It’s FastpassMaster here! With the holiday season in full swing, I wanted to dedicate this post to giving some of my top tips for having the most magical experience in Disneyland and California adventure, if you choose to get the Park Hopper Pass which I 10/10 recommend. I haven’t been to Disneyland in a few year (tragic), but the last time I went, no joke, I planned for weeks. I was so stressed from school that researching all the tips and tricks when visiting the Happiest Place on Earth genuinely made me even more excited to go. I looked at almost every Disneyland based blog, bought every book and watch too many Disneyland vlogs. I even made an itinerary for what I wanted to do when once we got to the parks. It was bad. But through all of my research I learned so many tricks that people often don’t know about!
I’m a firm believer that if you play your cards right, you can experience everything Disneyland and California Adventure have to offer in three days. But you have to know what you want to do. Buy your tickets online beforehand to avoid spending time in lines that can get extremely long. Also print out a map, or pick one up at the park so you are very prepared when you walk through the gates. Also, I could not recommend getting the official Disneyland App enough, before you go to the park. It not only has an interactive map that displays your location, but it also includes menus for restaurants, the ability to track where your favorite characters are in the park, manage your Fastpasses, and check wait times for all the attractions. If you really want to minimize time spent waiting in line, check which rides get the busiest during specific times during the day, days in advance to make a prediction of when the best time is to ride an attraction .
When planning your trip, I really recommend staying at one of the Disney Hotels. I’ll probably dedicate a blog post to describing each one in detail, but the Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, and the Grand Californian all have their own special themes and perks. Staying on location offers several key benefits; the guests receive magic hours where the park is opened only to them for an hour certain days in the park. Staying in a Disney Hotel also allows for the park to very close for those who prefer a short travel time. Your occupancy also allows you to charge merchandise directly to your room!
To maximize time, I would also use transportation systems as much as possible. The railroad and monorail for example offer a fun experience that can also take you throughout the park. The monorail even runs through Downtown Disney. To maximize time, one should also determine when it is a popular time to have meals or not, to reduce wait times at a sit-down restaurant. Also try to have an open mindset; realize it is not the end of the world if you don’t go on every possible ride. Prioritize to get the most out of your trip!
I hope these tips will help you in the future to maximize your time in Disneyland!
And remember, “To all those who come to this happy place: Welcome.”