Planning Your Disneyland Vacation

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So, you’ve decided it’s time to take the family to Disneyland. Yay! We’re so excited for you! But now that you’ve made that decision, you’ve probably realized how much work it is to plan a Disneyland vacation.

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue holding hands.

Disneyland – Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

There are many things to consider when planning a Disneyland vacation – deciding when to go, plus figuring out what to pack, where to stay, what to do first and so much more! That’s why we always recommend our favorite partner Get Away Today to make planning your Disney vacation a breeze! Their travel agents are seriously the experts when it comes to getting the best Disneyland deals, knowing what to bring to Disneyland and knowing how to pack in the most fun during your trip. Here are some tips for planning the best Disneyland trip yet!

Disneyland Discounts, Promo Code, and Vacation Packages

Did you know Get Away Today has special savings for Disneyland during every season of the year? See our Disney Parks Discounts page for the most current discounts and promotions. In addition to the current promotions at Get Away Today, you can get and extra discount with our Promo Code: FAVORITE.

Another way to save on your next Disneyland trip is to plan ahead. Hotel and park prices go up every year, but if you book early you can take advantage of current discounts by booking your trip at today’s prices for a future vacation. Get Away Today offers the flexibility of booking now and paying later through their Layaway Plans, which start at just $125 down.

What to Pack

Now that you’ve figured out when you want to go and how to get the most savings on a Disneyland vacation, it’s time to figure out what to pack. It can be confusing on what you can bring into the parks. For families traveling to the Disneyland Resort, one tip we love to share is to have everyone wear matching, or at least coordinating, clothes. We’ve found matching t-shirts is the way to go. Search “Disneyland shirts” on Amazon, Google, or Etsy to find a huge assortment of shirts to choose from. This is not only a fun memory when looking back at photos, but it’s a great way to help the grown-ups keep track of everyone! If you know that everyone is wearing mostly red shirts on day one in Disneyland, it’s one less thing to think about when mentally doing head counts as you walk through the park.

Echo and Emily's kids at Disneyland in blue matching shirts.

Packing lightweight rain gear is another great tip for when you are visiting Disneyland. Rain isn’t
 often in the forecast for Southern California, but it happens! And when it does, it pays to be 
prepared. It may also help when riding on Splash Mountain!

Consider the following additional suggestions when packing for your Disney vacation:

  • Small, waterproof backpack or fanny pack
  • Get Away Today Lanyard for holding tickets/ID (included with your vacation package!)
  • Comfy walking shoes (bonus if footwear is waterproof during rainy season!)
  • Lightweight layers
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Compression socks (This is an insider family tip that will make your feet so happy. If you are planning to be at Disneyland for more than one day, compression socks are a life saver. If you are going on a cool enough day to wear pants, wear them! If you don’t want to wear them in the park, that is fine too. When you get back to your hotel, put the compression socks on and sleep in them. The next morning, when you take them off, your feet will be re-energized and ready to hit the park for another day of fun.)

And here is a list of what else you are allowed to bring into Disneyland:

  • Food
  • Soft-sided coolers (about the size of a six pack of soda)
  • Beverages or water bottles
  • Blankets
  • Bags
  • Backpacks
  • Medications or other items needed to maintain health
  • Personal cameras
  • Strollers
  • Service dogs

While not comprehensive, here is a list of what you are NOT allowed to bring into

  • Wagons or over sized strollers
  • Hard-sided coolers or coolers larger than a six pack of soda
  • Glass containers or alcoholic beverages
  • Selfie sticks
  • Suitcases
  • Folding chairs
  • Masks (even for costumes! Try face paint as an alternative if you’re dressing up)
  • Skateboards, inline skates or roller skates
  • Wrapped gifts
  • Drones
Echo's daughter trying to pick up ACME dumbbells.

FastPass and MaxPass

Okay, so now that you scored the best deal on a vacation package and know what you can
 bring into Disneyland, how about a tip for maximizing your day at the Park? That’s where the
FastPass and MaxPass systems come into play.
 When you purchase a Disneyland ticket, you have access to the FastPass system. FastPasses
 are available for free for select rides and allow you to reserve your spot to ride, eliminating long wait times! The only downside to a FastPass is that they need to be picked up in person from
 the ride you want. It isn’t always convenient to run around Disneyland and pick up FastPasses.
This is where MaxPass saves the day.

For an additional daily fee per person, you can have
 access to FastPass reservation and redemption on your electronic device. So instead of
 physically being at a ride kiosk to grab a FastPass, you can be enjoying a meal at your favorite
 Disneyland restaurant and use the Disneyland App on your phone to reserve a FastPass with
 your MaxPass access. Additionally, purchase of the MaxPass gives you unlimited downloads
 with PhotoPass.

You can use the PhotoPass to access and download any photos from rides
 and official PhotoPass photographers throughout the Park. Since MaxPass is an optional,
 additional purchase, you could choose to take advantage of its conveniences as you see fit.
 Using a FastPass or MaxPass is a great way to maximize your time at Disneyland!

Emily's FASTPASS screenshots for rides at Disneyland.

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.” – Walt Disney

Do you feel ready to book a Disneyland vacation now? So many fun adventures await you!

We love working with Get Away Today to bring you all the deals and travel tips you could possibly need. In the meantime, you can check out all their vacation packages online, or call one of their amazing travel agents at 855-GET-AWAY. When booking, be sure to let them know we sent you, and don’t forget to use our promo code FAVORITE for $10 off your Southern California vacation package. Happy travels!

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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