This blog is the 3rd in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks on how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland in California. The lines just to get into Disneyland can be quite daunting. Do not let your day getting started on the wrong foot. Here is a video to get you started:
Tip#1- Bag Check- Disneyland has a security check before you enter the main promenade between the two parks (Disneyland and California Adventures). Regardless of whether you are passing thru, returning from earlier in the day, or visiting one of the two parks, you will have to go thru security and have all your bags, and strollers inspected. Don’t worry, this is not as bad as the airport security! J But to make your pass thru easier and quicker you should have all your zipper pockets open and ready for inspection. This includes lunch boxes, water back packs, purses, camera bags, basically anything you are carrying will be inspected. If you are traveling with a stroller make sure not to have a bunch of bugs stuffed underneath. They will ask you to remove them and allow them to inspect them. The easier you make it for the security guards, the easier and quicker you will be able to get finished and on with your day. Side note: If you are traveling without bags, there is usually a line to one side for those individuals, keep an eye out for this shortcut if you are traveling light! J
Tip#2- Ticket Lines- Tickets at the park are always more expensive and who wants to wait in line at the beginning of your day. Consider purchasing your tickets online (and printing them) or at your resort. This will save you time and almost always save you money! Don’t worry, any tickets printed online will be swapped out quickly at the main gain turnstiles when you arrive into a regular ticket.
Tip#3- Main Gate Lines- Especially around opening time, these lines can look horrendous. Don’t worry, they usually move quite quickly. However, to save a little time watch for lines that have both gates open and both turnstiles in use, also the lines further away from you may very well be shorter. Also look for lines with the least amount of strollers. Since strollers have to go through the center of the turnstiles (little gate), there can sometimes be delays in this process. So take a look at the lines and do quick strategizing as to what line would make the most sense.
I hope these tips help you to make the most of your Disneyland trip. Please check back on my blog for future tips on how to create the best vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! If you have any questions about planning a trip to Disneyland or would like to leave a comment, please use the comment section below.