40. Accelerate into Cars Land
Start your engine and hightail it to Cars Land. Inspired by the beloved Disney-Pixar movie Cars, Cars Land spans 12 acres of Disney’s California Adventure Park and offers up loads of unique experiences. Stand in awe as you gaze about this stunningly realistic reproduction of the film’s famed town of Radiator Springs and enjoy great dining, shopping, and photo opportunities with life-sized character car models. And don’t forget those exciting attractions, like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, and the ever-popular Radiator Springs Racers.
39. Walk in Walt’s Footsteps
There are plenty of unique tours to consider while exploring various Disney destinations, but one of the best ones is the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps tour at Disneyland. This experience is personally connecting to Walt Disney himself in a number of ways. You and a select number of fans making up the tour will be led through Disneyland, recounting the way it was in the days its creator walked these same routes. Learn about the personal history and significance of the classic attractions you’ll find here, uncover fascinating lesser-known tidbits (including Walt’s own reflections and reasons behind his creations), and then be treated to lunch or dinner from the Jolly Holiday Bakery on Main Street U.S.A.
38. Take the Wild Africa Trek
Taking the Wild Africa Trek at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is a whole different kind of animal experience. For one, it’s private—exclusive to you and your esoteric group via reservation (available for up to 12 persons at a time). Then there are the VIP exclusives, like getting the chance to go behind the scenes into private areas in the park that are not open to the public. This includes walking secret grasslands by foot as well as via your own personal safari vehicle. You will tackle a host of unique encounters along the way, like one-on-one animal befriending and even crossing a wobbly rope bridge. A tour guide is with you every step of the way to assist you and answer any and all questions.
37. Ride the monorails
While Disney cannot claim fame in the creation of the monorail system, the profound usage of it in both Disneyland and Disney World parks has definitely revolutionized its popularity. This distinct transport system, which relies on aboveground suspension or rail structures, actually got its earliest start back in the 1820s. However, Walt Disney considered the possibilities in the monorail serving a practical purpose for future transportation. Disneyland’s first monorail system, originally called “the Disney ALWEG Monorail System,” made its debut in 1959 as an attraction in itself. It became the first daily running monorail in the whole Western Hemisphere and the first of its kind in the United States. Disney World followed suit with establishing its own monorail system, the Mark VI Monorail, in 1989. Now the concept of the monorail is almost always synonymous with Disney Parks. Taking you on a convenient course to select hotel resorts and park/destination drop off points, you can’t pass up the opportunity to take a ride on one of Disney’s legendary monorails.
36. Go to Downtown Disney
While making your rounds about Disneyland’s two major parks you might want to take a detour to the Downtown Disney District. Here you can enjoy an abundance of shopping, dining, and live entertainment to be had. Ridemakerz™ is a unique store where you can even customize and build your own radio-controlled vehicle. Other pursuits include the LEGO® Store, Build-A-Bear®, Anna & Elsa’s Boutique, and several others. Also note, you can pick up the legendary Monorail System at Disney’s Downtown District in addition to the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.