Unless you visit Disneyland frequently, there’s a chance you could be making some big mistakes on your Disneyland vacation. I work for Get Away Today and one of my favorite perks is visiting Disneyland often. I go at least once a year and I love it!
I’ve put together five of the most common mistakes that families make when planning a Disneyland vacation to help you save time and money.
Not booking enough days
Long gone are the days of being able to do Disneyland in just one day. Not only are there two full theme parks, there's no possible way to hit everything in both of them even if you spent a full day in each park!
I always recommend at least a three-day ticket, preferably a park hopper. That will give you at least one full day in Disneyland, a full day in Disney California Adventure Park, and your final day can either be split between the two parks, or in your favorite park.
If you're going during a busier time or just want to save a little time to relax, consider a four or five-day ticket. That’s my favorite way to do it.
Not making a plan
There is so much to see and do at the Disneyland Resort. Not only are there nearly 100 attractions and entertainment options within the parks, the downtown Disney District has a lot to offer as well.
Disney releases their calendar with shows times and ride closures about 30 days in advance. Pay special attention to the nighttime shows. The fireworks and some nighttime shows are only available on the weekend during non-peak travel times. If those are important to you, plan your itinerary accordingly.
Make a list of the rides and shows and rides that are most important to your family. Prioritize them so you don't miss something that you were looking forward to!
Staying too far away
Time is money at Disneyland. When you spend less time getting to and from the park, it will be easier to arrive early or stay late to enjoy shorter lines and more attractions.
I recommend staying within walking distance, or at a hotel (two miles away max) that offers local shuttle service with the ART or PCA buses. These shuttles are part of Disney's transportation system, and offer the most convenient ways to get to the parks.
It may be tempting to stay farther than a mile or two away to save money or for another reason. Be aware that traffic near Disneyland is heavy, and it may take longer than you expect to drive there. Give yourself additional time to park and take a shuttle to the park entrance.
Not planning for food
This one is actually two rookie mistakes.
- Spending too much on food
- Leaving the park to save money on food
Disneyland allows you to bring food into the parks. It's fairly easy to bring your own sandwiches and snacks in a day pack or stroller. There are several local grocery delivery options that will deliver to your hotel, including AmazonFresh, Walmart and Vons.
Related: 30+ Ways to Save Money at Disneyland
Paying too much
When I see somebody waiting in line to pay full price for multi-day tickets at the Disneyland ticket booth, I want to run up and tell them that there's a better way!
You save money on your tickets when you buy in advance from Get Away Today. You also get one Magic Morning with every three days or longer ticket. It is so worth it to plan ahead!
It's also easy to overspend on a hotel. Get Away Today has exclusive arrangements with dozens of hotels near Disneyland that can save you money. If you find a lower price on the same hotel and ticket package, we will beat it.
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