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Planning a Disneyland vacation? Tickets are bound to be one of your biggest purchases. It can be tempting to only go one or two days to help save money, but how much time do you really need to have a great Disneyland vacation? The answer might surprise you. After dozens of trips, I am sharing how many days at Disneyland is the right amount?
If you have visited Walt Disney World, or spend time talking to those who are regulars of the East Coast park, they will tell you Disneyland is small and you can probably get it all done in one day. I am guessing they have never been to Disneyland. There is plenty to do at Disneyland resort that you can easily spend a full five days enjoying the parks. But let’s figure out how many days you REALLY need at Disneyland. Spoiler alert: The answer is going to vary depending on your situation.
How Many Days At Disneyland Will You Need?
Trying to figure out how many days you will need at Disneyland is a bit tricky. When I go solo, or with another adult, we can accomplish a lot in a day or two. But sometimes, even as an adult it is nice to slow down and not rush from ride to ride all the time.
If you want to do as much stuff as possible, you will probably want a five day ticket. I have gone five days, a lot, and even with my knowledge of the parks, and wait times, I am still not always able to do everything I want in 5 days.
Because the amount of days you need at Disneyland can vary so much from person to person, I am going to break down each ticket option and say who it might work for.
This Crazy Adventure Called Life TIP: No matter your group though, I always suggest a minimum of 3 days in the park if you are staying off site, so that you can receive a magic morning entry.
Who Is One Day At Disneyland Good For?
One day at Disneyland is good for those who may be in the area on business, have a way to get free tickets for one day, or are annual passholders who can come to the park often.
I do not suggest buying one day tickets as you can spend anywhere from $100 to nearly $200 for your park ticket once you add on parkhopper and MaxPass options. If you are going one day at Disneyland you can get a lot done, if you have a game plan going in, but you definitely won’t do everything.
Who Is Two Days At Disneyland Enough For?
Two days at Disneyland is a great option for many people. First off, you can go to Disneyland for two days for not much more than a one day parkhopper ticket during peak season. Second, starting with two days, you can get discount tickets through Get Away Today.
Two days is a great option for those who are staying on site and may only be in the area for a long weekend. Since you are on site, you will get Extra Magic Hour both days, helping to maximize your time in the park.
Two days is also an option for a solo trip, adults only trip, or even a teen trip. If you plan on only doing the thrill rides, you can get them all in within two days, and still have plenty of time to ride favorites again, shop, and check out some of the best Disneyland foods.
Will Three Days At Disneyland Be Enough?
I mentioned that the minimum I suggest, especially for offsite guests is three days. Three days is enough for those who mainly want to get in rides, not many shows, and know they can come back again, even if it will be another year or two.
Three days is a great fit for families ona tight budget as well. It gets you the Magic Morning Entry and also a great per day cost, but can also get you some of the great Disneyland Ticket Deals that are often for 3 or more days, like adults at kids’ prices.
Three days also lets you feel a little more relaxed during your time in the park. Knowing you don’t have to rush to do everything in one or two days can help you enjoy your time in the parks a lot more.
Why You May Want To Spend Four Days in Disneyland
In all seriousness, I personally suggest families going to Disneyland with kids of varying ages (preschool, kid, teen, etc) spend at least 4 days in the park. This will give your family enough time to explore all the younger kid attractions, as well as mix in the thrill rides that tweens and teens will want to do.
Four days is also a great option for those who maybe want to take mid-day breaks or only spend a half day in the park one day. You can take it a bit easier, and enjoy some time shopping in Downtown Disney, go to a nearby beach, or even head over to Knott’s Berry Farm or another area theme park.
Four days is also a great option for those who are arriving Sunday and leaving Saturday. It gives you 4 days in the park and a down day to do anything else, or to just relax.
Do You Need Five Day Tickets For Disneyland?
I have spent five days in Disneyland, a lot. You would think that I would say you definitely need five days in the park right? Not everyone needs five days at Disneyland. In fact, if you do not handle crowds well, or you will be back to Disneyland in a year or two, you may find that five days is too much.
Quite often when our family does five days at Disneyland, we find ourselves only spending a half day in the parks on the last day. It is not a big deal cost wise, as a five day ticket is not much more than a four day ticket, and Get Away Today often offers 5th day free deals, but sometimes every penny you pay extra counts.
So who is a five day Disneyland ticket good for?
Those who are not on a tight budget, and want to get in as much time at Disneyland as possible will enjoy a five day ticket. This will give you enough time to enjoy many of the shows, parades, and also rides.
Five days at Disneyland is also a great idea for those who have a full week and choose not to purchase a parkhopper ticket. This will give you three days at Disneyland and two days at California Adventure (my suggestion) or you can switch those around and spend more time at California Adventure.
I also suggest a five day ticket to those who will not be back to Disneyland for several years, if ever. Five days will allow time for experiencing all the attractions, food, and shopping, as well as allowing for the learning curve of how to maximize your park time.
Five day tickets are also great for Disney addicts who just want to spend all day every day in the parks. And if you find five days is not enough, you can use your five day ticket towards an Annual Pass for Disneyland.
Save on Disneyland Tickets of Two Days Or More
If you have read this and decide that you want to spend at least two days at Disneyland, I suggest purchasing your tickets through Get Away Today as it will save you a few bucks off Disneyland prices. Better yet, book your vacation package through them and if you stay 2 or more nights and get at least 2 park tickets, you can use code CrazyAdventure to save an extra $10 on your vacation.