Ahh Disneyland the most magical and most expensive amusement park haha. Now, I will agree and say Disneyland can be a costly trip whether you’re from out of city/state/country or even just a frequent visitor like an AP Holder. I’ve been a Disney frequenter since I was a baby and I’ve grown up seeing all of the changes and let me tell you, it’s been so magical to say the least. I decided to write this guide because after all of my visits, I’ve got a lot of tips and tricks for making the best out of your time at the parks from rides, to food, to shows, and everything else in-between. These are my tips for enjoying the parks all year round 🙂
Which Land To Visit: Out of all the lands in Disneyland, my favorite has to be Adventureland that takes you into New Orleans Square. I prefer hitting up this area first because my favorite rides are there like Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain which are all located in these lands. Ooh I also like taking a slight detour and going on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad! However if you have small children or even if you just enjoy the other attractions, there are several other lands with more options near the castle.
Best Food/Snacks: I can never make a trip down Main Street without hitting up Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. Not only is the design and atmosphere in there so cute but the ice cream is so amazing! A tad bit over priced but if it’s shared (which I recommend!) is such a great deal. Another cool spot is the Refreshment Corner, they have amazing options available there plus during special seasons they get really awesome and unique menu options which should definitely be tried out. Hungry Bear Restaurant is another one of my absolute favorites. I’ve only tried the chicken sandwich from there and trust me its soooo good! I used to order it with sweet potato fries however, they did away with them awhile back so now I get it with onion rings which are equally good. Also, AP Holders don’t forget that you can use your AP discount at almost all dining locations within both parks as well as in Downtown Disney. I can’t forget about the best part of Disneyland which is the CHURROS!!! Man I am obsessed with them so much. There was a dark time when each time I’d buy a churro it would be so hard and cold and I was starting to get super bummed until recently I grabbed a churro from the Dumbo cart behind the castle and it was INCREDIBLE 🙂 so warm and soft with the perfect amount of crunch.
Merchandise: When going to the parks you’re surrounded by such cute and overpriced merchandise and I definitely wouldn’t recommend buying much from there unless you’re down to spend all of that money, then go ahead honey do your thang! But if you wanna go to the parks in cute merchandise like clothing or accessories, many stores like Kohls, Walmart, Target, etc. sell so many cute tees and at cheaper prices than at the parks. Also many Etsy shops sells handmade shirts, ears, and accessories for reasonable prices plus you’ll feel good supporting small businesses. Recently I went to the Disney Outlet and scored some Cars light up ears for $7 and I was able to get 10% off with my military discount as well 🙂
Shows: When the park is super crowded and the lines are long I like to escape to shows to kill time so some of my favorites are The Golden Horseshoe and the Jedi Training show they have in front of Galactic Grill. Fantasmic is another great show that I love seeing plus you can get a FastPass for this show.
I hope you all found this guide useful and can use it on your next upcoming trip. I really want to do a guide for California Adventure next so if you’d like to see that let me know and I’d be so happy to write it 🙂