When I knew I was coming to California, and ultimately moving to Los Angeles, I knew one of the things I had to do was visit Disneyland. There was no way I could be here and not visit the “happiest place on earth.” I also knew that I’d be going to Disneyland alone.
Visiting either of the Disney’s in America solo has been on my bucket list as of the last couple years and I can now say that I’ve scratched it off my list. I still need to make it to Disney World though. Here’s what to bring to Disneyland and more:
What to Bring to Disneyland
To be honest, you could definitely just bring yourself and you’ll survive the day. Especially since anything you may really need is available for purchase. However, here’s a list of things that will make your day much easier:
- Portable Charger: A portable charger is necessary because I guarantee that when you’re standing in line, sometimes for a minimum of an hour, for rides, you’ll be on your mobile devices to pass the time. They are guaranteed to die prematurely. Save yourself the trouble of having to find and be tethered to an outlet.
- Bottle of water: I took my reusable water bottle into the park to avoid buying high priced, bottle beverages. It was filled with water but no one ever checked or seemed to care. I also saw several people bring in actual plastic bottles of water, which was surprising to me. This is a money saver and obviously allows you to stay hydrated.
- Comfortable shoes: You will be walking around and standing for hours end, don’t try to look cute unless your cute is also comfortable. If it’s hot and you don’t want to wear sneakers all day, opt for a comfortable pair of Teva sandals. I happened to wear my cloudfoam Adidas and it made a world of difference.
- SPF: It’s always sunny in California. Well, it usually is. And even if it isn’t, you need spf. Again, you’ll be standing in mostly outdoor lines or roaming the park for hours on end in the sun. You need to protect both your skin and any little humans you have in tow.
- Cash or plastic: You can get just about anything at Disneyland, for a price. As if the tickets weren’t enough, it’s quite easy to be nickeled and dimed at Disneyland. If you go solo like me, it’ll be much easier to practice self control. However, if your kids are the type to see something brightly colored or shiny, and ask for it, can you resist? Besides, even if you buy no souvenirs, you’ll still need to eat. So make sure you have cash or a card.
How Much Is It to Go to Disneyland?
Tickets to Disneyland will run you anywhere from $104 to $154 depending on the day you choose to go. There are also multi-day passes for those who feel they’ll need more time at both Disneyland and California Adventure Park. Check the official Disneyland ticket site to price out your visit.
I personally think one day, depending on the day, is more than enough time to see and explore both parks. If you arrive at 12pm on a Saturday you’ll have a more hectic and grueling experience than if you arrived at opening hours on a Tuesday. Choose wisely
Parking is the first expense you’ll encounter at Disney and it’s a doozy for those of us who tend to be frugal. Parking at one of the lots is $25 but the plus side is that you can stay there all day if need be. Also if you have several adults in the car you can split the cost, unlike me.
Once you’ve parked you can catch a shuttle to the theme parks. If you avoid parking and want to come straight from your hotel, they’ll more than likely have shuttles to the park available for you at no charge.
Things to Do Around Disneyland
There’s plenty to do around both Disneyland and California Adventure park for kids and adults alike. If you’re not into roller coasters or spinning teacups then you can still enjoy yourself. Although I don’t know if it’s a $100+ good time.
Ride the Rides!
I’m a thrill seeker and only go to amusement parks for the “fun”rides, aka the roller coasters. California Adventure Park and Disneyland have several of each to choose from and even if they look like they’re just for kids, you can still get your adrenaline rush. The Incredi-coaster was the first ride I went on and it was a blast, literally.
My favorite ride of the day was the Guardians of the Galaxy ride that is probably a lot like the Tower of Terror (is that still around?). You’re hoisted high into the air, in the dark and inside of a tower like structure before being dropped who knows how many stories and occasionally lifted again only to be dropped. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! And the scariest, stomach dropping ride I’ve ridden in a long time.
Eat Your Way Through The Parks
There is so much to eat and drink that you could truly goon your own self guided food tour through the parks. Buffalo chicken sandwiches, stews, gigantic turkey legs and more. There’s tex mex and pizza and margaritas and bourbon! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Take in a Show
There are several interactive “rides” and shows to be enjoying at Disneyland. Keep in mind that some only happen at certain times so if you have your heart set on seeing Mickey battle Disney villains in Fantasmic, or the fireworks show, remember that they happen at set times. There are also parades and water shows for guests to enjoy.
Explore Downtown Disney
I hate to harp on the food but if you’re a foodie, you have take the time to explore Downtown Disney. There are endless restaurants and bars to enjoy. There’s also plenty of shopping to be done for those who brought an extra suitcase for the occasion. There’s obviously a plethora of Disney themed stores but you can find bath and body shops, jewelry stores, Sephora, and even a Lego Store.