Disneyland Resort Trip Planning Tips
We’re huge fans of Disney, and are often asked for Disneyland Resort trip planning tips. There are so many ways to make your trip to the Disneyland Resort more unique, memorable, and enjoyable for the whole family! Here are some ideas we have to share:
Search For Hidden Mickeys
Buy a Hidden Mickey book at one of the gift shops at the entrance to Disneyland and search for Hidden Mickey’s throughout the Parks. This is a lot of fun, and a great thing to do with the entire family. Once you start, you’re hooked!
Visit Downtown Disney
Be sure to take a walk around Downtown Disney. Visit the shops and restaurants. Listen to music by one of the live performers (from our experience they mostly perform at night). Sit and relax, and take in the moment.
Enjoy Face-Time With Character Dining
Collector Pin Trading
Trade pins that you’ve purchased with pins belonging to Cast Members or visitors wishing to trade. Pins are available for purchase throughout the Resort. These are different pins than the ones that are free from Town Hall. Many times we see people trading near the bakery inside Disneyland, but if you see a Cast Member with a pin you’d like, stop them anywhere and ask to trade.
Eat At Least One Special Meal
Eat at least one special meal on your trip to The Disneyland Resort, such as at the Blue Bayou, inside Disneyland. Here you can watch the boats of Pirates of the Caribbean float by the restaurant as you dine. It’s a fun experience, and the food there is great!
Pick Up Your Free Pins
Pick up your free pins such as “I’m Celebrating“, “Happy Birthday“, “1st Visit“, “Anniversary“, etc… from City Hall, when you enter Disneyland. You may also pick them up at the Guest Relations office at the entrance to Disney California Adventure Park. You’d be surprised how attentive the Cast Members are to guests wearing the pins, with greetings throughout the visit.
Take a special tour, such as Walk in Walt’s Footsteps. This is one thing that we have yet to do, but have heard great things about. Sounds super fun!
Jump On Board the Main Street Vehicles
Take a ride on the double decker bus, horse drawn carriage, and old car at Disneyland. You can hop on one of these modes of transportation from either Main Street, or in front of the Disneyland Castle for a one-way trip. We’ve often taken one after the other for a fun and memorable experience just as we enter the Park. You can now also take a ride on the trolley inside the Disney California Adventure Park. The trolley is also a one-way trip, so ask the attendant the details prior to boarding. Super fun!
Buy an Autograph Book, or bring your own, and have characters sign it during your visit.
Get A Photo Pass
Have Park photographers take photos of your family, which they’ll put on a free Disney Photo Pass. Each time you have a Park photographer snap your shot, hand them the Photo Pass to add the photos on for you. You can view them for up to 30 days from the time they were taken, purchase the ones you’re interested in, or buy nothing at all. Sometimes it’s hard to get all of the family in the same shots on your own, but it’s easy to have a Disney photographer do so, and add to a Photo Pass.
Get A FASTPASS®
Whenever possible, make use of a free FASTPASS® for each member of your party for each ride you’d like to go on. The FASTPASS® kiosks are located near the rides and will give you a return time for you to get on the ride. You could potentially save yourself a lot of time by using the FASTPASS® option.
Collect pressed coins from around the Parks. You can pick up a free map showing where you can find the coin pressing machines from Town Hall, inside Disneyland.
Take It All In
Find a comfortable spot, buy a treat or beverage, sit, and take in the atmosphere. Part of what makes Disney so special are the little things, like the music, the smell of freshly popped popcorn, and beautiful decor. Be sure to take some time to simply sit and enjoy your surroundings.
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