Disneyland Tips and Tricks

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

At minimum, Daniel and I make a trip to Disneyland at least once a year. It's usually more like three times because they run a really amazing military special on three day tickets, but this year has gotten away from us. 

Since he's leaving at the end of the week we decided that this weekend was the perfect time to fit in a last minute trip to Disney before the end of summer. We knew that going on a Saturday in the week before school was starting might not be the best idea. But since we've been so many times, we've really done all of the things we've ever wanted to do there and can make it a much more relaxing and fun trip. 

During our past couple of trips we've learned a few things, and I thought I'd share some tips with you in case you're thinking about planning a Disneyland trip any time soon. So, here we go. 

The first step in planning a great Disney trip is to decide what time of year you want to be there (aka what type of decorations you want to take all the pictures of). My favorite time to go is right around Halloween. There are pumpkins everywhere and it's like walking through Halloween town. Christmas time is just as magical. 

After you've decided on a time, you have to decide on a day. If you can avoid the weekends then do that. I don't know why but Tuesday's sound like a good day to go, crowd wise. The weekends will generally be more busy then during the week but it also depends on the time of year. If you can go right after school starts thats generally a great time with a lot less people. Any holidays will be packed so steer clear! 

Make a game plan for your day, especially if you've never been before. Pinterest will be filled with all the things you need to do at Disneyland. Go through some posts and decide what you absolutely don't want to miss. Maybe you need a picture in front of the castle, or you don't want to miss out on a certain ride like space mountain. Make a list! There are apps that will show you maps and wait times for the rides on the day of your trip. 

Part of making a game plan is deciding whether you want to come early, or stay late (or both if you've got more will power than me). We live about an hour away from the park, so we usually have to make the decision about whether or not we want to go right when it opens and spend the day, or if we want to come later in the day to stay for the night time fireworks and water show. A benefit of staying in a nearby hotel is that you can do both, but they are really expensive. We've done both and I can honestly say that each has it's benefits but it all depends on what you want to see. My favorite show is the World of Color at California Adventure and it usually starts at 9pm!

Make a list of the characters you want to see and take pictures with. They're usually only out for around 15 minutes at a time so keep track on the Disney app for their locations. We've taken pictures with all kinds of characters. They sell autograph books and pens in all of the shops if you want some signatures!

Eat all the food. Some of my favorites include: Dole whip, turkey leg, ice cream cone from the ice cream shop on main street, frozen margaritas (sold in California adventure only), corn dogs, frozen bananas, clam chowder sourdough bowls. Plus pretty much everything else. If you want to eat at any of the restaurants, make a reservation far in advance. The restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride always looks like it would be so good, but we always forget about it until it's too late. 

Use the fast passes to your advantage. They don't cost anything, and you can get two at a time. If you're unfamiliar with fast passes they're basically a little ticket that you get for a busy ride, to come back an hour or so later and walk on. We usually get fast passes right away for rides like Tower of Terror and the Cars ride, and then wait in line for the less busy rides. It saves so much time and is a life saver on a hot day because you're basically waiting in air conditioning while you ride the other rides. 

Have you ever been to Disneyland? What would you suggest not missing out on?

1 comment

  1. I am a Disneyland junkie!!! :) I'm the one that goes when they open and stays until they close haha.


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