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Because of the large number of attractions at Disney California Adventure® Park, we suggest allotting at least one full day (if not park hopping) or two days of hopping between it and Disneyland® Park.
We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of the official opening so that you are one of the first to enter the park. (Guests who are driving should arrive an hour early to park and access 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 FASTPASSS are distributed near It's Tough to be a Bug!® Attraction and 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.
Locals with annual passes make up a large percentage of Disney California Adventure® Park 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.
Keep in mind that Disney California Adventure® Park shows, parades, and exciting seasonal entertainment can affect your schedule if you wish to experience them.
There are several things to take into consideration that could affect your park plan:
Learn more about these and more in our tips to maximize your time at Disneyland.
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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