The key to a successful day at Disneyland for
me is to avoid as many lines as humanly possible. This can be done
on most days. Two things can help you get through the day. One is
to manage time carefully. If possible, be there when the park opens.
Disneyland will fill up quite fast. During the day when the lines
are longest do your shopping and see the live entertainment and
less popular attractions. Then in the evening go back to the popular
attractions you missed. The second is to take advantage of Disney's
FastPass system. If used properly it can save you a lot of time.
Check out the planning section for more information and tips.
Under the not to be missed category I would put Fantasmic, Remember, and the Indiana Jones Adventure. These
are three quality experiences that you will only find at Disneyland.
(I know Fantasmic is in WDW, but the Disneyland version is sooo
much better). Other attractions that should not missed are the classics
Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Small World, and the
Jungle Cruise. For those of you who like thrill rides be sure to
ride all the Disney mountains and Star Tours.