There are three areas that make up Disneyland: Downtown Disney, which is free and has all the shops. Disney California Adventure Park, which is based on California and has a section on Radiator Springs from the Cars movie. This one was my favorite. Both parks had different themed areas and many rides. Then there is Disneyland Park, which is the main park and biggest one.
Disneyland Park has the castle fireworks and the majority of the shows. If you are trying to avoid crowds at Disneyland… you can’t. We went on a rainy Tuesday and there were still thousands of people. Overall, I rate Disneyland 4 out of 5 stars because it was very cool and fun but the price to get in, and for food, was very expensive.
A review of my favorite rides:
Hollywood Hotel Tower of Terror (CA Adventure): You are in a broken service elevator and every floor you go up it tells you a different part of the story until you get to the top and see the whole park. 5 stars
Radiator Springs Racers (CA Adventure): This is very similar to Test Track at Epcot in Florida. You drive through Radiator Springs until you get on the race track and race another car down the track. 5 stars
Indiana Jones Adventure (Disneyland Park): You are in a jeep going through a temple to find Indiana Jones when unexpected things happen. It feels like you are actually there. 5 stars
Pacific Pier Roller Coaster (CA Adventure): One of the smoothest roller coasters I’ve ever been on. There is unexpected boosts and drops. There is also a loop and light tunnels that play music. 5 stars