How to Have a Perfect Day at Disneyland

If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I’m obsessed with Disneyland. Everything about Disneyland makes me feel like a five-year-old and I love it. I usually go every year on my birthday and sneak in other visits whenever I can. Although I don’t know everything about Disneyland (like what goes on in Disneyland jail… I’m working on that one), there are certain things I consider myself a Disneyland expert on. Here’s my guide for a perfect day at Disneyland:

Die-hard Disney fan since day 1
Here’s actual five-year-old me. This outfit explains my Disney obsession.

Before Arriving:

• Wear comfy clothes and shoes

Check the weather reports for the day you’re visiting and dress accordingly. I usually wear sneakers and take a light jacket/sweater with me. I always try and take a small backpack, rather than a side purse since my shoulder starts to hurt after a while.

Consider discounts and parking options

Disneyland is expensive. In fact, it gets more expensive each year. A single day ticket for visitors ages 10+ is $99.00. Disneyland does, however, offer some discounts. Visit the Disneyland offers and discounts page. I also recommend checking out Mouse Savers for ways you can save on all things Disney.

• Download a Disneyland ride wait time app

This has helped me a lot in the past. It’s frustrating to walk across the park for another ride to find out that the wait is hours long. A wait time app can plan your day out and help you decide which ride you want to ride next. The Wait Times for Disneyland app is easy to navigate. 

• Download Heads Up! and bring a backup phone charger

Most of your time at Disneyland will be spent waiting in lines so be prepared by downloading apps you can play. My friends and I love playing Heads Up! as it makes the wait times go by faster. 

In Disneyland:

• Get a Fastpass for your favorite ride

Disneyland is usually very crowded and lines for popular rides can reach up to two hours in wait time on busy days. Fastpasses are available for these popular rides and can save you a lot of time.

All you need to do is find the Fastpass machine dispenser for the ride and insert your admission ticket.

Space Mountain ride at Disneyland
I’m telling you, I take Disneyland very seriously (that’s me on the right, hands in the air having the time of my life on Space Mountain)

Keep in mind Fastpasses are only valid on the time slot shown on your Fastpass ticket. This time slot is also projected above the machines, so make sure that the time slot works for you before getting the Fastpass. The Fastpass ticket also tells you the next time you’re able to get another one.

Here are the rides that offer Fastpasses: Star Tours, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Autopia, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

• Snack, rather than have meals

This is a personal preference but one that I recommend, especially if it’s your first time visiting. Disneyland has delicious snacks, like my personal favorite, pickles (random, but they are seriously good).

If you want to make the most of your time at Disneyland (and aren’t watching your figure) then try things like the Mickey-shaped beignets in New Orleans Square or a cream cheese filled pretzel from the Refreshment Corner on Main Street. These are great grab-and-go items and perfect to eat while you wait in line for a ride. If you’re looking for a more substantial snack, then make sure to try the famous jumbo turkey legs.

This Buzzfeed video of Disneyland’s popular snacks makes me crave every single one of them:

• Use the single rider lines

Disneyland Teacups
Spinning the lavender teacup at the Mad Tea Party ride. It’s rumored to be the fastest teacup.

If you can’t stand being in line another minute and don’t mind riding next to someone not in your party, then give the single rider line a try.

Usually on rides with larger vehicles, like Indiana Jones, for example, you and your group will likely still be on the same car just not directly next to each other. This trick will get you to your next ride in a fraction of the time.

• Take pictures!

Disneyland has some great photo opportunities. Like I said, I’m a five-year-old when I go into Disneyland so of course I have to have my Mickey ears on at all times.

After Close:

• Grab a bite to eat at Trader Sams

Feeling hungry after the park closes? End your perfect day by heading over to Trader Sam’s, a casual island style restaurant and tiki bar. They’re located at the Disneyland Hotel and have some enchanting decor.

These are a few things that make my trips to Disneyland perfect. What are some of your favorite parts about Disneyland? Do you have any suggestions on what I should do next time I visit? Let me know in the comments below!



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