There is nowhere on earth quite as magical as Disneyland! The sights, the smells, the sounds… every moment in the Magic Kingdom will be a day straight out of a fairy tale. No matter your age, you will find wishes can come true at Disneyland. Here are some tips to make your trip as wonderful as it can possibly be!
How to get to Disneyland
It’s fairly easy to find Disneyland. The park is located in Anaheim, a short drive from Los Angeles, California. As you drive toward Disneyland, make sure you get in the right parking garage lane. You can also take a bus to the park.
Parking in Disneyland
Parking costs $18. The parking garage is huge, but it is conveniently separated into different sections, named after classic Disney characters! From the parking lot, you walk to the tram loading area.
The tram shuttle visitors to the park from the parking lot and back. It’s free, but keep in mind that the lines are long, so you might have a wait. If you don’t want to wait, you can actually walk down the sidewalk to Disneyland’s entrance at Downtown Disney.
Downtown Disney is a shopping and dining area outside Disneyland and California Adventure Park. You can pick up souvenirs at a slightly lower price than you can in the park, but don’t get distracted early in the day! Save it until you’re done with all the rides and adventures.
Cost and entrance
There are a lot of different tickets you can purchase at the gate. A basic one-day, single-park pass is $95.
What to expect
Magic! You might find yourself too overwhelmed to know where to start. A good place to begin is at the bigger rides, whose lines get longer and longer as the day goes on. Check out the Matterhorn, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Once you’ve experienced the big rides, there are so many more rides to try. Even if you don’t have kids, Make sure you do a thorough walk-though of all the princess castles and Toon Town houses! Sleeping Beauty’s castle is located inside the iconic Disneyland castle, and it is a definitely must-see. The Teacup Ride is a kid favorite, and if you have children, they’ll probably want to see it over and over again.
The many different lands within Disneyland and like stepping into a myriad of mini worlds! Adventureland is a conglomerate of the American Southwest, the Australian outback, and Treasure Island. You can even take a ride through the lake on a small ship! Next door is New Orleans. If you’re trying to impress a date, book a dinner at the Blue Bayou, where you can dine on delicacies inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Tomorrowland is a childhood dream of spacecraft and crazy gadgets. You can go on a virtual Star Wars ride here! At Toon Town, you can meet Mickey and Minnie, and even be guests in their exaggeratedly cartoony homes. Fantasyland, where Snow White and Cinderella lie, catch a live princess show or take picture with your favorite prince. Main Street USA is the characterization of a Midwest town, frozen in time to reflect the era of Walt Disney himself.
There are several shows worth seeing at Disneyland, too. I already mentioned the princess show in Fantasyland. For a little fun and laughter, try the Laughing Stock Company. For something more serious, the Abraham Lincoln show in Main Street U.S.A. is absolutely phenomenal, especially considering the early date of the animatronics. The World of Colors show was my favorite; it was definitely worth seeing! Of course, you can’t miss Mickey’s Soundsational Parade, which runs from the park entrance all the way to Small World.
It’s not too hard to downsize the cost of your food at Disneyland. If you have a travel buddy, split meals and snacks to cut down on waste and make the most of your dollars. Choose options that are healthy and not too expensive.
If you want to try a fancy place like Blue Bayou, you can book reservations up to two months in advance online.
Use Fast Passes and single rider lines to make your wait shorter. The extra money for a fast pass will make be well worth it, since you’ll get to do a lot more during the day.