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8 Must-See Attractions at the Disneyland Resort

Headed to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort!

When my daughter wrote “Have fun!” on her summer bucket list, I knew we needed to head to the Disneyland Resort. This summer there is so much happening at the Happiest Place on Earth. From the continuing Diamond Celebration to new attractions at California Adventure, there’s a whole lot of magic happening in Anaheim.

We were lucky enough to be invited to a media day at the resort, and spent the day zooming through Radiator Springs and soaring across the world. I’ve collected 8 things at the 2 parks you won’t want to miss this summer!

8 Must-See Attractions at the Disneyland Resort

Frozen Live at the Hyperion

Heading to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort.

Drive your sled over to Disney’s California Adventure for some incredible Frozen fun. I was able to attend the premiere, but this was the first time my family was able to watch the show. Not surprisingly, they were blown away. The Broadway-level show is free with park admission. I would recommend getting your FastPass early in the day and arriving at the theater 45 minutes in advance. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Soarin’ Around the World

Heading to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort.

The reimagined Soarin’ ride within California Adventure now glides guests all over the world. You’ll dip among the polar bears in the Arctic and scale the Eiffel Tower. New scents fill the voyage; I smelled cherry blossoms, ocean, and maybe even some dust from an elephant. Be on the look-out for a Hidden Mickey or two!

Heading to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort.

Tower of Terror

Recently announced, the Tower of Terror will stop dropping guests in early January so it can be transformed into Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! Cross over into another dimension for one last time before Disney imagineers transform this fan favorite.

Cars Land

Always on our list of things to do when we visit California Adventure is to race over to Radiator Springs. Zoom over to Radiator Springs Racers early, before the line gets long. You’ll also want to meet Luigi’s cousins or “cugini” at Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters.

World of Color – Celebrate

I’ve got big ol’ heart eyes for Neil Patrick Harris, so the first time I saw him on the big screen (big wave???) I knew I was going to love the new World of Color. Neil guides us through a celebration of the life of Walt Disney that inspires audiences not only because of what started with a mouse, but also the majesty of the projections.

A great viewing spot is in the middle where the pictures are clearest, and towards the front (you will get wet). However, consider making reservations for the World of Color Dessert Party for a yummy presentation of treats and relaxing viewing area.

Disneyland Diamond Celebration 

The Diamond Celebration continues to sparkle at Disneyland. Your favorite characters are decked out in bling, and Sleeping Beauty’s castle glistens. The biggest birthday party will be celebrated until September 5th. You won’t want to miss the fun!

Heading to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort.

For the 61st anniversary of Disneyland on July 17th, guests were delighted to see 61 characters lined up at the entrance of the park. So much fun to see all your favorites in one place! And speaking of characters, I’ve seen Pocahontas chasing the colors of the wind and taking pictures with guests recently.

Heading to Anaheim for a Disneyland vacation? Here are 8 must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort.

As you enter the resort, don’t forget to enter the Diamond Days  giveaways. Daily prizes, including unique in-park experiences, are awarded to guests who text the “Word of the Day” to CASTLE. Additionally dazzling, weekly prizes include vacation packages and engraved diamonds.

Paint the Night Parade 

There are attractions for everyone at the Disneyland Resort (you can read my toddler personalities here). I have the fondest memories of the Main Street Electrical Parade from my childhood, and never thought Disney could top it. They did. The Paint the Night Parade boasts 1.5 million LED lights with unforgettable performances. It’s a mix of your old favorites and the new characters quickly becoming beloved.

Disneyland Forever Fireworks 

Living in Anaheim, we have a nightly view of the Disneyland fireworks. And while my backyard private viewing area is fun, it doesn’t come close to seeing the Disneyland Forever show from within the park. In addition to the pyrotechnics, guests are surrounded with projections on the castle and Main Street. The wonderful Disney storytellers have wound an emotional tale through the dazzling spectacular.

Which one of these must-see attractions at the Disneyland Resort do you find the most magical?

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My name is Melanie. I love glitter, my family, and making lists.


  1. 1

    I haven;t been to Disneyland since I was 17. I’m headed back next summer for D23, and there is SO MUCH to see and do!

  2. 3
    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    Soarin’ Around the World sounds like a great attraction. That’s a new one since we were last there.

  3. 4

    hope to see it all someday! we’ve never been to disney so I wouldn’t know the first thing about any must see attractions! so thank you for this, it will come in handy hopefully soon!

  4. 5

    The Paint the Night Parade sounds like a sight to see. Disney has so many great attractions. So sad they’re remaking Tower of Terror, but I’m sure the Guardian of the Galaxies one will be fun too.

    • 6

      It’s a remarkable parade. I know years and years from now my children will feel as nostalgic for it as I do for the Main Street Electrical Parade.

  5. 7

    I had no idea how many things there were to see and do at the Resort. I would love to take my family soon.

  6. 8

    Great list!! I always say that the best things to do are the things that no one knows about, the small gems with little lines. Especially in this California heat!

  7. 9

    Great pictures and list! I am a Disney World girl but would love to visit Disney Land!

  8. 10

    I think I would like the Paint the Night Parade, because Parades are always a lot of fun. Disneyland Resort really offers so many things I hadn’t even had a clue about, glad you shared all they offer for attractions!

  9. 11

    I definitely agree with your picks. Seeing those fireworks must be great! I’m loving the new Diamond celebration decorations too.

  10. 13

    Well for my husband and son, Tower of Terror and for me… Frozen live! 🙂 I’ve never been to Disneyland, but hope to some day.

  11. 15

    Awesome list! There’s just so many things to see in Disneyland. I would love to check all of these out and I’m sure the kids will have a great time too!

  12. 16

    Disneyland is on our bucket list this summer. Thank you for all these tips! We will absolutely enjoy our trip!

  13. 17
    Ann Bacciaglia says:

    My kids would have a blast at Disney’s California Adventure. I will have to start planning a trip for us to go.

  14. 18

    My kids got to go here recently! So fun! Wish we would have done all these things.

  15. 19
    Meagen Brosius says:

    This looks like so much fun! Hopefully one day when we have kids we can visit and see all of the amazing attractions!

  16. 20

    Man! We haven’t been to Disneyland yet. Hopefully we make it one day and I can use this list to hit up the best places first.

  17. 21

    I’d love to go. I’ve only been to the one down south. 😉

  18. 22
    Nikki Wayne says:

    Wow, I like to go to Disneyland resort. This must-see list is so nice.

  19. 23

    Looks like a lot of fun for those interested in Disneyland. For as much as I love Disney movies and books since I was a kid, I would rather spend my vacation money traveling overseas these days.

  20. 24
    Christina Aliperti says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland in years! I love it though and I will be going back sometime soon. I want to go with the entire family.

  21. 25

    The Disney Parade was our daughters’ favorite when we were there in March!

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