for doing Disneyland
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is the place the Disney dream began and on the eve of its 60th anniversary it’s still the Happiest Place on Earth. Encompassing two parks, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, there is so much to see and do we recommend a little planning to maximise the fun. Here are our top tips to get the best from your Disneyland experience.
Go online at disneyland.disney.go.com where you can enjoy virtual tours and investigate every corner of both parks as well as ticket pricing, dining and holiday package options. Or you can order Disneyland’s fantastic free Holiday Planning DVD
For the ultimate Disneyland experience check-in to one of Disneyland Resort’s three unique hotels. Choose from the original Disneyland Hotel with classic styling that pays tribute to the park’s 1955 opening, the charming Paradise Pier Hotel or if you’re looking to go glam with the fam, the Grand Californian Hotel & Spa might be more your style.
Whichever you choose, not only will you be close by if the kids need a nap or time-out from all the action but registered Disneyland Resort Guests can enjoy early admission (on select days) to attractions, entertainment and dining a full hour before the parks open to the general public.
If there’s a long line for the ticket booth you can forgo the wait by buying tickets with your mobile device. You can also download apps like The Disneyland Wait Times app that will update you on how busy rides are throughout the day.
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If your giving your phone too much of a workout, Disneyland offers secure charging stations at the Main Street locker facility where you can charge your phone while you take on some rides.
The Disney Fastpass system allows guests to reserve a specific time window to enjoy their favorite attractions. Simply scan your park ticket at the Fastpass machines and receive a special pass with a time frame on it. Return at the specified time and you can take advantage of the shorter line reserved for Fastpass holders.
Disneyland’s “rider switch” pass, or “parent pass” is a system that Disneyland uses for height restricted attractions to gives mum and dad a chance to enjoy their favourite attractions allowing guests looking after children to ‘switch’ with the other parent without requiring them to wait in the line a second time. You will need to enquire at each ride for this.
Toting tots? Disneyland has a parents area behind the Plaza Inn restaurant on Main Street where you’ll find nappies, baby food and baby supplies and utilise high chairs, baby, change tables and a private area for nursing.
Have a plan
Disney is crowded so be sure to write or tag your name and number on toddlers and young children in case you get separated in the park. Have a plan in place for your kids if they get lost. With teens establish a meeting spot and for younger children explain that should they lose sight of you they should keep an eye out for park staff and to stay where they are so mum and dad can retrace their steps to find them.