I’ve been trying to put off this itinerary. Disneyland and CA Adventures is a monster! If I had a choice and the $$$$, I would buy the annual pass (I guess I would buy it either way IF I actually lived closer to Anaheim – I just can’t get over the fact that I need to take the 5 South down…that 3 lane stretch in Downey to La Mirada) Yes, folks sorry to break it to you but Disneyland is not located in LA; heck it’s not even in Los Angeles County. However, I need to put this here just for my own sake. And yes, four $ signs because Disney just raised their prices AGAIN (but then I digress). Don’t get me wrong I LOVE everything Disney, but I just wished it was much cheaper. Please note that the pictures are from Christmas (the last time I went).
Have you read this link from buzzfeed? (http://www.buzzfeed.com/norbertobriceno/m-i-c-k-e-y-m-o-u-s-e) To sum it up… it was about how this guy went to both parks for 24 hours and almost finished the whole thing! But not really – I am currently not sure if its annual thing but they did have it the past 2 years. But it was just to show you that you can’t do everything in a day. If you do want to ride everything, I would recommend splitting the two parks into 2 days.
The below itinerary is for 1 Day Park hopper, no Extra Magic Hour, and you’ll be at Disneyland/CA Adventures the WHOLE day till closing. It used to be ideal when Disney and CA Adventures didn’t open at the same time. You WON’T get to ride everything or see every firework show. I usually skip all of Fantasy Land, Toontown, and Critter County. Sorry Fantasmic but you’re not in this list either. FASTPASS is a must. Characters are mandatory only if there’s a short line. Get the minute by minute play on the waiting times with the Apps. My Favorite is the Disneyland Wait Time App.
FASTPASS: The FASTPASS is first come first serve and subject to availability. I really wish that Disneyland would bring the FASTPASS system from Orlando because this planning thing would be so much easier, but they don’t. The FASTPASS only works one at a time. You can’t go to multiple rides and get a FASTPASS once you walk in. That’d be awesome!
Tomorrowland: Briskly walk to Tomorrowland. Don’t run. Get a FASTPASS for Star Tours – The Adventure Continues and then go to Space Mountain or the New Hyperspace Mountain. Hopefully, the Star Tours Fast Pass is right after you finish Space Mountain. This could be interchangeable.
I usually skip Finding Nemo/Matterhorn but you can ride right after if the line is short. I usually do Buzz Lightyear towards the end of the day or after Fireworks.
Missing out: Astro Orbitor, Innoventions, Autopia and Captain EO.
Adventureland, New Orleans Square, & Frontierland: First walk to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad/Haunted Mansion for FASTPASS (I recommend Haunted Mansion during Halloween/Christmas since it’s Nightmare Before Christmas themed). Do single rider on Indiana Jones. Then ride Pirates of the Caribbean. By this time your FASTPASS for one of the two should be ready.
Missing out: Enchanted Tiki Room, Jungle Cruise, Tarzan’s Treehouse, Pirate’s Lair, Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia.
Walk to CA Adventure
By this time, I want to say its 11/12. First Thing first is to get your FASTPASS for the World of Color. Walk through Hollywood Land and get a FASTPASS for Tower of Terror. Then Walk through Bugs Land to Cars Land. Ride Radiator Springs Racers (single rider). From here, you can either go back to Tower of Terror or have lunch.
Get the FastPass for California Screaming and then wait for Toy Story Midway Mania. This will probably be the longest wait time in the whole wide world. After that go back to California Screaming. If you like, go to the Ferris Wheel (the swinging one). Ride the Little Mermaid-Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure.
I usually skip the Grizzly River Run because I’m the person who gets Soaked! But if you decide to do this first get a FAST PASS for Soaring over California. If not, then look at the times for the Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular or the Animation Academy.
Missing Out: Muppet Vision 3D, It’s Tough to be a Bug, all the “kiddy” rides, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Flying Tires, all the regular rides that you can find at other parks in Paradise Pier, and Goofy’s Sky School.
During the Night: Have Dinner (either back in Disneyland or Downtown Disney). Around this time you should you can ride anything you wish you didn’t do, just make sure you’re back in Disneyland for the 60th Anniversary Fireworks and then race back to CA Adventures for the World of Color. Then After this it’s a free for all as well! I usually end with It’s a Small World or Shopping on Main Street.
Why this schedule you may ask? Fantasyland is always busy with kids. Families usually leave right after the Fireworks or before midnight. You’re also eating at off times. Hopefully, this works for you, because it usually does for me.