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A trip to Disneyland is on just about every child’s wish list. It is a time to ride fun rides, see Disney characters and eat things that are in the shape of Mickey Mouse.
For parents, the thought of planning a trip to Disneyland can be overwhelming. There is so much to think about and sometime it creates so much anxiety that the vacation loses some of that magic!
Here at Disney Insider Tips, we want to take some of guess work out of the vacation planning part of your Disneyland vacation by offering some of our best Disneyland California tips.
Our Best Disneyland California Tips
Buy Discount Disneyland Tickets BEFORE Your Trip
First thing you need to know is that you should purchase your Disneyland Ticket(s) in advance from a reputable Disney Ticket Seller.
You don’t want to waste time standing in a ticket line at the park.
You are going to find that the longer you go to Disneyland, the cheaper the ticket price will be per day.
And if you stay on Disneyland property and book a Disneyland package, you will save even more.
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Insider Tip: Once you have your ticket, take a photo of the back of your ticket with your phone.
If you were to lose your ticket, this is the only way to be able to trace it. Guest Relations can replace any lost ticket if they have the right information.
Get to Disneyland Early
One of our best Disneyland tips is getting to the park early!
You will want to make sure that you get to Disneyland before it opens.
This will allow you to get to be one of the first to ride the rides allowing you to avoid the longer lines that grow throughout the day.
If you are staying on Disney Property, you will be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hours.
This is a time when only Disneyland resort guests can enter the park.
Use the Disneyland Fastpass System
Use the FastPass system in Disneyland. For those unfamiliar with the Fastpass system, this is a way for you to “Jump the line” so to speak for certain rides & attractions.
Disneyland California Park Fastpass Rides & Attractions
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
- Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- “it’s a small world”
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Disney California Adventure Park Fastpass Rides & Attractions
- Goofy’s Sky School
- Grizzly River Run
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ Around the World
- Toy Story Midway Mania!
- World of Color
Look for a Fastpass distribution kiosk where you can get a Fastpass ticket for whichever ride you choose (you can find a list of Fastpass rides on your Disneyland Park Map).
You will need your park ticket to be able to get the Fastpass ticket. Once you scan your ticket, your FastPass ticket will print.
It will tell you the time window you have to actually ride your chosen ride and all you have to do is show up with your Fastpass during the time frame given.
Order Food Online to avoid Lines
Many of the quick service restaurants will allow you to order your meals online through the Disney Mobile Ordering section of the My Disney Experience app.
Take advantage of this by grabbing a table, placing an order and picking it up at the counter.
Not only will you avoid the line, but you won’t feel rushed.
Enjoy a Meal with Disney Characters
One of the best way to meet a lot of characters at one time is with a Disney character meal.
Plaza Inn serves breakfast daily & is located inside Disneyland Park, off Main Street near Tomorrowland.
It offers the largest selection of characters you can meet in one place while also enjoying a meal.
Don’t forget to bring your autograph book and pen so that characters can sign!
We hope that these Disneyland California tips help you when you are planning your Disneyland vacation.
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