Disneyland is so close for us Arizonans! Many of our Mama’s make it an annual (and sometimes more frequent) road trip. Here are some tips and tricks from our Disneyland visiting veteran Mama’s!
Where to get tickets: Our Moms have been lucky with good ticket prices at AAA, Costco, Park Savers and grocery store tickets. Since the parks are pretty close together, Moms of older kids recommend getting the park hopper pass which allows you to “hop” between parks throughout the day. It tends to be a little much for the little ones so, if you are with children 6 and under, you may be better off sticking to one park for the day.
What to bring with you: Get your pins and lanyards ahead of time to save yourself some time and money. You’ll need them once you arrive at the park. Make sure you get the official pins as those are the only ones that the cast members will trade.
Get your autograph books and costumes ahead of time as well. You’ll be glad you did when your little one is joining in on all the fun without you having to brave the lines and squeeze the wallet for these items. Age 14 and under are permitted to wear costumes to the park!
Head to Walmart, at 440 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801, for the rest of your Disneyland gear for a fraction of the cost and the wait at the park. You’ll find hats, t-shirts, headbands, water bottles and a small cooler that you can throw in a locker at the park. It can be expensive to eat all meals at the park so we recommend at least bringing a lunch.
Grab sunscreen, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer. We HIGHLY recommend grabbing a disposable poncho, for rain and for the water rides, a water proof pouch for your phone and a light toy…one of those toys that light up at night. You’ll see those start to come out at night and there’s nothing worse than getting close to bedtime at the end of a long day and enduring your toddler’s sudden temper tantrum as he vehemently demands that he have one immediately.
Where to stay within walking distance to the park: The Grand Californian, Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier, Best Western Anaheim, Howard Johnson Anaheim, Castle Inn and Suites, Candy Cane Inn, Anaheim Desert Inn and Suites and Grand Legacy at the Park.