Smart Parent's Guide to Disneyland Resort

Planning a trip to Disneyland? A trip to the Happiest Place on Earth is a rite of passage for many families, especially those who live on the West Coast. Follow these tried-and-tested tips to make the most of your time and money.

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Set up a savings strategy.

Minnie and Mickey in front of the castle

Courtesy of Walt Disney World 

Looking for an easier way to save up for your Disney vacation? Consider the Disney vacation account, which lets you budget and schedule automatic contributions into a designated savings fund.

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Visit when hotel prices are at their lowest.

Paul Hiffmeyer/Walt Disney Parks

If you want to visit Disneyland on a budget, timing is perhaps the single most important factor to consider. The best time to visit Disneyland is when crowds and prices are both bearable—or when there is an irresistibly great Disney vacation deal on the table.

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Score a great deal.

Walt Disney Parks

Looking to score a great deal on a Disney vacation? Your next Disney getaway will be even more magical if you land an affordable price. Here’s a selection of handpicked special offers that are currently available at Disneyland and other Disney vacations.

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Get oriented.

Map of Disneyland Park
Walt Disney Parks

Before you take off in every direction, take some time with these maps of Disneyland to get to know the lay of the land. Trust us, it will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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Avoid long lines.

Disneyland with the Fab 5
Scott Brinegar/Walt Disney Parks

Getting bang for your buck means spending less time waiting in lines and more time having fun. These tried-and-tested strategies can help.

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Download the official app.

Official Disneyland App
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher

Want to buy your tickets and view wait times for rides and attractions? There's an app for that. You can also browse maps, locate Disney characters, check show times, and more. There's also a plentiful supply of third-party apps as well.

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Scream for ice cream.

Artisan Ice Cream at Epcot

 Matt Stroshane / Walt Disney World

While you can enjoy ice cream at nearly every restaurant and quick-service eatery at Disneyland Resort, these ice cream shops are our favorite places to grab a frosty scoop, waffle cone, sundae, float, shake, or ice cream sandwich.

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Stock up on cheap and cheerful souvenirs.

Character giving an autograph to a little boy

 Courtesy of Walt Disney World

Planning an affordable Disney vacation means being thrifty when it comes to souvenirs. On a budget? Limit your time in the gift shops and turn on on your kids to these less expensive options.

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Brush up on your Disneyland facts.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disneyland
Paul Hiffmeyer/Walt Disney Parks

Since its grand opening on July 17, 1955, the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, has grown from a single small park to an iconic family destination with two popular theme parks, three hotels and the shopping, dining and entertainment district known as Downtown Disney. Here are 40 fun facts you may not know about Disneyland

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Check out holiday happenings and special events.

Projections on Cinderella's Castle

Todd Anderson / Walt Disney World

Disneyland really knows how to throw a party, whether it's Mickey's Halloween Party in September and October or Holidays at the Disneyland Resort in November and December. 

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Prepare to get your Jedi on.

Star Wars Launch Bay - Disney Parks
Walt Disney Parks

A brand new Star Wars-themed land is coming to Disneyland, featuring two signature attractions. The highlight will be taking the controls of the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission. 

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