Five Things You NEED to Do on Your First Trip to Disneyland

Now that the Disneyland Resort is open after its nearly fourteen month long closure, many of you may be considering a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

If you’ve never been to Disneyland and are wondering what to put at the top of your “to do” list, let us help!

Go on the unique rides you can’t find in Disney World!

If you really want to make the most out of your trip to Disneyland, you’ll want to check out the rides and attractions you won’t be able to find in Disney World. Despite its smaller size, Disneyland is actually jam-packed with awesome and unique rides, including:


Disneyland also has a second park — California Adventure — which has several unique rides and attractions, including but not limited to:

Pixar Pier!

Check out the rides that both Disneyland and  Disney World have — but that are still pretty different!

Disneyland Park overlaps quite a bit with Magic Kingdom, but that doesn’t mean they are completely identical parks! Despite sharing several classic rides, you may be surprised to notice those little differences that add up to quite a unique experience altogether! Be sure NOT to skip over these rides:

Spend time in Avengers Campus.

The Disneyland Resort has a brand-new land that you won’t find ANYWHERE on the east coast: Avengers Campus! This immersive land is filled with your favorite Marvel characters, stunt shows, a brand-new ride, and lots of shawarma!

Avengers Campus

Whereas Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge exists on both coasts in near-identical forms, Avengers Campus is 100% unique to the west coast. If you’re a Marvel fan, this is a MUST-see on your next trip to Disneyland.

Hey, Spider-Man!

Eat all of the iconic snacks.

Disneyland is known amongst the fan community for its iconic snacks. You thought Disney World had legendary food items? Dining around Disneyland has a massive fan following, so be sure to take in the local “culture” by ordering some churros, corn dogs, and more!

Specialty Churros at Disneyland

Visit Downtown Disney

Last but not least, we wanted to give Downtown Disney a little bit of love! This shopping and dining district may be smaller than Disney Springs, but the walkability of Disneyland makes this an easy add-on to your trip (rather than taking the bus or driving to Disney Springs — we’re talking STEPS away from the main gate at Disneyland!).

World of Disney in Downtown Disney

Book a dinner reservation or shop for more unique merchandise items to get away from the theme park crowds. It typically stays open a little later than the theme parks, so maybe grab a scoop of ice cream from Salt & Straw on the way back to your hotel room!

Disneyland’s Salt & Straw

We hope this list gave you some fun ideas for how to tackle your first trip to Disneyland like a pro! There are so many unique experiences to see that truly set it apart from Disney World.

Are you planning a Disneyland vacation for 2021? Let us know in the comments!

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