There's so much to do at Disneyland Resort that it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Where to begin? For starters, plan to spend at least one day at each park, if possible. Determine which rides are your top priorities, and then see where they’re located in the park. It's good to have a plan, but don't worry about sticking to a schedule. That just causes stress for everyone. Rather, go with your loose game plan and enjoy the day as it comes. Some attractions offer a FASTPASS, a free service which lets you come back at a prescheduled time and join a shorter line to ride the attraction. Simply walk up to the FASTPASS booth at any participating ride, slip in your park ticket, and you'll receive a slip of paper with the time you should return. You can have only one FASTPASS at a time, but once you use your FASTPASS, you can get another one for a different ride. Be sure to allow time here and there for refreshments or just to pause and catch their breath. These little breaks will help everyone keep going and enjoying the fun.
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This high-speed roller coaster claims to be the wildest ride in the American West. Inspired by Utah's Bryce Canyon, the ride cost more than $16 million to build—as much as all of the original Disneyland attractions put together. If you're a coaster fanatic, you'll find this one fairly tame. It uses tight turns, rather than steep drops, to produce a thrill. Still, the setting is fun. Ride during the day to enjoy the Old West back story, and again in the evening for the night view. Although Disney parks use painted concrete and fiberglass for most of their “stonework,” park fanatics say that 230 tons of ore was brought in from gold mines to make some of the rocks at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
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This 40-minute live stage show, presented in the Hyperion Theater at California Adventure, is well worth seeing. It tells the familiar story of Aladdin and his sidekick, Genie. The best scenes include Aladdin and Jasmine flying high above the crowd on their magic carpet. The musical score includes all the usual favorites, as well as a new song by the renowned composer of the Aladdin movie music, Alan Menken. The show runs five days a week, so check the daily schedule for show times and arrive early to get a good seat.
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