Tips and Tricks around Disneyland!
How can grown adults be obsessed with Disneyland?...I probably get this question every time I tell people I LOVE Disneyland. I will answer that question with the answer, it’s all about having a routine. The first time I went to Disneyland everything was sensory overload, the lines were long and honestly I stillhad a good time, but it wasn't a life changing experience. I remember being a freshman in High School and I remember my team was going to go to Disneyland, and I didn't think much of it until we were there. There was probably about a group of six of us and one girl was in charge there. She had a routine of what to do and when we executed her routine perfectly, after that was the first time I craved to go back!
Since then, I have been about twice a year! When we go to Disneyland we always get a one day park-hopper. This allows you to go to Disneyland and California Adventures, which I recommend when you go you go to both parks!
Okay, onto my routine!...we always buy our tickets before and print them out so there is less wait, and when you enter the gates they give you a "real" ticket with characters on it. It will save you in waiting in two lines. It being Christmas time, Disneyland hands out homemade candy canes, however, they only handout about 120. So you will get a wristband and come back around 10am-2pm to get a candy cane. They change where they hand them out everyday so I would just ask the front gate people where they are handing them out. After that little adventure, we always go straight to Space Mountain, because you are the first ones in you will only wait 10-15 mins which is nothing. Next we go onto Star Tours which I have to say is my favorite! Then the Matterhorn, and if you go to the left lane the actual sleigh ride goes a bit faster than the right. After the Matterhorn you could go to the kid rides which include tea cups, Peter pan ride etc. We usually skip that because when we do have kids we will take them on those rides. We then go to Pirates of the Caribbean, then the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain. So by then we will have rode about 6-7 rides all by 11am which is amazing! I aways make sure to make a lunch reservation online on the Disney app which we will typically choose to eat at the all you can eat BBQ but because Star Wars land is getting built they closed it down and are going to reopen on Tom Sawyers Island. Instead we had bread bowls, which is inbetween the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the New Orleans Cafe. We always make sure we sit down and eat, this gives us a break and a breather. After we eat we usually ride one more ride in Disneyland and then go get our Dole Whip pineapple ice cream! This is found by the Tiki room, there are two lines which you can get it, the line inside is ALWAYS smaller and you will get it faster. Then we walk to California Adventures!
Now part two is California Adventures, this is where we use our fast passes! We go to the Grizzly Bear Rapids and get our World of Color tickets. There are no Ifs, Ands, or Buts, you HAVE to go to it! Its beyond amazing and comes with your ticket! After this, it is immediately on to Soarin Around the World (they changed it to around the world instead of just California) and from there we either choose Tour of Terror, Screamin California, or Toy Story Maniadepending on which line is shortest! Now, let’s talk about the Cars ride. We always ride single rider because honestly that wait is at least an hour to three hours long, and when you ride single rider it takes half the time and is still so so fun and you can even go twice if you want! After, we always go back to Soarin Around the World because we love that ride, and after it is usually dinner time. We usually go to Downtown Disneyland where there is an amazingrestaurant called Naples. After, we kind of wing it until World of Color. When World of Color is finished, we go back to Disneyland and get our favoritetreats and ride our favorite rides until midnight! This leads perfectly into the Disneyland fireworks!! And that is my routine usually...
Now, let’s talk food! This has its own section! There are churros all around Disneyland an California Adventures! I always get the churros whenever I see a cart. Yeah, I am pretty bad! At Disneyland there is a Cafe called the Jolly Holiday, here they have the best Macaroons!! I always get the CoconutMatterhorn as well as the Raspberry Micky Mouse! At Halloween they have this amazing hot cinnamon apple cider which is sooooo good! I actually had it at my wedding. This past trip at Christmas time they had gingerbread man cookies and I wish I would have grabbed 10 they were so good! At Candy Palace on Main Street they have chocolate covered pineapple which is a must, but also they have Caramel apples! I always get the apple pie flavor andsave it for when I get home put it in the oven for about 15 seconds and the results are amazing! Now, I am sure I am missing a lot of food options but these are definitely my go-to desserts!
The more you go to Disneyland and make it your own, the more you fall in love. SO have fun going, using some of my tips and tricks and make it your own to love!! I am by no means an expert but just have found what I like to do and see...I always look on new sights to see what more I can do!