If you’re craving a Dole Whip but don’t have a park ticket, you’re in luck – Pineapple Lanai at the Polynesian Resort has just what you’re looking for. And unlike Animal Kingdom, they actually have Pineapple Vanilla swirl which tastes a lot better that way.
Ah the Disney Dining Plan… Some people hate it, others adore, most just don’t care. But believe it or not, the dining plan could easily be the best way to save money on food, but ONLY if you do it correctly. You’ll learn more in the next section below.
If you’re like me, you probably come to Disney World for the food (okay the rides too, but mostly the food). But at some time, you’ll get to the point when you already tried everything noteworthy and instead want to try something new. That’s why I recommend trying to come to Disney during a holiday season or a major event time period. Whether if you like new Pixar movie themed cupcakes or candy corn Dole Whip for Halloween, you’re bound to find some tasty seasonal treats!
Your snack credit is worth $5, don’t buy the water for $3.50. Get the Dole Whip Float instead. Or better, go to Les Halles Boulangerie and Patisserie and get their most expensive French treat.
Use your meal credits on lunch and dinner because you’ll get an entree, side, drink, and dessert. It’s such a better bargain.
If you are thinking, “Should I bring a stroller or not,” bring one. Even if your child walks around all the time, going to theme parks is exhausting and a ton of walking. Younger children will wear down and pushing them in a stroller is much easier on everyone than carrying your worn-out kiddo. There are stroller parking areas near most of the attractions with tons of strollers there. I believe it to be totally safe to leave your stroller parked amongst them. I’ve never heard from anyone I know or anyone I talked to at the parks about any theft issues. I feel it’s very safe, however, as always, use your best judgement. Another smart thing to do is to mark your stroller so it stands out in the parking areas. A popular way of doing this is by attaching a balloon to the handle. As an added bonus, you can pack up your stroller with sweatshirts, sunblock, hats, and other extras you won’t have to carry. Which brings me to my next Disneyland tip…
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has finally opened, and boy, is it awesome! Once you walk into the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (commonly referred to as Star Wars Land) you are transported to the Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. The first thing that stands out is the giant life-sized Millennium Falcon docked at the space port. The level of detail is unreal and makes the Millennium Falcon look totally authentic and real. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open, and it will be packed for sure. The best Disneyland tip I can give you is to get over to Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge right away. However, be prepared for massive lines.
A Disneyland top tip for anyone with a Park Hopper ticket is to visit Disney California Adventure first before going into Disneyland Park. DCA has fewer big-draw attractions and is smaller. Because of that, there are fewer people inside the park. Disney California Adventure also closes much earlier than Disneyland Park. DCA will close at between 6pm-10pm, 2 to 6 hours before Disneyland Park closes. Just hop in to DCA, ride all the rides you want, then cross over into Disneyland to tackle the rest. You’ll find that typically around 5-7pm there will be a rush of people in Disneyland coming over from DCA. However, after that, the lines tend to get shorter because a lot of people are eating dinner or leaving for the day.
One of the best Disneyland tips and tricks is to utilize Single Rider Lines. Single Rider Lines can be even faster than using a FASTPASS on rides. In fact, there are times where your whole group might get on the ride at the same time. My family always uses the Single Rider Lines when we go to Disneyland for maximum efficiency during the day. I highly recommend using the Single Rider Lines for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Space Mountain, Radiator Springs Racers, and Incredicoaster. Those rides have the longest lines and you’ll really save time in your day.
It works best to have 1 person in your group have all the tickets and be the main person to get the FASTPASSes. This just ends up being easier for everyone and way more efficient. Pay attention to your FASTPASS times. You cannot get another FASTPASS during the same time period you already have one. An awesome trick is to see when the FASTPASS return times are, then get one for the next open window. That way you can just go from ride to ride without having to wait in the main line. You might be able to get a 10-15 minute window on either side of your return time to still use that pass. I did return outside the time range for one ride and was still allowed to enter, though. This will not always happen. I was very polite and explained the reason for my lateness and was allowed through. A main goal of visiting Disneyland is to go on as many rides as you can. One of the best Disneyland tips and tricks is to stay on top of your FastPass times. Grab more when they are available is vital to maxing out the number of rides you go on.