A day at Disneyland Resort California holds certain expectations for every member of the family and they can all differ… wildly! Whatever your family wants to do here are some top tips to help EVERYONE enjoy as many magical moments as possible!
1. Pushchair / Strollers
You can hire pushchairs at the entrance of the park, which is handy if you haven’t got one, but my advice would be take your own.
This way you’ll save a bit of money and you can load it up with everything you could possibly need for the day rather than go without or carry it on your back.
2. Plan Breaks
Obviously everyone wants to get as much of the parks done as possible, but if you have little ones my advice would be to plan breaks throughout the day.
This could be a picnic break, a coffee and cake stop (coffee extremely well priced at $2.99) or even slowing down for 30 minutes to watch a show.
We were there with a three year old and an 8 month old and we definitely needed moments of down time. Rest stops are a great way to ensure everyone can enjoy Disneyland for the whole time you are there.
Small children can get tired or hungry at, what seems like, the drop of a hat sometimes, so take a picnic for lunch and dinner and a couple of water bottles that you can refill from various places throughout the park.
It doesn’t really matter if you don’t eat your picnic if you find something better, but at least your under no real pressure to find food quickly and you have given yourself some options.
4. Big Rides
This blog is not the place where you will find a huge itinerary of what to do and when to do it, to ensure you go on every single ride at the park. These sorts of days must be impossible with little kids and sound really quite stressful!
However, what I will say is if there are members of your group who are keen to get on some of the big roller coasters, (like my husband) make sure you go to these first and get your Fast Pass to avoid disappointment. The longer you leave it the busier it gets and in the end there aren’t even Fast Pass options.
5. Single Rider and Rider Swap
Talk to the ride attendants about singer rider and rider swap options. This means one of you can stay outside with the pushchair while the other rides and then you can swap without queuing again. Sometimes we went through the Fast Pass line, other times we went in the exit.
It’s really quite good and it means neither of you have to miss out.
6. Day of the Week
We went on a Monday where the park closes at 11pm, but on a Tuesday the park closes at 6pm. Thats quite a big difference and by 6pm we were no where near ready to go home.
7. Fast Pass and Tickets
Choose your Fast Passes carefully as you can’t get another one until you have used the first one or the time has run out.
Also, look after your tickets as you need to scan these to get your Fast Passes from the self-service machines.
8. Eat in the Queues
There were times we ate sandwiches or snacks in the bigger queues just to keep the day going a bit.
9. Disneyland Park app and Disney Play app
Download the Disneyland Park app to keep on top of queue times and you can link your tickets to the app to to organise your Fast Passes. For the most organised amongst us this is a surefire way to make sure everyone can enjoy Disneyland!
If (like us) the app won’t work properly or you just don’t want to use it, you can get the same information from the guys at guest services, who are always stationed under big green umbrellas. You can find them all over the park and they can be really useful as there is no general board telling you about wait times as there is in Euro Disney.
You can also download the Disney Play app that is full of games and trivia to play while you are waiting in line.
If it’s your first time at Disney, get a ‘first time’ badge from any shop on Main Street.
If the staff or characters see your kids wearing the badge they will make their interactions just that little bit more special.
You can also get anniversary and birthday badges if you are celebrating one of those special occasions too!
Just a little cherry on top proving that everyone can enjoy Disneyland!
Travelling to Disneyland California with little ones under the age of 5? Here’s a breakdown of the best things to do with them in the park!