If you’re like me, time in the park seems to go by impossibly fast. No matter how many times I visit, I have this overwhelming need to see EVERYTHING in a day! So I thought I would share the plan I often use, which is my best attempt to see almost everything in the park in the most efficient order possible. The Park Master is a fast-paced plan for Disney veterans, so if you’re new to the resort, choose a less aggressive plan so you have time to stop and take lots of pictures.
This touring plan assumes two days at the Disneyland Resort, with one day dedicated to Disneyland and one day dedicated to California Adventure. Of course, if you want to hop parks, check out the One Day Hopper touring plan.
Below the listed itinerary, I have a list of fast pass rides. They are not included in the itinerary because it’s very hard to predict when return times will be. Start your day by obtaining your first fast pass, and then continue through the itinerary. Every time you hit a fast pass window, grab the next fast pass on that list, use the one you have, continue on the itinerary, and repeat.
Stop for meals whenever you’re hungry or need a break. In Disneyland, if you’re on the Fantasyland/Tomorrowland side of the park, eat on Main Street USA or in Tomorrowland. If you’re on the Adventureland/Frontierland side of the park, eat in New Orleans Square or Frontierland. In California Adventure, if you’re on the Cars Land/Hollywood Land side of the park, eat in Pacific Wharf. If you’re near Condor Flats or Paradise Pier, eat in Paradise Pier.
PLAN FOR DISNEYLAND
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
- Star Wars Launch Bay
- Astro Orbitor
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Mad Tea Party
- Alice in Wonderland
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- It’s A Small World
- Storybook Land Canal Boats
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Frontierland Shootin’ Exposition
- Jungle Cruise
- Tarzan’s Treehouse
New Orleans Square
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Haunted Mansion
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Frontierland (part 2)
- Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island
Fantasyland (part 2)
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant
- King Arthur Carrousel
- Space Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Splash Mountain
NOTE: Don’t forget to check showtimes for Mickey And The Magical Map. Like the fast passes, stop your touring plan to watch the show whenever there’s a convenient showing.
If you’re not too tired and you’ve still got time, go back and visit your favorites again, especially the outdoor ones; Disneyland is beautiful when it’s all lit up at night.
PLAN FOR CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
- The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
- Golden Zephyr
- Silly Symphony Swings
- Mickey’s Fun Wheel
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- Radiator Springs Racers – USE SINGLE RIDER LINE
- Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters
- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree
NOTE: For Radiator Springs Racers, I think using the single rider line is a better option than Fast Pass. Fast Passes run out almost immediately, and sometimes the return lines are really long. This plan assumes you make use of the single rider line, but feel free to try Fast Pass on less crowded days.
A Bug’s Land
- It’s Tough To Be A Bug!
- Disney Animation (particularly Sorcerer’s Workshop, but everything if possible)
- Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley To The Rescue!
- Soarin’ Around The World
- Grizzly River Run
- Goofy’s Sky School
- California Screamin’
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
Like with the Disneyland plan, take any extra time you have to explore your favorite areas in the park. I’m especially fond of Cars Land or Paradise Park at night!