September 25, 2017 eazynazy 39Comment

Disneyland parks are so vast that you definitely can’t cover everything in a day. So here i brought  a  list of tips that will help you maximize your time at Disneyland Parks.

You can also check my blog on Free things to do at Disneyland here.

  • Start early in the Morning The mornings are the quietest and the best time for popular rides.
  • Download the Disneyland app so you can check queue times and decide which ride to do next.
  • Visit mid-week : To avoid long queues we visited Disneyland Twice , The first time we went on a Sunday and it was fully crowded with long waiting lines up to an hour and the next time we went on a Tuesday and it had a lesser crowd with a waiting time of around 20minutes .
  • Use a FastPass for the busiest rides : This is just like making a reservation for a ride. These are available for free which gives you a time to return and skip the main line. FastPasses are available for most of the busy rides throughout the day.
  • Max pass It’s basically a FastPasses  which you can grab via your mobile device, rather than running all over the parks.The cost for MaxPass is $10 per person, per day, but also includes unlimited downloads of PhotoPass photos (those ones you take on rides or with characters).

  • Attractions : Disneyland closes various rides for periodic maintenance, and some have limited hours. To get the current status of every ride, you can visit the Disneyland website.
  • Ride during parades. If you’ve already seen the parade or least interested in seeing them then that is a good time to get on rides since so many people stop riding to watch the parade. (I personally would never miss any parades).


  • The Best spot to see the Parades is from the front of the crowd. Parades travel between a gate near “It’s a small world” and go down to the Main Street U.S.A. You can watch anywhere along that route, but make sure you are in  the front.

  • The best view of the fireworks is from Main Street in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. If you want to be on a front row , then make sure you get there at least a couple of hours before (that’s what everyone does).
  • Pack a snack This is purely from my experience, I have packed small little snacks during both my visits and I was allowed to take them inside with me (I guess that’s probably because i was carrying an infant)
  • Early Entry : Some Disneyland Resort packages include early entry into Disneyland. This allows you to enter the park one hour before the gates open and ride some of the more popular rides before the lines get long.
  • Parking : The parking lot is vast, Make sure you note it down or take a picture of  the sign under which your car is parked.
  • Kennels : Pets are not permitted in the Disney parks but they have an indoor kennel which is right to the Disneyland main entrance. Check the Disneyland website for restrictions.
  • Wheelchairs and electric convenience vehicles are also available for rent at the Disneyland entrance. Manual wheelchairs are $12, ECVs $50 , both require a $20 deposit.

Tips for Adults carrying Kids :

  • Free under Three : Children under 3 get into Disneyland parks for free
  • Free Food : If you want to avoid purchasing the kid’s meal then consider eating at any buffet restaurant or Disneyland character dining at the Disneyland Resort . It’s is free for anyone below three years of age.
  • Strollers : If you don’t have a stroller, you rent one at the park. Strollers can be rented for $15 for one or $25 for two strollers just outside the Disneyland Park Main Entrance.
  • Changing tables are available in both women’s and men’s restrooms.
  • Baby Centers/Lost Children. Both Disneyland Theme Park and Disney’s California Adventure have Baby Centers/Lost Children Centers with extra diapers, formula and other baby supplies.
  • First Aid : The First Aid stations in both theme parks provide free over the counter medication and cool dry storage of medical devices such as breast pumps.

    Have you Visited any of the Disney parks ? Have any tips which I need to include in the list? Please let me know in the comment section below !!

39 thoughts on “Tips to Maximize your Time at Disneyland, California

  1. I’ve never been to any Disney theme park but your tips sound very practical. I think it’s always best to avoid crowds at these places. Going early and mid-week sounds like a good way to escape the longer weekend/holiday lines.

  2. I have never been to Disneyland and I had no idea that there are so many rules or that the queues are so large. I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on the ticket and then just wait in queue all day long. The Disneyland app sounds very useful, especially that it tells you about the waiting times.

  3. Great tips! I feel like there’s no getting away from the crowds at Disneyland but definitely these tips would be helpful to maximize your fun and experience there. Disneyland is not somewhere that I’d ever want to go (but I don’t have Kids either) I know that I have Friends who do want to go so I’ll pass on your post to them 🙂

  4. Very practical trips… I have been to disney parks so many times! Taking rides during parade time is a trick I would use next time around!

  5. I’ve always been a fan of Walt Disney and I’ve grown up watching the good old hand drawn, pre-computerized Mickey Mouse!!! However I’m not a very big fan of Disneyland or Disney Parks, though… I did give it an miss when I was in Paris as well. But now, I might consider once our little one comes along, I guess!!! Let’s see!

  6. So many great tips here. I haven’t been to Disney in about 10 years, but I can’t wait until my daughter is older to take her.

  7. This is such a handy guide for anyone visiting Disneyland for the first time. It can get overwhelming when it is your first time. I love the practical tip of going in the morning or in the mid-week. I am the worst when it comes to dealing with crowds and long queues – so that would probably be applicable to me.

  8. I have never been to Disneyworld. Disneyland only but I absolutely agree with all you said. Avoid weekends and summer holiday. the park is always so crowded! thanks for the tips

  9. Disneyland looks awesome! I hope to make it there one day. we live in Florida so we have only been to Walt Disney World. Everything looks so different than I am use to at our park!

  10. I’ll keep this in mind! I always love going to Disney. I haven’t been to Disneyland in years. I normally always go to Disney World.

  11. I believe that these tips will be very helpful when planning to visit. It’s not easy for first timers to visit without a plan. Thank you for these tips!

  12. I use to live in Orlando so I would go to Disney WORLD all the time!! You definitely hit some points on the head!! I also suggest eating a big breakfast before you go, then not eating around lunch time but waiting until like 2 for the crowds to somewhat die down in the restaurants!

  13. Very nice tips for Disneyland tour. I did Paris Disneyland and really waited long in Q’s. Your idea of doing rides during Parade is helpful to avoid crowd. Next time will keep in mind. Also searching car in vast parking is difficult and to take photo of car park is also so helpful.

  14. Love this post. To the point and useful tips 🙂 We’re heading to Disneyland Paris soon … your post is right on time. I had no idea about a Disneyland app, will download it for sure 🙂

  15. haven’t been to disneyland yet but, i’ve been to disney world a few time and i have to tell you that the app is a blessing. we were able to schedule the rides we really wanted to do and it saved so much time and effort. we found things to do in between the times and then made our way to the rides when our scheduled time was near. loved it.

  16. This was really helpful. Some smart play saves a lot of time at such places where the footfall is really heavy. Sundays shouldn’t be the day for Disneyland and also one should read about everything before hand and waste no time in collecting information there.

  17. I am not much of a Disneyland fan but your tips are very practical and useful. While all your tips are wonderful, I really liked your tip on the Best spot to see the Parades and fireworks.

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