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The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2020


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Table of Contents

List of Maps Acknowledgments Introduction

  • Why "Unofficial"?
  • How This Guide Was Researched and Written
  • Disneyland Resort: An Overview
    • Critical comparison of attractions found at both parks
    • Attractions found only at Disneyland Park

PART ONE: Planning Before You Leave Home

  • Gathering Information
  • Timing Your Visit
  • Getting There
  • Where to Stay
  • The Best Hotels and Motels Near Disneyland
    • How the Hotels Compare
  • Making the Most of Your Time

PART TWO: Essentials

  • The Bare Necessities

PART THREE: Disneyland with Kids

  • The Brutal Truth about Family Vacations
  • Mental and Emotional Preparation
  • Basic Considerations: Is Disneyland for You?
  • The Age Thing
    • Attraction Minimum Height Requirements
  • About Inviting Your Children's Friends
  • A Few Words for Single Parents
  • "He Who Hesitates Is Launched!": Tips and Warnings for Grandparents
  • How to Childproof a Hotel Room
  • Physical Preparation
  • Developing a Good Plan
  • Logistic Preparation
  • Remembering Your Trip
  • Trial Run
  • Strollers
  • Babysitting
  • Disney, Kids, and Scary Stuff
    • Small-child Fright-potential Table
  • Waiting-Line Strategies for Adults with Small Children
  • Lost Children
  • The Disney Characters

PART FOUR: Dining and Shopping In and Around Disneyland

  • Dining in Disneyland Resort
  • Disney Dining 101
  • Theme Park Counter-Service Restaurant Mini-Profiles
  • Disneyland Resort Restaurants: Rated and Ranked
    • Disneyland Resort Restaurants by Cuisine
  • Dining outside Disneyland Resort
  • Anaheim-Area Full-Service Restaurants
    • Anaheim-Area Restaurants by Cuisine
  • Shopping at Disneyland

PART FIVE: Disneyland Park

  • Arriving and Getting Oriented
  • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • New Orleans Square
  • Critter Country
  • Frontierland
  • Fantasyland
  • Mickey's Toontown
  • Tomorrowland
  • Live Entertainment and Special Events
  • Unheralded Treasures at Disneyland Park
  • Traffic Patterns at Disneyland Park
  • Disneyland Park Touring Plans

PART SIX: Disney California Adventure

  • A Most Anticipated Sequel
  • Arriving and Getting Oriented
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Hollywood Land
  • Pixar Pier
  • Paradise Gardens Park
  • Cars Land
  • Pacific Wharf
  • Grizzly Peak
  • Live Entertainment an Special Events
  • Unheralded Treasures at DCA
  • Traffic Patterns at DCA
  • DCA Touring Plans

PART SEVEN: Universal Studios Hollywood

  • Gathering Information
  • Timing Your Visit
    • Universal Studios Hollywood Small-child Fright-potential Table
  • Arriving and Getting Oriented
  • Universal Studios Hollywood Attractions
  • Live Entertainment at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Dining at Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Universal Studios Hollywood One-Day Touring Plan
  • Additional Area Attractions


  • Readers' Questions to the Author
  • Index
  • Clip-Out Touring Plans

List of Maps

  • Southern California at a Glance
  • Around Disneyland
  • Disneyland-Area Hotels
  • Downtown Disney
  • Disneyland Park
  • Disney California Adventure
  • Universal Studios Hollywood

About the Author

Seth Kubersky is nationally recognized as an authority on theme parks and amusement attractions. He has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. In addition to writing "The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando" and coauthoring "The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland," Seth also contributes to the Unofficial Guides to Walt Disney World and Las Vegas. A resident of Orlando since 1996, Seth is a former employee of Universal Orlando's entertainment department. Named Best Arts Writer in The Daily City's 2013 readers' poll, Seth covers arts and attractions for the "Orlando Weekly" newspaper, "Attractions Magazine," AAA's "Via Magazine," and other publications. You can find Seth online at or on Twitter @skubersky. Bob Sehlinger, a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide series. A contributor to several top-selling guidebooks, Len Testa leads the team at, a research arm of The Unofficial Guides. Guy Selga Jr. is a passionate Disney fan, a blogger, and a researcher at


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--The New York Times

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