The Greatest Guide Ever Made - Simple and RealisticPlan and Book your Disneyland Vacation using the outlined steps below. Guaranteed to save you time and money.
Step 1 - Choose Your Dates
We’ve outlined some of the things you’ll want to consider when choosing your dates. Most guests typically have a time in mind but if you’re flexible take a look at some of the upcoming events.
Least Busiest Months
Most Popular Months
Halloween Time 2020
Halloween at Disneyland will run mid-September thru October 31st. Offical dates will be announced early-mid summer.
Holidays at Disneyland 2020
The Holidays at Disneyland will run early November thru early January. Official dates will be announced late summer.
Step 2 - Book Your Tickets or Package
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Here’s our list of recommended off-proeprty hotels:
- Residence Inn Convention Center
- Desert Palms Hotel & Suites
- Westin Convention Center
- Anaheim Marriott Hotel
- Courtyard Anaheim
Step 3 - Fastpass and MaxPass
The Disneyland Fastpass service is free with any valid ticket. It allows you to skip the standby line and go through a faster line at most major attractions. MaxPass enhances the Fastpass service by allowing guests to book Fastpass from their mobile phone using the official Disneyland App (more below).
- Free for every guest
- Physically have to visit the attraction to receive the Fastpass
- Nothing else included
- Costs $20 per person, per day
- Book Fastpass from your phone
- Unlimited downloads of park photos
Step 4 - Download The Disneyland App
We realize for some this might not be an option but most guests have access to a smartphone and the official Disneyland App will make your vacation so much better. It’s available on both Android and Apple. Once installed, link your tickets to it for easy access to the parks from your phone, make dining reservations, schedule MaxPass, see attraction wait times and more!
Read some of the most common questions about booking a Disneyland vacation and how to prepare for it.
Can I Bring Food Into The Parks?
Yes, you can bring your own food into the parks. There are lockers for rent inside the parks for storage or if you want to bring in a cooler there are large lockers available next to Lost and Found outside the parks.
Can I Book Fastpass In Advance?
No. Unlike Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Fastpass can only be booked day-of when the parks have opened and you’ve enter one of them.
Can I Share My Ticket(s) With Someone?
No. You cannot rent, split or share your Disneyland Tickets. Every ticket must be used by the same person for everyday of the ticket. Your photo is assigned to your ticket.
Are There Things For Little Kids To Do?
There are things to do for any age at Disneyland! The parks have over 40 attractions that have no height requirements so anyone, any age can enjoy them.
Can I Buy Tickets At The Gate?
Yes, but there’s almost no reason to. Standing in a 30 minute line to buy tickets is a waste of time. You should buy them in advance with Undercover Tourist or if you’re there, buy them through the Disneyland App.
How Can I See & Do It All?
- You’ll need 3-4 days in the parks with Park Hopper and MaxPass.
- Download the Disneyland App
- Schedule a Fastpass attraction and while you wait go on smaller ones.
- Fireworks one night, World of Color one night, Fantasmic! one night.
- Stay on property for Extra Magic Hour every day.
Can I Scan My Tickets From My Phone?
Yes! You don’t have to scan your physical tickets when entering the parks. As long as you have the Disneyland App you can scan each guest’s ticket from your phone.
What Is Extra Magic Hour & Magic Morning?
Extra Magic Hour is for property hotel guests only and is available each morning (1 hour early into one of the parks). Magic Morning Early Entry is available to guests with tickets 3 days or longer. They receive 1 early entry per ticket, 1 hour before park opening.
Are There Any Infant or Mother Stations?
There are two baby stations, 1 in each park. Here you change diapers, nurse and find a few baby items like pedialite and diapers. Cast Members are available to help with any needs you may have.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.