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I have so many Disneyland tips that I love to share with people. So many in fact that I am now on my THIRD post of 23 Disneyland Tips. That is right, between all three posts we are at almost 70 Disneyland Tips. What I love about doing these posts is that they are written a quick and easy to read format. The main point is in bold, and if it interests you, then you can read the more detailed information around it.
So after giving you 23 Must Read Disneyland Tips and then following up with 23 MORE Must Read Disneyland Tips, I had to come up with a new title. So today you will get EVEN MORE Must Read Disneyland Tips, and there are 23 of them. These tips are perfect for those wanting to make the most of their Disneyland vacation, whether it is your first visit or your 100th.
Even More Must Read Disneyland Tips (23 of them)
- Avoid the line for a Dole Whip. Dole Whips are a beloved Disneyland Treat. You can skip the long lines for Dole Whips by hopping inside the outdoor waiting area for the Enchanted Tiki Room. You can order from there and the line is usually only a couple people long.
- You can ride in the front of the Monorail. Depending on the weather, you can actually ride in the front of the monorail at Disneyland. Simply ask a cast member at the loading dock and if they have it open they will let you know. If others have beat you to the punch in asking for the front, you may have to wait for the next time but it is a really cool experience.
- Your FASTPASS Reminder Stub tells you when you can get another FASTPASS. We were just at Disneyland with our friends for a whole week. They never realized that you don’t have to actually USE your fastpass before you can pull another one. You can get another fastpass either at the beginning of your return time or two hours after you pulled your fastpass (whichever comes first). Fastpass reminders actually have printed on the bottom when you can go get your next fastpass ticket. So yes, you can go get another one before hopping in the fastpass line.
- Take a picture of the back of your ticket. With the new Digital FASTPASS system, you will be taking your tickets in and out a lot. (You can read about the new Digital FASTPASS system here) Plus it will be going on water rides with you. In case your ticket gets lost or damaged, be sure to have a picture of the back of your ticket, including the full bar code (and numbers under it). This will make it easier to get a replacement ticket.
- Some meals can easily feed two people. We are usually cheap skates when it comes to spending money on food at Disneyland, but there are several places where you can get one meal that will easily feed two people. Our favorite is the Plaza Inn’s Chicken Dinner. It will easily feed both my husband and I, and sometimes even the Goof as well.
- A Bug’s Land is a great shortcut between Hollywoodland, Cars land and even to Paradise Pier. There is no reason to walk all the way back to Buena Vista street to get from Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout when heading to Paradise Pier or Cars Land. Just go through a Bug’s Land.
- You can find out what return times are being given out on fastpasses on the Disneyland App. Maybe you want to know if a ride will be out of fastpasses soon, or you want to find out which ride has a fastpass return time available the soonest. You can get all that info in the Disneyland app. Simply tap on a ride. When the ride wait time pops up, tap on it again and it will let you know if that ride distributes fastpass and if so, what return time it is currently printing out. This way you can make the most of your fastpass selections.
- Use the Monorail to cut your walk in half. If you are staying in the Disneyland Hotel or if you parked in Mickey and Friends but prefer to avoid the tram, you might be able to cut your walk in half if you are in Disneyland Park. Hop on the Monorail in Tomorrowland and ride it to the end of Downtown Disney. Just note that the Monorail is closed during fireworks.
- Paradise Pier is pretty empty in the mornings. If you want short lines and great pictures with nobody else in them, head to Paradise Pier first thing in the morning. This is a great way to get in a lot of rides quickly as well as a great time to get amazing pictures with out all the extra people in them.
- They close off the drawbridge for the castle around sunset on nights with fireworks. If you want some great castle pictures with nobody in them, heading over around sunset you may be lucky enough to have enough light but also catch it when they have already blocked off the drawbridge in preparation for the fireworks.
- Fuel Rods are a great option for keeping your phone charged. I shared about Fuel Rods in my Travel Loving Dads Gift Guide, but these are great for at the parks. I went to the park for 12 hours one day with my friend and she kept her phone completely charged using Fuel Rods. Fuel Rods are basically back up chargers that you can exchange your used one for a fully charged one. The cool thing- Fuel Rod Stations are all over the United States, so you can use them at home, or traveling around the country.
- But buy your Fuel Rod from the website or at the airport before you go. The Fuel Rod Kits are great but cost $30 if you purchase them in Disney. If you purchase them at the airport or the mall, or even online, before your trip they will only cost $20. So be sure to purchase them before you arrive at Disneyland Resort.
- Get a free game pack for waiting in line. A great game to play in line if you have groups of people is HeadsUp. We found that HeadsUp had an offer that if you were in a Disney park you could download the Disney game pack for FREE! Be sure your GPS is turned on so it knows you are in the park.
- Pacific Wharf is empty in the morning- and so are the bathrooms. Pacific Wharf in DCA is a land full of great dining options for lunch and dinner, but in the morning it is empty. As a result, their bathrooms are also empty. You may have a few people walking through here and there, but in general, it is empty.
- Catch the fireworks from Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland is a great place to catch the fireworks without the crowds. We like to sit on the ledge between the Star Wars Launch Bay and Autopia and watch from there. It isn’t a “premium” view, but it beats fighting with the crowds to see the show. They also offer the “Skylounge” for an additional fee. You can watch the fireworks from the top floor of the Star Wars Launch Bay.
- Get soaked without going on a water ride. So it is suddenly a million degrees outside and you really want to get wet, but the standby lines for Splash Mountain and Grizzly River Run are over an hour, and fastpasses aren’t good for a few more hours… There is hope! If you go to Grizzly River Run, and (when looking at the ride) go to the left, by the lockers, there is a path that you can follow. You can go down and watch riders go down the final drop, and if you get by the railing, you can get pretty darn wet. Like soaked! This is also great for kids who may not be tall enough to do the ride, but still want to get wet and enjoy it.
- Don’t bite into that Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bar yet. In order to keep all those frozen treats at the carts cold, Disney has to freeze them in sub zero temperatures (I imagine they use dry ice but I have never checked). Those babies can be rock solid when they come out. So instead, either wait a few moments or rub the ice cream bar with your hands to help warm it up a bit before biting in.
- Don’t throw away that free ice water lid. Speaking of Mickey’s Premium Ice Cream Bars, they get kind of messy. So save your free ice water lid (a tip from one of the previous must read tips post) and put the stick of your ice cream treat through the straw hole. Now you have something to catch anything that drips or melts.
- You can steer the Mark Twain. The Rivers of America have been closed since January 2016, but are opening this month (July 2017). I imagine, once the Mark Twain is running again, you will once again be able to ask to steer the boat. Just ask a cast member where you board. After you steer the boat, you will get to sign the captain’s log and even get a pilot license. Be sure to take lots of pictures.
- The picnic area is awesome! My family loves to utilize the picnic area at Disneyland. It helps us save money on food. We can rent a locker to fit a medium cooler, and a shopping bag full of dry foods, for $12/day. That is less than we would spend on buying hotdogs for two people in the park. It is also a great place to take a break from the parks and let my kids run around a bit.
- Secret Menu Items. They do exist. There are a lot of secret menu items within Disneyland. (Hello Ice Cream Nachos!) They are constantly changing but you can easily find some with a google search, and of course, cast members are happy to help with them. My husband’s current favorite is the Firefly which he got at Coke Corner on our latest trip. It is basically fritos, chili, jalapenos, and cheese mixed in a frito’s bag. It was under $5 and filled him up pretty well.
- Get some cool air on the Rivers of America. This is one I discovered on my most recent trip. My friend Michaelyn (from the Mousekatools Mom) and I were spending a day photographing the parks. We were standing across from Tom Sawyer’s Island on the Rivers of America and we looked over and saw a couple sitting in front of one of these grates. You guys….it blows out cool air! Like seriously, this is amazing! It was over 100 degrees in the park that day and this was AMAZING! It isn’t ice cold or anything, but it was definitely much cooler than the air outside.
- You can book your vacation for only $125 down. Booking a package through Disney requires a $200 deposit, but did you know if you book through our friends at Get Away Today you can book the same packages (often at better rates) and only pay $125 down. Then you just have to finish paying off your vacation at least 2 weeks before your travel date. They also book several SoCal packages. Better yet, if you book by CLICKING HERE and use code LOCL you will save an extra $10 on qualifying packages. I love that they find the best hotel deals (like 4th night free) and combine them with their discounted theme park tickets to give you the best deal.
So there you have it…another set of 23 Must Read Disneyland Tips. Were any of these new to you? Let me know something new you learned in the comments.