“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” -Walt Disney
Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth. Spending the day at Disneyland and California Adventure is something that everyone can enjoy, no matter what age you are. As with everything in life though, a trip to Disneyland can have it’s challenges. Here are my top 10 tips for having the best day possible at Disneyland and California Adventure.
1. Bring Your Own Food
Whether you want to bring snacks or full on meals, you can bring your own food into the park! This is a great way to save money, calories, and time. It’s no secret that park food can get expensive. Bringing your own snacks or a sandwich for lunch can save a lot of money. Park food also tends to be higher in calories. Disney is making great strides in offering lower calorie options, but that isn’t always what we want to choose. By bringing your own food, you can have more control over your calories. Bringing your own food also means that you can spend less time in line for food, and more time in line for rides! This has saved me so much time in the past and can help you too.
2. Always have one Fast Pass in Hand
Disney’s Fast Pass system is a huge time saver. I would suggest always having one fast pass in hand. That way you can wait in line for one ride, and then immediately after, go to the fast pass line of another. The fast pass line is always shorter than the regular stand-by line. You can even get fast passes straight from your phone now with the Disneyland app! Standing in line for one ride while essentially shortening your wait for another? I’d say that’s a yes!
3. If There is a Single Rider Line, Do it
The single rider line is a great option if you have a smaller party. Yes, you won’t be riding with your party but you’ll be riding near them and with a much shorter wait. Most people choose not to do this because they want to stay with their party. Trust me though, it’s so worth it though!
4. Wear Comfortable Clothes
I know that this seems like a given, but every time I go to the park, I see at least one woman in heels. More power to you, but there’s no way in heck that I would wear heels to the park. You’re going to be walking/ running ALL DAY LONG. Another thing to avoid… uncomfortable jean shorts. There is nothing worse than chaffing. You know what I’m talking about. When faced with the choice, choose comfort!
5. Bring Water Bottles
You can bring your own water bottles and keep refilling them in the park. One thing that I like to do is to get water cups from the restaurants that I go to and pour it directly into the water bottle for later. They will be more than happy to give you several water cups because Disney cares about hydration. Just make sure not to cut the line for more water. It’s always best to wait your turn.
6. Use The First Aid Station
Sometimes you feel less than great and you need to address it. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure both have First Aid stations inside the parks. You can go there for help and supplies, such as medicine for a headache, band aids, or antacids. You can also just go in and fill up your water bottle from their ice cold drinking fountain. They have nurses on staff that are there to help you. Don’t try to “tough it out”. Head to the First Aid station for some help! The Disneyland First Aid station is located on Main Street, next to the Baby Care Center, and the California Adventure First Aid station is next to the Chamber of Commerce on Buena Vista Street. If you need help finding it, ask a Cast Member for help!
7. There’s a Private Baby Care Center
If you have a little one and need to take a time out, you can stop by the Baby Care Center. They have changing tables, chairs for nursing, a kitchen with highchairs, and a shop to purchase more diapers, formula, and other items. The Disneyland Baby Care Center is located on Main Street, and the California Adventure Baby Care Center is located by Ghirardelli.
8. Download the Disneyland App So You Can Check Wait Times
There are several apps, including the official Disney app, that keep updated wait times. This is brilliant because you can compare wait times for two rides and decide which one you want to wait for and which one you want to get a fast pass for. It’s a planner’s best friend!
9. Make Dinner Reservations in Advance
If you are hoping to eat at one of the restaurants in the parks or in Downtown Disney, you need to make reservations. Otherwise, expect to wait about an hour. Some restaurants, like Blue Bayou, even require a reservation in order to eat there. Absolutely no walk-ins. The best rule of thumb is, if it’s a sit down restaurant, make a reservation. You can find a list of restaurants HERE.
10. My Favorite Spot in The Park
So, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. There’s one spot in the park that is off the beaten path. It’s my favorite spot for pictures, and just to take a second and breathe. It was where my (now) husband told me that he loved me for the first time. This spot is the Snow White Wishing Well. If you are looking at the castle, take the path to the right. It’s such an adorable spot and is always less crowded than the front of the castle for pictures. Hop on the bridge and get that Instagram worthy castle shot!
There You Have It!
Follow these 10 tips and you can have a well planned day at the Disney parks. Check out the pics below for more! And remember…
“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true.” -Walt Disney