🏰 Planning a trip to Disneyland
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🏰 Planning a trip to Disneyland

Everything you need to remember to have a magical trip to Disneyland. Note that this plan is specific to Disneyland in California but many of the tasks can apply to all Disney theme parks.

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  • 🏰 Book character dining

    If you're planning on eating at one the character dining experiences in Disneyland like Goofy's Kitchen, Ariel's Grotto, or the Plaza Inn, you can make your reservation way in advance - they book up quickly. Character dining can be booked up to 60 days in advance, book here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_lunchwithmickey

    • 30m
    • 9 weeks before
  • 🏰 Decide if you're staying for the day or overnight

    If you're thinking about staying in a hotel on-site, perks include fun dining options in every hotel, early admission to the park, and character-themed rooms. There are also plenty of hotels within a mile of the park that offer cheaper rooms - either way, your kids will be thrilled to go! On-site, we like Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel; if you do stay on-site, make sure to ask guest services about scavenger hunts: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_paradisepierhotel

    • 60m
    • 9 weeks before
  • 🏰 Purchase your tickets and decide on park hopper passes

    You can purchase your tickets in advance online or at the main entrance; there is no price difference. Online, the standard day pass starts at $76 a day with the option to go for 5 days, "the longer you play, the less you pay!"; other ticket options are also available for CA residents. Here you can purchase a park hopper, which allows you to go to both CA parks if you want to explore more rides, food options, and entertainment; if it's going to break the budget, pick one park to go to: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_purchasetickets

    • 30m
    • 9 weeks before
  • 🏰 Get the essentials

    Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen, snacks for the kids, a hat, jacket, hand sanitizer, and a reusable water bottle that you can fill up there so you don't have to pay for water. Pro tip: bring an extra change of clothes and socks for the kids in case their clothes get super soaked on a water ride. Check out this cute Minnie Mouse bucket hat: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_minniehat

    • 30m
    • 3 weeks before
  • 🏰 Give your children a budget

    The Disneyland gift stores have many fun items for kids which can definitely get pricey. Give your child an allowance to spend on special merchandise to avoid buying too many things.

    • 15m
    • 2 weeks before
  • 🏰 Plan your day based on your group

    Some rides might be scary or not age-appropriate (according to height) for smaller kids. If you're bringing kids of different ages, figure out which rides are appropriate for who. If you want to separate older and younger kids for certain rides, have enough adults to take them to different attractions so everyone can have the Disney experience of their dreams.

    • 30m
    • 1 week before
  • 🏰 Consider renting a stroller

    If you want to rent a stroller, you can outside of the main entrance of the park. Even if your kids can walk, it might be useful in case they get tired. Renting a stroller is around $18 for a single and $36 for a double: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_stroller

    • 15m
    • 1 week before
  • 🏰 Consider renting a locker

    There are lockers outside the Main Entrances to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park, as well as throughout the park. If you didn't claim check your items from Main Street shopping, you can check those and more items into a locker for the day, which starts at $7 for small ones and up to $15 for large ones. You can also charge phones here for a fee. Learn more here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_lockers

    • 15m
    • 1 week before
  • 🏰 Check out rider switch

    "This handy feature allows adult Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or Guests unable to ride. If a Guest doesn’t meet the boarding requirements or doesn’t wish to experience a particular attraction, it’s not a problem for family and friends who do! With Rider Switch, one adult or supervising Guest (14 years or older) can wait with non-riders while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. Then, they simply switch roles to allow the supervising Guest to experience the attraction without waiting in the regular queue again." Learn more information about and how to use rider switch here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_riderswitch

    • 15m
    • 1 week before
  • 🏰 Get the Disney Genie app (Lightning Lane!)

    Unfortunately Disney retired its Fastpass program in favor of the new Lightning Lane option. Download this app to mobile order food, make restaurant reservations, shorten your waiting time on rides, and get unlimited downloads on Disney PhotoPass digital photos. With the ride lines, you can see wait times for rides and wait virtually while doing other things in the park. Disney Genie Lightning Lane costs $15-$20 per ticket: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_disneygenie

    • 15m
    • 1 week before
  • 🏰 Figure out parking

    As you approach the park, you can easily follow the signs to one of the three parking facilities (Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure, Toy Story Parking Area), all of which are close to both of the parks. It costs $30-$40 per vehicle depending on its size, and parking opens one hour before the park opens. Learn more about parking options and buy a pass here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_parking

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 See the fireworks show

    Disneyland is known for its amazing fireworks shows; for some seaons, the fireworks shows are a nightly occurrance, like during summer and the holiday season. For the rest of the year though the fireworks only are lit on the weekends. If you're able to see the show, we suggest finding a spot with a view of the castle, from Main Street, or near "It's a Small World". The show starts at 9:30pm though, so for some families with little kids, it might not be in the cards.

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Keep your eyes peeled for hidden Mickeys

    A fun activity to do while walking around the park is to look for hidden Mickeys; the recognizable head-shape of Mickey Mouse is present in many places on-site. Learn more here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_hiddenmickey

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    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Pick a meeting spot

    This is important especially if your group plans on splitting up to enjoy different attractions. Pick a meeting spot that is recognizable, distinct, and hopefully familiar. Here is a PDF of a map of Disneyland and of California Adventure: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_map

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Check out the baby care center and first aid center

    If you're bringing young kids to the park, the baby care center near Main Street has comfortable nursing rooms for new moms, a kitchen with a sink and microwave, changing tables, and on-site shop where you can purchase baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen or a pacifier. First aid is also available to those who need it. Learn more about both services here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_firstaid

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Check out the lost and found for items and the one for kids

    To the left of the main entrance is lost and found for items. If you lose track of any kids, report them lost to a Cast Member; Disneyland security personnel can assist you. Children who are lost from their parents while in the park will be escorted to the nearest Baby Care Center and Lost Children facility by a Cast Member. Lost children found in Disneyland are taken to the Disneyland Hotel or the Baby Care Center and Lost Children facility inside Disneyland Park. Find more information here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_lostbaby

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Arrive Early

    Insider tip: Main Street opens an hour before the official park does. Take the kids to a fun breakfast with Disney characters, check out the Main Street attractions, and do your shopping in the early morning when it's not crowded; get a claim check so you don't have to carry your items around all day. The claim check area is located near the lost and found facility to the left of the main entrance to Disneyland. Pick up your souvenirs at the end of the day when other people are shopping.

    • 60m
    • 0 weeks after
  • 🏰 Make a reservation at Oga's Cantina if you want a drink

    Oga's Cantina in Star Wars Land is a bar and lounge with cocktails and appetizers. Kids are welcome (no strollers), but usually mostly adults are inside - this restaurant is the only public place in the park to get a drink. You can make a reservation on the Disney Genie app; new reservations are released every morning at 7:00am (they are required to go). If you do go, make sure to arrive 15 minutes before your reservation. Check out their menu here: https://link.joinarrange.com/takingkidstodisney_ogas

    • 15m
    • 0 weeks after
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