Ariel have always been my favorite Disney character and as I child (like most of us) growing up to Disney movies, Disneyland was one of my dream vacations. Years down the road, it finally became a reality and took a family trip to our first visit to Disneyland in California. As far as I remembered, it was magical.
Fast-forward 20 years later, I still look at Disneyland as a magical place and still hits home whenever I spot the characters roaming around the area. However, this time around, I’m not relying on my parents to pack my belongings and plan the itinerary for the trip!
Here a quick cheat sheet to help plan your day better in Disneyland as an adult:
Preplan your Disney Magical adventure
- Purchase your tickets in advance. It’s cheaper and you don’t have to wait in line!
- When you don’t want to be surrounded by millions of kids, babies and strollers, schedule your magical adventure when school is actually in session. It wont be as busy, and lines won’t be as long.
- Check ahead of time and follow up on the weather (most smartphones have built in weather apps), you want to make sure you’re prepared for a hot or chilly day.
- Dress comfortably and wear the right shoes. By right, I mean comfortable. And don’t get me wrong to each their own, but I’ll never understand women who wear heels all day in Disneyland.
Pack your essentials for the day
- Empty re-useable water bottles to keep yourself hydrated
- Snacks on the go. We all know that food can be costly in Disneyland, so do yourself a favor and pack some small snacks to munch on. However, I do recommend trying out some food places to get a full Disney experience and some spots do offer packages to eat with the Disney Characters and reservations for dining while having a great spot to watch the entertainment such as the Paint the Night and World of Color.
- Taking photos are great, but having low battery is not. So remember to pack an extra battery for your camera.
- Although there is a charging station located on the Main Street, U.S.A… don’t forget to still pack a fully charged mobile battery charger- considering how easily cellphones die these days.
- Travel sized sunscreen works wonders for anyone that burns easily in the heat. As for me, I usually carry a small bottle of dark tanning oil because I might as well get some tan while I’m out, right?
- Travel sized Wet Wipes to keep your hands sanitized as well as public toilet seats!
It’s adventure time
- Predownload the Disney wait time app! It’s super helpful for real-time updates on the rides and attractions in Disneyland, California Adventure and Disneyworld.
- Also predownload some entertainment for yourself while you wait in line. Currently my favorite games on iOS are: Fishing Break, Village Life and Tiny Sheep.
- Be on the hunt for the hidden freebies around Disneyland! We scooped up free birthday buttons for J and I since it was his birthday weekend. They also give out first visit, graduation, etc buttons as well!
- FastPass work wonders! So utilize them the best you can but you can only have a FastPass for one attraction at a time! Keep in mind FastPass is connected to BOTH Disneyland and California adventure.
- Speaking of FastPasses, don’t forget to grab your FastPass for Fantasmic! This is an amazing show and I would highly recommend watching it if you have never seen it. The FastPass for Fantasmic allows great seating options for the show and the great thing about it is, you can still get passes for the other attractions while holding Fantasmic passes!
- You’re also able to grab a FastPass for World of Color as well!
- If you’re interested in seeing Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and the Pixar Play Parade, try to find a spot as close to the beginning if you can. Also to go at least 30-60mins early to find the best spots.
- At night the biggest attractions turn out to be less busy due to the Paint the Night Parade and the Fireworks. During this time, I would suggest to hit up: California Screaming, HyperSpace Mountain, Mickey’s Wheel Fun, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
Hopefully these simple hacks can make your Disney Adventure still magical even as an adult. And to be honest, Disney has and will continue to always be magical to me.
What are your own Disney tips and hacks that has worked for you?