While any time of the year is a good time to visit Disneyland, my favorite time to go is around Halloween. The park is decorated and even some of the rides such as The Haunted Mansion are decorated for the holiday. There are also Halloween themed events going on that you can attend. Be sure to check out the website for dates, times and if there is any additional cost.
A trip to California was long overdue for me, so I decided to cash in my credit card points for a free ticket and a visit back to a place I once called home for a little bit. The timing could not have been more perfect, especially with starting a new position at work, a week off was exactly what was needed before my new job got busy.
In my eyes, Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth. Here are some tips for visiting Disneyland, no matter the time of year.
1. Get there early
The park opens at 8:00am and doesn’t stay empty for long. Get there early so you’re able to explore the park a little before the crowds of people arrive. Also, now is a good time to get a fast pass or two for a littler later in the morning so you won’t have to wait in line as long. (More to come on fast passes below.)
2. Go on a weekday and avoid the weekends
This tip should be pretty self-explanatory. Bigger crowds and longer lines are never a fun way to spend your day, especially on a hot day in Anaheim where the temperature can be over 100°. And the number of strollers is out of control, making walking challenging at times. If you have to go on a weekend, just be prepared. I’ve gone on weekdays and weekends and weekdays are a lot easier to get around.
3. Take advantage of fast passes
Some of the more popular rides such as Pirates, Indiana Jones and Space Mountain offer fast passes. A fast pass allows you to print out an additional ticket for you to return to that ride at a later time. The additional ticket allows you to bypass the regular line and jump ahead to the front. One thing I learned on my last trip to Disneyland is that you’re able to print off more than one fast pass for multiple rides. Be sure you read the fine print on your fast pass ticket as this will give you the time of when you will be able to print off your next fast pass. You will need to have your main park ticket with you (the one you used to enter the gate) so be sure to not lose it!
4. Download the Disney app
In order to be aware of wait times when in different areas of the park, you’ll want to download the Disney app on your phone. There are many out there so find the one that work best for you. The app will also tell you if a ride is closed too. It’s a great way for you to know if you should wait in line or come back later.
5. Look for the hidden Mickey’s
Hidden Mickey’s are located all throughout the park. Some are easy to find and others are impossible to find unless you know exactly where to look. There are books you can buy to give you clues as to where the Mickey’s are and there are also apps you can download. I’ve been able to find a few, some on my own and some being pointed out to me. It sometimes makes waiting in line a little enjoyable knowing you may be able to find a hidden Mickey or two. If you’re getting really frustrated and just can’t find any of the hidden Mickey’s, head over to Toon Town. These hidden Mickey’s were designed for kids to be able to find so you should have no problem finding them there either.