By Brady MacDonald
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
5:38 AM PST, March 2, 2011
Movie stars, television actors, rock singers, fashion models and professional athletes are just like you and me. They want to take their families and friends to Disneyland for a day of fun. But that's not always as easy when you're better known than Mickey Mouse.
Photos: See celebrities at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure
To avoid hassles from overzealous fans and the ever-present paparazzi, celebrities trade front-of-the-line VIP treatment from the Anaheim theme park for a few snapshots on Disneyland rides and with Disney characters that show up in celebrity magazines and on entertainment shows.
Disneyland often plays host to red carpet movie premieres, star-studded attraction debuts and big production special events that draw scores of celebrities to the park.
Here's a who's who list of the stars you'll see visiting the Happiest Place on Earth in our photo gallery:
* Talk show host George Lopez on the Matterhorn roller coaster.
* "Green Hornet" star Seth Rogen cruises on the Storybook Land Canal Boats with Pinocchio.
* Talk show host Stephen Colbert sports Mickey ears with pilot Goofy.
* Singer Christina Aguilera screams for joy on Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
* "High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens arm in arm with Donald Duck.
* Pop singer Justin Bieber and "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest don 3-D glasses for Michael Jackson's "Captain EO."
* Basketball star Kobe Bryant celebrates a Los Angeles Lakers championship with Goofy.
* "Project Runway" host and supermodel Heidi Klum and her singer-husband, Seal, in crazy jungle animal facepaint on Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
* The cast of "Lost" slips away to another dimension on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride.
* "Glee" star Matthew Morrison shares a sinister grin with Captain Hook while costar Chris Colfer poses with his doppleganger, Pinocchio.
* "National Treasure" star Nicolas Cage looks slightly undead in front of the Haunted Mansion.
* No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani and rocker-husband Gavin Rossdale of Bush aboard a pink tea cup with their family.
* Seven-time Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong with one-time singer-girlfriend Sheryl Crow splash down on the Matterhorn.
* "Friends" stars Courtney Cox and Lisa Kudrow at the premiere for the Finding Nemo submarines.
* "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Orlando Bloom at the Disneyland premiere for "At World's End."
* Supermodel Christie Brinkley with her daughters at Miley Cyrus' Sweet 16 birthday bash.
* "Pirates of the Caribbean" star Johhny Depp side by side with a Jack Sparrow animatronic inside the famed Disneyland ride.
* Actress Kate Hudson blasts aliens on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride.
* Actress Keira Knightley on the red carpet of "Pirates of the Caribbean" premiere.
* Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy in the passenger seat of an Autopia car.
* "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
* New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning rides the Astro Orbitor with his wife, Abby.
* Former Disney star Lindsay Lohan and gal-pal Samantha Ronson celebrate Halloween at Disneyland.
* "The Office" star Steve Carell tries to remove the sword from the stone in Fantasyland.
* "Megamind" star Will Ferrell looks downright grumpy sitting in a tea cup with the Mad Hatter.
* The Jonas Brothers perform during a Christmas special in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
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