Disneyland the happiest place on Earth! We visited Disneyland over a dozen times this year with our season passes, and here is some of what we learned, sometimes the hard way. The best tips for Disneyland especially for saving money is to bring your lunch! Bring juice boxes for the kids and lots of water for the adults. Freeze the water bottles the night before so you can use this as your ice for the day, this will help keep the rest of the food cool. For younger kids bring lots of snacks like pretzels, crackers, fruit, granola bars and anything they can eat while walking or waiting in a line. Disneyland has specific picnic areas for you to eat your lunch as well as lockers to store items before and after.
During the summer the lines are LONG and it is HOT so prepare your children for this ahead of time. We played a bunch of games with the kids in line like i spy, rock paper scissors, and we sang songs. Yes, people did stare at us while singing but it kept the kids minds off of the hour plus line we were waiting in for Splash Mountain. Be aware of the height requirements before entering Disneyland, it helps to prepare kids for what they can and cannot ride. My son cried the first time we went because he could not go on Thunder Mountain and I felt horrible! Something to consider when you have children under 40 inches is the switch pass. This allows one parent to ride while the other holds the “baby” then they switch. This is so you don’t have to wait inline twice to go on the same ride and saves tons of time. If there is only one thing you take from reading this please use the FASTPASS! The FASTPASS is a complimentary service to all park Guests that allows you to enjoy the rest of the Disneyland Resort while your place in line is saved. Check the complete list of FASTPASS attractions here. It is such huge a timesaver and if you plan your day you can walk on to most rides using it.
Dress your children in something bright that will stand out in a crowd. It only takes one second for a child to wonder off and in a sea of hundreds of people that can be really scary! I always put my son in orange, because not too many people wear the color and it just happens to be his favorite.
Disneyland has special offers and discounts from time to time. Please click here for a full list of Disneyland Specials & Discounts.