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Disneyland Tips: 10 Things To Know Before You Go To Disneyland

Written by Ariel



Things YOU need to know before you visit Disneyland in Anaheim California. First, buy your Disneyland tickets in advance. The worst place to buy tickets is at the front gate. The front gate ticket booths always have long lines, and they are the most expensive. EXPAND DESCRIPTION FOR MORE.

2. Theme Park Layout – Two Theme Parks, Disneyland and California Adventure. Downtown Disney with shopping and hotels.

3. When to go to avoid crowds – Avoid Christmas and the height of the summer. Use a crowd tracker website to gauge how busy it will be. Rainy days are awesome! Mornings are the least busy.

4&5. Food – My favorite food item at Disneyland is the Earl’s Club Sandwich at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney. In the Disneyland Theme Park my favorite is the fried chicken at the Plaza Inn. I also enjoy the corn dogs, and the gumbo.

6. Lines & Rides – Yes, you will be waiting in lines when you come to Disneyland. Make smart use of the fast pass. For $10 extra a day you can buy a Max Pass which lets you get fast-passes from your mobile phone.

7. Stroller Parking – Designated stroller parking, but don’t leave any valuables on the strollers.

8. Shows – Disneyland has great shows, but one of the neatest things about the park are the pop-up shows, parades, bands. Enjoy them! Fantasmic and World of Color are the “big” shows.

9. Shopping – Coolest gift shops are in New Orleans. Many stores have unique items in them — so if you like shopping visit all the stores.

10. Downtown Disney – some of the best restaurants are here, movie theater, and 2 hotels.

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25 Comments

  • I always like your travel vids, I followed your advice when I went to Vegas last January, and I was able to find the good food. Thank you. Keep posting ☺

  • Just FYI, in regards to water – any counter service place inside Disneyland will give you a cup of water with ice, for free. It's always good to bring a bottle of water anyway, but just wanted to share this tip.

  • Watch the fireworks first, fantastic second, and watch it from the Plaza Inn sipping a cool drink from a comfortable seat. Stephen Wimer author of "My Disney Side" on Amazon books, original guest since opening day, 55.

  • Thank you for the tips! I'll keep these in mind if I get a chance to visit Disneyland! I need to check out both Disneyland as well as Disney World over in Orlando one of these days.

  • ninja freebie tips:
    1: counter service will always give you free ice water for free.
    2: free sample chocolate at ghirardelli
    3: free sample sourdough at boudin
    4: unlimited toppings at Smokejumpers Grill – Formerly Taste Pilots
    5: honorable mentions.. spicy corn dog at corn dog castle DCA.
    6: Honorable mention.. corndog Nacho secret menu.. at White water snacks
    7: honorable mention.. sit down meal with a show at Golden horseshoe corral..

  • as a former cast member I can honestly say the best tip ever is to tip a cast member a couple of dollars and ask for a re admission pass. 9 out of 10 times they will because even though I loved my job the pay was horrible

  • LOVE the corndog cart! They are sinfully good! Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen is pretty good. For higher end dining I love Napa Rose in the Grand Californian (my favorite), and Steakhouse 55 in the Disneyland Hotel. Pretty pricey but you get what you pay for. World of Color is pretty jaw dropping spectacular if you have never seen it. But it's so very very crowded! Be prepared! Good review Chris!

  • Crazy idea here, but you can take that bottle you just drank all of your water from and refill it at any drinking fountain. Rancho del Zocalo has a water dispenser (and free refills if you're a soda drinker and hate Pizza Port).
    Indiana Jones Adventure and Splash Mountain have single rider. For Indy, they give you a pass at the entrance and send you up the exit (along with ADA groups) and give you additional instructions to board. For Splash you go through the exit. ADA groups will line up on the left, so proceed all the way and cross the little bridge over the logs.
    Corn Dogs can also be had at Stagedoor Cafe (on the side of the Golden Horseshoe). Theirs have french fries as the side.

  • Just a correction, there are indeed Single Rider lines at Disneyland for the following attractions:
    Indiana Jones
    Splash Mountain
    Matterhorn
    Space Mountain

  • I haven't read all the comments but just in case no one has said it, there are also filtered water stations throughout the park where you can fill your water bottles. I would NEVER recommend drinking from the fountains…the water is anything but clear ahah

  • Another useful tip is if you plan on spending the night at Disneyland, you should probably stay in a hotel outside the park because the prices are a lot lower.

  • THANK YOU for being a theme park vlogger who starts off by informing viewers that Disneyland is in Anaheim, Orange County NOT Los Angeles!

  • Yes, you can get free water cups at disneyland, but do you really want to wait in line for a water cup? Best thing to do is bring at least one water bottle!

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