Top Tips For Visiting Disneyland in California

Disneyland has been one of the more popular family vacation destinations in the United States for more than fifty years. The park was dreamed up by Walt Disney and has since then become even more than he ever dreamed it would be. A visit to Disneyland often contains some of an adult's most cherished memories from their childhood. Sharing that experience with their own children is a big part of a family heading to this magical fun land.



Eleven Tips For Visiting California's Famous Disneyland Disneyland has been one of the more popular family vacation destinations in the United States for more than fifty years. The park was dreamed up by Walt Disney and has since then become even more than he ever dreamed it would be. A visit to Disneyland often contains some of an adult's most cherished memories from their childhood. Sharing that experience with their own children is a big part of a family heading to this magical fun land. Here are top tips designed to make anyone visiting Disneyland enjoy their time there even more.

 

The Best Times To Visit Disneyland

The best times of the year to visit Disneyland are early September when most public schools open and it is still warm out and then again in May before schools let out for the summer. The two months when Disneyland's attendance are at their lowest are January and February, but the weather during those times is a little less predictable and a guest's visit may not be as pleasant as it would be in September and May. Travelers need to remember though that Disneyland uses its least busiest times of the year as the time to repair many rides, so it may be necessary to contact the park or consult their website to see what rides might not be operating during that time.

 

If Possible, Take A Ride On The Disneyland Railroad First

It may not be the most exciting ride in the park, and it may seem boring to older children, but taking the twenty minute round-the-park ride on the Disneyland Railroad is the best way to get a visual layout of the park before diving headfirst into the fun and fantasy. This can also act as a good build-up to the fun that kids are about to have.

 

Search for discounts on Disneyland and Disneyland Travel

Looking for cheaper tickets on Disneyland, there are several options to try. One of the best sources to see all the discounts is the mousesavers site. They will show you some of the most popular discounts on tickets. Among some popular discounts places to find are: from local hotels, from Costco, and/or by using the Southern California CityPass, which you can purchase on Expedia or Orbitz. You can also use Ebay, there are always people willing to sell portions of their hopper tickets for a really good deal. If you are a Southern California local resident, you can also purchase tickets considerably cheaper than visitors. As a side tip, if you are looking to travel to Disneyland from outside California and you plan to book online, make sure you look for promo codes for receiving booking travel discounts. With an orbitz promotion code, you can save on Orbitz; a southwest discount promo code will help you save on Southwest. Using coupons on travel to California and Disneyland will help you save the most money.

 

Avoid The Parades, Hit The Rides

A good time for a visitor to head for some of the more popular rides in Disneyland is during their popular parades, both the mid-day and lighted evening ones, as sometimes there are shorter lines at the rides while people are watching the parades. This is of course only if the traveler either isn't interested in the parade or has already seen it once.

 

B.Y.O.B.W. (Bring Your Own Bottled Water)

Bottled water and soft drinks can be quite expensive inside the park and visitors to Disneyland are allowed to bring their own drinks in. The weather in Southern California can be exceedingly warm at times and the large amount of standing and walking will dehydrate people not acclimated to the heat rather quickly. Drinking enough fluids is one of the best ways to insure that a visitor to the park will have the best time possible.

Visit During The Middle Of The Week

Regardless of what time of year a patron visits Disneyland, they will find the smallest crowds are there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The heaviest attendance can be found on weekends, especially weekends during the summer. In fact, attendance at the park is approximately doubled on the weekends when compared to the middle of the week. Because fewer people attend the park or visit the area during these times, it is also not uncommon to find specials and discounts that apply to midweek visits to Disneyland.

 

Before Leaving For Disneyland, Visit Their Website

Disney is very good at keeping an up-to-date website, and it is the best place for anyone heading to Disneyland to check for current park information including closures, late openings, rides that are closed for maintenance, and other information that can change on a daily basis.

 

Visit Disneyland On Your Child's Birthday

Disneyland offers visitors free admission to the park on their birthday. Guest wanting to take advantage of this have to sign up online to qualify and then present their identification when they arrive at the admission gate. The pass that birthday guests receive is just for one day, so this may not be of use for those purchasing multi-day passes, but it can usually be exchanged for something else.

 

Guests Of The Disneyland Hotels Get Priority Treatment

It can be a little more expensive, but being a guest of one of the on-site Disneyland Hotels is a great way for a vacationer to receive some priority treatment. One of the main bonuses, besides all the themed extras that are available in the hotel itself, is the ability to enter the park as early as 7am while other attendees have to wait until the posted opening time.

 

Become Familiar With Disneyland's Fast Pass System

Guests at Disneyland do not always have to wait in long lines to ride the rides they want to. Disneyland has a system they refer to as “Fast Pass” and it allows people holding them to skip the line and enter the ride ahead of others. There are a number of rules and tricks to learn to maximize the use of the Fast Pass system to its fullest potential, doing some research online or asking questions of the attendants in the park is a good way for a guest to get the most out of their visit.

 

Guests Should Bring Their Own Sunscreen

Items like sunscreen are available to purchase in the park, but as many would expect this isn't the cheapest place to buy these types of items. Anything that someone thinks they may need while at Disneyland should be purchased ahead of time, doing so will definitely make a family's travel budget go farther.

 

Rent The Older Disney Movies

If a family is attending Disneyland and the children aren't familiar with some of the Disney classic movies made twenty or more years ago, it could be a good idea for the parents to rent them and let their kids get familiarized with the characters and the stories. Many rides, restaurants, characters, and areas of the park are based on Disney movies from long ago and kids who are not familiar with them may not be fully understanding of or entertained by what is going on if they haven't seen the films.

Disneyland has kept a high level of popularity for more than five decades for a reason, the park concentrates on entertaining its guests to a high level and succeeds at it each and every day. A visit to Disneyland can be the kind of vacation that children and adults remember for the rest of their lives. Doing a little research as far as what to expect at the park and what to bring can add to and multiply the level of enjoyment that a family ends up having. A trip to Disneyland is one of the best ways for a family to bond during vacation, its been proven so for more than fifty years.  

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Last updated by traveldude on 6/9/2009
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