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12 Disneyland Secrets Only Insiders Know

Reader's Digest Logo By Sunny Sea Gold of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 12: First, a quick primer for true first-timers: Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California includes two theme parks, the original 'Happiest Place on Earth' Disneyland (the one with Sleeping Beauty's iconic castle, Space Mountain, and the Matterhorn), and Disney California Adventure (the one with Cars Land, the Pixar Pier, etc.).

Most of the tips in this insider's guide will be about Disneyland, but every so often, we'll throw in a California Adventure tip or two. like this one from the bonafide Disney experts at DIS: If the crowds at California Adventure are closing in, grab a snack and look for the quiet lower level of the Silly Symphony Swings ride. This covered space with lots of benches overlooks the lake and is usually almost empty.

At Disneyland park, head for a cute (and usually empty) seating area next to a tiny lake between the Matterhorn and It's a Small World rides. Even more hidden is a 'secret' walkway with view of Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain, and the Rivers of America. It's located right behind the Harbour Galley food stand across from the Haunted Mansion. Find out all the differences between Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World you never knew existed.

Find some quiet in the crowd

First, a quick primer for true first-timers: Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California includes two theme parks, the original 'Happiest Place on Earth' Disneyland (the one with Sleeping Beauty's iconic castle, Space Mountain, and the Matterhorn), and Disney California Adventure (the one with Cars Land, the Pixar Pier, etc.). Most of the tips in this insider's guide will be about Disneyland, but every so often, we'll throw in a California Adventure tip or two. like this one from the bonafide Disney experts at DIS: If the crowds at California Adventure are closing in, grab a snack and look for the quiet lower level of the Silly Symphony Swings ride. This covered space with lots of benches overlooks the lake and is usually almost empty. At Disneyland park, head for a cute (and usually empty) seating area next to a tiny lake between the Matterhorn and It's a Small World rides. Even more hidden is a 'secret' walkway with view of Tom Sawyer Island, Splash Mountain, and the Rivers of America. It's located right behind the Harbour Galley food stand across from the Haunted Mansion.
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