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Why: Because no amount of tech bells and whistles can beat the scissors-wielding women and men who can cut a full silhouette in the time it takes to ask, “How long is the line at Pirates of the Caribbean?”
What: Yes, Disneyland has decades’ worth of newer, fancier attractions. So what? Sit your kid or yourself down in the Silhouette Studio on Main Street, hold still for 60 seconds or so, and walk away with a paper profile your family will keep for decades. Then do the rest. The original Disneyland (85 acres, opened in 1955). Downtown Disney (20 acres of shopping, dining and entertainment, opened in 2001). Disney's California Adventure (about 70 acres of rides, shows and such, opened in 2001).
Where: Disneyland, 1313 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, 27 miles southeast of downtown L.A.
How much: One-day adult Disneyland admission starts at $119 on busiest days, $95 on slowest days. Parking is $18 per car. For the silhouette, about $9.99, plus about $17 more for the frame.