Getaway to Disneyland

How to Spend a Day or Two at Disneyland

Balloons at Disneyland
••• Balloons at Disneyland. ©2011 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission.

If you're planning a weekend at Disneyland, you need to have a good strategy. These are the things you really need to know.

Why Should You Go? Will You Like Disneyland?

  • Get a Preview: Take a look at our Disneyland Pictures
  • Disneyland is popular with families and playful adults who are looking for the magical Disney experience
  • It isn't the best place for those who love those colossal, fast, turn-you-upside-down roller coasters.

Best Time to Go to Disneyland

The best time to go to Disneyland depends on too many factors to give a simple answer. Find out about the pros and cons of visiting Disneyland in every season.

How Much Can You Do?

Unless you live very nearby, and it takes only a few minutes to get there, you can spend about a day and a half in the park at the most during a weekend getaway.

That makes it super important to find out how to stay out of line and how to get and use a FASTPASS.

Things to Do in Disneyland

  • Our readers' favorite rides: This list is compiled from tens of thousands of votes by our readers. It might help you narrow down your choices.
  • Celebrate a Birthday at Disneyland: Find out all the ways to celebrate and how to get people to say "Happy Birthday" all day long - even if the day you visit isn't actually your birthday.
  • Disneyland Ride Guide: If you need some guidance, we've got the lists. Check out the rides by height restriction, rides good for kids and find some cool places for a hot afternoon.

Annual Events at Disneyland

If you're planning a getaway during the holidays, Disneyland gets all gussied up for Halloween and then changes its decor for Christmas.

Other crowd-catching events at Disneyland include high school grad nights, Gay Days and the Disneyland Half Marathon. Check the month-by-month guide to find out what else might be happening during your visit.

Tips for Visiting Disneyland

    Best Bites

    Playing at Disneyland is enough to keep you busy for a weekend, but you've gotta eat something. Find out where to eat at Disneyland.

    Where to Stay

    Check our recommended hotels and campgrounds. For help find the best place to stay without making a lifelong project out of it, try this step by step Disneyland hotel finder.

    Getting To Disneyland

    Get the scoop on all the ways to get to Disneyland