here are some tips and tricks to help you survive Disneyland and enjoy “the happiest place on earth“.
Arrive early. Lines are shortest in the morning because, let’s face it, who wants to wake up that early? You do.
Avoid Trolley from Parking Lot – Walk
If you can stay awake for a few extra hours, the late showings of Fantasmic and World of Color are significantly less crowded.
Bring Water Bottles, Snacks in Backpack
The classic, kid-friendly Fantasyland attractions like Peter Pan can become insanely crowded in the afternoon. You’ll find the shortest waits first thing in the morning; alternatively, going during a daytime parade offers a slight relief from the crowd crunch.
Download “My Disney Experience App”, everything about your vacation in one app: park tickets, dinner reservations, PhotoPass, hotel reservations, Fastpass+ and much of the resort’s maps and information.
Just about everything is less crowded during the Disneyland fireworks (except for Fantasyland and Toon Town attractions, which close during the show).
Downtown Disney Parking: 5 Hrs Free Validated
If you’re tall or not too concerned about finding the perfect spot, don’t waste more than twenty minutes or so lining up for fireworks or a parade.
Eat In Downtown Disney: Way Better Food
The attractions around New Orleans Square and Frontierland are least crowded during Fantasmic—but get in line right as the show ends and you’re in for a world of pain.
The rides don’t close at park closing, rather the entrance to the line does. So at one minute before closing, hop on that last ride.
Kid’s Rides After 9 PM: Less Crowded
That said, everyone flocks to Space Mountain at the very end of the night.
Phone Charging Stations: Main Street/Buena Vista
The shops on Main Street and Buena Vista Street stay open for an hour after closing, so save that ice cream cone and souvenir shopping until after hours. Or stop at World of Disney in Downtown Disney to find everything in one spot.
Watch Fireworks From Innoventions Hall
If you’re looking to travel to and from the Downtown Disney area, the monorail is a fun shortcut that typically doesn’t have a huge wait. Plus, the nearby lots offer three hours of free parking; you’ll save money this way if your visit is under six hours, but stay longer and you’ll pay considerably more than the garage.
As you leave attractions with an on-ride photo, don’t forget to snap your own shot of the screen.
Pack an extra pair of socks if you plan on riding Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run.
FastPass, Disney’s free ride time reservation system, is your best bet at avoiding lines. These passes (available at some of the parks’ most popular attractions) are stamped with a specific return time that’ll allow you to hop on a separate, express line. You’ll have to board the ride within the hour window printed on the ticket, and, generally, you can only hold one FastPass at a time.
Kip Barry’s Cabaret: The Second happiest place on earth!
When your Disneyland visit is over, don’t let the magic disappear, join us for a great show; Kip Barry’s Cabaret is the best way to end your trip!
Kip Barry’s Cabaret hosts the Southern California’s Best Variety Show, featuring Music, Magic and Comedy in a unique Vaudeville style 1 hour show.
Buffet dinner available on show nights and on Sunday Brunch.
Dinner starts at 6:45 PM, pre-show starts at 7 PM and Main Show at 7:30 PM.
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