I just want to start this off with the biggest THANK YOU to Disney Parks & Resorts Canada for hosting and partnering with my blog. If you follow along on Instagram, you may have noticed earlier this month I had the absolute pleasure to visit Disneyland, California Adventure and stay at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It was an unreal experience to say the least! I traveled with my little guy and my parents! Incorporating multiple generations into one trip really helped with some travel perceptive for sure. I’m so excited to share some tips, tricks and info on all the magic from this press trip. This wasn’t our first time by any means, some of you may already know although we are Canadians, Disney vacations have been our trip of choice for the past few years. So many of my tips and tricks have been garnered over time in an attempt to save you time, money and help you create the MOST magically Disney experience.
I asked on this Instagram post if you had any burning questions you wanted answered in my trip recap blog post. The response was overwhelming! So I’ve decided to break up my posts to make them far more concise and helpful. I’ll follow up with a Q&A with very specific information requests later this week. And I’ll also do a favourites list of restaurants, photo spots, rides and attractions in the near future. Just hit the “TRAVEL” tab on the right side of this page to look for more travel posts.
Here are my top 4 Disneyland Tips and Tricks to help you and your family have an ideal Disneyland Park experience in 2019:
1) Before buying your park passes please check out the “offers” page on the Disneyland website. As an example, currently the “Canadian Resident Ticket Offer” is giving us a pretty great discount on passes. This offer ends April 11th 2019, you can take advantage of it by visiting www.Disneyland.com/
2) A common misconception of many first timers to Disneyland is that the “Fast Pass” line costs money. It is free! Anyone can access the quicker line up and it only costs money to have it conveniently located on your phone. My biggest piece of advice, work that Fast Pass System hard! I’m not only saying that only coming from a mother with a little person that can’t wait in lines too long. As an adult, time is time and if you get great at working this feature you can experience far more attractions in your day. If you are new to Disney, there will be two lines at the front: Standby and Fast Pass holders. You can book fast passes on the app for $15 a day per person in the group by getting a Disney MAXpass. BUT you can still get fast passes without that $15 fee! They are located at “fast pass distributors” at each attraction that has a fast pass line. Basically in short, you can pay a fee to conveniently book them on your phone throughout the day or you can walk to each attraction to manually obtain one. Please note, some rides are more popular compared to others. And there are only a certain amount of fast passes available each day. I find unless you get a fast pass before noon for many of the “popular rides,” there will not be any more fast passes available that day for that attraction and you would have to line up in the standby line. Some of my must have fast passes include: California Adventure: Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Break Out, Toy Story Mania and Radiator Springs Racer. Disneyland: It’s a Small World, Madahorn, Star Tours, Big Thunder Mountain Railway and the Haunted Mansion.
3) The parks are not only about rides. Traveling with my parents, I would say their highlight was far more food related. There are so many incredible dining experiences and cute foods to indulge in throughout your day. One of the ways I travel, I break up the day in preparation for my next great meal! I like looking forward to sitting down and sharing food with my family. My biggest tip, book reservations for any “sit down” restaurants ahead of time on your app. A lot of great restaurants book months in advance and the bigger the group the more difficult it can be to all sit down together. Dining is one of those scheduling preparations I like to make well in advance. With that said, there are MANY “take and go” restaurants to experience. One of my favourite experiences from this trip was finding the cutest treats from the limited time “Get Your Ears On Food Guide.” It’s basically food heaven in celebration of Mickey’s 90th birthday this year highlighting all the limited time mouse shaped items offered in BOTH parks.
4) There is magic everywhere, make sure you take in the variety of experiences the parks have to offer. Character experiences and entertainment are both elements Disneyland knocks out of the park! Parades, fireworks, character meet and greets… OH MY! The Dapper Dans get me every time with their amazing voices… pure magic! I highly suggest craving out a piece of your day and catching some entertainment. World of Color was an absolute highlight of our vacation. With a late night setting, jets of water shoot into the air, lasers electrify the sky all perfectly timed pyrotechnics to your favourite Disney songs. It made me laugh, cry and smile ear to ear… it was incredible. I’d check the schedule and see if it works for an evening you’ll be at California Adventure Park.
Thank you for reading! And I’m so excited to share more information with you this month!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Disney Parks & Resorts Canada but my thoughts and opinions are my own.