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 January 1, 2023.)
Let’s start with all of the latest updates. The 100 Years of Wonder celebration is already underway, with Disneyland and Disney California Adventure each having debuted new nighttime spectaculars 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 that.
Additionally, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the big new ride debuting for 2023 is now open. For now, this new attraction does not have a standby line. See our Guide to the Virtual Queue for Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway for how to ride it. Those are the big things for this year, but there’s a ton more to know…
Another big change is that Magic Key Annual Pass sales have resumed. 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.
Speaking of which, 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 is starting 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, significant Good Changes Are Coming to Disneyland. As of February 2023, several of things positive policies have been implemented. In particular, 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 throughout the Disney100 celebration at Disneyland Resort. This includes attraction photos captured on Radiator Springs Racers, Space Mountain, Incredicoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout, and more.
Not all recent changes have been positive. Prior to all of this, paid Lightning Lane line-skipping replaced free paper FastPass–that has been met with huge backlash (possibly explaining some of the aforementioned good changes). 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. It’s still not quite as good as MaxPass, but thanks to better ride capacity and the introduction of new features, it’s much better.
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.
As noted above, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is now open, but the rest of Toontown is not. The land itself will officially reopen a little over a month later, on March 8, 2023. Shortly before that, the short-lived Magic Happens Parade returns on February 24, 2023.
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. Our totally free 2023 Disneyland Crowd Calendars offer day by day guides as to when the parks will be least busy and busiest.
Our 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.
If you’re looking for something simpler, we also have the Best & Worst Months to Visit Disneyland 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 more useful in this era of reservations and the parks hitting capacity.
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. Going in chronological order, we’d recommend considering Halloween–check out our Ultimate Guide to Disneyland at Halloween for 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.
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. Keep in mind that the future status of many projects–including refurbishments–is up in the air.
Beyond crowds, the biggest factor in choosing when to visit should be seasonal events. There are a lot of great times of year to visit Disneyland, but our favorite by a wide margin is the holiday season at Disneyland.
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!
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! 🙂
I am very much looking forward to this… “We are currently working on additional multi-day itineraries for trips of 4+ days at Disneyland Resort.“ I can hardly wait to see what you come up with…
Just checking out from our last day at Disneyland. Last weekend and this week were grad night special events so that affected us some. I am not super impressed with Genie lightning passes. Sometimes it is hard to know ahead of time what you want to ride and then time windows would be hours later. I don’t like how the genie app tries to push you to different areas of the park rather than let you complete all the rides in one area they want you wasting time walking back and forth. You can either wait 2 hours in line or 2 houra for your fastpass. It wasn’t really much of a time saver imo. Cast members had the option to wear masks or not. Most park goers were mask free. Overall I’m glad we went, but I really miss the old fast pass system. I don’t feel we will go again for a long time.
Is there any chance of getting those Anaheim hotel reviews you mentioned a few months ago? They are a huge help.
Any hotels in particular that are priorities? I’m pretty sure I have like 6-8 to review…
Definitely more on the bargain end if possible, please. Stovall’s Inn and Portofino would be incredibly useful. I know you have included the Clarion already on your ranking list. A full review would be helpful to know what to deal with if that ends up being the only affordable option.
That said, I appreciate any of them at all price points. It’s nice to know what is out there for a splurge.
When do you think they will announce Oogie Boogie Bash dates and days? We are going Sept 7-12th and want to buy our tickets strategically so we can go to the bash too and not waste a park ticket.
Hi Tom- I love your blog and your no-nonsense / truthful posts – you call it like you see it instead of glossing over the not-so-favorable bits in the quest for blog stardom…. That being said, I am having a hard time following all of your links in planning my first Disneyland vacation ( for a decade birthday) in over 10 years. It would be helpful if more information was in list format, not paragraph format. Ie. If you are planning a Disneyland trip, do x, y, and z ( and look at these blog posts for more info, etc.). The current format is easy for trips planning in which you have prior knowledge ( I’ve been to WDW more than 100 times, so can easily follow your posts about planning WDW trips), but is less helpful when planning something I am not already familiar with. I would (within reason) pay for such advice, but do not need full planning services as I already have DVC rooms booked at GC, flight, and car…
Thanks for the feedback (and sorry for the delayed response).
I’m planning an overhaul to this guide later in the summer or fall and will take that into account, but I’m not sure that will make it any easier to follow. Unfortunately, Disney theme parks are complicated (even if Disneyland is much easier than WDW), and some amount of confusion is bound to occur while learning the basics during planning. Nevertheless, I probably could do a better job with this.
Appreciate your thoughts–hope you have a great trip! 🙂
Just got tickets for our September trip using the Get Away Today link and it worked great! Ordered Saturday night and got the tickets first thing Sunday morning. Best part was the savings of almost $100 on two 5-Day hoppers w/Genie+. Disney wanted almost $1,100 and I paid less than $1,000, making the savings seem even greater since I avoided paying Disney over $1,000 just for tickets.
Hi! I cannot find this info anywhere: are Cast Members still forced to wear masks anywhere in DL or DCA, indoors or out? You can email me if you’re not able to publicly comment. I cannot imagine returning to a Disneyland where Cast Members aren’t allowed to breathe or smile at Guests. Thanks for all the good info.
Hi Tom! I appreciate the guides and itineraries, so great, so much wonderful info.! Do you have a printable version of these on your website or for sale? Thank you!
Oh and they lifted the mask mandate indoors and out the week before, as well as hugging characters! Magical!
Tom, just returned from first day at Disneyland Paris 30th celebration. Their fireworks, drone pre show and decorations, like the garden sculptures were incredible, far exceeding our opening experience of WDW 50th. Equally fantastic was the big evening parade and a special short parade performed several times day. Mickey at least figured into the fireworks, the pre show all magical. Mickey and Minnie greeted us to their very catchy wonderful theme song, which we sing all the time, and sent us off with a kiss goodnight at the train station upon closing. Wonderful! Your reports on the hotel, Sequoia Lodge and Paris itself were spot on and so very helpful! I highly recommend Paris 30th
Love your blog. You are my “ go to expert” on all things Disney. We are planning a first time trip to Disneyland/ DCA. My question is… 3 day or 4 day pass? Thanks in advance.
Do you plan on updating your itineraries now the Genie+ and LL are a thing? Thanks!
They’ll be updated in late January. Waiting for the dust to settle and things to normalize with Genie+ and crowds, first.
I couldn’t find the link to the 2022 updates and changes blogs, it brought to 2021? I’m just starting to follow your links in planning a 2022 Disneyland trips sometimes prior to Labor Day 2022 because of an airline credit.
After a successful experience with genie at Disney world last week, mostly thanks to your fastest fingers suggestions (my 16 year old granddaughter scored us 10:15 slinky dog and I even lucked into a 2:35 rise of the resistance); I am considering combining a Disneyland trip with a visit to my 80 year old cousin who brought me and my then husband to Disneyland in 1970.
I’m a bit intimidated by the idea since I’d be on my own and at 73 (well big difference,74 by then), would be the “kid” on this visit with my cousin.
Thanks again for all the information and help your blogs provide!
I definitely must admit I agree. I made my site for desktop because I wanted to show people how beautiful an anime site could be and now, when I worry about making it workable for smaller mobile devices (I’m skipping iPads & other tablets since their screens are bigger), dread comes over me because all the things my sites designed to do when they look at it (originally) is lost. It’s extremely irritating trying to deal w/the limited options of wptouch plugin for wordpress…and wptouch pro isn’t much better unfortunately. -_-” …..it makes me sad-face.
Hello Tom. So you’re going to be in Disneyland in September. Could you put off your trip til the end of October into November when I’ll be there? Would love to say hello to you and Sarah. . No? Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy my trip without you guys. Thank you for the info I read about for the GCH Craftsman Grill. I’ll be staying at the Grand and will enjoy trying your suggestions. Appreciate very much your “hard” work sampling all the food and staying at the hotels to help all of us to better enjoy our trips. Be safe and careful.
Now you’re just mocking me with the Loki shot again. 😉 We’re going to have to find a way back sooner than we thought.
Tom, do you know when onsite resorts open up for booking 2022? Also this may be our only Disneyland trip, would you suggest a split stay between Disneyland hotel and Grand Californian? We will probably stay 5 nights .
It looks like Disney Grand California Hotel is accepting reservations in November and December, but park tickets aren’t on sale yet. Is the best strategy to book the hotel first, then buy tickets when they go on sale (60 days beforehand)? Thanks for any thoughts!
Can we out of state folks actually make a plan, buy tickets, get reservations etc now as long as the travel dates are after June 15th?
Just left Disneyland. Spent Monday and Tuesday there. Overall, not jumping up and down with excitement that we went. I couldn’t resist with a 25% capacity. This will never happen again! But even at the low capacity, the main rides (mostly in Adventureland) still had a 20-60 minute wait. What keeps wait times high is they continue the distancing on the rides by not filling the ride and/or loading every other car. I am fully aware this is for safety. Also for safety purposes, all lines are outdoors. Lines weave in and out in the open making it hard to walk through. As we were eating, we mentioned it did not look like it was only at 25% capacity. But then we reminded ourselves no one is waiting inside ride any building. Honestly, I have been to Disneyland off peak and have had shorter wait times. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy we went but my expectations were too high.
Speaking on the queue for Indiana Jones….it opened yesterday. I noticed it listed on the Disney app when reserving Star Wars ride at 7 AM. We did not get a notification when the queue opened but I kept checking throughout the day. The ride was closed in the morning. Once I got the reservation, our party was called shortly after. We walked on and off Indiana Jones. This was a big plus because that was one of the ride with a long wait time. If this is successful, I wouldn’t be surprised if they roll the queues out for the other rides with longer wait times. It would eliminate the heavy crowds in Adventure Land.
Side note, California Adventure was empty (minus Cars rides). We walked on and off rides, even staying on them to go around again.