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Published: October 8, 2011

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.

Scroll down to links for Theme Park Insider readers' reviews of Disneyland attractions and restaurants. Or search our archives for more news about Disneyland.

Indiana Jones Adventure946
Enchanted Tiki Room8
Jungle Cruise7
Tarzan's Treehouse5
Critter Country
Splash Mountain940
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes6
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh6
Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre9
Alice in Wonderland9
Peter Pan's Flight8
Mickey and the Magical Map8
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride8
It's a Small World7
Matterhorn Bobsleds742
Storybook Land Canal Boats7
Snow White's Scary Adventures7
Pinocchio's Daring Journey7
Mad Tea Party7
Sleeping Beauty Castle7
King Arthur Carrousel7
Casey Jr. Circus Train6
Dumbo the Flying Elephant6
Fantasy Faire Royal Hall6
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad940
Sailing Ship Columbia7
Mark Twain Riverboat7
Tom Sawyer's Island7
Main Street USA
Disneyland Forever9
Paint the Night9
Mickey's Soundsational Parade9
Disneyland Railroad8
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln8
New Orleans Square
Pirates of the Caribbean9
Haunted Mansion9
Star Wars Land
Millennium Falcon Ride
First Order Battle Ride
Space Mountain940
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue940
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters8
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage7
Disneyland Monorail6
Astro Orbitor4
Roger Rabbit's Car-Toon Spin7
Mickey's House6
Minnie's House6
Gadget's Go Coaster535

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Bengal Barbecue8
Critter Country
Harbour Galley9
Hungry Bear Restaurant7
Village Haus Restaurant7
Troubadour Tavern7
Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue8
River Belle Terrace8
Rancho del Zocalo8
The Golden Horseshoe8
Stage Door Cafe8
Main Street USA
Market House10
Carnation Cafe9
Plaza Inn8
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe8
Refreshment Corner7
New Orleans Square
French Market Restaurant9
Cafe Orleans9
Blue Bayou Restaurant8
Club 33
Star Wars Land
Tomorrowland Terrace6
Redd Rockett's Pizza Port6
Pluto's Dog House4
Daisy's Diner3

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