I highly suggest getting your room as high up as possible in the Disneyland Hotel. We were on the 9th floor….and “faced the parking lot (not the pool). This was PERFECT….because we were looking toward the Park at night……and could see all the firework displays out our window as if we could almost “touch them”. This became a “nightly ritual” for all of us to gather in one of the rooms and watch the fireworks.
Tell other future clients to PLAN on being at the gates a little before 7am when there is an “Early Entry Day” for the park they want to visit. We used this every day and had our path planned to the main attractions. Grandma didn’t ride all the rides, so we would scurry to the “main one we wanted” and she would go immediately to the “Fast Pass” line for the next one ahead of us (ha).
The Monorail from Downtown Disney into the park saves a lot of walking to the gates and crowds getting into the park. It goes from just inside Downtown Disney from the Disneyland Hotel straight to the Submarine ride.
With a Disneyland Hotel key, ALL the Disney Resorts in that area are like one. Example: We could save steps and crowd at the gates by going into the Hotel California from Downtown Disney…..make a quick turn left….and actually enter the California Adventure park at the Grizzly River Run….bypassing most of the crowd and getting to the ride early. Just show them you Disneyland room key…and ask them to point you to the way!
The most crowded and hardest ride to get on was “Lightening McQueen ride at Radiator Springs”. The day we got there at 6:45 am….Mason virtually ran TO THE ATTRACTION…..and we still had a 30 minute wait in line. By 8am….the Fast Pass Lines were “sold out for the rest of the day”. So, I highly suggest that being on your list of fun rides…but be prepared!
The other great rides that everyone enjoyed several times was “The Screamer” rollercoaster….and believe it not, “Soarin’ Over California”.
GOOFY’s KITCHEN for the evening meal….a MUST to see lots of characters and a couple of Princesses as well. This was right out our back door of the Disneyland Hotel by the pool area….was almost an afterthought…..and turned out to be one of the highlights for the kids getting pictures and autographs with Minnie, Chip and Dale, Goofy, Aladdin, Jasmine, Pluto, Donald Duck (just to name a few). Buffet style but very good and enjoyed by all.
Don’t forget the FedEx service in the hotel to send home all the stuffed toys and souvenirs’ (ha)! That really worked out well.
Well, that’s more than you wanted from me…..but as you can see, we all had so much fun and really picked the “right age” and length of time to make this the kids first visit to Disneyland. Thanks so much for suggesting California and not Orlando!
Jenny is sweet and dedicated to giving her clients world class treatment! She has not only helped me choose our hotel, meal package, and tickets but went above to help me with daily itineraries, choosing rides and booking fast passes and sending me tips and tricks to make our stay even more wonderful.
All of this and we've not even left for Disney yet! Please do yourself a favor and call Jenny today! firstname.lastname@example.org
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