You will want to rent a locker if you bring a backpack or a bunch of gear. They are so clutch, and your back will thank you. I always use a locker to stash my sweatshirt, snacks, and a water bottle. My brother uses it to store a backpack with a change of clothes and supplies for the kids. I recommend using the lockers on Main Street. They are about halfway down on the Tomorrowland side of the park. You will be very happy getting a locker and not lugging around all your gear all day.
Now, this isn’t a total necessity, but a portable charger is nice to have with you. Between texting, social media, the Disney app and taking pictures your phone will use up a lot of juice. I’ve definitely seen people really stressed out because their phone was dying or dead. The easy solution for this is to bring a small portable charger with you. I bring one with me whenever I visit Disneyland Resort, and it has saved me more than once. I recommend this 10,000 mAh charger by Anker. It is smaller than a cell phone and can charge an iPhone or Galaxy fully twice before needing to be recharged.
This is probably the most important of all my Disneyland tips and tricks for families. When you go to Disneyland with older kids that go off on their own, or with a group of friends that split up, it’s always wise to set a home base or meet up point. When I’m with my family, we always pick a spot before going on a ride that we will use as home base. The best home base locations are the Walt Disney and Mickey statue in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland and the water fountain near the entrance at Disney California Adventure. Those 2 locations are easy to find and always have cast members around for safety. Tell your whole group that if they ever get separated to go to your selected meet up location and to wait there until someone comes for them.
The parades and fireworks shows gather large crowds. Certain pathways are also roped off and no one is allowed to cross those lines. This is a great time to head over to some of the more popular rides to get in line. The lines are typically much shorter during parades and fireworks shows, allowing you to sneak more attractions in during your visit.
The Disney Parks do not hold back with their fireworks and light shows. They are simply amazing, and you need to see at least one during your trip to Disneyland. Most people try to mash up as close to the launching point as possible for the shows. In the Disneyland, everyone tries to get as close to Sleeping Beauty’s castle as they can. This is not the best course of action. The best way to see the fireworks shows is to be a little further back and toward the center. You want to try and be middle back and to the center. This gives you a great view of everything going on without having to turn your head side-to-side to see everything in the periphery. Being a little further back is also ideal for filming because all the lights and fireworks will be in frame without panning. You want to make sure you show up and claim your spot at least 45 before the show, though. What we usually do is have 1 or 2 members of the group hold the spots while the others get in one last ride. This can be a dangerous move, though, because certain parts of the park are blocked off for the fireworks. I would probably say your best move is to try and get on Star Tours real quick and then head back if you’re going to try this. Another amazing Disneyland trick is to be on a ride when the fireworks are happening. The Storybook Land Canal Boats, for instance, will stop in the middle of the ride to give you an incredible view of the fireworks.
When it rains at a Disney Park, things clear out fast. Most people don’t like being out in the elements like that. An awesome Disneyland tip is to hit the park hard if you’re prepared for the rain. The popular rides might have lines early in the day, but later on they clear out when people are just over walking around in the rain. Rainy days are perfect for getting in a lot more rides than you’d normally be able to. As I said before, it only rains maybe 20 days a year in Southern California and you’ll know in advance if it will. Anaheim is not like Orlando where you have random showers throughout the day. If it’s going to rain, chances are it’s going to rain all day. READ MORE: Come see the best Disney World tips and tricks!
Before entering the parks, the first thing you want to do is check the weather report. Is it going to be hot and sunny? Throw on some sunblock, bring a hat, some shades, and wear lighter clothes. Is it going to be cold? Bring a jacket and maybe a scarf or beanie. It is incredibly important to be prepared for the weather. During winter it gets cold. It also cools down significantly at once the sun goes down. Be sure to bring a sweatshirt when you visit Disneyland! In some instances, it will rain. Anaheim gets about 20 days of rain, with most of those being a light misty rain. You should be prepared for those days. Disneyland does not close for rain. If you see rain in the forecast for the day, bring a raincoat or a rain poncho and/or an umbrella. It’s way cheaper and easier to get them ahead of time as opposed to purchasing something inside the park. Some of the outdoor attractions will close, however, the majority of the park is open. Have your rain gear ready for those times.
Everyone wants to pick the best time to visit Disneyland. Personally, I prefer the days when the parks have the fewest guests so I can get on more rides. The best days to visit the Disneyland parks are Monday through Thursday. Weekends are always busier, even during off-peak times. Typically, the busiest days of the year are as follows:
Okay so you’ve probably heard about ‘Ohana, Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey’s, Boma, and California Grill. But what about Cape May Cafe, 1900 Park Fare, Tusker House, Yachtsman Steakhouse, Artist Point, and Trail’s End? These restaurants are so underrated, yet offer some of the best, sometimes unique dining experiences across Disney World. There are a lot of great places to eat that don’t get a lot of hype. You’ll be surprised at some of the goodies you’ll find at lesser known eateries.
Menu items come and go. Your heart might be set on one menu item and poof, the next day it’s all gone. The last thing you’d want to be in for a unfortunate surprise.