Disneyland, California Adventure & Universal Studios Attraction Recommendations

This day plan visitation guide is provided courtesy of the iPhone app, Android app and book
"Things to Do In Theme Park Queues". Visit: www.ThemeParkQueues.com


3 Day Disneyland Resort visit recommendation:
Day 1 = Disneyland, Day 2 = Cal Adventure, Day 3 = leftover and favourite Disneyland attractions

The following attractions can be visited in the order listed. However, skip the ones with lower ratings or that don’t fit into the time you have, and visit the ones on subjects that do interest you – even if rated lowly.
Once you’ve seen all the rating 5/5 and 4/5 attractions, start Re-riding attractions you like and see 3/5 attractions.

Ratings:
  • 5/5 = don’t miss it!
  • 4/5 = good fun, highly recommended.
  • 3/5 = ok, do if queue is <10mins, or after done all the above
  • 2/5 = only do if you’ve done all the ‘better’ attractions
  • 1/5 = nah, skip it

Disneyland Park, CA

Critter Country
  • 5/5 Splash Mountain – a great family ride to open your eyes to the Disney way of entertaining
  • 3/5 Many Adventures of Winnie Pooh – Kidyish but will entertain for a couple of mins.
  • 1/5 Explorer Canoes – take the paddle boat if you want to go round the lake
New Orleans Square
  • 5/5 Haunted Mansion – amazing FX, not scary.
  • 5/5 Pirates of the Caribbean – all time classic ride the movies were based on.
Adventureland
  • 2/5 Tarzans Tree house – lost of stairs, static display.
  • 5/5 Indiana Jones Adventure – rough ride but true Indy action!
  • 3/5 Jungle Cruise – Most ‘realistic’ at night (spotlighting), puns of skipper fun.
  • 2/5 Enchanted Tiki Room – Strange show of singing birds
Frontierland
  • 2/5 The Golden Horseshoe – fun country ‘can can’ stage show but better stuff elsewhere
  • 2/5 Mark Twain Riverboat – sedate with only a few surprises
  • 4/5 Big Thunder Mtn Railroad – fun roller coaster, even better at night.
Fantasyland
  • 2/5 Sleeping beauty castles – You can walk through the archway but also inside and over the archway.
  • 2/5 Snow White Scary Adventure – an indoor story telling ride
  • 2/5 Pinocchio’s  Daring Journey – an indoor story telling ride
  • 1/5 Casey Jnr train – train trip around miniature models, 3/5 for kids
  • 1/5 Storybook Land – boat trip around miniature models, 3/5 for kids
  • 3/5 Mr Toads Wild ride – fun indoor story telling ride
  • 3/5 Peter Pan’s flight – fun, but busy, indoor story telling ride
  • 3/5 Alice In wonderland – indoor/outdoor story telling ride
  • 4/5 Mad Tea party – A classic. Spin only as fast as you want to.
  • 4/5 Matterhorn – look out for the snowman!
  • 4/5 It’s a small World – Everyone needs to ride this classic once – I had too!!
ToonTown
  • 4/5 Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin – Turn the wheel to do ‘slide outs’
  • 4/5 Mickey’s house – the only guaranteed place to briefly meet Mickey and get one-on-one time
  • 3/5 Gadgets Go coaster – fun while it lasts, but only if the there’s no queue
Tommorowland
  • 4/5 Finding Nemo submarines – updated classic Disney ride. Can you find him?
  • 2/5 Autopia – the best of its kind around, but still just a car on a track. 4/5 for kids
  • 3/5 Monorail – take a breather and get an aerial view
  • 3/5 Innovations – if you’re into technology then check this display out
  • 3/5 Captain EO 3D – A Michael Jackson 3D musical space movie
  • 5/5 Space Mountain – A wild roller coaster through space – yeeehaaa!
  • 5/5 Star Tours – Star Wars themed simulator with a different adventure each ride - and in 3D!
  • 4/5 Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters – Laser shooting gallery ride where different targets are worth different scores.
  •  2/5 Astro Orbitor – what you see is what you get. 4/5 for kids
Main Street
  • 3/5 Train –  There’s an old, but classic, surprise between Tommorowland and Main Street stations
  • 2/5 Great moment with Mr Lincoln – He’s alive! Feeling patriotic??
  • 2/5 Disney Gallery – If you’re interested in the Disney park planning process (sketches, models etc)
  • 1/5 Main Street Cinema – Old Mickey flicks
  • 1/5 Main Street vehicles – like catching a bus.
Shows / Parades
  •  6/5 Fantasmic! – A truly amazing night show DON’T MISS IT!!
  • 4/5 Magic, Memories, You! – some cool projection effects
  • 2/5 Other Parades – If you like parades, then soak it up . . . I don’t.
  • 5/5 Fireworks – watch it form main street, with the crowds.
Food
There is a wide variety of restaurants Disney puts effort into. A couple of recommendation to check out are:
  • The Downtown Disney (in- between both parks) Rainforest café for a unique eating experience.
  • The Blue Bayou, in Disneyland near Pirates of the Caribbean, needs booking, up to days in advance. Call (714) 781-3463 for bookings before hand.
  • There is a Dennies, McDonalds, iHop and more restaurants/café’s outside the park on Sth Harbour blv.

California Adventure Park, CA

Hollywood pictures Backlot
  • 4/5 Muppet Vision 3D – crazy fun
  • 3/5 Monsters Inc – count the doors in this ride! 4/5 for kids
  • 4/5 Aladdin Musical – If you like Musicals, or Aladdin, this is for you!
  • 5/5 Tower of Terror – not as scary as most vertical Drop rides – but with some clever surprises.
  • 2/5 Talk Turtle – a novel experience
  • 2/5 Animation Academy – learn to draw
  • 3/5 Disney Animation – how they make animations
  • 2/5 Character close up – art exhibition
  • 3/5 Sorcerer’s workshop – how they make animations
  • 1/5 Playhouse Disney – for young Kids, 3/5 for kids
Cars Land
  • 5/5 Radiator Springs Racers - a not to be missed, reasonably face paced Car racing ride
  • 3/5 Mater's Junkyard Jamboree - cute, similar fun as the 'Teacups'
  • 4/5 Luigi's Flying Tires - Ever wanted to float around on a giant air hockey puck?
Bugs Land
  • 5/5 It’s tough to be a bug – our all-time fav 3D show with a few big surprises!
  • (everything else is good for young kids in this land)
Golden State
  • 5/5 Soarin over California – a virtual hang glider ride
  • 5/5 Grizzly River Run – you will get wet, but will you get VERY wet??!
  • 1/5 Redwood challenge trail – a playground, 3/5 for kids
Paradise Pier
  • 5/5 California Screaming – a long smooth looping coaster.
  • 5/5 Toy Story Midtown Mania – awesome 3D arcade ride!
  • 3/5 Mickey’s Fun Wheel –  pick the sedate or the rocky version if you dare!
  • 2/5 Silly Symphony Swings - Ornate, but a rotating swing non the less.
  • 3/5 Goofy's Sky School – A 'mad-mouse' style rollercoaster
  • 2/5 Golden Zephyr -  nice and sedate
  • 2/5 Jumpin Jellyfish – what you see is what you get, 3/5 for kids
  • 4/5 The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure - nice, colourful ride.
Night Show
  • 6/5 World of Color – awesome new night show, not to be missed

Universal Studios Hollywood, CA

Top Level
  • 5/5 Water world show – watch out for low flying planes
  • 4/5 Shrek 4D – The horse riding just annoyed me, but a 4D experience for sure.
  • 5/5 The Simpson’s Ride – anyone else smell bubble gum on this simulator experience?
  • 3/5 House of Horrors – haven’t been on it, don’t plan to – too chicken.
  •  4/5 Terminator 2 3D – a reasonably  intense 3D movie experience.
  • 3/5 Animal Actors – a performing animal show
  • 5/5 Studio Tour – plenty of interesting stuff on this tour of sets and props – King Kong 3D is very intense for kids.
  • 4/5 Special FX stage – a live demonstration of ‘how they do it’.
Bottom Level
  • 5/5 Jurassic Park the Ride – fantastic finish.
  • 4/5 Revenge of the Mummy – an intense coaster