Are you planning on taking a trip to the Disneyland Resort? Here are seven Disneyland Resort vacation planning tips that I always tell my friends about. I hope these tips help your vacation planning run smoother.
1. Check the entertainment schedule, events and tours calendars for the Disneyland Resort
Disneyland Resort posts their entertainment, park hours and refurbishment schedule at least 6 weeks in advance. You can view it here https://disneyland.disney.go.com/calendar/daily/. This is helpful because you can see what day each park is schedule for Extra Magic Hour and how late each park is open or closing early for a special event.
Also be sure to check the Disneyland Resorts events and tours calendar to see what special events or tours you can sign up for.
2. Check the crowd calendar
Crowd calendars are helpful because they report on the expected park attendance based on historical data. These resources are very valuable so you know if you are headed to the park during a busy time and you can plan accordingly. View the Disneyland Crowd Calendar from TouringPlans.com at http://touringplans.com/disneyland-resort/crowd-calendar. The Disney Tourist Blog is always a great resource and they have a great post about Disneyland Resort crowds at http://www.disneytouristblog.com/disneyland-busy-crowd-times/
Another way to check if it is going to be crowded at the Disneyland Resort is to check the Annual Pass blockout calendar. If the SoCal and or Deluxe Annual passes are blocked for that day; then chances are that the folks at the Disneyland Resort are expecting a high crowd level. You can check the Annual Pass blockout calendar here https://disneyland.disney.go.com/passes/blockout-dates/
3. Book your hotel early for better savings
Booking early will help you to secure the lowest rate on your hotel room. You can book your room and then in a few weeks edit your travel dates if you need to. Many hotels will allow you to edit your reservation without a penalty if you cancel within a certain time frame. Just be sure that you are booking a refundable rate and check the cancellation policy time frame.
Two resources that I use when booking my hotel is the Disneyland Resort Vacation Packages Website and Get Away Today. I like both of these companies because they are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. I use Get Away Today if the Disneyland Resort hotels are sold out; sometimes Get Away Today has a block of rooms available or special deals.
These two companies will allow you to make payments on your vacation as well. Ask your booking agent about that feature, most vacation packages need to be paid off at least 30-45 days before your visit.
4. Order a Disneyland Resort vacation planning DVD
This is a great DVD to watch over and over again with the family to get them excited about your upcoming trip. It is also a great tool to use to become familiar with all of the new attractions since your last visit. You can order it online, and it’s FREE – https://www.disneyvacations.com/dv/en_US/VacationPlanningDVD/
5. Check for special offers and discounts
The Disneyland Resort Special Offers and Discounts page lists any current and upcoming offers. Many times there is a Military discount. I’ve also noticed offers for a percentage off your hotel room during specific dates.
6. Visit the Disney Parks Blog
The Disney Parks Blog is a wealth of information about special events or meetups that are scheduled during your visit. This blog also reports on new merchandise coming to Disneyland Resort. I always like to pick up a new shirt or keepsake from the park and I like to make a list ahead of time of what I want. Once I am in the park I feel like I am always rushing around and I don’t want to forget to pick up a cute new Mickey shirt.
7. Make Dinner Reservations in advance of your arrival
The more popular Character Dining and World of Color Dining tend to booked up early. You can make reservations up to 60 days prior to your visit. You can visit the Disneyland Resort Dining page for more information about which restaurants take reservations. You can book your reservation online or via phone at (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time).
I hope these vacation planning tips are helpful to you; leave a comment below if you have used any of them. I’d also like to hear what you vacation planning tips are.