Five things you need to do at Disneyland California - and the one thing you must do before it disappears forever

There's no denying Disneyland California is an ideal getaway for families, but it can seem overwhelming with simply too much to do.

However, if you have a plan, you can make the most of your time hanging out with Mickey and the gang.

To help you out, here are Newshub's top five tips to make sure you don't miss out if you head to Disneyland as part of this year's Disney 100 celebrations.

Check out the rollercoaster rides

Traditional rides are all well and good in Disneyland, but Disney has moved into more thrill-packed rides as customers have sought out more adrenaline-pumping attractions.

Chief among these is the Incredibles-themed Incredicoaster, a rollercaster which is the fastest ride at the Disneyland Resort. Going from 0 - 88km/h in just four seconds, this will leave you with your stomach in your mouth as it twists and turns.

A shot of the rollercoaster at Disneyland
This is the calm before the storm - the fastest rollercoaster in the Disneyland park. Photo credit: Newshub

Also worth doing is Space Mountain, a disorienting ride set mostly on a blacked out track, and Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT! an accelerated drop tower ride in the dark that will literally see you leave your seat.

A giant pretzel
This pretzel is huge - and delicious. Water bottle provides you with the scale of the task ahead. Photo credit: Newshub

Eat a pretzel as big as your car steering wheel

Nestled in the relatively new Avengers campus in Disney California Adventure Park is the Ant-Man themed Pym Test Kitchen. Offering big and small food choices (because everything's been shrunk to an ant level or expanded to the wackiest size possible), the kitchen has a pretzel offering that's shocking - and shockingly good.

Possibly best shared, this monstrously sized pretzel comes with a delicious beer-cheese tinted dipping sauce that really could do with having more in its tiny pot.

The secret Disney dining cavern
The secret Disney dining cavern is filled with hand-drawn pics of Pixar animators. Photo credit: Newshub

Try and have a meal at the Park's secret celebrity haunt

Hidden under the Lamplight Lounge on Pixar Pier is a room called the Office, a secret nook where the likes of Kylie Jenner and Celine Dion dine when at Disneyland.

But you don't have to be a celeb to book it - you just have to be in the know and make a cheeky enquiry when you rock up to your reservation.

With its red walls and framed self-portraits of Pixar animators, this almost bunker-like space is available to parties numbering under 13, and offers solitude from the screaming masses and a chance to reset your energy levels.

A shot of Disney wallpaper
Look carefully at the pattern - and you can see a hidden Mickey Mouse. Photo credit: Newshub

Search for the park's hidden Mickeys

Throughout the park in rides, animations, firework shows and even in parts of the hotels, design pranksters have had fun placing hidden Mickey Mouse symbols across Disneyland.

The distinctive circle with two ears symbol can be hard to find but once you start spotting them, it's addictive. One of the easiest to spot comes from looking at wallpaper in your hotel (they're hidden every 10 lines on the wall) and some of the harder ones come from trying to find them in buildings and masonry around.

Disneyland balloons
Disneyland balloons look pretty - but they're not practical if you're on a rollercoaster. Photo credit: Newshub

Give in and buy some merchandise

There's plenty on offer, especially with the 100 Years of Disney-themed merch, but you may try to resist for most of the time.

Don't buy a balloon until you're leaving for the day as there's no practical place to leave them for rides, but do give in and buy yourself a personalised set of Mickey ears - they look smart and are something you'll probably treasure for (y)ears to come.

Splash Mountain
Splash Mountain is one of the park's original rides. But it'll be gone soon. Photo credit: Disneyland

The one thing you need to do - ride Splash Mountain

Due to close for "refurbishment", but widely condemned for its idealised portrayal of plantation life and being tied to the 1946 Disney flick Song of the South, Splash Mountain's mix of log flume antics and old world simplicity is a fun ride, but one whose messaging is problematic in the 21st century.

There's no announced date yet for the Californian closure, but given the Florida ride closed on January 23, you'd be wiser to ride this sooner than later.

Newshub travelled to the US and enjoyed the resorts as a guest of Disney's Parks & Destinations.