Hey it’s Fastpass Master here! I wanted to talk about some of my favorite parts of both Disneyland and California Adventure that I absolutely love but sometimes feel like are underappreciated. Sometimes the most popular attractions can overpower these other gems and I think they deserved to be shared. So here are my top five most underrated favorite things about the parks!
- The Disneyland Railroad is such a fun way to get around the parks. You get to relax while you watch the scenery change around you as you go from land to land. Not all guests utilize the Railroad, but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a different view of Disneyland. One of my favorite things about the train in the semi-secret Lilly Belle Train Car. This special caboose is only attached to the trains every once and awhile and was built for Walt and his family. He named the train car after his wife. Not many people know about this special car, and if they do, it is pretty challenging to get a ticket to ride in it. Persistence is key, however. The last time I went, my family and I asked City Hall every day if the train car would be running that day. Some Cast Members didn’t even know what we were talking about it’s that under wraps. But finally, on our last day, we got lucky and scored tickets for it. It was truly magical riding in the vintage car while having a conductor tell us more about the history of the Lilly Belle and Disneyland.
- I’m an avid fan of the background music of the parks (weird I know). But not many people pay special attention to the music that is constantly playing in both Disneyland and California Adventure. The music definitely adds a special something to the atmosphere and it’s fun to listen to all the different melodies. There’s surprisingly a lot. I even looked it up on Spotify and there’s an extensive playlist. There was also a soundtrack for many of the rides that I had barely even noticed. I find it pretty entertaining to listen to, and it usually puts me in a good mood.
- California Adventure is a great part and it often seems overshadowed by Disneyland. One of my favorite places in California Adventure is the Disney Animation Building. Right when you walk in you’re surrounded by huge screens that play the animation process behind some of your favorite Disney movies. Inside is also the Animation Academy where a Disney Animator shows you how to draw classic Disney characters. The setup of the Animation Academy is really cool and the Animators are very friendly and helpful. If you go further into the Animation Building you can find the Sorcerer’s workshop to see how animators are made and Beast’s library where you can take a quiz to see what Disney hero or villain you’re most like. I definitely would not miss the Disney Animation Building if you find yourself in Hollywood Land in California Adventure.
- Also in California Adventure is Pacific Wharf that was modeled after the vineyards of Napa Valley and the famous Cannery Row in Monterey California. The area is an amazing place to grab a snack or meal as they have everything to clam chowder in bread bowls (a personal favorite of mine) to Thai coconut curry (also fantastic). Pacific Wharf also strongly reminds me of San Francisco as the area is home to both the Boudin Bakery Tour and Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate shop. I love Boudin’s bread. A lot. SO much that a friend of mine went to San Francisco and I made her bring me back some bread. Their sourdough bread has the perfect amount of tang and can only be found in a few places. I really enjoy the tour they offer as well. It might be because of the free bread they offer at the end too. But anyway, I would definitely check out Boudin’s if you’re looking for a bakery that might change your life.
These were just some of my favorite parts of Disneyland and California Adventure that I believe highly underrated. I hope this list offered some insight on things to look for or enjoy in the parks!
And remember, “To all those who come to this happy place: Welcome.”