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Disneyland California Resort Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks for Families

Disneyland Vacation Planning for Families: Tips, tricks, hacks, and planning advice for your vacation at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure

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.

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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

Ultimate Vacation Guide to Disney Parks for Families

Our Ultimate Disney Guide is our go-to-resource for everything you need to know when planning the perfect family-friendly vacation. Explore our ultimate guides to the Disneyland California Resort, Walt Disney World, and other Disney properties, resorts, destination vacations, and cruises.

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96 Responses to Disneyland California Resort Vacation Planning Tips & Tricks for Families

  1. HelloKaileyG March 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

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

  2. Art March 22, 2016 at 6:33 pm #

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

  3. Rob March 23, 2016 at 10:59 am #

    Thanks for the tips!

  4. Samantha Plotkin March 24, 2016 at 6:49 am #

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

  5. Gabrielle March 24, 2016 at 10:02 am #

    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 March 24, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Disney has always been on my bucket list.

  7. Robo March 25, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    great tips

  8. bschroder March 25, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    great tips!

  9. sojeles March 26, 2016 at 5:04 pm #

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

  10. Angela Hassett March 26, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    I miss Disney! Hope to make it back!

  11. shelley March 28, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Excellent info!

  12. neonderlyn March 28, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

    Love disneyland and this info

  13. Amie D March 29, 2016 at 7:38 am #

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

  14. Angela Thomas March 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

    Be missing Disney World so much!

  15. Lee B. March 31, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    Very helpful, thank you!

  16. natasha lamoreux March 31, 2016 at 9:33 am #

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

  17. Jessie March 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    Wishing for a Disney Trip

  18. Angela April 2, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

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

  19. sarah alexis April 3, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

    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 🙂

  20. lynn reimer April 3, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    love it

  21. Theresa Michalik April 4, 2016 at 7:32 am #

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

  22. Camille Miller (@worldismygarden) April 4, 2016 at 8:13 am #

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

  23. Lori Novelli April 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for the tips!

  24. Anne Brewster April 5, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    Thanks for all the great tips. Love this site.

  25. Kell April 5, 2016 at 2:53 pm #

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

  26. Rebecca April 5, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Wonderful tips!!

  27. paul v April 6, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    fantastic thanks, i would love to be able to go

  28. vgibbs14 April 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

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

  29. Pamela Garcia April 7, 2016 at 12:21 am #

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

  30. Kristen Walsh April 7, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

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

  31. Carolyn April 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm #


  32. Jason April 8, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    Thanks for the guide!

  33. Michelle Hamilton April 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Thanks for this article!

  34. Andrea d April 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm #

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

  35. Kristi S April 9, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    Great Resources

  36. Amy Deeter April 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Good things to know. thanks for sharing !

  37. Derrick Cordova April 9, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks for the tips!

  38. Alicia Lefebvre April 9, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

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

  39. GAIL WHITWORTH April 9, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

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

  40. Pat Underburger April 9, 2016 at 7:19 pm #

    Got to go to Medieval Times

  41. Diane Harris April 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

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

  42. Shevon Ramirez April 10, 2016 at 10:02 am #

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

  43. Amy Bloodworth April 10, 2016 at 10:48 am #

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

  44. Brittany April 10, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    Thank you

  45. Charell Anderson April 10, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Thanks for the tips!!!

  46. Athena April 10, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    We’d love to visit!

  47. audrianna goodell April 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

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

  48. Adaria Johnson April 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm #

    Such a great vacation destination love to win

  49. kristen holliday April 10, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    thank you so much for the advice.

  50. Ashley April 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    California adventure is so much fun!!

  51. Tabathia B April 10, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    I have always wanted to visit the original park

  52. Meredith Appley April 10, 2016 at 7:46 pm #


  53. Paula Adams April 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    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!

  54. opbassist April 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm #

    Looking forward to going to Disneyland soon!

  55. Michelle Bartley March 20, 2017 at 11:30 am #

    I want to take my Grands!!

  56. Marcie March 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm #

    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!

  57. Shannon March 20, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    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!

  58. Tamara March 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm #


  59. Val S March 20, 2017 at 3:55 pm #

    These were some awesome tips!

  60. Yong March 21, 2017 at 3:29 am #

    Thanks for the tips

  61. Gabrielle New March 21, 2017 at 9:25 am #

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

  62. stacy hunter March 21, 2017 at 10:56 am #

    This is very helpful thanks!

  63. stacy hunter March 21, 2017 at 11:01 am #

    This is all very helpful info.

  64. Nicole S March 21, 2017 at 11:20 am #

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

  65. Natalie March 21, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    I always like to reread the tips before I go!

  66. Carrie Walczynski March 21, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    Katie Boswell rocks! Thanks for tips!

  67. Carrie W March 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm #


  68. MaryAnne March 21, 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Lots of great tips for our next trip!

  69. Lisa March 21, 2017 at 7:12 pm #

    Great article! Lots of great tips!

  70. kristensowko March 22, 2017 at 3:04 am #

    Amazing resources! Thank-you for sharing! 🙂

  71. liz749 March 22, 2017 at 6:15 am #

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

  72. liz749 March 22, 2017 at 6:16 am #

    I like the first timer’s guide!

  73. Maryanne March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    Love the where to stay article!

  74. Maryanne March 22, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    A great read before a trip!

  75. e.l. eldridge March 22, 2017 at 10:55 am #

    Awesome tips on visiting the Happiest Place on Earth!

  76. Lucy March 22, 2017 at 1:26 pm #

    I can’t wait to go!

  77. Heather G. March 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

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

  78. starlabates March 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    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! 🙂

  79. Rosa cuevas March 22, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

    So many great tips thanks

  80. Andrea Darko March 22, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Thanks for the info!

  81. Revan Sunkel March 22, 2017 at 3:45 pm #

    Good tips for the next family DL trip

  82. Megan S March 22, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    Love these tips!

  83. Angf March 22, 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  84. Cari Brewer March 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

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

  85. Emily Rice March 23, 2017 at 6:39 am #

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

  86. Michelle Gray March 23, 2017 at 8:15 am #

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

  87. Katie Sharpe March 23, 2017 at 10:30 am #

    Downloading the app was a huge help for us!

  88. Katie Sharpe March 23, 2017 at 10:33 am #

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

  89. Michelle Bartley March 24, 2017 at 10:48 pm #

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

  90. paula s March 24, 2017 at 11:00 pm #

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

  91. paula s March 24, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Thanks for awesome tips!

  92. alissa farias March 25, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Great tips!

  93. Virginia Berg March 26, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Too cool!

  94. Tanya March 27, 2017 at 7:44 am #

    Good tips

  95. sojeles March 27, 2017 at 11:21 am #

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

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