Depending on when you go to Disneyland the line waits can be minimal to quite long with waits of up to an hour or more before getting on many rides. The Nintendo DS can be a useful thing to carry around to entertain the kids (or even adults) during long line waits, waiting for parades to start, and/or waiting for shows to start. It can even be more fun and in theme with the Disney trip if you have some Disney games specifically related to things in the Disneyland theme park. Below is a list of some such games that play on the Nintendo DS and DS Lite, which includes Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance games.
Disney Fairies: Tinkerbell – Tinkerbell is found at Disneyland at the end of the fireworks show, is also related to the Peter Pan’s Flight ride in Fantasyland, and is can be met in the park as part of the Disney Faeries character greeting area called Tinker Bell and Her Fairy Friends. In this game for the DS you play as Tinkerbell and explore Pixie Hollow. You also get to meet and interact with other Disney Faeries in this game. The game activities include mini games and customizing outfits.
Disney Friends – This is a Tamagotchi/virtual pet style game for the Nintendo DS in which you interact and take care of different Disney characters including Stitch, Winnie the Pooh (relates to Winnie the Pooh ride and character meet area), Simba, and Dorey (relates to Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage ride).
Disney Princess: Magical Jewels – This DS game features the Disney Princesses, which relates to the Princess Fantasy Faire attraction in Fantasyland. This is an action adventure game with some puzzle aspects to getting through the adventure. In the game you play to recover magical jewels and restore the kingdom’s magical powers.
Disney Princess: Royal Adventure – This is a Disney Princess adventure game for Game Boy Advance that also is related to the Princess Fantasy Faire attraction in Fantasyland. In this game you go through seven different Princess worlds to help in the quest to get the stolen crowns back.
Disney’s Extreme Skate Adventure – This is a skateboarding game for Game Boy Advance featuring Tarzan (relates to the Tarzan Tree House attraction in Adventureland), Simba, and Buzz Lightyear (relates to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland).
Disney’s Magical Quest 2 Starring Mickey & Minnie – This is a Game Boy Advance adventure quest game in which you play as either Mickey or Minnie, which relates to these characters house attractions in Mickey’s Toontown.
Disney’s Magical Quest 3 Starring Mickey and Donald – This Game Boy Advance game is another adventure quest game. In this one you play as Mickey or Donald, which relates to the Mickey House and Donald Boat attractions in Mickey’s Toontown.
Disney’s Party – This is a general Disneyland game in that you play as Mickey and friends characters in a board game type game related to a theme park. The game includes a variety of mini games as part of the board game aspect. The characters in the game include Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Daisy, Donald, and Tinkerbell.
Finding Nemo Games – There are two Finding Nemo games for Game Boy Advance and one for Nintendo DS that relates to the Finding Nemo Submarine ride in Tomorrowland. The Game Boy Advance games are called Finding Nemo and Finding Nemo: The Continuing Adventures and the Nintendo DS game is called Finding Nemo: Escape to the Big Blue, which seems similar to the second Game Boy Advance game.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories – This is a Game Boy Advance RPG game that features some Disney characters such as Goofy and Mickey, which mostly relate to things in the Mickey’s Toontown land of Disneyland, but there is also other characters such as Winnie the Pooh (relates to Winnie the Pooh ride in Critter Country) and Hook (relates to Peter Pan’s Flight ride in Fantasyland).
Meteos: Disney Magic – This is a DS puzzle type game with a Disney theme to it that can be fun no matter what the reason for waiting is. It contains a variety of Disney characters including Tinkerbell, Lion King characters, Nightmare Before Christmas characters, Lilo, Stitch, Toy Story characters (relates to Buzz Lightyear ride), Little Mermaid characters, Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh (relates to Winnie the Pooh ride), Mickey and Minnie (these last to relate directly to Disneyland with the levels with them having some images that make it appear that they are in front of a Disney castle).
LEGO Indiana Jones – This Indiana Jones Nintendo DS game relates to the Indiana Jones ride in Adventureland. This game has plots related to the first three Indiana Jones movies.
Pirates of the Caribbean Games – There are a few Pirates of the Caribbean games related to the movies that are based on the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland. The Game Boy Advance games are Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The Nintendo DS games are Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.
Star Wars Games – There are several Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS Star Wars games, which relates to the Star Wars themed Star Tours ride and the Jedi Academy show in Tomorrowland. The Game Boy Advance games include LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force, Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon, and Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The Nintendo DS games include LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga, LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Jedi Alliance, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars: Lethal Alliance.
Winnie The Pooh: Rumbly Tumbly Adventure – This is a Game Boy Advance adventure game featuring Winnie the Pooh characters, which relates to the Winnie the Pooh ride and character greet in Critter Country.