Disneyland, the most happiest place on earth and YES it really is!! Adding to this its the most busiest place too. The place where as soon as one steps in, gets into his childhood memories with all the characters he always wanted to be .

It’s helpful to have some strategies in play when you hit the parks. That’s what this post will provide—a list of tips that will help you maximize your time at Disneyland (which may also work with many other theme parks too)!

Best time to visit:

Selecting the best time to visit the Disneyland Resort depends upon your interests. If you want to visit when the number of Guests are expected to be lower, plan to visit mid-week (Tuesdays to Thursdays).

The benefit of visiting the Disneyland Resort when the number of Guests is low is that wait times may be shorter, allowing you to do more. However, Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park typically reduce their operating hours at such times. Additionally, attractions are more frequently closed for refurbishment during these periods.

If you want to attend while the theme parks have extended hours, entertainment, events and most attractions operating—plan to visit on a weekend, including extended holiday weekends during Christmas and Spring Break, June to August. However, during these times, the number of guests are usually increased.

For a complete list of hours, entertainment, events and refurbishments, go to the Park Hours section and enter the dates of your visit.

Buy Tickets Online:

Its most preferable to buy tickets online. Search for cheaper tickets online and probability is you might get it. When you buy tickets in advance online, you’ll go straight through the entrance and won’t have to spend any time in ticket booth lines! This will definitely save you time.You can also purchase tickets  from Disney Authorized Ticket Sellers.



Ease your way through the security line:

The best way to get through the security line quickly is to be prepared. Make sure all of your bags are out and open for the Cast Member to peek into. Have keys, cell phone and other metal devices ready to be passed to the guard at the security scanners. Have something that you know will buzz, such as a belt? Take it off and shove it into a bag for a moment.

Before getting into the park:

  • Get to the parks before they open. I stress on this as it’s true—the very shortest waits of the day are in the first hours of a park’s opening.
  • Download the Disneyland Mobile App. Download the Disneyland Mobile app before you arrive. It very helpful in checking wait times, show listings, park maps, restaurant menus and so much more. I will HIGHLY recommend this as app keeps updating the status and wait time of rides.
  • Disneyland has no place to charge your phone, so bring a backup charger — you will likely need it.

  • Selfie sticks are not allowed at Disneyland. Do not try to bring one in and use it–especially on attractions. They will stop the ride, embarrass you, and kick you out of the park. This has happened numerous times, most recently when California Screamin’ had to be evacuated because of a selfie stick user.
  • The rides don’t close when the park closes. You can still get in a line for a ride a few minutes before closing time. The lines also tend to be shorter.

  • Make sure your shoes and clothes are pretty comfortable as you need to walk and run a lot. Don’t forget sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, cell phone chargers and water.

  • Purchase Disney t-shirt, head bands and ears beforehand. Try to get them online or outside the park as they are bit costly in the park.

Maximize your time at Disneyland:

  • Carry Disneyland map with you all the time. You will get this at the park entrance. This will help you to make plan of attack and can cover the park strategically.
  • Make Use of fastpasses. The fastpass system is one of the best ways to maximize your time at Disneyland.  Selected attractions in both parks allow you to insert your park ticket and get a pass that gives you a return time to the specified attraction.You can only use the fastpass during the specified 1-hour return time window and you can only hold one fastpass at a time.The earlier you arrive at an attraction, the earlier in the day the fastpass return time will be.  
  • You can get only one fastpass at a time. Try holding a fastpass for crowded rides all the time.
  • Send only one person in your party to get Fastpass. It’s much easier for one person to appointed Fastpass “runner.”



  • Try park hopping. Both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are just a short hop.  One park normally closes before the other, so when you park hop, you can head to the later park when the first one closes.
  • Have a plan and prioritize attractions. Plan how and which rides you want to cover first depending on fast pass, waiting time , your interest and crowd. This way you could cover the parks if you got one day for each park.
  • Make use of the Single Rider Line.These lines are usually faster than fastpass lines, is a great way to maximize your time at Disneyland. If you are fine with splitting your group on the actual ride, you can experience the following attractions at super low waits on select attractions.

Disneyland Single Rider Attractions:

  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Splash Mountain

Disney California Adventure Single Rider Attractions:

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run

  • Pack your own snacks and water. You’ll save time and money by packing your own snacks and water. Think of picnic items, such as sandwiches, raw veggies, protein bars and fresh fruits.
  •  Eat during off-peak hours.You’ll save time waiting in line and finding a place to sit if you dine during the off-peak hours. You can save some time by dining on Disneyland eats that can be enjoyed on the move.
  • Save any of the long wait attractions you missed(or you liked the most) in the morning for the end of the night. Wait times will drop off in the last couple of hours of park operation, which makes this a perfect time to get onto Indiana Jones Adventure, Soarin’ Around the World or Space Mountain again.

Glimpse from Jungle Safari

  • Save time for the Dole Whip ice cream. They’re “classic” Disney snacks, and you can take them in the show with you. Don’t miss this!!
  • Fantasyland attractions are best experienced first thing in the morning or last thing at night to minimize waits.

Must have at Disneyland:

-Try not to miss any of these rides .

  • Jungle Cruise
  • Pirates of The Carribean
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Splash Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Space mountain
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk through
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • California Screamin’
  • Goofy’s Sky School

–  Pictures with the Disney characters. And kids can have their autograph too.

Disneyland offers spectacular ‘Remember…Dreams Come True’ Fireworks which are not to be missed in any case. It bursts over Sleeping beauty castle at 9:30 PM at Main Street so be there before it starts and book a place with the perfect view else you have to compromise with the view. During this time gates to Fantasyland are closed.

Try seeing at least one show when you feel like tired and show time is there. I saw ‘Frozen’ , it was one hour long.

Souvenirs:

About the souvenirs I would say better to get them outside the park, that will be more cheaper. You can get Micky mouse ears, mini head bands, Micky mouse caps , t-shirts and a lot more stuff from outside to save your budget. Else, Disneyland is always there to shop for them 🙂

So, here were few of my tips and experiences in the Disneyland. Those who have visited let me know what you got there(your tips and experiences)!! Others plan your trip soon its HALOWEEN  time:) 🙂

Cheers & Love,

Megha

 

 

 

 

 

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