Written by Robert Niles
Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, is America's second-most popular theme park, behind its younger sibling, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. While Disneyland is much smaller than the Magic Kingdom, it packs many more rides and shows into the theme park, including superior versions of classics such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain.
Disneyland premiered a new version of its popular Star Tours ride on June 3, 2011. This is a 3-D simulator ride, based on the Star Wars movies, and frequently has long lines. Arrive early and get a FastPass reservation for the ride, but avoid the crowds by heading to the other side of the park while you wait for your return time. Enjoy Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland later in the day.
If you have very young children, make Fantasyland your first stop and start with Dumbo to avoid long lines later in the day. (Note that Snow White's Scary Adventures can be just that for the very young.)
Disneyland is open every day; check Disney's website for hours and to buy tickets in advance. If you'd like to eat lunch or dinner at the Blue Bayou, inside Pirates of the Caribbean, call 714-781-DINE several days in advance for reservations.
Disneyland is located just off Interstate 5 in Anaheim, about one hour south of downtown Los Angeles. You can get driving directions on our Google Map of America's top theme parks.
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