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Disneyland Touring (putting together a plan for park days)


When it comes time to plan how you’ll spend your days in the parks, Disney World vets may find park touring at Disneyland to feel vaguely familiar, but not identical.

Many things about Disneyland and Disney California Adventure make park touring a little bit easier than what you find at Walt Disney World, but you’ll still want to do some research and put together a plan before you go.

UPDATE: The information below may be impacted by current reopening procedures. Please visit our Disneyland reopening guide for the most up-to-date information.

FASTPASS and MaxPass

Disneyland and Disney California Adventure utilize a similar FastPass system to what is found at Disney World, however they are definitely not the same.

Understanding just how they work will help you maximize your park touring.

Learn about how the FastPass and MaxPass systems at Disneyland work. 

Single Rider Lines

Disney World might have twice as many parks as Disneyland, but Disneyland has over twice as many opportunities to use Single Rider Lines.

Single Rider lines can save you from standing in a long line, but they aren’t for everybody.

Find out where you can use Single Rider Lines (and who we recommend them for)

Height Requirements

Just like at Disney World, some of Disneyland’s attractions have height requirements that you must meet before you can ride.

Knowing what they are before you visit can make it a lot easier to avoid disappointment for not-quite-tall-enough riders in the parks. 

Learn about height requirements at Disneyland.

Rider Switch

If you are traveling with guests that aren’t quite tall enough (or maybe just not ready) to ride all the attractions, that doesn’t mean the ones that are have to skip them.

Disney offers a free service called Rider Switch for guests.

Learn how Rider Switch helps families with non-riders experience the attractions.

Disneyland touring plans

When it comes time to hit the parks, having a plan means you’ll minimize your waits and maximize your time.

We have touring plans that can help you see and do all the best-of-the-best that Disneyland has to offer.

We are working on updating our touring plans to align with the latest reopening polices at Disneyland. Please stay tuned.

Disney California Adventure touring plans

California Adventure has undergone a couple re-births and all the changes makes it more important than ever to have a plan in place.

We are working on updating our touring plans to align with the latest reopening polices at Disney California Adventure. Please stay tuned.

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