2023 Disneyland Planning Guide
This 2023 Disneyland vacation planning guide covers what’s new & next, when to visit to avoid crowds, best restaurants, hotels in Anaheim, money-saving ticket tips, Halloween & Christmas in the parks, and more. It’s a great resource for first-timers to Southern California or lifelong WDW fans. (Updated April 2, 2023.)
Let’s start with all of the latest updates. The 100 Years of Wonder celebration is underway, with Disneyland showing the new Wondrous Journeys fireworks and Disney California Adventure having the new World of Color – ONE nighttime spectacular in honor of Disney’s 100th Anniversary. Consult our Guide to Disney’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at Disneyland & DCA for everything you need to know about those and the rest of the festivities.
Additionally, the reimagined Mickey’s Toontown and its interactive play areas, meet & greets, character homes, and attractions are now open. Along with that, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is now open. This is the big new attraction at Disneyland for 2023, and it is now using a standby line (it started with a virtual queue that has since been retired) and paid Lightning Lane for line-skipping. Those are the big things for this year, but there’s a ton more to know…
Speaking of Lightning Lanes, this is essentially paid Fastpass. It’s important to understand how this works and whether you should purchase Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lanes before you visit Disneyland. Everything you need to know, including ride priorities, where it’s NOT necessary to buy Genie+ or Lightning Lanes, and much more is covered in our Guide to Genie+ and Lightning Lanes at Disneyland and DCA.
We’ve used Genie+ and Lightning Lanes several times, and cover our experiences and strategy there. If you’re a Walt Disney World regular, the good news is that Genie+ is much easier to use at Disneyland. Regardless of whether you use this paid line-skipping, you’ll want to make the decision ahead of time, and plan your strategy accordingly to either get the most mileage out of Genie+ or have an efficient itinerary that finds alternatives for beating the crowds.
Speaking of which, Disneyland has been busy thus far in 2023. It hasn’t been all bad–winter is typically the off-season, but school breaks, conventions, and the resumption of Magic Keys have kept attendance elevated. To that point, choosing less busy dates is incredibly important, especially if you won’t be purchase Lightning Lane access.
Our totally free 2023 Disneyland Crowd Calendars offer day by day guides as to when the parks will be least busy and busiest. These crowd calendars are influenced by a variety of factors, including marketing, discounts, park hours, new attraction openings, special events, Anaheim Convention Center events, and even weather (good or bad). We strive to keep our Disneyland crowd calendars updated to reflect changes in attendance trends.
As intimated above, another big change is that Magic Key Annual Pass sales have resumed. Even if you’re a tourist who doesn’t reside in California, this impacts you because APs had not been on sale for several months, resulting in pent-up demand among locals. Some tiers of these APs have already sold out, but others remain available for purchase. See our Guide to Magic Keys at Disneyland: 2023 Prices, Perks, Blockout Dates & Discounts for more details.
We are Magic Key Passholders who reside in Southern California and visit Disneyland and DCA regularly to refine this guide (and our other Disneyland posts) to provide you the best info. In addition to park visits, we do frequent resort stays, lots of eating, and testing of Genie+ and Lightning Lanes as well as other strategy for beating lines at the parks. If you want to receive updates when discounts are released, new things are announced, etc., sign up to receive our free Disney email newsletter.
Before we get to the nuts and bolts of Disneyland vacation planning, let’s offer some quick background. Disneyland is “Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom.” It’s the castle park that debuted in 1955 and paved the way for other such theme parks around the globe.
However, it’s the only park that Walt Disney himself set foot in and had an active role in the development of. Beyond its historical legacy that makes it a California institution, Disneyland is incredibly attraction-dense, with enough rides to fill two full days or more (if you’re so inclined).
Directly across from Disneyland is Disney California Adventure (DCA), the second gate of Disneyland Resort. DCA is ostensibly inspired by the Golden State, but is more just a catch-all park with some attractions having a vague California connection and others being driven by Marvel, Pixar, and other Disney franchises.
In addition to the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks, Disneyland Resort is home to Downtown Disney and three official hotels. Downtown Disney is a shopping, dining and entertainment district just outside the two parks. The aforementioned resorts are Paradise Pier Hotel, Disneyland Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel–which is directly connected to DCA. The entirety of Disneyland Resort is walkable, with no transportation aside from your feet needed to get anywhere within the property.
Now let’s dig into planning, starting with what’s new and next at Disneyland Resort in 2023…
What’s New & Next at Disneyland
As covered above, Disneyland has started 2023 off on the right foot, with the Wondrous Journeys Fireworks, World of Color – ONE, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and the rest of the Disney100 Celebration already having debuted at the end of January. Those are the big things for this year, but plenty more is on the way.
Beyond the aforementioned substantive additions, there are smaller ‘experience improvements’ at Disneyland. Specifically, the start of Park Hopping has been moved forward to 11 am; this makes it easier to switch parks for lunch. Additionally, PhotoPass digital photo downloads of on-ride photos are now free for all guests on the Disneyland app. This includes attraction photos captured on Radiator Springs Racers, Space Mountain, Incredicoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and more.
In terms of new rides, the biggest relatively recent addition is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its two attractions, Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. The latter is Disneyland’s biggest blockbuster addition since 1995, a modern masterpiece of Imagineering that is immensely popular and well-worth the multi-hour waits.
Over at Disney California Adventure, the most recent expansion is the Avengers Campus Marvel Land. This features one ride, one restaurant, meet & greets, and shopping. It’ll also showcases a Stuntronics Spider-Man, which is a sight to behold.
Another positive is that the Magic Happens daytime parade has once again returned. This is basically brand-new; it ran for less than 2 weeks at the start of March 2020 and then, well…you probably know. Three years later, Magic Happens made its triumphant return and has now surpassed its original run of twice-daily performances!
Magic Happens is not to be missed. We recommend catching the parade’s first performance from the end of Main Street on the back side of the flagpole or slightly to the side in the street (a rope goes up shortly before the parade arrives to form a viewing area–consult Cast Members for the precise location). Alternatively, the west side of Main Street will offer shade; welcome reprieve from the sun and heat during the summer months.
If you’re curious about the specifics of other additions on the horizon, consult our What’s New & Next for Disneyland in 2023. This gives you an idea of when you might want to visit if you’re still choosing dates, trying to find the best time in terms of special events, new rides, and more.
More is coming in 2023 and beyond, but those are the main things to know. Now, let’s get down to business: what you need to plan a Disneyland vacation…
When to Visit Disneyland
The single most important part of planning a trip to Disneyland is determining when to visit. As mentioned above, crowds are a big component of this, but should not be the sole determining factor. Weather, seasonal events, pricing, and other variables are all important.
To that point, our we also have the Best & Worst Months to Visit Disneyland in 2023 list, which ranks every month of the year. Even more to the point, this covers our 3 favorite weeks of the year to take a Disneyland trip. That’s more qualitative, and thus can more useful than crowd calendars for many Disneyland planners.
Our crowd calendars and month by month ranking resources have been updated to take into account changing attendance patterns brought on by Magic Keys, make-up travel, discounted SoCal tickets, returning entertainment, and more.
Crowds have already changed, and we will continue to monitor and update accordingly in the future. Just be warned that crowd calendars are less reliable right now due to pent-up demand, capacity limits, and everything else.
As for seasonal events, we have two favorite times of year. We highly recommend Halloween, which is our #2 time of the year at Disneyland. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Disneyland at Halloween for reasons why, and assistance planning a trip during that specific time of year.
We’re already looking forward to the return of Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party, which will be back for September and October 2023. That’s a hard ticket event, meaning that tickets to it cost extra; you do not need to attend Oogie Boogie Bash to have a great time during the Halloween season at Disneyland, but we recommend it to anyone who is willing and able to splurge–especially fans of rare characters (and villains!).
Our favorite time of year at Disneyland–by a wide margin–is the holiday season. Unlike Halloween, there is no Christmas hard ticket event, meaning that everything is included with the price of regular admission. This means holiday fireworks, special parades, decorations, attraction overlays, entertainment, and so much more.
You could literally spend multiple full days focused exclusively on the seasonal offerings at Disneyland during the holiday season. Read our Ultimate Guide to Disneyland at Christmas to learn more about what makes this time of year so special–and see photos of the parks in all of their Christmas glory!
Finally, before solidifying your travel dates, you’ll also want to check out our 2023 Disneyland Refurbishment Calendar to make sure any must-do attractions won’t be closed for renovations during your visit.
We typically do not recommend relying heavily on the refurbishment calendar. While Disneyland provides advance notice of most major multi-month closures, that’s not always the case. Some are scheduled last minute for necessary repairs or preventative maintenance. Short projects are sometimes scheduled at the last minute, and unannounced downtime (due to breakdowns or other issues) can also impact attractions.
Our biggest piece of advice with regard to refurbishments is not to visit in January or February if a high number of ride closures will negatively impact your trip. Winter is typically Disneyland’s refurbishment season, with many attractions going down for annual maintenance after the holidays.
Where to Stay
There are a ton of options in terms of where to stay near Disneyland: Good Neighbor Hotels, official Disney resorts, nearby hotels within driving distance, sprawling resorts in nearby beach towns, and more.
For most vacation planners, the decision comes down to choosing among Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa (our favorite!), Disneyland Hotel, and Paradise Pier Hotel, or one of the cheaper hotels on Harbor Boulevard. We cover the pros and cons of each choice in our Where to Stay at Disneyland: Off-Site v. On-Site Hotels post.
There’s also a new on-site perk for guests staying at any of the three official Hotels of Disneyland Resort. See our Guide to Early Entry at Disneyland for what you need to know about this pre-park opening access to Disneyland and DCA.
If you’re looking for something more thorough, we’ve stayed at every on-site Disneyland hotel and most of the Good Neighbor Disneyland hotels and other off-site hotels within walking distance of the Disneyland Esplanade.
All of these are covered in our Rankings & Reviews of the Best & Worst Hotels Near Disneyland. This post ranks ~50 hotels near Disneyland at which we have stayed, along with room photos, pros & cons, and other useful information. That also details how to score a good deal on a hotel that’s close to Disneyland.
Our Money-Saving Guide to Disneyland Tickets is a huge resource with recommendations on what type of Disneyland tickets you should buy, including how many days, whether you should get Park Hopper, and where you can buy Disneyland tickets to save some money.
There are some great offers right now–we recommend bundling park tickets and your hotel stay to save even more, especially with the 3rd and 4th night free specials at hotels near Disneyland. These package deals can save you a lot of money.
For the vast majority of guests visiting Disneyland, we recommend the Park Hopper ticket option. This allows you to bounce back and forth between the two parks throughout the day, which is easy to do given that their about a football field apart.
The practical upsides of this is starting at the park that opens first and ending your night at the park open later (Disneyland is often open 2 hours later than Disney California Adventure). You can also eat in the park with the dining options you prefer, grab a beer in DCA (there’s no alcohol in Disneyland outside of Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars Land), and enjoy the nighttime spectaculars in both parks.
Disneyland Strategy & Itineraries
There are over 75 attractions between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. On a normal day, the average guest will only experience 10-11 of those. It would thus take you at least 6 days to experience everything in the two theme parks, assuming you didn’t want to re-ride anything. Obviously, not many people are devoting over a week to their Disneyland vacation.
As such, we’ve developed a few step-by-step Disneyland touring plans, each of which will enable you to efficiently experience the parks, while also enjoying their leisurely offerings and atmosphere. More to the point, you’ll be able to do 20+ rides per day–and skip the ones not worth your time.
Here are our best and recommended itineraries:
- Disneyland 1-Day Itinerary – Only have one day to visit Disneyland? This is a step-by-step plan of attack for which attractions you should do, where you should eat, what to see, and more. This covers all of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, including Rise of the Resistance.
- Disneyland 2-Day Itinerary – Same idea, but spread over two days. We recommend most guests allocate two full days to Disneyland.
- Disney California Adventure 1-Day Itinerary – Unlike Disneyland, DCA is easier to fully experience in a single day. This touring plan includes strategy for beating the crowds at Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, Web Slingers Spider-Man Adventure, and more!
We are currently working on additional multi-day itineraries for trips of 4+ days at Disneyland Resort. For now, if you plan on spending more time at DCA, consult our Disney California Adventure Ride Reviews & Guide. The article reviews every attraction at Disneyland, giving each a numerical score out of 10, plus highlights key attractions that we consider the best ones, which should be prioritized if you have limited time.
Our Disneyland Ride Reviews & Guide does the same thing for the castle park, in case you want to spend 3+ days there. (Which you totally could, especially now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is open!)
Dining at Disneyland
Food is half the fun at Disneyland. Both parks have great restaurants, iconic snacks, decadent desserts, and great drinks. We typically go all-out when visiting the parks, doing breakfast at one of the hotels (or sometimes in the park), followed by a mid-morning snack, counter service lunch, and table service dinner.
The stereotype that all Disney food is unhealthy food like burgers and hot dogs is entirely false. Disneyland has inexpensive unique dining options as well as expensive fine dining. Good dining can help define a trip! Read about which restaurants are best & worst, and see food photos in our Disneyland Restaurant Reviews.
Beyond full meals, we have a few resources that can help you plan memorable meals at Disneyland. If you have kids, we highly recommend consulting our Disneyland Character Dining Guide, which covers the best character buffets in the hotels and parks.
Looking for the best quick meals? Our Top 10 Disneyland Counter Service Restaurants list ranks the best meals in the castle park, while our Top 10 Disney California Adventure Counter Service Restaurants list offers the same for DCA.
Want to have fun with your food at Disneyland? Our Top 10 Delicious Desserts at Disneyland covers delicious treats, including some hidden gems, plus brand new items and recently-added restaurants in Downtown Disney!
If you’re into drinking, we also have posts about a few of our favorite lounges: Trader Sam’s, Lamplight Lounge, GCH Craftsman Bar, and Carthay Circle Restaurant. The last one is particularly noteworthy because–in addition to the lounge downstairs–the restaurant upstairs is the best in-park restaurant in either park.
Should you fly or drive to Disneyland? Rent a car or use public transportation? What about getting around Southern California? There are a ton of questions you might have, and our Guide to Disneyland Transportation covers everything you need to know, answering these questions for you based on our first-hand experiences visiting Anaheim as tourists and living nearby as locals.
If you’ve already decided on flying to California but aren’t sure of the pros & cons of each option, check out our Guide to Airports Near Disneyland. That covers the strengths and weaknesses of the 5 airports in Southern California that are relatively convenient to Disneyland.
In a nutshell, our strong recommendation would be flying into SNA (or even LGB) over LAX. Even if the flight is a little more expensive, it’s worth it. Not only is SNA closer to Disneyland, but LAX has tons of chaos, construction, and crowds.
We like LAX and its eclectic energy, but it’s more than a little overwhelming for a first-timer. If you’ve never been to Southern California or a large city like Los Angeles, it can be a bit much and start your trip off on the wrong foot. Meanwhile, SNA is laid back and quiet. If there were a list ranking the best airports for napping, it would be near the top and LAX would be near the bottom.
In addition to this, SNA is much closer to Disneyland than LAX, which makes it easier to simply take an Uber or Lyft from the airport to wherever you’re staying near Disneyland. In most cases, we’d recommend rideshare over renting a car at the airport, as the vast majority of hotels near Disneyland now charge for parking. So not only will you be paying to rent the car, but also to park it.
The vast majority of hotels near Disneyland are within walking distance, so you won’t need a vehicle during the theme park portion of your trip to Southern California. If you’re staying at one of the hotels we recommend in Anaheim, it’s literally counterproductive to drive to Disneyland since the parking structures are all farther away than most of the nearby hotels.
If you’re venturing beyond Disneyland to one of the destinations discussed below–and we strongly recommend that you do–while visiting Southern California, our advice would be to book a rental car in Anaheim. There are numerous rental car companies within walking distance of Disneyland, and most offer one-way rentals to the nearby airports. Walk over to one of those on your checkout morning, pick up your rental car, and continue your California adventure!
We do not recommend relying on rideshare if you’re heading to Los Angeles. However, if you’re doing Laguna Beach or another coastal community, a rental car may not be needed at all. Many coastal towns have free trolley service that is fantastic. Simply take an Uber or Lyft from Disneyland to wherever you’re staying in the beach cities.
Southern California BEYOND Disneyland
If you want to venture beyond theme parks, you’re in luck. Southern California is one of the best places in the world to visit! Thanks to Los Angeles, San Diego, and the beach cities in between, there’s a ton to do in the area.
In addition to this site, we have non-Disney blog: TravelCaffeine with resources for on an eclectic mix of the places where we’ve lived or visited extensively. California is one such emphasis, as we’ve spent a ton of time exploring our home state. If you’re planning on heading to LA after Disneyland, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles.
While LA is one of the greatest cities in the world, we’re particularly partial to Laguna Beach. It’s home to the best stretch of coast in California, has small-town charm and personality, and tons of things to do. To that point, see our Ultimate Guide to Laguna Beach, California for extensive advice. If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of visiting Los Angeles, then Laguna Beach is for you!
In addition to these planning resources, we also give away a free eBook, 101 Things to Do in Southern California over on TravelCaffeine, so be sure to download that totally free resource!
If you’re thinking of visiting other theme parks in Southern California, we also have guides to those…
Universal Studios Hollywood Trip Planning Guide – In just a few years, USH has transformed and improved dramatically. The opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was the ‘big’ thing, but many other additions have made this a great park. Our favorite new attraction is Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash, a new family-friendly dark ride. (Read our review of it in Universal’s New Dark Ride Rivals Disney’s Best!) Next up in early 2023 is Super Nintendo World.
The Studio Tour is our favorite attraction, which is a 45-minute plus tram tour through the working backlot of Universal’s studio. If you are only interested in this Studio Tour, you might broaden your potential options beyond just USH, and also consider the Warner Brothers Studio Tour and Sony Pictures Studio Tour as alternatives.
Guide to Knott’s Berry Farm – An Orange County institution that proudly proclaims itself as “America’s 1st Theme Park.” Really, Knott’s is a tale of two theme parks. It has modern roller coasters and other fare for thrill-seekers. Thematically, this leaves a lot to be desired.
Then there are the quainter areas, reminiscent of Frontierland at Disneyland. We love these areas–and the park’s annual Boysenberry Festival. All things considered, we love both Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios Hollywood, and together with Disneyland Resort, these four gates make for a great theme park vacation in Southern California!
Other Disneyland Planning Resources
Now that we’ve covered the essentials to ensure you have a great trip to Disneyland, we have a bunch of other resources that will guide you through the planning process to make your visit to Disneyland more enjoyable, helping you save time and money. Armed with all of this knowledge, you will have a much better vacation.
What to Pack – Packing for Disneyland is comparable to packing for any vacation, but with a few twists. Here’s our list of “unordinary” items to pack that will help enhance your Disneyland trip!
Guide to Downtown Disney – We sort of gloss over it here, but Downtown Disney is a massive area within Disneyland Resort’s security perimeter. You can easily leave either park and get to one of these restaurants for a meal…or some of the best ice cream you’ll ever have…in under 10 minutes.
Our 101 Best Disneyland Tips – This is not nearly as structured as our other advice, but these tips offer great advice and sometimes obscure little things that will help you visit the parks like a local. This is more granular advice than what you’ll find in our other planning articles, but we’ve had a lot of positive feedback from readers who really got a lot more out of their trips because of those tips.
Renting DVC Points to Save Money on Accommodations – This is written from a WDW perspective, but there are also Disney Vacation Club villas at the Grand Californian. Booking there can be a challenge (it’s incredibly popular), but you can save a ton of money if your timing is right and you get lucky.
Best Credit Cards for Disney Travel – Leveraging credit card rewards can be a great way of getting free airfare or hotel rooms, and there are several options near Disneyland that you can book for free thanks to signup bonuses.
Tips for Buying Discount Disney Gift Cards – Want to save at least 5% on every single thing you buy at Disneyland? These hacks are for you. Some are relatively simple and straightforward (like using the Target RedCard) while others require a bit more effort.
In general, there are a variety of ways you can save money on a trip to Disneyland. If you’re looking for the best way to save on an entire vacation package, many of our favorite hotels near Disneyland can be booked via Get Away Today at a discount. If you bundle tickets into your hotel stay, you’ll get an even better deal. You can check package prices here.
Between this blog and TravelCaffeine.com, you should be totally covered with what you need to know if you’re thinking about visiting Disneyland Resort and Southern California sometime in 2023 or 2024. We can’t encourage people enough to give Disneyland a try, especially Disney fans who are biased towards Walt Disney World as their “home” park. Disneyland is a totally different, much more relaxed experience. It’s intimate in both size and feel, and is oozing with history and incredible attractions.
I could go on for pages and pages about why I love Disneyland, and why everyone owes it to themselves to visit Disneyland, but hopefully this is a good-enough jumping off point. If you’ve never been to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort, it’s a good place to start as we attempt to weigh the strengths and weaknesses of each in an unbiased manner. If all of this is still overwhelming or you want personalized recommendations for Disneyland Resort, click here to get a vacation quote from a no fee Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
Are you planning a Disneyland Resort visit now that the parks have reopened? Thinking about visiting for the start of the 100 Years of Wonder Celebration early in 2023? Or, will you wait until Halloween or Christmas? Have you already visited Galaxy’s Edge and done Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance? What about Avengers Campus? Are you excited for the debut of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway or the reimagined Toontown? What about the other relatively new additions, such as Incredicoaster or Guardians of the Galaxy – MISSION: Breakout? Have you previously visited Disneyland? Have any tips of your own to add? Any questions you still have that this guide did not answer? We really appreciate reader feedback and your thoughts, so please share in the comments below! 🙂
Hold on. You’re saying that Indiana Jones Adventure is using a virtual queu? Really? When was this announced?
Hi Tom, we’re Canadians and bought our Canadian resident tickets to use last August. We can’t go now until next March (Spring Break here) but the Disney update says the CR tickets are only good to start using by Dec. 16th. Do you think they’ll extend the time again , considering that we can’t travel across borders right now?
Do you think this includes fully vaccinated Canadians!!?? After June 15th….
If you’re able to enter the United States (or already here), I suspect it will. Doubt vaccination status will matter, at least to Disneyland.
This is such a comprehensive guide to visiting Disneyland in 2021. I cannot wait to visit the Star Wars area as I haven’t seen this before. Will the whole area be open to experience this summer?
So glad to see you have a blog for Los Angeles stuff and universal! We are totally hoping Disneyland will allow us to visit this summer, but if not, we need a backup plan w Universal and other stuff that our teens would enjoy! Thanks for you all your time and effort in these blogs, I read every single one of them!
Tom, Lego Land Ca just announced today they will allow out of state guests with proof of vaccine so hopefully Disney will also keep up with the new Ca health guidelines for out of staters.
When in the world are they going to open to out of staters? My husband finally has approval to travel from the military, and the park reservations will be gone by the time we get word that they allow us in…Very frustrating!
Hello, I know the guideline says no more than 3 people per group but my family and I purchased 4 tickets and plan to split up. So I’ll be with my daughter and my husband with my son. I’m trying to see if they would allow this and I’ve been on hold for over 45 mins with customer service anyone here have legit answers? Will they allow us to still enter?
It’s no more than three *households* per group, not 3 people. You should be fine! 🙂
Would love to see longer itineraries when the Parks re-open fully. If I’m going somewhere, I want to spend time there, not rush through it. And being semi-retired with a 4-week vacation I’m not pressed for time like many are.
We actually had multi-day Disneyland itineraries in the works prior to the parks closing that I’ve since shelved. We’ll revise and publish them at some point later this year.
Disneyland closing…scrolling now on Bloomberg tv channel.
I’m asking to see if you’d have DVDs of WDW parks.Im planning a big family reunion and would appreciate it if you can help me with this.
We are going in a very mixed-interest group. We have 2 kids (age 5 and 7). My parents in their 60’s. And my sister and brother-in-law in their 20’s with no kids. Everything I’m reading says to have one Disney account for all fast passes and reservations, but will that still work if we want to split up at times? Can we all be on one account (loaded in different phones maybe…?) or do we need separate accounts to accommodate our plans? If so, is there any way to still book some things together? Any help from anyone is appreciated!
I read this blog/website all the time and LOVE the current and relevant information . . . and “news” and “opinion” based content. I’ve been to Disneyland and Walt Disney World countless times – and worked at both – but haven’t been to Disneyland for a few years. People still think I’m the “Disney Expert” so when a friend recently wanted some tips on their family trip to Disneyland, I was able to refer them to the 2020 Disneyland Guide. It was more helpful and better than I even realized. A VERY sincere thanks for having such a great resource that is updated and somehow both simple AND thorough.
Starting to plan a California vacation and am thinking of spending 5 days at Disneyland. Completely torn over where to stay…. my 3 kids would love the Disneyland hotel but I selfishly want to stay at the Grand Californian. Plus I have a thing about a room with no balcony… what do you think of a split stay and do they transfer luggage like at Disney World? We are East coaster and frequent Disney World often so this would be a one time thing for us. Also is 5 days a good amount of time? We like to balance park time/resort time. Other option would be trying to rent DVC at the 11 month mark through a member but having 5 people it would push us into a 1 bedroom villa which is pricey.
I’ll be in Anaheim Thursday, March 5, and was wondering about the expected crowds at Disneyland. Most calendars show this date as fairly uncrowded, but there is a Natural Product Expo in town, and all the hotels are full. Am I better of skipping this date?
Any thoughts appreciated!
Do you all have any suggestions for one day at Disneyland and California Adventure? I know that’s not idea, but we are annual visitors to WDW, so I think we’d prioritize rides/shows that are unique or different and hoped that would trim things enough to make it doable.
I am planning a trip to Disneyland from Europe. Disadvantage is the very late announcing of closed attractions and a must for us is that Indiana Jones is open. I have read is going to get a lengthy closure for upgrades, any news on that? We are planning for a trip in May.
“More is on the horizon in 2020 and beyond, but those are the main things to know about from a planning perspective.”
Tom, do you have a link to all that’s on the table for disneyland beyond 2020? have really tried to shoehorn in a trip this year but it’s just not looking like it’s going to work out and will get pushed to 2021. would love to see a list of timetables for what’s coming.
“You can also eat in the park with the dining options you prefer, grab a beer in DCA (there’s no alcohol in Disneyland)…”
That’s no longer true, right? Isn’t there booze at Oga’s Cantina?
The sad thing is that I just added that line last night…after accurately editing another post about drinking in Disneyland. Can’t win ’em all, I guess.
You have A LOT of stuff to keep updated. I think you do an admirable job!
That is very nice & helpful blog . thank’s
thanks for the great article! I’m taking my elderly mother who will be using a scooter at the parks and I was wondering if it would be worth it to still book a world of color or fantasmic dining package for prime seating to thows shows or if those do not include prime handicap or scoot spaces and I should stick with the handicap areas for those shows instead?
the handicap spaces for world of color offer a great view.