is filled with kids and kids things adults alike can have so much fun! We went on every ride there and our personal favorites were Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, The Indian Jones ride and the Matterhorn. The park itself is filled with beautiful garden areas and cute shops and of course rides. We found the map easy to follow and when we had to ask for directions the staff were very friendly and willing to help out. I highly reccommned the Churros (like long straight donuts - you can get them from the carts located all over the park) and we loved the Gumbo we tried in the French Quarter. There are many different restaurants and cafes in the park with different themes and all of them have substantial menus. The shopping mainly consists of gifts and souveniers, clothing with disney logos and camera film etc.. We found each shop to be unique and yet most of the shops stock similar items to each other. There is a great view of the park from Tarzans Tree House and The disney railroad takes you all around the park. I suggest maybe doing that first to get your bearings and riding it from land to land as the stations are located near all the main attractions for each land. We went to the Fire works display on a Saturday night which were amazing. It was magical and the music was beautiful. The street parade was very pretty and the floats have the most amazing detail to them. The atmosphere in the park is contagious. Everyone is excited and happy to be there. It really is a magical experience.
You ride in a jungle boat around a river course, filled with elephants, hippos, cobras, savage cannibals and more. The boat's tour driver kept us all entertained with a hilarious commentary along the way. And the best part was it was out of the sun and you got to sit down!
"Utopia" is roaring racetrack features 4 lanes of fun! Drivers of almost all ages can experience the thrill of putting their pedal to the metal on this imaginative motorway lined with lush green foliage and humorous billboards. Guide rails keep less experienced drivers on course as the cars hug curves, cross bridges and even go off-roading! When the checkered flag is waved, step on the accelerator to start the race in one of the sleek hotrods. Each car has its own personality. The cast of car characters includes Suzy the cute coupe, Dusty the off-road vehicle and Sparky the stylish sports car. You control the speed and steering as you take the car around the track.
Located in Tomorrow Land.
This use to be the Swiss Family Treehouse. With keeping with the times, it was converted to Tarzan's Treehouse. The 150-ton mammoth tree has 450 branches containing over 6,000 leaves. Its scientific name is Disneydendron semperflorens grandis or "large ever-blooming Disney tree." As you near the top, you're treated to astonishingly beautiful views of Adventureland far below you. Overgrown with vines and constructed with salvaged parts from Tarzan's parents' shipwreck, the tree house features vignettes from Tarzan's life story. Look for illustrations from Jane's sketchbook that provide the details of how Tarzan was saved from the savage Sabor, raised by a kindly gorilla and fell in love.
When you board, you will be able to relax and step back in time with this gem that perches on a berm above the Park entrance. With its turn-of-the-century architecture and lush gardens, the station offers the first point of entry for those who wish to soak up the scenery on this grand circuit tour. The trains travel clockwise for about 18 minutes through a total of 4 stations, each styled to the theme of its land:
Main Street, U.S.A.
New Orleans Square
You will also see:
Grand Canyon - The Grand Canyon opens before you to reveal sun-kissed vistas that spill across the horizon. The canyon ridges are home to all kinds of critters such as mountain lions, mountain sheep, deer and elk.
Primeval World - Welcome to the world of dinosaurs! This diorama reveals a mysterious, prehistoric landscape where such dinosaurs as the Apatosaurus, Pterodactyl, Triceratops and more roam.
History: Walt Disney was fascinated with the life of Abraham Lincoln. As a child, he even recited Lincoln's Gettysburg Address to his elementary school class. The first Audio-Animatronics version of Lincoln debuted in 1964 at the New York World's Fair. The show was so life-like that National Geographic magazine called the figure "alarming" in its realism. The smash hit moved to Disneyland Park in 1965 and for me has continued to amaze me. He is one of my favorite Presidents.
The show begins with a film composed of dramatic paintings depicting President Lincoln's life from his humble rural upbringing to the White House. You'll be moved by real photographs of the Civil War, accompanied by the touching ballad Two Brothers. For the rousing climax, Honest Abe takes center stage and delivers highlights from some of his greatest speeches.
At the entrance of the park to the right.
This remains one of my all-time favorite Disney rides. It is a very peaceful boat ride, set in the dark of the bayou. Pirates and treasure abound in this ride which is quite amusing. Don't worry about getting wet on this one - the most you may get is a little splash. If this concerns you, sit at the back of the boat.
It is a very peaceful ride and is good for any age or preference. Definitely not a thrill ride, but very entertaining, nevertheless.
Expect long lines.
Fast pass not available.
On this ride, you have to steer a mini car around a course. The cars are not on tracks, so you will bump and crash into and off of the center curb which the tires straddle. You can't veer too far because of that center curb, but the little kids don't know that, and it thrills them to no end. For some reason our teenagers just loved this ride.
The Pirates of the Caribbean is a water ride that takes you through the life and adventures of the pirates through animation. One sees pirates auctioning off women to marry, having shooting wars with the cannonballs appearing to just miss the boat we were in, to a fake fire in a town. Note: I've heard that due to protest by certain women's groups with nothing better to do protested the pictured auction, so, naturally Disneyland caved in.
In order the settle our stomachs after the aforesaid bill of fare (see first restaurant tip), Clint and I agreed on decidedly tamer rides in the section called Fantasyland. The first fantasy ride we took was Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, a reckless joy ride to nowhere in particular with strobe lights used for added spice. The second in the series was Pinocchio's Daring Journey (similar to the aforementioned). The third one of the lot was Peter Pan's flight, an overview of the Peter Pan study. The last of the storybook fantasy lot was Snow White's adventure. The queues proved to be long for even these tame attractions.
From the Jungle Cruise, it was back to Tomorrowland for Star Tours, a look into the future of airport travel. The ride is basically a flight simulator that pilots use for training purposes. However, this portrayed an inept robotic space pilot taking us through a detour of the spaceport, through a comet, and being beamed up by a spaceship. The ride made you feel the experience as well as see it. It was comical as well as fun.