Thursday, July 12, 2012

4 great Disneyland tips

I'm actually kind of shocked that I haven't written a post about visiting Disneyland. Before I became a professional organizer, I had an annual pass to Disneyland for several years, but I haven't gone as much lately. It is one of my favorite destinations and a great place to spend a few hours or a few days.

I have my own Lelah-patented method of "doing Disneyland" that I've perfected over dozens of visits. It maximizes the time I spend on my favorite rides and activities and minimizes time waiting in line. What works for me doesn't work for everyone, as every family has its own unique Disneyland approach. Even so, I do think I have some useful tips for just about anyone visiting the park.

Me, my brother and my dad at Disneyland circa 1986.
  1. Do utilize the FastPass option. FastPass is a way to spend less time in line for the best rides, but you have to be careful to return at your designated time, and you can only get one at a time. To get the most out of FastPass, be sure to get one for the busiest rides (Raiders, Space Mountain) early in the day, because sometimes the FastPasses run out. Also, don't be afraid to send one envoy with everyone's tickets to get all the FastPasses for a given ride while the rest of the group is doing something else.
  2. If you pass a ride and the line looks short, but you were planning to do it later, just go on it now. You will hate to come back and see the line is much longer than before. Good spontaneous rides and usually short waits: Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Winnie the Pooh.
  3. Feeling hot and tired? Take a break in the Tiki Room, on the train, or even on Pirates of the Caribbean, which is the longest ride in the park and nice and cool.
  4. Don't go in the gift shops. You don't need anything in there and you'll have to carry whatever you buy around all day. But, if you do want something like Mickey ears or a hat, get that early so you can enjoy it all day long.
I feel like I could go on an on...perhaps there is a follow up post in the cards. In any event, the next time you make the trip to the happiest place on earth, have a spectacular time!


  1. Lelah- I've been to Disneyland once and Disney World many times, but it's been a while. Reading your post made me want to return again. Thanks for the mini-vacation reflection break.

  2. Good tips. I would add one that so few rarely do, and that is just taking your time, rather than rushing from ride to ride. There are so many interesting nooks and spaces in the park that beg for exploration. No waiting required!

    Also, be sure to sit down for a lengthy lunch. It gives your body a chance to rest and re-energize before heading out into the throng. In fact, just take a seat anytime you feel overwhelmed and watch people go by. Very entertaining.

    Of course, the best advice to is simply go during a weekday in the off-season. Smaller crowds and shorter waits make for a much more enjoyable visit!

    1. I heartily agree. A rejuvenating lunch is a great idea, and a weekday visit is always preferable to a weekend one. Thanks for the additions, Milo!