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We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of park opening so that you are one of the first to enter the park. Guests who are driving should plan to arrive at least an hour early to allow time to park and take the tram. Guests staying at a Disneyland® Resort should take advantage of the Extra Magic Hour to ride and/or secure a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers (note that Fastpasses are distributed near It's Tough to be a Bug!® Attraction FASTPASSES are not available until official park opening, but guests are allowed to line up a half hour in advance). Resort guests can also utilize the dedicated Disney California Adventure® Park entrance inside Disney's Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa for even shorter waits and quicker access to Cars Land. If you don’t have Extra Magic Hour access, we recommend avoiding Disney California Adventure® Park and spending the day at Disneyland® Park instead. Because of the large number of attractions at Disneyland® Park, we recommend allotting at least two days to explore this park and taking advantage of Fastpass, Disney’s ride wait system.
For guests who are more familiar with Walt Disney World® Resort, crowds generally build and build throughout the day. Locals with annual passes make up a large percentage of the guests and will often visit the park after work, making the evening hours as crowded as the afternoons. For this reason, we highly recommend visiting the highest priority attractions in the morning when waits are lowest. We recommend experiencing your chosen attractions in each land before moving on to the next.
Disney FASTPASS Service: The Disneyland® Resort continues to make use of the traditional FASTPASS (no FastPass+ so far), wherein guests can collect FASTPASSES at certain attractions to return at specified hour-long windows later in the day. Guests can hold only one FASTPASS at a time, with World of Color being the exception. A guest can collect another FASTPASS after the time stated on the current FASTPASS passes or two hours passes. FASTPASSES DO get distributed quickly for some attractions. For example, they are routinely all gone for Radiator Springs Racers within an hour or two.
Single rider lines typically move faster than even the FASTPASS line, making this an excellent choice for those guests who don’t mind splitting up their party.
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