Unfortunately, I can’t call myself a legitimate Disneyland expert – yet. I’ve only been to 4 out of 11 Disney parks around the world. One day, I hope to visit them all. But until then, I decided I would share my super important Disneyland knowledge with you all! Disneyland is a very busy, but incredible and fun place – no matter which park you visit! I can say that for certain, even though I haven’t been to them all yet!
There are currently 6 different cities around the world that have a Disney park or resort: California, Florida, Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. I’ve only visited the California and Tokyo parks, but I still know my fair share of helpful information!
So, which parks are my favourite and why? What is there to know about each park? I’m glad you asked! I’ve written a Disney Parks Guide just for you guys!
ANAHEIM’S DISNEYLAND + CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
The Anaheim parks are probably my favourite. I don’t really know why, there’s just something classic Disney about them. Anaheim has two different Disney parks: Disneyland (the original) and California Adventure Park. I’ve been to both parks dozens of times. It’s hard not to fall in love with the atmosphere, rides, food and the Happiest Place on Earth in general!
TICKET PRICES – FOR DISNEYLAND AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK
*All prices are in US dollars
1 Day Ticket – Admission to one park only
Weekdays: $97 (adult) $91 (child)
Weekends: $110 (adult) $104 (child)
1 Day Ticket – Park Hopper Ticket (can switch between both parks on the one day)
Weekdays: $157 (adult) $151 (child)
Weekends: $165 (adult) $159 (child)
2 Day Ticket
Admission to one park per day: $199 (adult) $187 (child)
Park Hopper Ticket: $244 (adult) $232 (child)
3 Day Ticket – both tickets include a Magic Morning (early entry on one day to Disneyland)
Admission to one park per day: $270 (adult) $258 (child)
Park Hopper Ticket: $315 (adult) $303 (child)
4 Day Ticket – both tickets include a Magic Morning (early entry one on one day to Disneyland)
Admission to one park per day: $290 (adult) $275 (child)
Park Hopper Ticket: $335 (adult) $320 (child)
5 Day Ticket – both tickets include a Magic Morning (early entry on one day to Disneyland)
Admission to one park per day: $305 (adult) $290 (child)
Park Hopper Ticket: $350 (adult) $335 (child)
Rhiannon’s Suggestion: As you can see, the more days you choose to visit Disneyland, the cheaper the tickets become. I highly recommend purchasing the 5 day Park Hopper ticket. It’s the best value for money, you are able to switch between both parks, and you aren’t required to visit on 5 consecutive days! I think this is the perfect option for families and Disney lovers of all ages!
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DISNEYLAND AND CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE OPENING TIMES
As a general guide, Disneyland is open from 9am until 10pm each day during the week. On weekends, the park remains open until midnight! For up-to-date opening times, always check Disney’s website to plan your day!
Rhiannon’s Suggestion: If you choose to purchase any of the multi day tickets, instead of tiring yourself out by spending open until close at the parks, split up your time over each day! For example on the first day, arrive in the morning and spend the day in the park. The next day, arrive in the afternoon and stay for the fireworks! This will give you a chance to rest (Disneyland is exhausting – lots of walking!) and you’ll be able to experience the park at different times throughout the day. Plus, Disneyland’s fireworks are unmissable in my opinion. They last what seems like forever, and are absolutely beautiful.
ANAHEIM’S DISNEY PARKS GUIDE: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
Disneyland is a big and wonderful place, no matter how old you are. There are 8 different lands within the park, and each are themed differently. I don’t know about you, but I like to know as many inside tips as possible before visiting a particular place. Theme parks are no different. This is especially the case when I know I’ll be visiting during peak season (which is generally summer, no matter which Disney park you attend). So I decided to write a post, sharing all of the best tips I can think of when it comes to Disney!
It may be the Happiest Place in the World, but it can also be the busiest place in the world. If you aren’t prepared, and haven’t experienced the Disney life before, it can seem overwhelming. So that being said, sit back and relax. Grab a cup of coffee, a notepad and a pen, and pay attention!
I’m about to tell you everything you need to know about Disneyland and California Adventure Park! You’re welcome.
DISNEYLAND TIPS AND TRICKS
1. No matter which park you plan to visit first, always arrive at LEAST 30 minutes before the gates open. The earlier the better. Theme parks are busy, but Disney Parks are even busier. So to avoid disappointment and having to wait in lines for hours, just wake up a little bit earlier!
2. As soon as you’re allowed in the park in the morning, run straight for Tomorrowland. Space Mountain should be first on your itinerary for the day. Before you actually line up for the ride, get a Fast Pass ticket. Just put your park ticket into the machine outside Space Mountain, and it will pop out a ticket with an hour time bracket on it. Once you’ve got your Fast Pass ticket, line up for the ride. Then come back during your designated hour, and ride it again! Trust me, it’s worth it. Space Mountain is my all time favourite ride!
3. Not to miss rides in Fantasyland: It’s a Small World and the Mad Tea Party tea cups! Who doesn’t enjoy spinning themselves around in colourful tea cups, and almost throwing up every churro you’ve had throughout the day?
4. If you’re visiting with kids, keep an eye out for Disney characters during the day. They tend to come out sporadically (less often and for shorter periods of time during the summer), but they’re easy enough to find. Park maps and Disney’s website should have updated times of planned Disney character interactions. If not, just walk around both parks – you’ll definitely see one or two!
5. Get yourself some custom embroidered Mickey Mouse ears while at Disneyland! They’re awesome – I have two pairs myself! You can get anything you like stitched to the back of the ears, so be creative! From memory, they cost around $14. That price might have changed, but I wouldn’t imagine they’d cost more than $20. This is a great gift idea, or a souvenir for yourself or your children!
6. Disneyland is aimed more towards younger children. So if you choose to purchase a Park Hopper ticket, head to Disneyland on the morning of your first day! I don’t have kids, but after seeing so many of them either screaming, having tantrums or asleep by 3pm, morning visits are definitely the way to go!
7. Grab a map when you enter the park, as it will show where every ride is located and whether they have Fast Passes available. The maps also show where the toilets, ATM’s, smoking areas and first aid centres are located. There are also baby care centres spread out around the park.
8. If it’s your birthday or your first visit to Disneyland, there are free badges available from City Hall, located near the entrance gates. Why not let dozens of people exclaim “happy birthday!” while you line up for Space Mountain? That’s half the fun! Plus, it’s an awesome free souvenir. Bonus.
9. Keep an eye out for pressed penny machines. This is a super cheap and fun way to collect souvenirs around the park, and you’ll generally find them in most areas throughout Disneyland! Check the stores outside of all your favourite rides – they tend to have themed pennies available!
10. Bring your own water bottle and snacks. Not only will you save money, but it’ll also come in handy while you wait in those horrid long ride lines. Other than having to pee, there’s nothing worse than being super thirsty when you’ve still got 40 minutes left to wait! Snacks are also a good idea to keep kids happy, distracted and less bored.
11. Don’t miss Indiana Jones in Adventureland. Whether you’re a fan of the movies or not, everything about this ride is awesome. You’ll be in awe the whole time, even while lining up! The detail put into decorations throughout the queue is amazing. Grab a Fast Pass early in the day so you don’t miss out!
12. If you purchase any of the multi day passes, you get one Magic Morning to use on the day of your choice. This means that for one day, before Disneyland opens to the public, you get to go in and have the whole park to yourself (and other people who choose to use their Magic Morning ticket on that day), for an entire hour. This is a great way to hit up your favourite rides before the long lines start to form! Definitely worth paying for a multi day ticket!
CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK TIPS AND TRICKS
1. When the gates open, head straight to Cars Land. Last time I visited California Adventure Park, Radiator Springs was THE most popular ride by far. The wait times were crazy, and Fast Passes can run out fairly quick, especially during peak times. So if you’re a Cars fan, definitely make this a priority! The sets and decorations are incredible. Whether you’re a Cars fan or not, everyone can appreciate the amazing detail!
2. If you aren’t a Cars fan, California Screamin’ is a must. It’s the only real roller coaster within both parks, and it’s a LOT of fun! You can get Fast Passes for this ride too, and like Space Mountain, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll be turned upside down, do loops in Mickey’s ears and have a photo taken at the end that always provides a laugh. Make sure you experience the ride at night too. Incredible views of the entire park, with everything lit up and sparkly!
3. Paradise Pier is where everyone gets those classic rollercoaster and ferris wheel photos. It’s the prime and most popular location for some incredible sunset photos, too! Make the most of the river in front of California Screamin’. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots in the park.
4. Make use of the single rider lines. This applies to Disneyland too, but generally smaller children aren’t going to want to ride by themselves. So for the rides at California Adventure Park that are for older kids and adults, definitely make the most of this! You can wait in line with your friends and family, you’ll just have to ride the actual ride sitting next to someone you don’t know. Totally worth it if you’re short on time and want to see as much as possible!
5. For the over 21 year olds, you can purchase alcohol in some parts of California Adventure Park! Generally Carthay Circle and Paradise Pier areas are your best bet to enjoy some refreshing lunch time alcoholic beverages!
6. Head over to Hollywood Land and experience the refurbished Tower of Terror ride! It’s now Guardians of the Galaxy, and although I haven’t ridden it myself, it looks amazing! The exterior design is awesome, and if it’s anything like the original Tower of Terror, it will be one you cannot miss!
7. If you’re a fan of ferris wheels, check out Mickey’s Fun Wheel at Paradise Pier. There are two types of gondolas: still or swinging. If you’re daring, and aren’t afraid of heights, definitely choose the swinging one. You’ll slide back and forth along the inside of the wheel. Not recommended after eating lunch, though!
8. Don’t miss the Pixar Play Parade. Literally THE most catchiest song ever, and you will definitely be singing it all day long. All the Disney characters come out for this awesome parade, interacting with guests and children in particular. There are 5 floats in the parade: Monsters Inc, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug’s Life and Toy Story. I suggest scheduling your day around seeing this parade, it’s worth it!
TOKYO DISNEYLAND AND DISNEYSEA TIPS AND TRICKS
If you’ve been a reader for a while, you would know I’ve already published a pretty detailed post all about Tokyo’s Disneyland and DisneySea! So many people had amazing feedback about that post, which is one of the reasons I decided to sit down and write this one!
If you haven’t read about my experience at Tokyo’s Disney Parks, you can check that post out here.
Here’s a quick run down on what I talk about:
- Where to purchase tickets, and how much they cost
- Explaining Fast Passes
- Restaurants and Japanese Disney snacks
- My favourite rides
- How to get to Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea
- The difference between Disneyland and DisneySea
- Other tips and tricks!
Again, click here to read that post. I included a lot of super helpful information!
Regardless of which Disney Park you choose to visit, your experience will be amazing. I’m sure you’ve heard that Disneyland is the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’, and let me tell you, it’s definitely true. Disneyland is a place for special memories, beautiful moments with the people you love, and enough laughs to last a lifetime.
I hope you found this Disney parks guide helpful! Tell me in the comments below, which is your favourite Disney park! What’s your favourite ride? I want to know!
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