Here are ten very important tips for your next Disneyland trip! These are some suggestions that I have based on my past experiences at the parks, and I really believe that they can help you have a productive but wonderful time! Hopefully, they will help you get the most out of your next visit!
💖If possible, try to go on a Tuesday: I know, I know…it’s more difficult to get a day off from school or work in the middle of the week, BUT if there is a holiday that falls on Tuesday or you are able to get a Tuesday off, it would be a great idea to use it by going to Disneyland and/or California Adventure. When I go on a Tuesday, the parks are pretty empty. Of course it isn’t like a ghost town, but I usually am able to ride everything and eat anything without waiting in a long line. There was one time I went to Disneyland and California Adventure on a Tuesday with my friend, and we were able to ride all the popular rides in both parks (the ones that usually have the longest lines) in a matter of 4 or 5 hours. There were also a ton of empty seats after ordering food from the food carts; there was no hassle in waiting for a family to get up so we could take their seats. Pictures with characters are also a breeze! In my experience, Tuesday is a fabulous day to go to the park.
💖Get a FastPass for popular rides: If you are at Disneyland or California Adventure when it opens, right when you enter either park, get a FastPass for a POPULAR ride (Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Cars, etc.). The earlier you get a FastPass, the sooner you get to ride a ride that you would usually wait hours for. You can only have one FastPass at a time (not including show FastPasses like World of Color), so you want to use the pass right on your scheduled time so that you can get another for another popular ride. But, in between FastPasses, you can ride the rides or go to attractions that have shorter lines. This will allow you to do everything you want without wasting time.
💖Know where the characters you want to see will be during the day: If you are wanting to get pictures with specific characters and not waste time running around and looking for them, then know where they will be located. I talked about a Disneyland App in a previous post that will help you find them! Remember, characters have breaks, but they usually come back within an hour. Just ask a cast member if you are having any doubts when or if the character you want will or will not be at a certain location. 😊
💖Somewhat plan your day(s) at Disneyland BEFORE your trip: Kind of know what you want to do at Disneyland and/or California Adventure. Do you want to get a caricature or you and your family done? Do you want to try a certain food? Do you want to ride a specific ride? Do you have a favorite character that you want to meet? Or a show you are just dying to watch? Make a list of the things that you want to do before visiting. They don’t have to be in order, but just have a general idea. Planning your day from start to finish is a bit boring, but having a list of what you think you want to get done just organizes your activities a bit. It will help guide your day(s) to be as productive as possible, but still be just as enjoyable.
💖Look up maps of the parks BEFORE your trip: This is really helpful especially if you are going to the parks for the first time. Even I still need the maps, and I have gone there numerous amounts of times. Looking them up (online) beforehand helps a great deal because it gets you familiar with the layout of the land. The parks are big, and even though each section connects, it is still quite a walk from one place to another. If you are trying to catch a show or attraction at a specific time, you don’t want to waste any time getting there. So looking at the maps to get a general layout in your mind really helps. Getting a physical map when you actually enter the parks should always be a must!
💖Make a reservation for restaurants you want to try: Waiting in long lines is truly where most of your day will go if you don’t plan at least a little bit ahead. If there has always been a restaurant that you have wanted to go to, MAKE A RESERVATION. A couple weeks or even a month ahead would be good especially if it is a popular restaurant. Of course, you can’t do this with food carts or other to-go places, but it does save time if it is a restaurant you want to try.
💖Try not to buy food during the USUAL breakfast, lunch, and dinner times: This may sound a little weird, but try your best to beat those lunch crowds by eating a couple hours ahead or a couple hours later than you normally would. For example, not too many people will be eating a turkey leg at 10am, BUT if you had an early breakfast, then 10am would be perfect! The line to get a turkey leg would be short, AND you wouldn’t get hungry until the lunch crowd has simmered down a bit. Doing this can save you so much time.
💖Do your souvenir shopping at the end of the day: If you are planning to buy a bunch of souvenirs for the people who couldn’t go with you on your Disney trip, save your shopping for the end of the day. You don’t want to be stuck carrying fragile and heavy mugs or a bunch of plushies around the parks, now do you? Buying small things like pins and buttons are alright, but remembering if you have all your belongings can also be a hassle especially if you are quickly getting off a ride or leaving a show. But at the end of the day, you can do your shopping and go straight to the car without worrying if you forgot anything.
💖Don’t be afraid to ask questions to cast members: If you don’t know where a certain food or ride is, the ASK. The cast members at Disneyland and California Adventure are really sweet and helpful (or they wouldn’t have gotten hired). They are expecting people to ask them questions. Remember, there are people all over the world at Disneyland and California Adventure. Not everyone is going to know where everything is, so they are prepared to answer all your questions. This again saves time if you are looking for something specific.
💖Don’t stress about not getting everything you want done: Even if you miss a couple things on your list that you wanted to do, it really is okay. If you worry throughout the day about not getting something done, then at each stop that you were able to go to, you would just be thinking about where to go next and not enjoying what is happening IN THAT MOMENT. You’re in such a wondrous place! Don’t make that to-do list control your whole vacation, it was only supposed to give you a general idea of how your day would look. A little spontaneity is a good thing.😉
Comment below and tell me if these tips have helped you during your visit! If you have tips of your own, please share them!
With that said, I hope you have a magical time at the parks! 😊
Thanks for reading. ♡