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Disneyland for Spring Break?

Disneyland for Spring Break?

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.

 Chef Pluto with girls

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!

Eating with Character

Eating with Character

There are so many dining options at the Disney locations.  You can eat fast, you can eat slow.  There is junk food and fine dining.  The options are amazing.  But if you have kids, you have to try the Character Meals.

Our personal favorite is Goofy’s Kitchen at Disneyland.  They have a similar Chef Mickey in Disney World, located in the Contemporary Hotel.  I have heard that it is cheaper to eat breakfast, but we love Goofy for Dinner!

Make a reservation and show up a few minutes early.  There are cartoons playing for the kids and a casual lounge for the parents.   The event begins with a Character greeting and a group picture.  The pictures are usually the best pictures of our trip…maybe because of the wait in the lounge?

The food is served buffet style, so you can eat as much as you want or even more than that, if you can squeeze it in.   For the kids, there is Goofyroni and Cheese, an assortment of pizzas and Pluto’s hot dogs.  The parents are treated to Fresh Fish, a Carving Station, Salad bar, Assorted vegetable selections and so much more.   But the creme de la creme is the Dessert Station.  It is amazing.  I can’t begin to describe all of the choices and the deliciousness is endless.

disney minnie character breakfast

While you are enjoying the relaxing atmosphere, an assortment of characters comes to your table, spends time signing autographs, taking pictures and talking to the guests.  There are intermittent Dance Parties throughout the night, where Chef Goofy comes out and leads the dancing.  Goofy is pretty good, but he hasn’t got Hot Hubby’s boogie shoes.  Whenever we visiting Disneyland with kids, we enjoy one meal with Goofy.  You should too.