I know a lot of you are planning your Spring Break trips to Disneyland, so I thought I would offer my advice.
1) Our ultimate trip is Sunday – Thursday (add a day if you want to see Harry Potter at Universal). We drive on Sunday and arrive around dinner time. We make reservations for Goofy’s Kitchen for Sunday night. We get great pictures and autographs with the characters and starts our Disney trip off with a bang.
Monday: Disneyland Tuesday: California Adventure Wednesday: Disneyland Thursday: Eat breakfast in Downtown Disney and travel home
2) Stay as close to the park as you can afford. Use Hilton points for the Hilton. Good Neighbor hotels are always a good choice. Plan to stay within walking distance.
3) Purchase your tickets online. If your kids are younger, no need to Park Hopper, one park is enough.
4) Download the Disneyland Mobile App. It has Park Maps, Character locations, Wait Times, Dining Options, Shop locations, Restroom locations, PhotoPass, Entertainment and so much more
5) Buy MaxPass. Once in the park, this lets you get all of your Fastpasses on your phone. It also gives you access to all of the professional photos that the Disney Cast Members take.
6) Pack basic snacks. Every restaurant and food kiosk offers free ice water, so with a few snacks, you can eat one meal at the Park each day. We prefer to carry one backpack with hand sanitizer, power bars and apples.
7) Make Restaurant Reservations – we usually eat at two nice places each trip. Goofy’s kitchen for the characters and Carthage Circle (California Adventure) for the relaxing atmosphere.
When you enter Disneyland, get Fantasmic Fast Passes. These are paper tickets and do not interfere with the ride fast passes.
When you enter California Adventure, get World of Color Fast Passes. These are paper tickets and do not interfere with your fast passes.
Have fun and ride everything once!