Disneyland California Resort Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks for Families

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Looking for Trekaroo’s best tips & tricks for exploring the Disneyland California Resort? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got parent-written reviews, tips on the best rides for kids based on their ages, details on dining, a photo scavenger hunt to do in park, tips for skipping the lines, and oh so much more.

In the wrong place? Click to see our best tips on Walt Disney World and other resort properties (including cruises, Adventures by Disney, and more!)

Disneyland Vacation Planning for Families

What’s New | Disneyland Guides and Tips from Parents

Images courtesy of Disney Parks

What's New at Disney Parks 2017FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE to Disneyland ResortREVIEW GUIDE Disneyland Resort - Parents share their best tips for visiting Disney ParksFIRST TIMER'S GUIDE Disney California Adventure

Tips for Navigating the Parks

Images courtesy of Disney Parks & Katie Bodell (Off the Beaten Path)

15 Must Know Tips for your Disney Family Vacation pinterestSkipping the lines and saving time at disney parks, including FASTPASS, rider swap, single rider, and more tipsSPECIAL NEEDS at Disney Parks - Visiting Disneyland with a special needs childWhat to do at Disneyland when it rainsDisneyland when it is crowdedOFF THE BEATEN PATH at Disney Parks - what to do when the park is crowded and lines are long20 Things you didn't know about Disneyland - Insider tips, secrets, and fun Disney triviaSurviving Disney Parks on a crowded day- how to not let the crowded park get you down

Where to Stay

Images courtesy of Bigstock/Altinosmanaj and Disney Parks (Best Hotels Near Disneyland)

Where to Stay for your Disneyland vacation- the best hotels near Disneyland in Anaheim pinHotels with the best pools near Disneylandbest hotels near Disneyland resort

Disneyland Park: Everything You Need to Know

Images courtesy of Disney Parks, Katie Bodell (Season of the Force), & Flickr/Harshlight & Sharlene Earnshaw (FASTPASS).

FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE to Disneyland Resort, Everything you need to know to plan your Disneyland family vacationExplore Star Wars the season of the force at Disneylandrides that offer ride swap at DisneylandBest Toddler-Friendly Rides at DisneylandRides that use FASTPASS at DisneylandWhere are the Disney characters? A guide to finding Disney characters, super heroes and princesses within Disneyland and Disney California Adventure great attractions for the whole family to ride together at Disneylandtops rides and attractions for teens at the Disneyland resort

Disney California Adventure: Everything You Need to Know

Images courtesy of Disney Parks & Katie Bodell (Toddler Friendly Rides)

FIRST TIMER'S GUIDE Disney California Adventure- Your go-to guide for everything you need to know about exploring this park with your familyrides that utilize fastpass at Disney California Adventurerides at California Adventure that won't scare little kids easilyGuide to exploring Cars Land at Disney California Adventurerides that offer ride swap at California Adventure, perfect for traveling familiesBest Rides for Toddlers at Disney California Adventure

Tips for Dining at Disneyland

Images courtesy of Disney Parks, Janet Card (Character Dining), & Canva (Reservations)

A Guide to all the food and Dining at Disney ParksCharacter Dining at DisneylandFood Allergies & Disney Parks - what you need to know about food allergies when on vacation at Disneyland or Walt Disney Worldrestaurants requiring reservations at disneyland

Special Events, Holidays & Celebrations

Images courtesy of Disney Parks & Janel Murray (Get Schooled)

Christmas and Holiday fun for families at Disneyland and Disney California AdventureSPECIAL EVENTS AT DISNEY PARKS to plan your trip around, including run DisneyGet Schooled with the DISNEY YOUTH EDUCATION SERIES- Your go-to resource for classes and education offered inside DISNEYLAND and WALT DISNEY WORLD. Programs are offered for groups and individuals, both at discount prices #Disneyland #WaltDisneyWorld #Homeschool #DisneyYES Halloween at Disneyland-A guide to exploring the park, trick or treating, and spooky fun

 Disneyland California Resort Review Guide: Your guide to the best reviewed hotels, attractions, restaurants, and shows

Still Have Questions?

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Happy Disney Vacation Planning!

About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
96 Responses
  1. HelloKaileyG

    Okay, now I REALLY wish I was planning a trip to Disneyland…

  2. Art

    If you are a Star Wars fan, you must check out Disneyland. The Star Tours and Hyperspace Mountain upgrades are awesome.

  3. Rob

    Thanks for the tips!

  4. Samantha Plotkin

    Thanks for the first timer’s guide. Would love to go someday!

  5. Gabrielle

    I can’t wait to go back when the Star Wars land is finished. We haven’t been to Disneyland in a while, and now it’s so expensive, I don’t want to push my daughter to go. But she loves Star Wars, and it will be worth it to go back for that.

  6. Cindy Crackintoes

    Disney has always been on my bucket list.

  7. bschroder

    great tips!

  8. sojeles

    Love all these tips..hoping to plan our next family trip soon

  9. Angela Hassett

    I miss Disney! Hope to make it back!

  10. shelley

    Excellent info!

  11. neonderlyn

    Love disneyland and this info

  12. Amie D

    We would love to go to Disneyland someday soon. Thanks for the helpful information!

  13. Angela Thomas

    Be missing Disney World so much!

  14. Lee B.

    Very helpful, thank you!

  15. natasha lamoreux

    Thanks for all the great tips! We are planning on going very soon.

  16. Jessie

    Wishing for a Disney Trip

  17. Angela

    I can’t wait to go and try out your tips!

  18. sarah alexis

    My son is begging me to take him here – we went a few years ago and had so much fun he wants to go back (ofcourse). It really is good to plan ahead and I love reading all these tips! Thank you 🙂

  19. lynn reimer

    love it

  20. Theresa Michalik

    Only been to DW one day hope to make it to DL.

  21. Camille Miller (@worldismygarden)

    Really need to take the kids before they finish growing up!

  22. Lori Novelli

    Thanks for the tips!

  23. Anne Brewster

    Thanks for all the great tips. Love this site.

  24. Kell

    Oh what a great guide. I loved all the tips.

  25. Rebecca

    Wonderful tips!!

  26. paul v

    fantastic thanks, i would love to be able to go

  27. vgibbs14

    Disneyland is on our bucket list. Definitely will get there someday!

  28. Pamela Garcia

    All great tips and will definitely refer to this if we ever get to make the trip.

  29. Kristen Walsh

    Cant wait to see if i can use these tips on vacation!

  30. Carolyn


  31. Jason

    Thanks for the guide!

  32. Michelle Hamilton

    Thanks for this article!

  33. Andrea d

    Thanks for the tips!! Would love to visit the happiest place on earth!

  34. Kristi S

    Great Resources

  35. Amy Deeter

    Good things to know. thanks for sharing !

  36. Derrick Cordova

    Thanks for the tips!

  37. Alicia Lefebvre

    Lots of great tips here. We’ve been to Disneyland quite a bit but still love it so much!


    plan for any weather, take a light jacket in a backpack

  39. Pat Underburger

    Got to go to Medieval Times

  40. Diane Harris

    Appreciate tips for California park, not as easy to find.

  41. Shevon Ramirez

    Haven’t been to Disneyland in a while. Great tips.

  42. Amy Bloodworth

    I especially loved the article on dining with food allergies in Disney Parks!

  43. Brittany

    Thank you

  44. Charell Anderson

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  45. Athena

    We’d love to visit!

  46. audrianna goodell

    Thank you for the tips! i would love to go to Disney Land in California.

  47. Adaria Johnson

    Such a great vacation destination love to win

  48. kristen holliday

    thank you so much for the advice.

  49. Ashley

    California adventure is so much fun!!

  50. Tabathia B

    I have always wanted to visit the original park

  51. Meredith Appley


  52. Paula Adams

    We definitely have Disneyland on our plans for later this year because we are on the West Coast! Looking forward to using this Planning Guide!

  53. opbassist

    Looking forward to going to Disneyland soon!

  54. Michelle Bartley

    I want to take my Grands!!

  55. Marcie

    This is so helpful! We’re heading to Disneyland this summer for our baby’s first time! I’m eager to check out their baby facilities!

  56. Shannon

    I always love seeing what other families and Trekaroo have to say before we head down to Disney. I feel like there is always something new to do!

  57. Val S

    These were some awesome tips!

  58. Yong

    Thanks for the tips

  59. Gabrielle New

    We haven’t been to Disneyland in years, and I am dying to go again.

  60. stacy hunter

    This is very helpful thanks!

  61. stacy hunter

    This is all very helpful info.

  62. Nicole S

    Awesome tips here. I would love to go. My family would have a bkast.

  63. Natalie

    I always like to reread the tips before I go!

  64. Carrie Walczynski

    Katie Boswell rocks! Thanks for tips!

  65. Carrie W


  66. MaryAnne

    Lots of great tips for our next trip!

  67. Lisa

    Great article! Lots of great tips!

  68. kristensowko

    Amazing resources! Thank-you for sharing! 🙂

  69. liz749

    Disneyland is somewhere I would love to go, great tips!

  70. liz749

    I like the first timer’s guide!

  71. Maryanne

    Love the where to stay article!

  72. Maryanne

    A great read before a trip!

  73. e.l. eldridge

    Awesome tips on visiting the Happiest Place on Earth!

  74. Lucy

    I can’t wait to go!

  75. Heather G.

    We love Disney! Kids have been to Disney World, can’t wait to take them to Disneyland!

  76. starlabates

    Wow, so many helpful guides and great information. I really find that the Ultimate Disney Guide is jammed pack with all important information that you would need to know! I will definitely have to pin this for later. I have been wanting to visit Disney since a young child! 🙂

  77. Rosa cuevas

    So many great tips thanks

  78. Andrea Darko

    Thanks for the info!

  79. Revan Sunkel

    Good tips for the next family DL trip

  80. Megan S

    Love these tips!

  81. Angf

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  82. Cari Brewer

    These are fantastic tips! I am going to Dave this for our trip that we are planning.

  83. Emily Rice

    Thanks for the tips, already bookmarked so I can refer back to all this while planning my family’s trip later this year.

  84. Michelle Gray

    Thanks for the tips! I have taken kids ranging in age from 9 months to 10 years old and had a blast every time.

  85. Katie Sharpe

    Downloading the app was a huge help for us!

  86. Katie Sharpe

    Thrifty NW Mommy had a great guide. Loved Get Away Today.

  87. Michelle Bartley

    The info on when to go and what to see is very helpful!

  88. paula s

    Thanks for tips. I dream of a Disney vacation for my kids.

  89. paula s

    Thanks for awesome tips!

  90. alissa farias

    Great tips!

  91. Virginia Berg

    Too cool!

  92. sojeles

    I like the 20 things you didn’t know about Disneyland and of course the dining tips!

  93. Whitney Russell

    These are great tips! I love Disneyland during Halloween, its my favorite! I cant wait to head back there next month to see the new Star Wars Land and attend D23!

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