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Disneyland California Itinerary For One and Two Days

Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, offers visitors magical rides, charming attractions, and spectacular entertainment. 

With two different theme parks, three hotels, and a shopping and dining area located on the massive property, trying to experience it all in one day is nearly impossible. 

Determining whether to plan for a single-day visit or a multi-day Disneyland vacation depends on your budget, travel plans, crowd tolerance, and interest in attractions.

Here are the best one an two day itineraries to help you plan your visit.

1-day Disneyland and California Adventure Itinerary 

Disneyland, the “happiest place on earth,” beckons with its enchanting atmosphere, thrilling rides, and beloved characters.

But with a single day to conquer this magical kingdom, you might feel overwhelmed. 

Fear not, intrepid adventurer, the 1-day Disneyland California Adventure Park Hopper Itinerary is here to save your trip. 

This meticulously crafted itinerary will guide you through a whirlwind tour of Disneyland’s highlights, ensuring you maximize your fun and make memories.

Arrive Early: Rope Drop Ritual

Arrive 45 minutes before the park opens to escape the crowds and enter the park first.

When you arrive early, you have enough time to explore the parks and enjoy their highlights without missing out on popular activities.

Charge towards your first adventure as the iconic Disneyland music swells and the gates open.

8 am: Fantasyland and Tomorrowland

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As soon as you enter the park, head to Disneyland California park’s most popular rides like Peter Pan, Alice on a madcap tea party, Space Mountain and more.

During this time, you can enjoy these rides with minimal waiting time. 

Make sure you try all the famous rides before the crowd starts increasing by 11 am. 

10 am: Adventure land Frontierland 

Around 10 am, move to Adventureland and Frontierland to check out a few more rides before your Disney California Adventure Park FastPass reservation time.

Cruise through the wilds of Africa on the Jungle Cruise at Adventureland. 

While you wait in line, explore the Cambodian jungle temple filled with intricate carvings and stone sculptures.

Test your nerves inside Indiana Jones Adventure, plunging through boulders and exploring Temples filled with supernatural artifacts. 

Use the single rider line here as well to shorten your wait.

In Frontierland, race down Splash Mountain, a classic log fume ride filled with characters from Disney’s Song of the South. 

Prepare to get wet on the final plunging descent!

Wander through New Orleans Square and grab some beignets from the Mint Julep Bar. 

The outdoor seating area is an excellent spot for a quick break.

Explore the Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island. 

Follow the tunnels and passageways to discover caves with pirate treasure, shipwrecks, and much more.

12 pm: Refuel and Recharge

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Take a break from the excitement and grab a delicious lunch. 

Options abound, from classic Disney fare like corn dogs and Dole Whips to gourmet burgers and delectable Mexican cuisine.

Refuel and recharge for the afternoon at Disneyland California Adventure Park.

1 pm: Disneyland California Adventure Park 

 Switch to the Adventure Park after your break. 

Once you enter the California Adventure Park, head straight to popular rides like Guardians of the Galaxy and Radiator Springs Racers.

These rides have some of the longest waiting times, which peak between 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm. 

So try to enjoy these rides before that. 

After these popular rides, visit Luigi’s Joy to the World and Mater’s Jingle Jamboree in Cars Land. 

3 pm: Pixar Pier

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It’s now time for some adventure in Pixar Pier. 

Try the super fast Incredicoaster and kids’ favorite Toy Story Midway Mania there. 

Check out the Cozy Cone Motel or Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier if you need a small break. 

4 pm: Paradise Gardens and Grizzly Peak 

By 4 pm, the average waiting time for Soarin’ Around the World reduces. 

Try this ride before the waiting times peak at 6.30 pm. 

Following this, get on interesting rides like Jumpin’ Jellyfish and Silly Symphony Swings, explore Buena Street, and wrap up your visit to Adventure Park. 

5 pm: Magic Happens Parade

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Return to Disneyland Park to witness the fantastic Disney Parade. 

The parade starts at 5.30 pm and lasts for 20 minutes. 

We recommend you arrive at Main Street and find a good spot in advance to enjoy the parade. 

After the parade, grab dinner at Main Street U.S.A. 

One of the best restaurants here is the Plaza Inn, which serves American food. 

You can also shop at the store in this zone or try rides you missed in the morning. 

8.30 pm: Fireworks

It is now time for the best part of the Disney experience – Fireworks! 

Arrive at the Sleeping Beauty Castle for a perfect view of Mickey’s Mix Magic with Projections show.

The fireworks start at 9.30 pm and will last 15 minutes.

9 pm: Wrap up your day at Disneyland

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Take the Disneyland Railroad for a scenic journey around the park for the next 20 minutes. 

Otherwise, you can also take this time to meet your favorite Disney Characters and click memorable pictures before you wrap up the tour. 

You can now grab a snack on your way home if you feel like it and head out of the park.

Disneyland California 2-day Itinerary 

Two days give you enough time to enjoy the major attractions, rides, parades and shows in both the parks without missing out on anything. 

We recommend you dedicate one day to each park to maximize your visit. 

Here is a 2-day Disneyland California Itinerary that will help you explore the resort without missing out on any magic. 

Disneyland California One Day Itinerary 

Rope Drop at Main Street, U.S.A. (8 am):

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Start your Disneyland adventure early by arriving at the park for a rope drop. 

Experience the magic of Main Street, U.S.A., as the park opens, and be sure to take photos in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle before the crowds gather.

Fantasyland Rides (8 am to 9 am):

Start with the most famous rides first.

Dive into the heart of Fantasyland and enjoy classic attractions such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Enchanted Wish, and Alice in Wonderland. 

These timeless rides capture the essence of Disney magic and are the perfect start for the day. 

Adventureland Exploration (9 am to 10.30 am):

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From Fantasyland, head to Frontierland to enjoy iconic rides like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat and more. 

After enjoying your trip to the Wild West, head to Adventureland. 

Ride the iconic Jungle Cruise, explore the Enchanted Tiki Room, and discover the treasures of Indiana Jones Adventure.

New Orleans Square and Critter Country (10.30 am to 12 pm): 

After a morning filled with rush and thrill, relax and have a calm break as you explore New Orleans Square. 

Here, you can visit the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean or grab a snack at the French Market or Royal Street Varenda. 

Tale of the Lion King (12 pm): 

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When you have the entire day to explore the parks, catch a show for the complete Disneyland experience. 

Tale of the Lion King is a classic show you can watch in the park.

Add this to your itinerary if you are visiting Disneyland California with kids.

Head to Fantasyland theatre to watch the Lion King show. 

The show starts at 12.15 pm and lasts 20 to 30 minutes.  

Lunch at Red Rose Tavern (1 pm):

Take a break from exploring and rest at one of the Disneyland California Park restaurants.

Red Rose Tavern in Fantasyland is one of the best options near you. 

This Beauty and the Beast-themed eatery offers a charming atmosphere and a diverse menu to satisfy all tastes.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2.30 pm to 3.30 pm):

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Immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe at Galaxy’s Edge. 

Experience the thrilling Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Rise of the Resistance attractions. 

Don’t forget to explore the lively marketplace and interact with the characters roaming the area.

Head to Toontown (3.30 pm to 4.30 pm):

Toontown, home to Mickey and his friends, is the kids’ favorite zone. 

This is also where you can bring your inner child out. 

Explore Minnie’s House and enjoy attractions like Roger Rabbit’s Car. 

Around 4.30 pm, hop on the Disney Railroad and hop off near Fantasyland. 

It is now time for the famous Disneyland California parade. 

Magic Happens Parade (5.30 pm):

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Make sure you reach the parade route by 5 pm and find yourself a good spot to enjoy the best views.

The parade starts at 5.50 pm and lasts 20 minutes. 

Time Travel at Tomorrowland (6 pm):

For a last round of fun rides, move to Tomorrowland. 

This futuristic zone offers immersive experiences like Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, Autopia, Star Wars Launch Bay, Space Mountain, Star Tour, Astro Orbitor and Bizz Light year Astro Blaster. 

Explore Tomorrowland thoroughly and head for dinner at Galactic Grill. 

Fireworks Spectacular (9.30 pm):

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Conclude your first day with the breathtaking Disneyland fireworks show. 

Find a prime viewing spot near Sleeping Beauty Castle or Main Street, U.S.A., and let the spectacular display of lights and music enchant you.

The fireworks start at 9.30 pm and lasts 15 minutes. 

After the show, return to your Disney Hotel and rest for the night. 

Disneyland California Adventure One-Day Itinerary

Early Entry to Cars Land (7.30 am):

Take advantage of early entry to Disney California Adventure Park and head straight to Cars Land. Ride Radiator Springs Racers before the crowds arrive.

Enjoy the charming atmosphere of this Pixar-inspired land all by yourself. 

Breakfast at Flo’s V8 Cafe (8 am)

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Fuel up for the day with a hearty breakfast at Flo’s V8 Cafe. 

The 1950s roadside diner theme adds to the charm of this Cars Land eatery.

Pixar Pier Thrills (9 am to 10 am)

Experience the exhilarating rides at Pixar Pier, including the Incredicoaster and Toy Story Midway Mania. 

Enjoy the vibrant and playful atmosphere of this seaside boardwalk.

Avengers Assemble (10 am) 

Join Avengers Assemble at the Avengers Headquarters to meet your favorite crew members like Black Panther, Captain America and Black Widow. 

The show starts at 10.15 am and runs for 15 to 20 minutes. 

Lunch at Lamplight Lounge (12 pm):

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Head to Lamplight Lounge for a delectable lunch with a stunning view of Pixar Pier. 

Indulge in creative dishes and signature cocktails in a stylish, Pixar-themed setting.

Hollywood Land Entertainment (1 pm to 3 pm):

Explore Hollywood Land and catch a performance of the musical Frozen – Live at the Hyperion.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet your favorite Marvel characters at the Disney Junior Dance Party.

Avengers Campus Adventure (3.30 pm to 5 pm):

Enter the thrilling world of superheroes at Avengers Campus. 

Experience incredible attractions like WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-off (5 pm to 6 pm) 

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For the best day at Adventure Park, join the Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-off at 5.10 pm. 

Dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant (6.30 pm):

Conclude your Disney California Adventure Park experience with an elegant dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant. 

This fine dining establishment offers a sophisticated ambiance and a menu inspired by California cuisine.

After your dinner, walk around the park and meet your favorite Disney members for a picture. 

You can also explore the park’s markets, shops and gift stores. 

Fireworks (9.30 pm):

Wrap up your two-day Disneyland adventure with the mesmerizing World of Color show. 

Located at Paradise Bay, this nighttime spectacular combines water, light, and music to create a breathtaking experience.


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