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40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

As long-time Disney frog-natics, Disney is practically our home, second to our humble lily pad. Trips to Disneyland are almost as routine as visiting the grocery store. We use our extensive experience to give tips and tricks so that you can get the most out of your Disneyland visit. A lot has changed over the last year or so, but things are also returning back to normal. No matter what, we've still got our hearts set on making the very most of our Disneyland day. And we want the same for you! Knowing that the Happiest Place on Earth can be also one of the busiest places on Earth, it's important to have some strategies when going to the parks. Well, frogs, that's why we're here! Here's a list of tips that will help you maximize your time at Disneyland.

Some of the tools we have relied on to maximize time in the past are changing. A new Disney Genie service is available in the Disneyland app, as of Dec. 8, 2021. Disney Genie+ is a paid service that replaces MaxPass (and FASTPASS). We're sharing what we know about these changes, as well as how to maximize your time at Disneyland right now.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

1. Buy tickets online. 

We always advise purchasing tickets online, but now you'll need both a valid park ticket AND a park reservation before you arrive. This is so Disneyland can limit and control park capacity. Did you know you can purchase your discount Disneyland tickets through Undercover Tourist and save some green? We even sell tickets pre-loaded with Genie+! As soon as you receive your ticket order, book your Disneyland park reservations to secure your dates. You'll need to pick the park you want to visit when you make your reservations. If park hopping, you'll choose the park you want to visit first. You can park hop after 1 p.m. (subject to availability).

Don't purchase tickets at the ticket booth because if there aren't any reservations left that day, you will not get in. Normally, when you buy tickets in advance, you'll save a lot of time (in addition to money) by going straight to the entrance. You won't have to spend any time in ticket booth lines. This can save you an hour on a busy day! For now, you'll want to purchase well in advance (up to 120 days). Buy them as soon as you can to lock in the lowest rate.

2. Pick the best times to visit.

While it's always a good time to visit Disneyland, there are times during the year that are better than others. Holidays, school schedules and local visitors have a big impact on Disneyland's schedule. Use this guide to determine the best time to visit Disneyland.

Right now, you can only book reservations for up to 120 days in advance. Here are two additional links you may find hopful at this time when planning your visit:

  • Disneyland Park Availability Calendar — This calendar allows you to make sure the park you want to visit is available on the day you want to visit (before you buy or start to reserve).
  • Disneyland 1-Day Ticket Tier Calendar — Disneyland 1-Day tickets vary in price by day. There are six price tiers. Popular days such as weekends and holidays are higher tiers and cost more than, say, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at a non-peak time. This calendar shows you the price per day. If you purchase multi-day tickets, you don't need to worry about this calendar.

3. Stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel.

Stay at Disney's Grand Californian

For the most immersive Disneyland experience, stay on property. The three on-site hotels — Disneyland Hotel, Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel — are creatively themed with great Disney touches (plus you can save money by booking your stay through us!).

The hotel guest security screening opens before any other security, so if you want to be the first one at the park gates, staying on-site is a nice perk. Resort guests at the Grand Californian can use the dedicated resort entrance to Disney California Adventure from Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which is a nice perk to staying there. (Here are even more benefits to staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel.) You'll want to choose that park as your first park of the day if park hopping.

4. If you can't stay on property, at least stay close by.

Some of the off-site hotels near Disneyland are actually closer than the on-site hotels and less than a five-minute walk to the Esplanade that connects the entrances of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. If you stay close by, you won't have to pay to park at Disneyland and you won't lose any time in the parking garage or the long walk over to the parks from there (once shuttles are running in early 2022, there can be a wait for the parking tram). There are other benefits of staying at hotels near Disneyland too! There are also hotels that are a short walk to the free parking lot shuttles at Toy Story Lot. (Ribbit! We can save you $$$ if you book your hotel through Undercover Tourist!) People start to line up at Harbor Boulevard security before 7 a.m., but once the security line starts moving (about 45 minutes before the park opens), it goes quickly.

5. Ease your way through the security line. 

The best way to get through the security line quickly is to be prepared. Only bring the items you will need for the day. Bring bags with the fewest zippers and compartments possible. Make sure all of your bags are out and open for the cast member to peek into. Have keys, cell phone, coins and any metal devices in your pockets in bags or ready to be placed on the table at the security scanners. Have something that you know will buzz, such as a belt? Take it off and shove it into a bag for a moment. At times, some security entrances have an expedited screening for people with no bags. If you have no bags to check, you may save yourself a long line there!

Remove all banned items from your bags before you visit such as selfie sticks, loose ice, whistles, pocket knives, balls or zip ties or restraining devices. It's a bummer to have to go all the way back to return an item you frogot was in your bag (or dispose of it). Make sure your stroller fits the guidelines so you don't get turned away. Read more in our post on using a stroller at Disneyland.

6. Get to the parks before they open.

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - Rope DropWe say this a lot, and here it is again: The shortest waits of the day are in the first hours of a park's opening (and the last two hours before the park closes). When you arrive at the park before it opens, you will be one of the very first people inside.

The park turnstiles generally open 30 minutes earlier than posted. If you're early, you can usually enter up to the ropes and when the park officially opens, you will hear an announcement and the cast members will pull back the ropes. This is called "rope drop." Once the rope drops, you can enter the rest of the park and go straight to the rides. For the most popular ride, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you'll follow cast members in a single file line to the ride after rope drop.

One of the best ways to maximize your time at Disneyland and get the most out of your day is to be one of the first people in the park.

7. Snag a locker.

Lockers can be a lifesaver (and a back saver). It's smart to travel light in the parks, but you want to bring sweatshirts, jackets and cameras. Make renting a locker your first priority of the day. This eliminates the need to haul all of your gear around, yet isn't out of the way for a quick stop for more sunscreen, layers and such.

8. Download the Disneyland mobile app and prepare to use Disney Genie and other features.

Life. Save. Er. Download the Disneyland mobile app before you arrive. It has wait times, show listings, character locations, park maps, restaurant menus and so much more. You can show your barcode at the gate for admission when you first arrive at the park! Having the Disneyland mobile app is necessary for using Mobile Order for food. Some dining locations only accept Mobile Order right now. Order meals ahead of time so you don't get caught hungry. You can also purchase PhotoPass+ through the app so you can get all your PhotoPass downloads.

You'll need to use the app to access virtual queues if they are activated. Two rides were only accessible via a virtual queue, but now they operate with a standby line:

However, the Disneyland app states that, at busy times, the park may open a virtual queue for them. You will have to be in the respective theme park to join the virtual queue.

Disney Genie is a new feature in the Disneyland app. It helps you plan and customizes your day and itinerary based on your interests.

You can use the Disneyland app before you arrive. Set up your account ahead of time. You can link your park tickets so you will be ready to make your park reservations. You may want to look ahead at restaurant menus to see what's available and plan dining (60 days in advance) or even make dining reservations through the app. If you miss getting dining reservations, you can use the app to join a walk-up waitlist in the park when available.

9. Follow these tips for the shortest wait times.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland0Pirates of the Caribbean with a short morning lineFollow these tips to find the shortest lines:

  • Arrive early before park opening.
  • At Disneyland, focus on Indiana Jones Adventure, Haunted Mansion and Pirates just after park opening or at the end of the night.
  • Now that Rise of the Resistance has a standby line, you might want to watch its wait times in the app. Its line closes early, usually at 8 p.m.
  • At Disney California Adventure, focus on Radiator Springs Racers and Toy Story Midway Mania! at park opening. Now that WEB SLINGERS has a standby line, you might want to head there early as well.
  • Follow a touring plan (recently updated!).
  • Check the Disneyland app for wait times.
  • Focus on characters and shorter lines midday.
  • Stay late to take advantage of shorter evening lines.
  • Hop in a line before closing.
  • Keep in mind that wait times may be faster than posted times.
  • Consider paying for Genie+ or individual Lightning Lane to use the Lightning Lane and skip the standby line.

10. Use Genie+ to schedule ride return times and use PhotoPass.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-A person buys Genie before hopping on the Monorail

Free FASTPASS and paid MaxPass services have been retired. A new paid option called Disney Genie+ replaces the old paid MaxPass.

PhotoPass downloads are included in Disney Genie+. Hop over to our PhotoPass post for the deets.

As for Disney Genie+, the ultimate way to maximize your time at Disneyland comes with a small price tag. Disney Genie+ is an optional add-on service that costs $20 per day, per person. It allows users to make Lighting Lane (the new name for FASTPASS return lines) selections from their smartphones one at a time to skip the standby lines for certain attractions. You can only use the Lightning Lane one time per ride, per day.

Disneyland Park Disney Genie+ Attractions

You can start making Disney Genie+ Lightning Lane reservations once you have entered the park for the day. Here are the attractions that are available on Disney Genie+:

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion / Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • "it's a small world" / “it’s a small world” Holiday
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin (closing for Toontown refurbishment in March 2022 through TBD)
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours — The Adventures Continue

Disney California Adventure Disney Genie+ Attractions

  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Misson: BREAKOUT! / Monsters After Dark
  • Incredicoaster
  • Monsters Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
  • Soarin' Around the World
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!

There are some limitations to Disney Genie+. Many of the rides in the park are not on it. Certain high-demand attractions are not included, but you can pay to skip the lines for those rides through individual Lightning Lane selections. You may choose up to two of these attractions per day and may not book the same ride twice. Pricing varies per date, attraction and park. Hop back for more details as we continue to learn the ins and outs of Disney Genie at Disneyland. Standby lines remain available for free.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-Entrance to Radiator Springs RacersThe following new or popular attractions are available for individual Lightning Lane selections:

  • Radiator Springs Racers (standby line and Single Rider line remain open for no additional charge)
  • WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure (standby line remains open for no additional charge)
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (standby line remains open for no additional charge)

The price can vary per ride and day (between $7 and $20 per person, per ride for front-of-the-line access). You may only purchase each ride once and a maximum of two different individual Lightning Lane selections per day. You may make these selections once you enter the park for the day.

11. Take advantage of Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hours (temporarily unavailable). 

While Magic Morning and Extra Magic Hours are temporarily unavailable, we still recommend arriving early to the park gates. Be there an hour early if you can. Parking lots open one hour before park opening. The parks usually let guests in early for rope drop. You may not have a dedicated hour, but you'll be way ahead of the crowds if you arrive early. You can usually knock out the most popular rides right away.

The only way you benefit from the Magic Morning or Extra Magic Hours (EMH) (once they return) is if you actually show up early for them. Both allow one-hour early admission into the parks, a huge leap on the rest of the touring population. You want to get to the park at least a half-hour before the extra hour begins. Otherwise, you might find yourself in a long line of not-quite-early-enough risers who are also waiting to get into the park!

12. If you are an early bird not staying on-site, start the day in the park not hosting Extra Magic Hours. 

This is not applicable at this time. The good news is that both parks generally open the gates early at this time.

Your Disneyland visit gets easier and easier not having to keep track of which park is open early. Admittedly, these hours are an annoyance to people who don't get to take advantage of them (#JustJealous). Arrive early at the park you reserved and you will be fine. Again, below is our advice for how to enjoy your morning in the park that is not hosting early morning entry once this benefit resumes.

Even if you arrive ahead of park opening, the park with Extra Magic Hours or Magic Morning will have more people in it, and you’ll encounter some lines and fewer immediate Disney Genie+ options. You're better off heading to the opposite park. You can usually enter the other park 30-minutes early, but you will have access to the entire park once the rope drops at the official opening time.

13. If you aren't staying on-site and want to experience Radiator Springs Racers first thing, head to Disney California Adventure on a non-EMH day.

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - Radiator Springs Racers

If you're set on riding Radiator Springs Racers first thing, you won't be alone. You can hit this ride first after rope drop. However, many other people have the same idea. If the ride doesn't open right away, aim for Toy Story Midway Mania! or WEB SLINGERS instead.

Radiator Springs Racers' line moves fastest in the first hour of park opening because there are fewer Lightning Lane users slowing down the standby line. Or, save more time and hop in the Single Rider line (all single riders must be 7 and up).

14. Use Rider Switch if you have young children who don't meet the height requirements.

Rider Switch is still available — yay! If you have tadpoles who aren't tall enough to ride (or don’t want to ride), go to the entrance of the ride with the entire party and get a digital Rider Switch return window added to the supervising parent’s park ticket (along with up to two other people). One parent can supervise the tadpole(s) while the rest of the party rides; then, once the riders return, the supervising parent can have a turn to ride while skipping the line. Some members of the first party can also be part of the second party and ride with the first supervising parent when they take their turn, but they have to scan their tickets in advance before their first ride because they can’t change their minds later. Hop over to our Disneyland height requirements and Rider Switch post to see how your tadpoles measure up.

15. Only have one person in your party make Disney Genie+ selections (for now, appoint a master scheduler).

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-Man uses Genie+ on phone

Collecting FASTPASSes is a thing of the past now that free FASTPASS is gone and so are the distribution machines. If you opt to pay for Disney Genie+, have one person make selections and keep track of everything that is happening in the park and set an itinerary. When the hard work of planning pays off, let the rest of the party think it all just magically worked out. It's easier to make ride selections for the whole party to ensure that you all get the same ride windows so you can ride together. You may find it easier to select rides for the entire party rather than individually.

16. Park hop.

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - Disney California Adventure Entrance

To hop or not to hop? It's much easier to hop at Disneyland than it is at Disney World. Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park are just a short hop, skip and jump away from each other. With the entrances maybe a one-minute walk apart, park hopping can be an effective way to maximize your time at Disneyland. During this time, you may hop after 1 p.m. and can hop back and forth between parks after that. Hopping is subject to park capacity, but it has not been a problem yet.

Double check the calendar, but Disney California Adventure usually closes earlier than Disneyland. When Disney California Adventure Park closes, you can head to Disneyland for a final ride or two. We like to end our night with Gibson Girl ice cream (order ahead via Mobile Order). We recommend starting in Disney California Adventure and then hopping over to Disneyland. That's often the easier ticket to buy right now. You might purchase early to get your start at Disneyland.

Allow at least 30 minutes from entering one park before entering the other park or you might get delayed at the gate for hopping too quickly. Here are more tips on choosing the best Disneyland ticket.

We do have some money-saving advice for park hopping. You'll pay the same $60 to add park hopping to a 1-Day ticket as you would a 5-Day ticket. So the more days on your ticket, the cheaper the price you'll be paying per day of park hopping. Fun! (Psst ...  you can save even more when you buy a park hopper through your favorite froggy friends.)

17. Have a plan and prioritize attractions.

You want to visit the attractions with the longest waits when they have the lowest waits at park opening and closing. If you've got one day for each of the parks, follow our 1-day Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure park plans.

18. Save time in the Dole Whip line.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-Dole Whip Float

Securing this delightful dessert with a massive following takes some strategy. Indulge in your Dole Whip by using Mobile Order from the Tiki Juice Bar. Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland is walk-up only.

Use Disneyland Mobile Order Service and skip the line to order. In fact, at peak times, the Tiki Juice Bar only accepts Mobile Order. The line is shrinking now that there are now TWO Dole Whip locations in Disneyland Park! You can also pick up your pineapple Dole Whip (as well as raspberry and mango favors and other favorite snacks) from the Tropical Hideaway restaurant in Adventureland (which is not available via Mobile Order). During holidays, you might even see some unique flavors make brief appearances!

19. Buy your souvenirs ahead of time.

Yes, who doesn't want a Disneyland hat, spirit jersey, set of ears, plush, pin, framed artwork and all the other tempting Disney trinkets? We all want a little something special from the parks, but we prefer to buy souvenirs online and at discount shops to give to Tad and Lily ahead of the trip. This saves us time spent in the shops and also money. Plus, if you arrive with your souvenir Disney clothes, you can wear them in the park! They look great in photos.

20. Wait until the end of the evening to shop.

If you must shop, wait until the park closes. The shops on Main Street, U.S.A. and Buena Vista Street are open an hour after the parks close. Also, World of Disney in Downtown Disney is open after Disneyland closes.

21. Save the shows or sit-down experiences for later in the day.

The parks are the least busy during the first few hours of the day. You don't want to find yourself in a 30-minute show when Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Alice in Wonderland will see their lowest waits of the day! When lines peak in the afternoon, it’s showtime (and a good time to rest those legs). Don't avoid the theaters though. Many of the show stages will set the stage for physically distanced character sightings.

As you may have guessed, shows are not something to worry about for a little while longer, but new entertainment returns to the Fantasyland Theater in February and spring 2022! Fireworks and projection shows are back! World of Color and Fantasmic! return spring 2022!

Save certain sit-down experiences for the afternoon such as Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room or the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland Park, or Turtle Talk with Crush or Mickey's PhilharMagic at Disney California Adventure. They give your flippers a little break. And in the case of the Disneyland Railroad, it also serves as transportation. Longer rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and "it's a small world" make for nice air-conditioned breaks.

22. Make use of the Single Rider Line or Buddy Pass.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-Single Rider Lines at Radiator Springs RacersSingle Rider is a great way to maximize your time at Disneyland. Ride operators use single riders to fill empty seats.

If you don't mind splitting your group up on the actual ride, you can experience the following attractions at super low waits on select attractions (Single Rider availability may vary per ride per day at this time):

Disneyland Single Rider Attractions

  • Indiana Jones Adventure (may be temporarily unavailable)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Space Mountain (may be temporarily unavailable)
  • Splash Mountain
  • Star Tours (may be temporarily unavailable)

Disney California Adventure Single Rider Attractions

  • Radiator Springs Racers
  • Incredicoaster
  • Goofy's Sky School
  • Grizzly River Run

Buddy Pass is a similar option to reduce the wait for small parties at Disney California Adventure. Monster’s Inc. and Toy Story Midway Mania may offer Buddy Passes to parties of one or two (as well as up to two adults and a small child) at certain times. Buddy Pass holders enter a separate line and fill in empty rows as they come up. Buddy Pass is subject to availability.

23. Know when and where to find your favorite characters.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-Pooh is in Critter CountryWhile a handful of Disney characters have their own dedicated meet-and-greet stations, many of them roam freely at Disneyland ... normally. However, meet and greets are distanced and in new places now. You can catch several characters at the Main Street Train Station at Disneyland or the Carthay Circle Fountain at California Adventure. You can talk to princesses in Fantasy Fair, or chat up Captain Jack Sparrow or Redd at New Orleans Square. Toon Town has characters outside their houses (until March 2022), and Avengers Campus has many characters around to meet.

You'll also see characters playing in new locations. We have caught characters playing in a grassy area near the hub. Look to the raised area across from "it's a small world." We recently caught Winnie the Pooh back in Critter Country. You can wait in line to have your own time with him, but he is still distanced behind a rope.

The Disneyland mobile app does not offer character locations at this time, so keep your eyes open and look for them in unusual spots. Also, character-helping cast members — usually in red vests and hanging out with the characters — will let you know if and when you can catch your favorite.

Character cavalcades are traveling through the parks in the afternoons. You can catch them on the parade route in Disneyland and the Paradise Gardens Park area of Disney California Adventure. Times can vary so ask a cast member in the morning about cavalcade times.

Check out our tips on meeting your favorite Disneyland characters! We've added some new tips for finding characters now, while characters will be mixing and mingling from a safe distance. We look for characters when attraction lines peak.

24. Cozy up to your favorite characters at breakfast. 

Disneyland Character Dining — Tiana

A character meal is a great way to see a bunch of your favorite characters all at once. To really maximize your time at Disneyland, schedule a breakfast before the park opens. Character dining has begun to return. Hop over to our character dining post to see which locations are open and what they are like at this time, since the experience is slightly modified.

25. Have a plan for a lost child.

It's easy to get distracted in a theme park, for kids and adults as well. There are lots of people and lots to see. On more than one occasion, we've stopped to shoot off a quick text message, looked up, and couldn't see the tadpoles among the sea of guests. Make sure you have a plan in place in case someone gets separated from your group. Here are the top 10 don'ts for getting lost in the theme park (this post is focused on Disney World but our tips remain the same elsewhere!).

26. Pack your own snacks and water.

This is always good advice. You'll save time, money and meltdowns by packing your own snacks and water (just no glass bottles). Fill stations and drinking fountains are open, plus you can usually ask for free ice water from a restaurant. Having your own snacks will also help you to reduce contact with employees and surfaces.

27. Make dining reservations or check the walk-up availability

Knowing when and where you're going to eat can be a timesaver. By eliminating the time it takes to consider your options, hopping right to your restaurant really speeds up your day. Visit the Disneyland website or the Disneyland mobile app to see your options and reserve. Our three favorite spots are the Blue Bayou Restaurant in New Orleans Square, Carthay Circle Restaurant on Buena Vista Street and Lamplight Lounge at Pixar Pier. Café Orleans has fun food too (such as the Monte Cristo and pommes frites). Disneyland dining reservations open 60 days in advance at 3 a.m., but keep checking back.

Restaurant availability and menus still vary. If you don't get reservations, you can check the Disneyland app. When you're near the restaurant, open the restaurant page and tap Join Walk-Up List. You might get lucky with this new feature and score a table.

28. Eat during off-peak hours or dine on the move.

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - Disneyland Yeti Popcorn

If you can't secure a reservation or would rather dine at a quick-service location, you'll save time waiting in line and finding a place to sit if you dine during the off-peak hours. This is from 10:30 a.m to noon and 3 p.m to 5 p.m. Here are some of our Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure quick-service favorites. Enjoy outdoor tables set up in new places around that park so you can enjoy the beautiful views.

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - Fried Cheese on a Stick

You can save some time by dining on Disneyland eats that can be enjoyed on the move. Turkey legs, corn dogs, meat skewers, and chili cone queso (in Cars Land) are all compact enough to be munched on while you're moving in normal times. Hop over for help in finding the best on-the-go Disneyland foods for when you need a light meal.

29. Plan your visit to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Disneyland's newest land takes a little planning if certain experiences are important to you. You can make advance reservations to build a lightsaber at Savi's Workshop or visit Oga's Cantina. Reservations have reopened to build a droid at Droid Depot. Learn more about how to make the most of your time in Batuu from our galactic guide to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. You can maximize your time in the park by saving your visit to the land for later in the day when the lines may be shorter and the land will be less sunny or hot.

30. Use the Mobile Order service.

The days of long food lines are gone! With Disneyland's Mobile Order service, you can order food from anywhere. Make a food order while you're in line for a ride, at the back of the long restaurant line or even in your hotel room. Just stop by the Mobile Order window and pick up your food. Many restaurants inside Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa currently offer Mobile Order.

With more people using Mobile Order, even the mobile waits are bound to get long, especially for popular spots at meal times. If you know where you want to eat and approximately when, order early. You can choose an order window that is several hours away. You can always cancel or change it to later if you can't make it until you tap "I'm here, Prepare my order". But it's smart to plan ahead. We know you're supposed to wait until you arrive to say you're there, but it takes time to prepare the food, so we always tap ahead of time while we walk over. Order ahead for popular spots. You can now mobile order treats from the candy shops too!

Our new time-saving move at breakfast is to mobile order breakfast at Galactic Grill while we ride the Monorail into the park. When we arrive in Tomorrowland, breakfast is served!

31. Bring your own lunch.

If you really want to save time and money, bring your own lunch. Think picnic items such as sandwiches, raw veggies and fresh fruits. You may even bring a full picnic and store it in a locker outside of the park near the Picnic Area. No glass containers, loose ice or dry ice are allowed through security.

32. Pack the essentials.

Don't forget sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, cell phone cords, chargers, battery packs and band-aids. Using the Disneyland app on your phone can drain your battery. It doesn't rain very much in Southern California, but if you don't want to get wet on the water rides or plan on being in the front row at World of Color, you should bring your own poncho. You'll save time and money when you need them. Speaking of getting wet at Disneyland, we have a post with eight essential rainy day tips!

We have a new list of essential items now that COVID-19 is around. We bring our own hand sanitizer for preference or convenience, but you can find it everywhere in the park. We bring multiple face coverings. The masks get sweaty or dirty, so it's nice to swap them out for a fresh one. Plus, they are easy to lose, so you want a backup. We also remember to reapply sunscreen on the tops of our faces so we don't get an embarrassing mask line.

33. Know when the different park areas close.

40 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland-The Fountain in Toontown

Mickey's Toontown — where you'll find Mickey, Minnie, other characters and more family rides — closes earlier than the rest of the park on nights with fireworks. It sometimes opens an hour after park opening. Toontown will be closing for a big refurbishment in March 2022 to prepare for the opening of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in 2023. Star Wars:

Rise of the Resistance usually closes early. Check the hours. We like to hop in line right before it closes for a short wait.

At Disney California Adventure, several Pixar Pier and Paradise Gardens Park attractions, food and merchandise locations close prior to World of Color performances during normal operations. The following attractions close prior to World of Color (once it returns in 2022):

  • Games of Pixar Pier
  • Incredicoaster
  • Jessie's Critter Carousel
  • Toy Story Midway Mania
  • Pixar Pal-A-Round
  • Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind
  • Silly Symphony Swings
  • Jumpin’ Jellyfish
  • Golden Zephyr

If you want to ride the Incredicoaster at night (our favorite time to ride!), you’d better ride it before World of Color. The park often closes just before or after the last World of Color show.

Even without shows affecting the ride and land openings and closings, you may see different hours than usual at this time.

34. Plan meals around parade times and showtimes or restaurant hours.

Choosing a great spot for Fantasmic!, World of Color or the fireworks is a rite of passage in our Frog Family. We make the most of this time waiting for the show to start by making it "dinner time," as well. We find our ideal viewing location, and then one family member sets out for burgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, fried chicken from Plaza Inn or other grab-and-go type foods for the rest of the family. While we wait for the show to start, we eat sitting down!

Fireworks have returned!  We say to check restaurant operating hours and plan ahead so you don't go hungry. Mobile Order in advance so you don't miss out!

35. See the second show (once shows return).

Maximize Your Time at Disneyland - World of Color Viewing - Pixar Pal-A-Round

During the busiest times of the year, there are often two showings of the parades and Fantasmic! The later you stay, the less time you need to stake out a viewing location for these shows. When there is a later World of Color show, the crowds tend to be much thinner for the second show.

36. Plan for Fantasmic! or World of Color early in the day (returning 2022).

With FASTPASSes being retired, we aren't sure how large shows such as World of Color and Fantasmic! will work with the new Disney Genie+ service. These shows are temporarily unavailable. The shows were available through MaxPass, so you could reserve them from your smartphone as soon as you entered a park for the day, or free with FASTPASS. That also means they disappeared even faster! They were not connected to the rest of the system, so you could obtain these FASTPASSes without worrying that they would affect your ability to obtain ride FASTPASSes. Keep hopping back for updates as more details are released once Fantasmic! returns.

37. Save any of the attractions with long waits that you missed in the morning for the end of the night. 

Wait times drop off in the last couple of hours of park operation, which makes this a perfect time to hop in line at Indiana Jones Adventure, Peter Pan's Flight or Space Mountain. If you're already in line when the parks close, you can stay in line and ride. We enjoy riding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance right before it closes. Check the ride's hours in the app since it closes early.

38. Ride during showtimes.

The wait times drop significantly for rides in New Orleans Square and Critter Country during Fantasmic!, making show time the best time to ride Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain. You may also find shorter lines in Disneyland during fireworks and at available rides at Disney California Adventure during World of Color if the park is still open.

39. Make sure you're in a ride line when the park closes.

Once you're in a line, you will get to ride, even if it's already past the park's closing time. Just hop in line before the park closes. Keep in mind that some rides close early, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

40. Catch the Flag Retreat.

In Town Square, the patriotic flag retreat is still hoppening each day. It's slightly modified, but it occurs at 4:30 p.m. daily. Grab a bench and enjoy!

We hope you've enjoyed our tips to maximize your time at Disneyland. Do you already follow any of these tips? Have a tip we haven't listed? Share in the comments below! If you're looking for Disneyland tickets, you can save on multi-day tickets through Undercover Tourist.

Related: Best Time to Visit Disneyland

Related: The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Dining Reservations

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Jan 18, 2022 at 2:22 p.m. Debra Bourgeois Says...

Can visit park 1 day . Have child with Down's need fast pace and best way to see park .

Jan 18, 2022 at 11:53 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra!

Your best bet is to arrive at park opening to beat the crowds. You can talk to Disneyland about DAS before your trip to set it up, choose two rides in advance and get return times to allow you to avoid a standard queue. Another tool that can help you out is Disney Genie+. Between Genie+ and DAS, you should be able to move through the park at a quick pace and accomplish a lot.

Keep hopping!


Jan 14, 2022 at 4:13 a.m. Karen Walsh Says...

Great tips! My husband and I are taking our kids/young adults (21, 21, 25 and 24) May 9th - 11th. I'm thinking of spending all day Monday in Disneyland and all day Tuesday in the Adventure Park. Any suggestions for the best ticket prices?

Jan 14, 2022 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Thanks for hopping by :) You can save some green by purchasing discount tickets through us!

Keep hopping!


Sep 30, 2021 at 7:46 a.m. Natalie Says...

Do you know if either of the parks have WiFi?

Sep 30, 2021 at 8:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

Yes, both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure have free Wi-Fi in select areas.

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Jul 19, 2021 at 5:49 p.m. First time Disneylander Says...

Hi Leap,

Just got back from a day trip to Disneyland over the weekend, this post and your 1 day Disney plan recs with the maps were SOOO helpful. I couldn't get over how smooth the trip went! Thanks so much!

Jul 19, 2021 at 12:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Oh my goodness, First Time Disneylander, this makes our hearts SO hoppy - we're so glad you had a great time! Thank you for hopping by!

Keep hopping!


Jul 8, 2021 at 12:10 a.m. Harry Says...


Thanks for the info.

We plan to rent a locker in the morning (tip #7) and then put some clothes and snacks/drinks (tip #26) in there until later in the morning. From the Disneyland website, it looks like only the lockers in the Esplanade are open and the lockers inside the parks remain closed?

Also, if we bring our own lunch (tip #31), what are some places you recommend eating lunch? Outside the park by the Picnic Area? Doesn’t that take you away from the attractions?



Jul 8, 2021 at 7:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Harry!

The lockers inside the park are now open! The website and app just haven't been updated yet. We haven't had any issues using a restaurant table to eat lunch items from home, but there are picnic tables to the left of the Disneyland entrance too.

Keep hopping!


Jul 2, 2021 at 11:41 p.m. Amie Says...


Thank you for all the amazing tips and tricks. I'm planning a trip to Disneyland CA in October. We want to stay on site and I would love to Disney hop and do two days at the parks. Do you know how to get the best deal for two adults and one 7 yr old child? Is it best to do one day at Disneyland and one day at CA adventures?

Thanks so much for your help!

Jul 6, 2021 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amie!

You've hopped to the right spot! We offer a 2-Day Park Hopper ticket, as well as hoppin' deals on hotel stays for the on-site Disneyland Resort hotels. We would recommend to start at Disneyland one day and Disney California Adventure the next. You can park hop as much as you'd like after 1 p.m. If you happen to be a California resident, we also have a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket deal that is good through Sept. 30.

Keep hopping!


Apr 30, 2021 at 2:17 a.m. Becky Says...

Ok we are going May 8. I took a leap and jump on the VIP tour. What should I know, there is 7 in our group. What do we do first, does tour guide set everything up. Would love to ride star wars rise of the resistance,

Apr 30, 2021 at 3:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

The VIP tour guide will set up the itinerary for you, so you don't need to plan anything. The schedule is toadally flexible though, even on the day of (in case a ride breaks down or something is unavailable), and can be tailored to your preferences. If you haven't already, you should let them know what time you're planning to arrive. Beforehand, you can provide a list of must-do attractions or restaurants, so they can be sure to incorporate them and book your reservations in advance. The VIP tour lasts a minimum of 7 hours, but if you want to keep going, you will have the option to do so! However, if you want to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you will still need to get a Boarding Group that morning on your own (it's the only attraction you won't have automatic access to).

Keep hopping!


Apr 23, 2021 at 9:05 p.m. Brad Says...

My wife and I are surprising out 2 kids (9 and 5) with a 2 day trip to Disney on 5/13 and 5/14. The 5/13 date unfortunately closes at 7pm so there are two less park hours that day. I had heard that Marvel area in Ca Adv won't open until after June 4th so I'm guessing that leaves less to do at CA Adve than at Disneyland in regards to areas closed off and we're thinking of switching our reservations around to do Disneyland on the "closes at 9pm" night and CA Adv on the "Closes at 7pm" night. Are we right in our thinking there? Why or why not? Thanks! *Also, our kids have done Disneyland in the past 2 years, but haven't done Ca Adv since they were much younger. Thanks for any tips/advice!

Apr 25, 2021 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brad!

It's hard to say how long things will take with the physical distancing measure in place, but Disneyland in general has more to do than Disney California Adventure Park, so we agree with your strategy! We would check to see if the days are still available, and if so then it seems like a good idea to switch them. Have a great time!

Keep hopping!


Mar 27, 2020 at 8:03 p.m. Kayla Burden Says...

This was very helpful

Mar 5, 2020 at 11:22 p.m. Rob Says...

We are planning to bring our 3foster kids Sept 2021 to California they are autistic are there any special services

Mar 6, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rob!

Disney's Disability Access program may be a good fit for your kiddos! You can learn more about that service here. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!


Jan 13, 2020 at 9:46 p.m. Bryna Says...

Hi they just came out with this So Cal resident deal. And I wanted to go 2x between now and end of May. Its seems worth it cost to do the 3 day pass even you go 2x. What do you think.

Jan 14, 2020 at 3:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bryna!

It's definitley a good deal! Go for the Promo Deal! Don’t froget that Undercover Tourist sells the 3-day So Call promo for even less than Disneyland! You can find those here.

Keep hopping!


Sep 13, 2019 at 6:07 p.m. Peter Says...

Thanks for the great guidance. One question I am hoping you can help me answer... we have purchased 5 day passes but are interested in adding a 6th day (for which there is no option). I have heard that you can add on a day at the ticket counter but that it can be hit or miss. Do you know if/how this works and what the cost is? Thanks!

Sep 16, 2019 at 12:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Peter!

They may charge you for a full-day ticket, but there is a cheaper way! Look at the day of the week your sixth day falls on. Then look at the blockout calendar for the Southern California Select pass. If it is an available day, before end of day on the last day of your ticket you can go to the photo booth to upgrade your ticket to the annual pass to upgrade inexpensively. (If you have a park hopper ticket, it will just cost $4 to get that 6th day by upgrading to the pass/$59 without park hopper). Plus you’ll get discounts on food and merchandise with the annual pass. Hope this helps!

Keep hopping!


Sep 5, 2019 at 11:49 a.m. Cookie Says...

Hi! Thanks for all the great info and tips! We’re Disney World veterans and are headed for our first trip to Disneyland - taking 3 days anywhere between November 23-28. We will have MaxPass, and are debating the hopper. What are your suggestions during the busy week of Thanksgiving? Thanks again!

Sep 5, 2019 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cookie!

Since things are so close together at Disneyland, and because MaxPass will work in both parks, we'd suggest upgrading to the Hopper. According to our Crowd Calendar, things will get busier as Thanksgiving approaches, but that timeframe ranges from 8-10s. Since you have MaxPass, we'd pick the dates that work best for your family! Have a great time!

Keep hopping!


Jul 29, 2019 at 3:28 p.m. Kristina Says...

Hi we will be in the area August 2-5! We only have one day to do both parks! Either going on Friday Saturday or sunday ! Which day would be best and do you think we could do most of the parks in one day! First time for Disneyland! Been to Disney World many times ! Any advice would be greatly appreciative! ????

Jul 29, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristina!

You'll find that Disneyland is a toadally different experience than Disney World! Both parks are super close together, which makes them perfect for hopping. We'd suggest two days with hoppers if you can swing it, but if you have MaxPass, you should be able to knock out a fair amount in a day. Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all slated to be pretty busy, so we'd go with whichever day works best with your schedule :) Be sure to take advantage of Rope Drop! Have fun!

Keep hopping!


Jun 25, 2019 at 4:38 a.m. Rohit Raj Says...

Very informative!!!

Jun 22, 2019 at 5:01 p.m. Mary Says...

Hi there! Love your site, lots of great information. My 1st time at Disneyland, 5 adults July 12 and 13 no park hopper, but we do have Max Pass. Which days do you recommend we do each park? Since there will not be any fast pass for Smugglers Run should we go 1st thing in the am or get in queue just before close? Thank you!

Jun 25, 2019 at 11:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mary,

We'd do Disneyland on the 12th and DCA on the 13th since Magic Morning will be hosted in DL on the 12th. Please also check out our guide to Star Wars, because the virtual queue system should insure you get into Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

Keep hopping!


Apr 30, 2019 at 7:25 p.m. Jay Says...

I’m headed to Disneyland May 25th & 26th with my family of 5, our 3 kids ages range from 6-13. Since we’ll only have 2 days, how would you suggest we best utilize our time? We haven’t purchased tickets yet. We’re staying about 5 minutes from the park. Thanks!

Apr 30, 2019 at 4:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jay!

The best plan is to arrive before the park opens and use Disney MaxPass. If you want to visit both parks, we recommend Park Hopping one day (starting at Disney California Adventure on Saturday and then hopping over to Disneyland) and spending at least one whole day at Disneyland Park on Sunday. Be sure to check the entertainment calendar before your visit to catch parades and fireworks. Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!


Apr 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. YUNGDAGGER Says...

hi ppl

Apr 24, 2019 at 5:54 p.m. Sandy Dee Says...

we are giong in June We are from Bc canada Going for a wedding and want to see Disneyland one day ,,We have someone who is 75 and uses a walker ,, If the go on any attractions what can we do will the walker while they are on any

Apr 24, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy Dee!

Disneyland will store your walker for you at the rides similar to what they do with wheelchairs. Many queues can accommodate wheelchairs or walkers in terms of width, and then will have you leave them on the dock when you board the ride itself. Cast Members at the ride entrance will be able to walk you through the procedure. There are also wheelchair and ECV rentals available if you need them!

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Apr 18, 2019 at 3:46 a.m. Sandy Says...

We are taking our twin 6 year olds to Disney for the first time this May. We have 2 days in the park - the 21st and 22nd. We don't have park hopper passes. Given the ages of our kids, would you recommend doing two days at the original Disneyland or one at each park? Thank you!!!!

Apr 19, 2019 at 3:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy!

That’s a tough call! You could easily spend both days at Disneyland because it offers the most rides and other entertainment. If your kids really love Cars and Frozen and some thrill rides, then taking a day at DCA will be enjoyable. Otherwise, you could spend two days at Disneyland, especially with the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to explore. (Personally, we don't think there's any right or wrong way to do this - it's all magical :) ) Have a frogtastic trip!

Keep hopping!


Mar 30, 2019 at 5:47 a.m. Kristen P Says...

My family is going to DL in early July. I am reading about crowding due to the new Star Wars section opening late May. Any guidance on UCT about guidance for this?

I am concerned about park capacity. We will get there early.. but if we leave... are we guaranteed to get back in (if the park would hit capacity)?

Apr 1, 2019 at 10:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristen!

Things will definitely be busy, and unfortunately this is new territory for all of us! Be sure to take advantage of MaxPass and get to the parks early. If you do leave, there IS a chance that you may not get back in if they hit capacity. It's worth noting that Disney handles these closures in phases, so for some of the lower-level closures, you'd still be permitted; it's more or less the highest level of closure when your entry would be denied (which is certainly possible). We're hoping that the reservation system Disneyland is using will mitigate the crowds a bit, but we still anticipate this being a very busy summer.

Keep hopping!


Mar 24, 2019 at 4:39 a.m. Shaniqua Says...

I can't believe I am just finding your blog, better late than never I suppose, so thank you for all the incredible tips.

I am also wondering about a few things:

1. Is it worth it to pay for the dessert party to see the World of Color show? Perhaps there is a restaurant that might offer a similar experience (as the dessert party with a view)?

-I would ask the same question for the Fantasmic show, I don't know much about that one and I haven't been able to piece together enough tips about Fantasmic.

2. Do you have a planner or blog post about visiting Disneyland and Universal on one trip and making the most of it?

3. If you do offer advice about Universal, are those VIP tickets worth it or will the express tickets suffice?

4. Do you offer the Max Pass and or photo pass on your site as well?

This is my first trip to California, I am a single mom with an elementary school age child. I am looking at all your amazing deals on tickets, parks, and transportation and I am trying to make the best decisions to make the most out of our vacation. Sorry, I asked so many questions. I have been reading through the site for a couple of weeks now trying to learn from you. Thank you.

Mar 25, 2019 at 9:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shaniqua!

Welcome! We're so glad you found us and took the time to say hello!

1. Whether or not the dessert party is worth it tends to come down to preference. It is certainly convenient to have a place to sit, and many park visitors love the party. You can either pay to have preferred seating with the dessert party, or as you noted, some of the restaurants offer a dining package that provides you with a designated viewing area for the show. The difference is that the dessert party overlaps with the World of Color showing, while the dining packages require that you eat earlier at the restaurant, but provide you with a designated viewing area. If you're planning on eating at one of the restaurants that offer the dining package anyway, it's certainly worth it (like a bonus FastPass)!

2. We sure do have planning tips for visiting both Disneyland and Universal! You can find those here.

3. The VIP experience includes benefits like valet parking, a paid meal and snacks, a private tour, and escorted express access to rides. We personally think that Express tickets are sufficient, but also think that the VIP experience would be a neat one to try :) Again, it just comes down to preference! Others in the Frog Pond may be able to weigh in with additional information.

4. MaxPass and PhotoPass (which will be included with your MaxPass purchase) are purchased directly through Disneyland using the Disneyland app upon entering the park.

We hope this is hopful! Have a frogastic trip with your tadpole!

Keep hopping!


Mar 17, 2019 at 11:24 a.m. James Bolduc Says...

It has been 10 years since we were last at Disney Springs (Downtown Disney) Marketplace. Sad to say that they did away with the Adventure Club and the Comedy Club. It is basically an upscale shopping mall and overpriced NBA center focused place now. Not a p place for the children of baby boomers who remembers the magic of Disney of the sixties and seventies.

Jan 9, 2019 at 7:42 a.m. Shelley Says...

Thank you for all these tips and tricks!

Is it known for the park to be “slower” on holiday weekends?

Jan 16, 2019 at 2:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shelley,

No, it is not. You can see more on our Disneyland Crowd Calendar.

Keep hopping!


Nov 14, 2018 at 8:38 p.m. Taryn Says...

Thank you for taking the time to write up this article. Although I have been to Disneyland several times when I was younger, I needed a little guidance on how to navigate most efficiently this time around and your tips really helped! Blue Bayou restaurant reservations were all booked up :( I'll have to book in advance next time! Going tomorrow for the first time in 4 years and so excited! Thanks again!

Oct 17, 2018 at 3:18 p.m. Michelle bowden Says...


This is my first trip to Disney anything. I want to go on my birthday which is January 7th and the day after. What all can I expect for these times to maximize my stay?

Mar 6, 2019 at 9:16 p.m. Pops Oldman Says...

So how was it??? ????

Oct 17, 2018 at 9:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Hoppy early birthday! Check out our Crowd Calendar for what to expect with how busy the parks are :)

Keep hopping!


Oct 6, 2018 at 6:26 a.m. Robert Says...

Hello, just booked a 5 day trip to Disneyland on March 28th through April 3rd. Any pointers besides what is on this post? How are crowd volumes during this time?

Oct 12, 2018 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert!

Ah, you should have beautiful weather during that time of year! Check out our Crowd Calendar for how busy we expect the park to be. We definitely recommend MaxPass to make the most of your trip!

Keep hopping!


Sep 6, 2018 at 3:10 p.m. Linda Says...

How crazy am I to want to go the Monday before Thanksgiving with a 3 and 10 year old? Not staying on site, but driving up from Oceanside. Only have 1 day.

Sep 6, 2018 at 3:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linda!

Our Crowd Calendar predicts pretty heavy crowds. We recommend purchasing MaxPass to make the most of your time ... enjoy! Still totally worth the trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 29, 2018 at 8:50 a.m. Cindy Says...

Coming in on Oct. 25 and 26 with one of those being Mickey's Halloween Party, which we are not planning to attend. We will not have EE or MM perks. Would you still recommend doing Disneyland on a non EE day even though they close early (at 7:00 pm)? The other option is to do Disneyland on a EE day and thus enter the park 1 hour after EE/MM but have more hours in the park overall which will close later. Thanks for a great site to help us all out! :)

Aug 31, 2018 at 4:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cindy!

Oh, man! That's a tough choice. What it breaks down to is what you'd be happiest doing. Are you a morning bird or a night owl? Which park do you want to spend more time in? Don't stress too much, and enjoy your trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 29, 2018 at 4:23 a.m. Alan Saxton Says...

Thanks for the info for someone who hasn't been there for 30 yrs. Can I bring a small backpack into the park and take it on the attractions? Also, may I bring a plastic water bottle into the park and find places to fill it?

Aug 31, 2018 at 4:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alan!

Yes and yes! You're good to go.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 27, 2018 at 9:56 p.m. Lisa Menday Says...

We will be in Disneyland Sept 12-17 with our 16, 17 and 21 year olds. Any suggestions for older teens?

Aug 28, 2018 at 7:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa!

Many of the more thrilling rides such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Incredicoaster are in Disney California Adventure Park. These are sure to be a hit with your older teens! Be sure to dedicate a day at this park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 26, 2018 at 7:18 a.m. Carrie Beermann Says...

great ideas. thanks for pulling them together for us newbies

Aug 19, 2018 at 12:15 a.m. Sha-Ron Davis Says...

We are visiting the week of Christmas with 2 adults and 2 kids ages 8,3. Is it easy to go back and forth to the hotels on sight to rest or should we stay at the parks and not leave.

Aug 21, 2018 at 11:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sha-Ron!

If you are staying on-site, the Disneyland Resort hotels are within a quick walk of the parks. Super easy to walk back for a mid-day nap!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 6, 2018 at 9:24 p.m. Jeremy Says...

Does the bus from Anaheim get crowded

Jun 7, 2018 at 3:26 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy,

Buses can fill up at peak times. There are free busses from the Toy Story Lot and sometimes the lines get long, but a long line usually means a 15-minute wait!

Keep hopping!


Jun 6, 2018 at 7:33 p.m. Seebeechers Says...

I need to get a mobile scooter for both days I'm at the parks. Will I get in the rides quicker and do I need a doctor note?

Jun 6, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

We recommend visiting guest services upon arrival to see if any accommodations can be made for you.

Keep hopping!


May 29, 2018 at 3:24 p.m. Ellie Says...

Your site is really helpful! Will be arriving on July (hello, peak season) and bracing ourselves with the lines with these tips in our heads! Thank you!

May 22, 2018 at 4:21 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi! I left a comment earlier but did not see it listed. I was wondering about Grad Night and how that impacts everything. We will be going for one full day into the evening on either the 29th or 30th. Any advice would be appreciated -- thank you so much!!!

May 22, 2018 at 11:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

We just replied to your earlier comment :) Hope we helped!

Keep hopping!


May 22, 2018 at 2:19 p.m. Amy Says...

Hi --thank you for your site! So, we unknowingly planned our trip around grad night week AND Memorial Day -- and we only are doing 1 day so we plan to be there before open until the evening. Definitely not Memorial day, but wondering that Tue or Wed 29th or 30th? Max Pass is a must. But, do you know how grad night works, and advice in a workaround? Its 2 single moms and three 10yo boys. Your site is a lifesaver --thank you again :)

May 22, 2018 at 11:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

According to our Crowd Calendar, it looks like the 29th and 30th are about the same in terms of crowds, so pick the day that works best for you! Grad Nites grants attending grads special access to Disney California Adventure after hours. The event also gives grads daytime tickets (certain packages) to both parks. We suggest hitting Disney California Park at rope drop then heading over to Disneyland Park once crowds pick up at DCA. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!


May 22, 2018 at 7:14 p.m. Amy Says...

Ok thank you for your quick reply! So, grad nite does not close the park to the public? Maybe I'll just call Disney for details! ;-)

May 22, 2018 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Grad Nite closes Disney California Adventure Park from the public, but this is after hours from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. The parks will be open to the public for their regular hours during the day.

Keep hopping!


May 18, 2018 at 1:45 a.m. Kelly Says...

Your website is so helpful! I am taking my almost 13 year old son the first week in June. We will be there from Tuesday to Friday. Any recommendations?

May 12, 2018 at 11:50 a.m. MElanie Sheridan Says...

Hello, your site is very informative. My husband and I were planning to visit on 1/3/19 for my 40th birthday, is it really a bad time to go. We are from new york and looking to do a trip there (first time going and without kids). I look forward to your feedback

May 17, 2018 at 10:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie!

You can check out our Crowd Calendar for details, but it looks like there will still be heavy leftover holiday crowds during this time. We recommend taking advantage of MaxPass to make the most of your time.

Keep hopping!


May 10, 2018 at 1:44 p.m. Holly Says...

Hi! We are visiting Disney next Monday & Tuesday...do you suggest a park hopper if only doing a two day visit or would you do 1 day at Disneyland & 1 day at California Adventure. If park hopper is better, is there a two day park hopper plan to follow as a guide?

May 10, 2018 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Holly,

It's really up to you, but we love park hopping. It gives us the leisure of dividing up our time however we want between the two parks. And hopping is super easy since both parks are so close to one another! Here's a Disneyland 2-day park hopper plan that you can even print out. Have a great trip!

Keep hopping!


Apr 18, 2018 at 8:47 a.m. KeithCarreon Says...

Thank you so much for this tips, we always spending our family travel in disneyland but we didn't enjoy so much our trip at disney land because of the time budgeting, but now you helped me how to manage our time this coming vacation at disneyland and you helping me have Idea how to enjoy our day at this place.

Apr 18, 2018 at 10:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Keith!

We are so hoppy to help! Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about your upcoming trip to Disneyland. Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 16, 2018 at 4:13 p.m. Miranda Says...

Hi, this will be our first trip to disneyland with our 2 and 4 year old. The main reason we are going is because our son loves Disney cars. Our first day in the park will also be his birthday 5/28 so we are hoping to have a plan so he can ride the rides at Cars land. Any extra advice? Our first day will also be memorial day so I know it will be crowded. Thanks!

Jan 22, 2019 at 7:36 a.m. Laura Says...

Check your 4yo's height too. The first time I took my grandson at 3yo he was too short to ride cars....very disappointing for him. Have fun!

Apr 17, 2018 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Miranda,

Hop over to our Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park Plans to get tips on how to navigate the parks and when to experience attractions! By looking at these plans, you can get an idea of what rides to prioritize and when to visit them so you can maximize your time in the parks.

Keep hopping!


Apr 11, 2018 at 7:03 p.m. Cristine Says...

Hi! Thanks for all the great tips! It is overwhelming to navigate everything, so your posts help greatly! I am traveling single mom style with my two boys 12 & almost-7 the 3rd week of April. We have a week vacation and think we will enjoy 4 days at the parks. We are staying at the Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim theme park entrance, so hope this will help with ease of access, and taking breaks midday as needed. It seems like we'll get the most out of our time if we plan ahead for shows, get the FASTPASS & MAXPASS, go early in morning, and plan for our desired rides first thing in morning and any shows at end of day. Do you have any advice on how to best enjoy the park with only one parent and with two kids of such different ages? Many thanks!

Apr 12, 2018 at 4:52 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cristine,

Great idea to enjoy 4 days at the parks! You'll definitely enjoy the convenient location from your hotel to the parks. Don't be afraid to take pool and nap breaks! You might also find our Disneyland park plans helpful in prioritizing your days in the parks. Since your tadpoles (kids) are such different ages, you might find this post on Disneyland height requirements and Rider Switch to be useful. While having a plan is great and recommended, we find it makes things easiest when you're flexible with changes to the plan. Most of all, just enjoy yourself! You're going to the Happiest Place in the World after all!

Keep hopping!


Apr 9, 2018 at 3:06 p.m. Megan Says...

Thanks for all your tips!! We leave tomorrow for 8 days - yay!! We have 5-day park hoppers, and we are planning to get MaxPass for 4 of those days. My question is - can we get ONLY PhotoPass for 1 day? Do all members of our party need to purchase PhotoPass, or just 1 member?

Apr 9, 2018 at 12:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

For each day that you have MaxPass, you will also have PhotoPass! And all members of your party can link to one PhotoPass and see the images on their devices for download as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Apr 9, 2018 at 8:55 p.m. Megan Says...


I'm just wondering about the one day where we do not want to purchase MaxPass. (One day we are entering the park with no intention of rides...so don't need the fast pass feature. This day, we're doing character breakfast and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique!!) On that day, would it work for only ONE of us to purchase MaxPass? (Cuz the only thing we want is the benefit of photo pass that day). And then whenever we get photos taken, we just scan the one person's code?? Just trying to figure out if there is a way to get the benefits of photo pass without every person in our party purchasing MP for one day??

Apr 9, 2018 at 11:21 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan!

Oh, sorry we misunderstood your question! Yes, absolutely. One person can purchase MaxPass in order to get PhotoPass abilities for the day. Just be sure to scan that person's code wherever you get photos taken in order to link them to your account. Great question :)

Keep hopping!


Apr 10, 2018 at 11:45 a.m. Megan Says...

Perfect - thanks so much for all your help! (PS - your 1-day and 2-day plans are so so great! Love the colour-coded maps!!)

Apr 4, 2018 at 6:03 p.m. Stacy Says...

Park hopping is my definite time saver. Especially if you find you finish up earlier than expected at one park - just hop your way down to the other!

Mar 5, 2018 at 4:41 a.m. Jen Says...

We are going to Disneyland for two days on march 20. 3adults and 3children, do the children need to buy maxpasses too even if the adults will be the ones managing the rides. Infact two adults out of three probably won’t do any rides either. What do you suggest? Thank you for your help.

Mar 5, 2018 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

Anyone who will be enjoying the rides and attractions needs to have a MaxPass, regardless of who will be managing it.

Keep hopping!


Mar 3, 2018 at 11:02 p.m. Amy Says...

MaxPass not only saved us time, but saved us a lot of extra walking.

Feb 27, 2018 at 11:54 a.m. Lorena Says...

Hello! I'm going to do Disney in one day with Park Hopper and purchase the Max Pass, but I have a doubt, I'm going to be able to have the fast pass for World if Color AND Fantasmic on the same day? Or I have to choose one show?

Sorry for my english, I'm argentinian, love your posts!

Mar 7, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorena,

It an be challenging to get both in! It all depends on show times and crowd levels that day. The FASTPASSes for Fantasmic! run out the fastest, so get those first thing in the morning. If you do no get one, arrive early for a standby location. Arrive early even if you have a FASTPASS since they do pack people in for the show. The World of Color FASTPASSes take longer to distribute, and if there is a second show that night, it is definitely the least crowded. You also don’t necessarily need to be right in front for World of Color; the first row can get wet from the spray, and the water sprays really high.

Keep hopping!


Feb 27, 2018 at 4:26 a.m. Steve Says...

Do you know if you can select a FastPass (while at the Park)... leave the park mid-day to take a break... and then utilize the FastPass upon your return?

Feb 27, 2018 at 4:14 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Steve,

Yes, you can most certainly reserve a FastPass for later in the day and then come back to enjoy it.

Keep hopping!


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