Are you doing the Park Hopper passes? There is a beautiful and quiet spot to eat in the middle of California adventure that serves delicious wine and healthy California-style meals.
We always do the first day at Disneyland. We hit all of our favourite rides and usually stay for the fireworks. Get there early for opening since it’s going to be busy. Use a backpack and bring your own snacks and water bottles. Wear comfy clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting wet! My favourite rides are Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Indiana Jones. But you need to do the classic ones: Splash Mountain, Matterhorn, Dumbo, the tea cups, and the Haunted Mansion. I’m probably missing some… hit up the big ones and then if you have energy and time, do the smaller ones (Peter Pan’s flight, jungle cruise, Winnie the Pooh, etc.).
Then we do California Adventure the second day. It always feels more relaxed in that park to me and is a good way to keep from being overwhelmed by the whole experience. Usually we can get through everything we want to see in one day at California Adventure. You definitely need to go on Soarin’, the rollercoaster, and the Grizzly River Run. When you are at the Grizzly River Run, get your tickets to the World of Colour show (you should see the signs). It really can’t be beat!!
For your third day, pick your favourite rides and try to go on all of them, and see the things you might have missed on the first two days! We often end up at both parks on the third day and will “park hop” from one to the other. You might be “Disney’d out” by this point, so it’s a good night to leave a bit early and spend time walking through Downtown Disney. You can stop at one of the restaurants and grab a drink and a late night snack.
You’ll quickly get a feel for what works best for you!! Have an amazing time. I’m jealous!
One last tip! Use the single rider line for the Cars ride in California Adventure. Often you’ll end up in the same car and you can go on five or six times in the time you would spend waiting in line! A few other rides are like this too, so if you’re short on time and have a lot you want to see, do this!
Also, in Disneyland, the Enchanted Tiki Room is a great place to unwind and take a break. They have a Dole station where you can get some cool, fresh treats, and inside the attraction it’s air conditioned and you’re sitting down. It’s our favourite way to relax in the afternoon after a long Disney day.
And get yourself a pair of ears! My favourite place to find unique ears is at the trading post across from the jungle cruise. I have the cutest giraffe-patterned ears from there 🙂