Disneyland California: 5 Tips you Must Know Before Going.

Disneyland California's Castle!
Disneyland California’s Castle!

Planning for a family outing can be difficult especially with a huge age range.

However, be it young or old, Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park have different themes and rides for each and everyone of you! Unlike the Disneyland Park, Disneyland California Adventure Park contains many more thrilling rides such as Grizzly River Run, California’s Screaming and many more! However, it also offers you many fun rides that are suitable for young kids and for the faint of heart. This is one of California’s attractions that every tourist should visit! Unless you are really not into Rides and theme park adventure! It is definitely not only about the California Beaches!

Disney theme parks have always been my dream to visit. I grew up watching Disney cartoons and movies and to be able to visit a land with no troubles and just pure fun, was indeed a dream come true. Going to Disneyland was definitely one of the best things to do in California! 🙂

The Disney website literally provides you with all the information that you need, including the description of every single ride, be it a big or small drop, slow or fast ride, and the minimum height requirements of each ride.

As mentioned earlier, Disney’s website has all the information required. Hence, instead of repeating mundane information that you can find easily on the website, I will be listing the top 6 rides we love! This is solely based on our own personal preference.

Watch our Video to find out how much fun we had in Disneyland! (Tips are written in the Blog below!)

If you are a Thrill Seeker, these are the rides you should Never Miss:

1. Grizzly River Run

Grizzly River Run in Disneyland!
Grizzly River Run in Disneyland!

2. California’s Screaming

California's Screaming in Disneyland!
California’s Screaming in Disneyland!

3. Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Mickey's Fun Wheel in Disneyland
Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Disneyland

4. Guardian of Galaxy

Guardian of Galaxy in Disneyland
Guardian of Galaxy in Disneyland

My favourite ride of all! Guardians of the Galaxy took us on a lift ride. It was a series of ups and downs with the lift door opening and showing us different themes of the Guardians of the Galaxy. While we were on the ride, the feeling of going down was simply indescribable. That ticklish sensation and my entire body being lifted up by a few inches was definitely thrilling. I had to make sure that I held on to the sides of my chair so as to not worsen the feeling. hahaha.

My sister even had a hilarious moment. When we were going up on the Guardians of the Galaxy Lift ride, she saw people lifting their hands up in the air and having the time of their lives. She was curious about the feeling and decided to try it herself. As she lifted her hands in the air, the cabin dropped a level, she got scared and instinctively grabbed the nearest object she could find. However, what she felt was something she would never have expected. She felt something hairy and it turned out that it was a stranger’s hand! It was so funny! All in all, this ride is a must try!!

5. Radiator’s Springs

Radiator's Springs in Disneyland
Radiator’s Springs in Disneyland
Radiator's Springs in Disneyland
Radiator’s Springs in Disneyland

One of our favourite rides as well! We went for the single rider ride as the waiting time was about 50mins. It was insane. Luckily, me and my sister ended up together. We went into this little car that came by and went through a series of car polishing and toured the ‘town’. It was a unique experience like no other. I especially loved the part where we raced with another car. That thrilling feeling of racing was fantastic!

6. Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain in Disneyland
Splash Mountain in Disneyland

Although it is one of the oldest rides in Disneyland, the experience was still wonderful! I loved the part when we “thought” the ride would be going down really steeply but it didn’t. It built up our anticipation and excitement levels. It made the entire experience so much more fulfilling! If it’s your first time in Disney, give it a try here! You will definitely love it!!

5 Tips you Must Know Before going to Disneyland California:

1. Go early in the Morning.

The queue gets longer in the afternoon especially during lunch time. The average queue time is about 5-30 minutes in the morning and reaches close to an hour in the afternoon.

2. Fast pass is a must if you wish to complete both theme parks in a day.

Disney also has an application, available on both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, that allows one to keep track of the waiting time at each ride, the location of each and every attraction, restroom and souvenir shop. In addition, it also allows you to have an electronic version of the fast pass, which in turn, allows you to conveniently reserve the rides for a certain time frame.

Fast pass is available for some rides in both Disneyland and also the Disney California Adventure Park. On the day that we were at the parks, we paid a total of $20 for 2 people. It was really handy as we only had 1 day and the pass allowed us to complete the theme parks in time.

The fast pass allowed us to reserve the rides in quick succession and allowed us to cover almost all the rides in a short span of time. Hence, I would say that this $20 is worth every penny. Another additional pass you can purchase is the Photo Pass, also included in the Max Pass, which allows you to instantly connect your photo taken by Disneyland to your phone and you will be able to share it with your friends and family instantly! Besides, $10 per pax is extremely affordable in comparison with other theme parks such as Universal Studios.

3.  The popular rides equate to longer waiting times (more than 40 minutes).

I would recommend going for these rides first before afternoon comes! (Especially for rides without fast pass)

(a) Peter Pan Flight (waiting time can go up to 60 mins)

(b) Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon’s Spin

(c) Matterhorn Bobsleds

(d) Indiana Jones

(e) Pirates of the Caribbean

(f) Haunted Mansion Holiday

(g) Splash Mountain

(h) Radiator Springs Racers (waiting time can go up to 60 mins)

(I) Roaring Around the World

(j) Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

(k) Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy

(l) Star Tours (waiting time can go up to 60 mins)

4. There are rides that will make you wet, bring or buy a poncho from the stores if you need them!

If you forget to bring one, you can always buy it at Disney stores located near the attractions and rides. Grizzly Bear Ride involves getting wet and you can purchase it at a store next to it. It costs about USD 10 for a poncho. It can be quite expensive but it’s a good quality poncho after all!

Disney theme parks are very expensive. A day ticket can cost up to USD 100 and if you go for 2 Parks, it would cost close to USD 200! All that for just 1 day of fun! I would say it is very costly.

However, being a foreigner, coming to LA is a once in a lifetime opportunity, hence i will definitely recommend experiencing both theme parks. Besides, it’s also cheaper to go 2 parks at the same time but if you really have to choose between the two of them, I will recommend Disneyland Park. We spent at least 5h or more while we only spent 3h in Disneyland Adventure’s Park! Even though the rides are supposed to be more thrilling, we found that there were many more rides that were for kids. They have the main castle in Disneyland park as well which of course must not be missed!

5. Accommodation can be very expensive especially when it’s near Disneyland.

If money is not a issue for you, these hotels are probably the best choice for you.

1. Disneyland Hotel

2. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

3. Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel

You will be able to enjoy some attractions at one of the parks before opening hours (usually 1h before), have some fun in the pools, thrilling water slides and kid-friendly spray ground and also imagine the convenience for you, your family or your friends! What’s more, you can stay in the hotel room and watch the fireworks that seem like it’s specially for you without squeezing with the enormous crowd.

Hotels within the vicinity of Disneyland California also have its perks. You can even choose different range of Hotel Rooms like the Disneyland Hotel Family Suite and many more! Being further away means that it probably wouldn’t be that noisy. Besides, most of the hotels nearby do have shuttle services to Disneyland!

6. Prohibited items.

Disneyland California have got lots of restricted items where you cannot bring into the park itself. Eg. Selfie Sticks..etc. Click here to find out more! 

Here are some hotels near Disneyland:

  • Less than half a mile:

1. Anaheim Camelot Inn & Suites

2. Anaheim Makestic Garden Hotel (Free Shuttle)

3. Anaheim Marriott Hotel (Shuttle provided  for a fee)

4. Anaheim Portofino Inn & Suites (Shuttle provided for a fee)

5. Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn ( Across the street )

6. Best Western Plus Park Place Inn & Mini Suites ( Across the street )

  • More than a mile:

1. Anaheim Marriott Suites (Shuttle provided for a fee)

2. Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim North (Shuttle provided for a fee)

3. Homewood Suited by Hilton Anaheim Maingate Area (Shuttle provided for a fee)

4. Hyatt Regency Orange County (Shuttle provided for a fee)

5. Sheraton Garden Grove Anaheim South Hotel (Shuttle provided for a fee)

6. Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove (Free Shuttle)

Additional information regarding accommodation can be found in Disney’s website. 

I hope this blog has served its purpose of equipping you with tips and tricks to fully maximise your experience!

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