Yesterday I wrote about how much fun you can have at Disneyland with a Toddler. Today I’m sharing tips on how to make your trip to Disneyland more fun and affordable. With as many times as we have been to Disneyland we ought to know at least one or two tips.
There are two options to get to Disneyland depending on if you park at the Mickey and Friends Parking Shuttle or at a local hotel. Walk or take a shuttle. Make sure if you walk you have a general idea where you are going, there are often signs, but it can get confusing. Most days we take walk, it is about a .75-mile walk from the parking structure to the park, and with the easy of not having to fold up the stroller and unpack everything it is the easiest choice for us.
Tip 1: If it isn’t crowded or you are willing to wait a little extra you can put your stroller unfolded in the handicap car of the shuttle. Handicap people take priority, but with low crowd levels it is a great way to get to the park.
Once you arrive at the shuttle drop off point you will go through security. They are looking for weapons, glass, or other dangerous objects. They are not worried if you have water or food. Tip 2: Bring water and snacks. Water in the park is expensive, and although they will provide free water often times you will receive a small cup that will not be enough to quench your thirst.
I have heard the best Fast Pass to get when you arrive is for either World of Color (CA Adventure) Fantasmic (Disneyland) or a really popular ride (Space Mountain, Cars, Indiana Jones). We have never actually stayed the entire day with kids so I’m no expert in this.
Another good tip that we just recently learned is if you take the Monorail (Tomorrowland) to the Downtown Disney entrance you will be dropped off by a few good restaurants and if you walk back toward the park you can see all of the options available in Downtown Disney without having to walk both directions.
A good place to relax in Disneyland is to take the monorail or the Mark Twain River boat (currently closed for the construction of Star Wars Land). Both places provide containment and a place to sit. If you plan on eating dinner in Downtown Disney you can take the monorail from Tomorrowland to the end of Downtown Disney. This way you can walk back toward Disneyland as you look for something to eat or grab something at that end of Downtown Disney and then take the monorail back. My favorite place to eat is Earl of Sandwich, Rainforest Cafe is another good option both of these are located close to the monorail stop.
My favorite lunch and sometime dinner is to get a chimichanga from the cart at the end of Main Street, Disneyland. They also sell turkey legs, drinks and popcorn. I’m also a big fan of Disneyland’s corndog, the corndog shop is located right outside the Plaza Inn, near the Baby Care Center. They are so yummy and the price of less than $8 for a full meal in Disneyland is pretty awesome. Stands are located at various places throughout the park, but this is the one I go to most often since it is centrally located.
A good place to eat dinner is one of the many restaurants in Downtown Disney or one of the sit down restaurants on Main Street or in California Adventure. When we go for dinner we often eat in California Adventure at the Boudin Bakery, they also have a location at the end of Downtown Disney right near the security checkpoint, I love their clam chowder in a bread bowl.
Ask me anything you want to know about Disneyland if I don’t know the answer I can probably find it out.
Tomorrow I will be sharing about Breakfast with the Characters at Plaza Inn.