Hey guys! It’s already been one year since I was visiting my family in Los Angeles and planning an epic birthday trip to Disneyland so you could say I’m feeling quite nostalgic about it. I just turned twenty-three (on May 3rd) and spent my birthday at work so I’m not as excited about it this year lol. So I thought I’d take a trip down memory lane and write my Disneyland Travel Guide! I’ve been to Disneyland like a million times and it’s one of my favorite places so I’m excited to share my tips with you!
Quick Note: Disneyland is in California. Disneyworld is in Florida.
A Guide To Surviving Disneyland
Tip #1: Arrive Early, But Not Too Early
Disneyland opens at 9 AM. In my experience, that is when the crowd is at the largest and most stressful. Everyone is impatiently waiting in line and there are screaming kids everywhere – it’s not fun. I usually arrive around 9:30AM/10 AM and it only takes a few minutes to get through security and into the park and it’s far less stressful. You might even find it to be better if you wait until later in the day to visit – that’s entirely up to you. I, however, need a full day there because there’s so much to do and see.
Extra tip: purchase your tickets online ahead of time to avoid the line.
Tip #2: Get A Fast Pass
Like most people, I hate waiting in line. And I especially hate when everyone around me wants to make ‘small talk’. To conveniently avoid both things, I get a Fast Pass! All you have to do is put your ticket into the Fast Pass machine near the entrance of a ride and select a return time, and it’ll print out a Fast Pass for you – for free! I will usually do this around the afternoon for some of my favorite rides when I know the lines will be quite long and it’s a lifesaver.
(If you’re curious, my favorite rides are The Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, and Indiana Jones – Indiana Jones and Space Mountains offer Fast Pass but Pirates doesn’t)
Extra tip: Only get a Fastpass if the wait time is longer than 30 minutes. If not, it’s better to just wait in line.
Disneyland Park Fastpass Attractions
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Indiana Jones Adventure
Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
Tip #3: Book Dining Reservations Online
Disneyland only just started accepting online dining reservations so last year, we book a reservation for the Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square. I’ve always wanted to eat there and Pirates is my favorite ride so it was amazing. We weren’t able to sit at the edge near the water but it was still quite a magical experience nonetheless. Of course, not all dining places require a reservation but for some of the more popular places, definitely look into booking a reservation in advanced.
Tip #4: If You’re Celebrating A Special Occasion, Tell Them!
Since we went to Disneyland on my 22nd birthday, I went to Guest Services and got a birthday badge. I had more people tell me happy birthday than I have in my entire life! I also got serenaded by a man who was cleaning the ice cream place – that was probably my favorite part of the whole day as he was a beautiful and soulful singer. The cast members at Disneyland really know how to make a person feel special!
If you’re celebrating a recent engagement, wedding, whatever – go to Guest Services to get a free pin and you’ll feel special all day! 🙂
What are some of your favorite tips to surviving Disneyland? Let me know!
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