Disneyland is such a magical place to be! I am fortunate enough to live in Southern California and have the privilege to experience the happiest place on earth on a daily basis. For those who want to make the Magic Kingdom a travel destination, here are a few pointers…..
If you are out of town I highly recommend you staying at a Disneyland Hotel not only for the convenience but also because they offer a “Magic Hour” to all guest of the hotel. This is where you can enter the parks an hour earlier than the rest of the public. This is such an amazing feature because as you will notice quickly is that Disneyland gets full fast! Just an FYI if you live in Southern California I just highly recommend you to just invest in an annual pass it is so worth it! You get to truly enjoy the park without the pressure of doing it all at once. My family has passes and we usually just go for a couple hours at a time.
If you can’t stay at one of the Disney resorts I highly recommend you to get to the park before they open. Trust me when I say this you will enjoy the park a lot better. I would also recommend you to purchase your tickets before you get to the park. You do not want to spend your time in the morning trying to purchase tickets. You also want to make sure you have a game plan before coming to the park and decide what are the rides that you want to tackle first.
If you are at Disneyland take note that some of the busiest rides are Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain and the Matterhorn. The other rides are busy but not like these mentioned rides. At California Adventure the busiest rides are Radiator Springs, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mid-Way Mania and Soaring the World. I highly recommend you try to tackle the busiest rides first. My husband and I always run and get Space Mountain or Radiator Springs fast passes first then we focus on the rest. If you are there on vacation you might want to maximize your time by downloading the Disneyland app and purchasing the MaxPass. The MaxPass allows you to get your fast passes on your phone and to have access to unlimited PhotoPass photos for the day. In my opinion if you are only at Disneyland for a few days it’s worth the extra 10 dollars a person.
One of my favorite restaurants at the park would have to be Ariel’s Grotto especially if you get a reservation during the World of Color. It is a pricy restaurant but it’s so worth it and magical. At Disneyland my favorite restaurant would have to be Blue Bayou. It is such a neat experience because you are technically having dinner inside Pirates of the Caribbean ride. If you are looking for a more inexpensive option inside the park The Star Wars lounge has great options at great prices.
If you want to snack or try something different my favorites would be the Dole Whip float at the Tiki Juice Bar in Frontierland. If you want dessert you can find a wide variety at Pooh’s Corner. They have the best cookies!
If you have little girls I recommend that you take your little one to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. They have various packages and they give your little one the royal treatment. Your little girl has to be at least 3 years old. Once your daughter receives the royal treatment and transform your little one into a princess of her choice all cast members will actual bow to her! So adorable!!
Disneyland and California Adventure are such magical places. If this is your first time coming I recommend you wearing your most comfortable clothing and bringing spares if you plan of getting on any rides that could possibly get you wet like Splash Mountain or The Grizzly River Run. If you go during the holidays it is extra magical and I also highly recommend visiting during that time of the year. California Adventure has a festival of food during the holidays and they offer a great selection of unique eats! I will say during the summer it can get pretty hot and busy I am warning you be prepared for the crowds during that time of the year! It gets so bad that I tend to not even visit the park during the summer. Regardless of when you chose to go to Disneyland I will assure you that you will have a blast!
Below are some pictures of my family and I during the year experiencing the most magical place on earth!