Disneyland in June

Disneyland in June means the beginning of warm summer nights and extended Disneyland hours! If you’re going to Disneyland or California Adventure this month, here’s what to expect at the resort for June 2016.
Updated for 2016!


Disneyland in June, what to expect for your Disneyland vacation from The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Disneyland in June, what to expect for your Disneyland vacation from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit: HarshLight / Foter / CC BY

What’s New at Disneyland in June

What you’ve heard is true, Disneyland has changed their ticket prices and ticket structure. We have all the details here on the new value, regular and peace ticket prices for Disneyland.

Here’s a quick break down of the ticket prices for June, which includes 0 value days and all regular day prices.

Ticket prices for Disneyland in June. New value, regular and peak prices.
Ticket prices for Disneyland in June. New value, regular and peak prices.
  • Disneyland’s 60th anniversary is still in full swing. Find out all the details about Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration with highlights on night shows, food, souvenirs and more in this post.
  • Grad Nites are scheduled on select nights in June (1,2,3,4,7,8,9,10,11,15,17). Expect to see larger groups of teens celebrating their special day at the Disneyland Resort.
  • Celebrating with a graduate? Grab these class of 2016 Mickey ears for your Disneyland celebration.
  • California Adventure’s Soarin’ Over California will debut a new movie and reopen as Soarin’ The World June 17, 2016.
  • New characters from Finding Dory will join us at Turtle Talk with Crush this summer.
  • ‘Frozen – Live at the Hyperion’ now playing at California Adventure.

Disneyland in June Hours

Extended hours are in effect most weekends of the month. Check the official Disneyland app for details.

Disneyland's Paint the Night Parade with seating guide and viewing tips.

Disneyland in June Closures

We do our best to post accurate dates for Disneyland Resort refurbishments. If you hear differently, please let us know and we will update the post.

  • Mark Twain Riverboat; you can still visit this attraction but it will not sail the Rivers of America (thru 2017)
  • Sailing Ship Columbia; you can still visit this attraction but it will not sail the Rivers of America (thru 2017)
  • Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes (thru 2017)
  • Disneyland Railroad; you can still visit this attraction but it will not depart the train station (thru 2017)
  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (thru 2017)
  • Fantasmic! (thru 2017)
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse (5/17/16-6/9/16)
  • Silly Symphony Swings (4/11/16-6/9/16)

Get even more prepared for your Disneyland visit with two of our most popular planning articles: Paint the Night Parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks. Are you heading to the Disneyland Resort? Tell us what you’re most looking forward to for your Disneyland in June visit.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10

10 California Adventure Meals for $10, it’s like Genie himself showed up with a magic lamp at the Hyperion again. Eating at California Adventure is a treat in itself, but we know you don’t want to spend tons of hard-earned cash on dining in the parks.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10, what to eat at the Disneyland Resort from The Happiest Blog on Earth.
10 California Adventure Meals for $10, what to eat at the Disneyland Resort from The Happiest Blog on Earth.

I love California Adventure (read more on why here). Any time I can manage to fit in an extra trip, I’m good to go. Food can be a huge chunk of your Disneyland Resort spending, so today we’re talking 10 California Adventure meals for right around $10 so you can eat, play and have a magical trip even on a budget. Plus, don’t forget to check out our companion post, 10 Disneyland Meals for $10.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Award Wieners

10 California Adventure Meals for $10, Disneyland budget tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.
10 California Adventure Meals for $10, Disneyland budget tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.

You’ll find this winner in Hollywood Land with a shaded seating area nearby.  From chili cheese dogs to BBQ hot links and Italian sausages, everything on the menu here is priced at about $10 or less. Note that the kids meal comes with a turkey dog and my kids were not fans. While it’s still a hot dog, we stick to the all beef ones at home and my littles could taste the difference.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Fiddler, Fifer & Practical

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical where to eat at California Adventure for about $10. Photo credit: HarshLight via Foter.com / CC BY
Fiddler, Fifer & Practical where to eat at California Adventure for about $10. Photo credit: HarshLight via Foter.com / CC BY

Where is this place? You probably walked right past it on Buena Vista Street as you entered the park. Head back for some shopping and stop to eat a roast beef and cheddar sandwich or a turkey and swiss sandwich for just about $10. They also have breakfast wraps and sandwiches, more on Disneyland Resort breakfasts here.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

For about $10, you can get a slice of pizza and any of their pasta offerings at Paradise Pier. Or go in as a group and grab a whole pizza for about $40 (oh my goodness, did I just say one pizza is $40? eek!). A variety of salads are also on the menu for less than $10.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Corndog Castle

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Also located at Paradise Pier, it’s the famed Disneyland corndogs you can chow down on at California Adventure. It’s under $10 and comes with a bag of chips or sliced apples. You can also order your corn dog a la carte.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Cozy Cone Motel

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Need a quick place to rest? Each of the Cozy Cone’s offer a different snack option and while I completely consider churros, popcorn and pretzel bites with cheese sauce a good dinner, you should consider grabbing Chili Con Queso for your under $10 meal. The beef chili is served in a bread cone and topped with cheese and corn chips to warm you up during a crisp evening in Cars Land.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Flo’s V8 Cafe

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Get your engines running right over to Flo’s. A perfect place to rest and enjoy the scenery in Cars Land; you can get anything from their menu for around $10 including the classic roast beef and cheddar with a side of coleslaw. I’ve also tried their citrus turkey salad and found the portion to be plenty big. Need more healthy ideas for Disneyland dining? Don’t miss our Healthy Disneyland Dining Guide.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Cocina Cucamonga

10 California Adventure Meals for $10, Disneyland budget tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.
10 California Adventure Meals for $10, Disneyland budget tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.

This one is really pushing the $10 limit. For a couple more bucks you can get a really delicious meal that’s not your typical theme park food, which is why I decided to include it anyway. Soft tacos Monterrey with either beef or chicken. Enjoy your food a the water front local of Pacific Wharf.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Pacific Wharf Cafe

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

I would go to California Adventure right now just for some broccoli and cheese soup in a sourdough bread bowl. Mmmm. Three different soup varieties to choose from, plus a turkey pesto club and salads all for about $10. Plus, you can’t beat the setting overlooking the water and Mickey’s Fun Wheel.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Paradise Garden Grill

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Another Paradise Pier Favorite, with a menu on the lighter side of things. Choose from grilled chicken or steak skewers, grilled tofu and veggies, greek salad and more. Priced a little higher at about $12 per entrée.

10 California Adventure Meals for $10: Smokejumpers Grill

Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort
Photo courtesy Disneyland Resort

Relax in this often uncrowded area of Grizzly Peak, here you’ll find the classics like burgers and nuggets, salads and sandwiches that average about $12 per plate served with fries and/or coleslaw.

Bonus Tip: Save even more money on your Disneyland vacation with discount Disneyland tickets from our partner at Park Savers.

Now that we’ve covered 10 California Adventure meals for $10, I am ready to go raid the fridge, what about you?!

Mother’s Day at Disneyland

Are you looking to treat your mom to a special Mother’s Day at Disneyland? Keep reading to  see how you can show your mom some Disney love both inside and outside the parks for a complete Disney Mother’s Day celebration!

Bonus! Need a last minute Mother’s Day gift? See what I hand selected at Target in this video for Mother’s Day.

What Mom really wants for Mother's Day. Mother's Day at Disneyland. How to plan and prep for a magical Mother's Day weekend.
What Mom really wants for Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day at Disneyland. How to plan and prep for a magical Mother’s Day weekend.

Mother’s Day at Disneyland 2016

Mother’s Day is on Sunday May 8, 2016 which also falls on the Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland. RunDisney events fill up fast and often bring larger crowds to the parks. If you’re going to Disneyland on Mother’s Day here are a few important articles to help you enjoy your day even among the crowds:

Be Mom's Fairy Godmother, celebrate Mother's Day weekend at Disneyland.
Be Mom’s Fairy Godmother, celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at Disneyland.

Be sure to get your Mother’s Day weekend Disneyland tickets with our discount ticket partner here before the big day. 

Mother’s Day at Disneyland Dining

Everyone loves their meals and treats at Disneyland. Add a special dining experience, even outside the parks, to your Mother’s Day at Disneyland at the following locations.

Traditional english breakfast - Hilton Anaheim hosts British-themed Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.
Traditional english breakfast – Hilton Anaheim hosts British-themed Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch complete with Disney characters are available at Disney’s PCH Grill (inside Paradise Pier Hotel) or at Goofy’s Kitchen (at the Disneyland Hotel). No park tickets are required, make reservations online or call 714-781-DINE.
  • Just a short walk from Disneyland, Hilton Anaheim is hosting a British-themed Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch complete with trumpeters announcing the arrival of Queen Mum. For reservations call 714-750-4231.
  • For lunch or dinner, consider making reservations at any of the specialty restaurants inside Disneyland or California Adventure like Blue Bayou, Carnation Cafe, or Plaza Inn (for a walk up option).
  • Don’t forget about fine dining options at the Disneyland Resort hotels for Mother’s Day: Napa Rose and Steakhouse 55.
  • Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Disneyland Hotel is a unique, sophisticated option your mom is sure to love.
  • More dining options can be found outside the parks at Downtown Disney. Read all about dining at Downtown Disney here.
  • And remember, Mom will need a treat to top it all off!
Mother's Day at Disneyland. Perfect Mickey shaped treats and more for your mom on Mother's Day.
Mother’s Day at Disneyland. Perfect Mickey shaped treats and more for your mom on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day at Disneyland Gifts

Even if you’re not spending a day or two at a Disney park over Mother’s Day weekend, surprise your mom with our favorite picks for Mother’s Day Disney gifts!

Disney inspired Mother’s Day cards from Enchanted Type, like this one with our favorite quote from the live action Cinderella.

 

Disney inspired Mother's Day cards from Enchanted Type.
Disney inspired Mother’s Day cards from Enchanted Type.

 

Every store on earth seems to think your mom really wants jewelry on Mother’s Day. If you buy into the hype, you really can’t go wrong with Disney jewelry. One of my fave’s is this Mickey necklace.

But if I had to choose, I’d say what Disney-loving moms really want is a purse like one of these:

And just in case my kids and hubby are reading, I’d go with the Alice in Wonderland one :). Which one would you choose?

The best Disney Mother’s Day gift? Tickets to Disneyland tucked inside one of these gorgeous Disney luggage sets.

Whether you’re heading to Disneyland for Mother’s Day this year or planning a Mother’s Day at Disneyland for next time, we hope you have a magical time celebrating Mom on her special day.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland

Top hotels near Disneyland are upping their game and the biggest trend is on site water parks. If you’re looking to relax in the California sun and enjoy a day or two at the pool during your Disneyland vacation, this article is for you!

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Disneyland area top water park hotels. I'll save you a seat. The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Disneyland area top water park hotels. I’ll save you a seat. The Happiest Blog on Earth.

A day at the pool is a must-do part of any Disneyland vacation. If you’re spending multiple days in the parks, a pool day can definitely serve as a laid-back, recharge for your vacation. I know a lot of families enjoy taking a mid-day break for a quick swim, like I did (in January no less!) when I stayed at Grand Legacy At The Park.

I also recommend swimming the day of check-in since most hotels give you access to the pool even if your room isn’t ready. This is the perfect chance to get the kids really worn out and then tuck them into bed early so you can arrive in time for opening Disneyland. 

Another swimming pool tip: If there’s an outdoor shower at the hotel pool, bring your travel size shampoo and let the kids lather up in their swim suits afterwards. And boom, bath time is done. My kids love showers at the pool and it makes the bed time routine move so quickly.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Disneyland Hotel

op Disneyland area hotel pools
Cool off at the Top Disneyland area hotel pools including the Disneyland Hotel. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

Water Park: The Disneyland Hotel features Monorail slide, E-Ticket and D-Ticket pools, Mickey and Minnie spa.

Location: On Disneyland Resort property. Access the parks by walking through Downtown Disney, via Monorail or to California Adventure through the Grand Californian.

Price: Summer rates run around $500 a night for standard rooms.

Best for: Families looking to stay at a Disney property when cost is not a concern.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Disney’s Grand Californian

Disneyland area hotel pools
Top Disneyland area hotel pools including the Grand Californian Resort and Spa. (Disneyland Resort)

Water Park: Disney’s Grand Californian Resort and Spa features Fountain pool, Redwood pool with 90 foot waterslide, Mickey children’s pool and Mariposa pool.

Location: On Disneyland Resort property. Access the parks by walking through Downtown Disney, via Monorail or to California Adventure through the hotel’s park entrance.

Price: Summer rates run around $550 a night for standard rooms. Want a discount? Since the Grand Californian is part of the Disney Vacation Club, you can rent points from DVC owners at David’s Vacation Club, our trusted partner for DVC rentals.

Best for: Families looking to stay at a Disney property when cost is not a concern.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Courtyard Anaheim

Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Courtyard Marriott, walking distance to Disneyland main gates.
Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Courtyard Marriott, walking distance to Disneyland main gates.

Water Park: Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance with Surfside Water Park features beach-style entry pools, multiple water slides, fountain features and a drench bucket.

Location: About a 10-15 minute walk to Disneyland gates on Harbor Blvd.

Price: Summer rates run around $340 a night for standard rooms. Search discount Disneyland hotels here.

Best for: Large families; every room in this hotel has bunkbeds and sleeps 6 to a room. The water park accommodates all ages.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: HoJo Anaheim

Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Howard Johnson Anaheim, walking distance to Disneyland main gates.
Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Howard Johnson Anaheim, walking distance to Disneyland main gates.

Water Park: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground with Castaway Cove features water slides and pirate themed fountains and water features.

Location: About a 10-15 minute walk to Disneyland gates on Harbor Blvd.

Price: Summer rates run around $200 a night for standard rooms. Search discount Disneyland hotels here.

Best for: Castaway Cove is geared for smaller children, but everyone is welcome to play. There’s another standard pool on site as well.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Disney’s Paradise Pier

Disneyland area hotel pools
Top Disneyland area hotel pools including Paradise Pier Hotel. (Disneyland Resort).

Water Park: Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel features California Streamin’ water slide, Paradise pool and children’s area on the 3rd floor rooftop.

Location: On Disneyland Resort property. Access the parks by walking through Downtown Disney, via Monorail or to California Adventure through the hotel’s park entrance.

Price: Summer rates run around $350 a night for standard rooms.

Best for: Families looking to stay at a Disney property when cost is not a concern.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Grand Legacy At The Park

Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Grand Legacy At The Park.
Top Disneyland area water park hotels including Grand Legacy At The Park.

Water Park: Grand Legacy At The Park features a laid back beach-style entry pool, heated year-round and water fountain features.

Location: About a five minute walk to Disneyland gates on Harbor Blvd.

Price: Summer rates start at $180 for a standard room. Search discount Disneyland hotels here.

Best for: Families looking to save money without skimping on amenities; the hotel went through a major renovation and added a new tower featuring 2-room suites in 2016. Regular pool for the big kids, and beach entry with fountains is perfect for littles.

Top Water Park Hotels Near Disneyland: Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Water Park: Holiday Inn Express & Suites has a heated pool with splash zone.

Location: About a 15 minute walk to Disneyland gates via Harbor Blvd.

Price: Summer rates start at $180 for a standard room. Search discount Disneyland hotels here.

Best for: Families looking to save on hotel costs and don’t mind walking to this new hotel (built in 2016) a bit away from the hub of hotels on Harbor.

Honorable Mention

Great Wolf Lodge in nearby Garden Grove is a massive indoor water park that out does all others! The reason it’s only an honorable mention? Great Wolf Lodge is a destination itself and I’m not sure I’d recommend staying there (and paying top dollar) while you’re also going to Disneyland.

Which water park hotel near Disneyland catches your eye? Let me know and I’ll save you a lounge chair.

Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland

Experience Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland. Alice and her adventures in Wonderland are Disneyland classics and she is easily one of my favorite Disney characters to find inside the parks.

Experience all things Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland Resort from The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Experience all things Alice in Wonderland at the Disneyland Resort from The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Today we’ll talk about experiencing all things Wonderland while visiting Disneyland like where to meet Alice, attractions featuring the beloved characters, souvenirs and more. If you love Alice and her friends as much as I do, use this guide to help complete your Disneyland vacation.

Meet Alice in Wonderland Characters

Roaming Fantasyland, especially near Dumbo’s Flying Elephant and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, you can often find Alice and the Mad Hatter. They usually don’t stop for long, but prefer to stroll around the area.

Keep your eyes open for Alice on Main Street while she makes her way to Fantasyland too.

Where to meet Alice in Wonderland characters at Disneyland. Scott Brinegar/Disneyland
Where to meet Alice in Wonderland characters at Disneyland. Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

Alice and the Mad Hatter are wonderful characters to interact with at Disneyland. If you see them, be sure to let them know it’s your unbirthday! You can also find them at Refreshment Corner (aka Coke Corner) at about 2:30 pm for a game of musical chairs.

Where to meet Alice in Wonderland characters at Disneyland and more tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Castles, Capes & Clones / Foter / CC BY-ND

It’s been reported that Alice occasionally joins the Disneyland band for a bit near the front gates of Disneyland park. Have you ever seen her there?

Where to meet Alice in Wonderland characters at Disneyland and more tips from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Castles, Capes & Clones / Foter / CC BY-ND

Looking for the Cheshire Cat? He’s as elusive as ever but you can sometimes spot him in The Mad Hatter shop in Fantasyland. Try on a hat, look in the mirrors above and watch him appear.

The white Rabbit occasionally appears in the live form, but you can also spot his statue likeness in front of the castle along with tons of other classic Disney characters.

Don't be late! Visit the white rabbit and other Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland!
Don’t be late! Visit the white rabbit and other Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland!

Alice in Wonderland Attractions

Take a journey into Wonderland with the Alice in Wonderland ride in Fantasyland. This attraction is great for guests of all ages and is unique to Disneyland park. You can also experience the thrills of Alice’s adventures while spinning in a teacup at the Mad Tea Party. I especially love this area of the park at night.

Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland. Meet and greets, character interaction, rides and more Disneyland tips. Photo credit PrincessAshley / Foter / CC BY-ND.

Alice in Wonderland Dress Up

Wether it’s for Halloween, a Disney Bound day at Disneyland or just for dress-ups sake, here are a few ways you can make Alice in Wonderland part of your Disneyland vacation.

Remember, only kids ages 13 and under can wear costumes to Disneyland. But. if you’re a bit older you can Disney Bound (dress like a character but wear everyday clothes) instead. Check out this adorable Alice and Cheshire Cat.

Alice in Wonderland dress up and Disney Bound ideas from The Happiest Blog on Earth.
Alice in Wonderland dress up and Disney Bound ideas from The Happiest Blog on Earth.

Adults can Disney Bound the Queen of Hearts with an ensemble that will make heads roll.

If you simply want the look of going mad, but don’t want a full-out costume, I love this accordion style set of Mad Hatter hats which are perfect for a family photo-op in front of the teacups!

Alice in Wonderland Souvenirs

These adorable teacups and tea sets are available in most Disneyland gift shops or online at Amazon.

Share with us what you love about Alice in Wonderland including where you find Alice in Wonderland characters and more at the Disneyland Resort.

 

What’s In My Disneyland Bag?

What’s in my Disneyland bag? You asked, I tell all. I aim to go light when I travel to Disneyland but today I’ll show you three options for Disneyland bags: those for family Disneyland bags, adults visiting without young kids and a bag for a teen, tween or solo adult to carry in Disneyland.

What’s In My Disneyland Bag?

When I travel with the family and our three kids, I tend to bring more stuff into Disneyland. I’m not a locker type of girl and I’ve even rented a stroller just to avoid it (you can read about the “stroller locker” here).

I try to pack light and bring in only what’s needed, especially items that perform double duty. Here’s a peek inside the actual bags I bring into Disneyland beginning with a the smallest Disneyland bag option and adding on to those essentials as your group gets bigger.

What’s In My Disneyland Bag? Teens & Adults

My daughter decided she wants to bring her own bag into Disneyland this time around. That’s great for me because it means I have less things to carry.

This is also a great option for adults who want to bring in very little and keep their hands free.

What's in my Disneyland bag?
What’s in my Disneyland bag? Find out exactly what you should bring into the parks!
  1. The bag itself is a super light-weight cross-body bag with multiple zippers and pockets. It’s very flat and fits only the essentials. I also love one particular zipper pouch that’s perfect for holding your Disneyland tickets and FASTPASSES without having to rummage through your entire bag. Plus, it’s very affordable.
  2. Disneyland map (always handy, even if you have the Disneyland app and/or know the park inside and out).
  3. Disneyland autograph book and pen.
  4. Disney pins and lanyard.
  5. Coin pouch (perfect for pressed pennies!) from Lake Tahoe Trading Co.
  6. Gum (you can’t buy any on Disney property) and small snack (crunchy granola bars don’t melt or break easily).
  7. Disney Lip Smackers with SPF.

What’s In My Disneyland Bag? Adults with More Stuff

I have this adorable Minnie Mouse bag that I found at Toys R Us that hold a bit more for a long day at Disneyland. I tend to bring a little more stuff than the above option, let’s see what’s inside my Disneyland bag.

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What’s in my Disneyland bag? Take a peek inside a Disneyland expert’s park bag.
  1. First thing that goes in is my sarong. I’ve talked about it before, it comes in super handy for holding spots for parades like Paint The Night, a blanket when it’s cold, some shade when needed, and a shield for Splash Mountain. It’s very light weight and folds up small. You could also get a poncho, but I like a pretty sarong instead.
  2. Disneyland map.
  3. Gum and small snack.
  4. Sunscreen.
  5. Wet wipes and/or kleenex. Disney tissues are usually found at dollar stores.
  6. Portable charger for my phone.
  7.  Disney Lip Smackers with SPF, because I’m just a little obsessed with Lip Smackers.
  8. Cell phone case / clutch from Lake Tahoe Trading Co. which I absolutely cannot live without at Disneyland. It holds my phone and cash/cards in a little zippered pouch. Get one with a wrist or shoulder strap and you are good to go.
  9. Not pictured: a hair tie! A must for ladies with longer hair that goes every which way on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
  10. Not pictured: Tylenol or your favorite brand for minor aches and pains.

What’s In My Disneyland Bag? Family Backpack

What's in my Disneyland bag?
What’s in my Disneyland bag? Take a look at what a Disneyland expert brings to the parks and what you should pack in your bag!

Just as I discussed above, we’ve got the basics and added a few more things:

  1. poncho, but I like a pretty sarong instead.
  2. Disneyland map
  3. Gum and snacks like Stax or Pringles, granola bars, lollipops, Capri Sun (freeze them and drink as they defrost), Gatorade, Disney fruit snacks, water bottle.
  4. Sunscreen.
  5. Sanitizer, wet wipes and/or kleenex.
  6. Portable charger for my phone.
  7. Disney Lip Smackers with SPF.
  8. Cell phone case / clutch from Lake Tahoe Trading Co.
  9. Disneyland autograph book and pen.
  10. Glow sticks from the dollar store or Michael’s instead of buying expensive light-up things from Disney.
  11. Hair tie and maybe even a small brush.
  12. Tylenol or your favorite brand for minor aches and pains.

Want even more ideas for what to throw in your Disneyland bag? Check out my Disney must haves page which can also help you pack for your Disneyland vacation.

Now that I’ve told you what’s in my Disneyland bag, let’s hear what’s in yours!

Grocery Stores Near Disneyland

Grocery stores near Disneyland; this article covers the where and how-to for getting groceries to your Disneyland area hotel even without a car. We’ll talk about our favorite places to get groceries near Disneyland and stocking that mini-fridge for your vacation!

grocery stores near Disneyland
Grocery stores near Disneyland. Tips for getting groceries, even without a car, for your Disneyland vacation.

 

Grocery Stores Near Disneyland: Walking Distance

If you’re looking for a full-scale grocery store within walking distance of Disneyland, you may be out of luck (but keep reading on how to get to a full-scale grocery store even without a car).

There are however, several quick-mart, liquor store type places that carry the basics. Think soda, water bottles, a few microwavable meals, milk, bread, etc. Many hotels also have small convinience stores on site and there are plenty of off-property restaurants surrounding the Disneyland Resort to keep you well fed.

Walking distance stores on the map above include the following:

ABC Market Grocery Store Near Disneyland

  • 1765 S. Harbor Blvd., just south of Candy Cane Inn near the intersection of Harbor and Katella.
  • Pros: Quick walk from most Harbor Blvd. hotels.
  • Cons: Limited grocery selection.

CVS Grocery Store Near Disneyland

  • 1803 S. Harbor Blvd., near Springhill Suites on Harbor and Katella.
  • Pros: Quick walk from most Harbor Blvd. and Katella hotels, pharmacy chain with plenty of over the counter and prescription medications available.
  • Cons: Limited grocery selection.
Grocery stores near Disneyland. The ins and outs of shopping for groceries near the Disneyland Resort. Photo credit: Anthony Albright via Foter.com / CC BY-SA
Grocery stores near Disneyland. The ins and outs of shopping for groceries near the Disneyland Resort. Photo credit: Anthony Albright via Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Grocery Stores Near Disneyland: 4 Miles or Less

There are plenty of grocery stores near Disneyland and your choices are only limited by how far you want to drive. For a farther drive you can find Costco, Whole Foods and other familiar names. Today we’ll discuss how to get to grocery stores within 4 miles of Disneyland. Here is some basic information for the grocery stores listed on the map above.

Food 4 Less Grocery Stores Near Disneyland

  • 1616 W. Katella Ave., in a hub of fast food options.
  • Pros: The closest by distance to Disneyland Resort, offers lower priced groceries in a warehouse-type setting. No membership needed for this bag-it-yourself grocery store.
  • Cons: No frills, may not have all the brands and selections you’re used to but a good option for a fully stocked grocery store.

Walmart Grocery Stores Near Disneyland

  • Two locations: 10912 Katella Ave. is a “Neighborhood Market” with groceries only. 440 N. Euclid St. is a “Supercenter” with groceries, clothing, souvenirs and other household items.
  • Pros: Full selection of groceries with the low prices of Walmart you’re used to.
  • Cons: Be sure you know which location you’re headed to depending on if you just want groceries or the “full Walmart experience.”

Target Grocery Stores Near Disneyland

  • 101 Euclid St., there is a second location on Harbor Blvd. as well.
  • Pros: Large selection of clothing, souvenirs and home goods. Newer than the Harbor Blvd. location.
  • Cons: Not a full grocery store, but a decent selection of groceries.

Vons Grocery Stores Near Disneyland

  • The Vons on the map is located at 12961 W. Chapman in Garden Grove, but is only about 2.5 miles from the Resort.
  • Pros: Fully stocked grocery store with delivery service available.
  • Cons: Vons is a California based grocery chain first started in Los Angeles in 1906, so you may not be as familiar with its layout or generic brands.

Amazon Prime Now Near Disneyland

  • Thanks to our reader, Marisa, for pointing out this option. Amazon Prime Now is not on the map because you shop via an app on your mobile device.
  • Pros: Free 2 hour window delivery, low fee to have it delivered in an hour.
  • Cons: Only for Amazon Prime Members.

Grocery Stores Near Disneyland without a Car

  • Rather than a Taxi, I suggest using Uber where new users can often get credit for a free ride to your favorite Disneyland area grocery store.
  • Like I mentioned above, Vons offers a delivery service. As of this posting, the first delivery is free with minimum purchase. Check with your hotel about receiving deliveries.
  • Amazon Prime Now offers free 2-hour delivery for Amazon Prime members in Orange County. Download the app and shop. Be sure to check with your hotel about receiving deliveries.
  • ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) is an option for select locations. View routes and schedule information here.

Where do you shop when you’re at Disneyland? Which grocery stores would you like to see on this list?

50% Off Sale: Disneyland On Any Budget

50% off sale: Disneyland On Any Budget! What batter way to celebrate spring and the kick-off of summer Disneyland planning than with a 50% off sale.

Disneyland On Any Budget has been available for one month now and to celebrate, we’ve discounted the book so you can save even more on your Disneyland vacation.

Disneyland on a Budget
Disneyland on a Budget

50% Off Sale Details

  • Disneyland On Any Budget 50% off sale runs for only 5 days. April 1, 2016 (no joke!) through April 5, 2016.
  • Discounted price is $2.99, marked down from $5.99.
  • If you’re a Kindle Unlimited member you can download and read it for free.
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Which ever way you can, get your hands on a copy and let’s go to Disneyland!

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Here’s what others say about Disneyland On Any Budget. . .

“It helps you plan things I wouldn’t have even thought about until we were already there and it would be too late to go about it the ‘smart’ way.”

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Thanks again for being part of our Disneyland planning and saving community. I hope you take the chance now to get your copy of Disneyland On Any Budget. See you real soon!

 

Breakfast at Disneyland

Rise and dine; breakfast at Disneyland time! Mickey waffles, pastries, eggs, bacon and all the deliciousness breakfast has to offer at The Happiest Place on Earth.

Breakfast at Disneyland.
Breakfast at Disneyland. Meet the legendary Chef Oscar at Carnation Cafe.

I am normally a huge advocate for staying at a hotel with complementary breakfast like Grand Legacy At The Park, and I still recommend doing so . . . but I also love a good Disneyland breakfast every once in a while.

Taking the time to sit and enjoy breakfast at Disneyland changes your Disneyland experience. You can still catch a bunch of morning rides (read about how we do 10 rides in 2 hours!) and enjoy delicious food at nearly empty restaurants.

Another advantage to breakfast at Disneyland is it pushes lunch back an hour or more which means you’ll be ready for lunch (and dinner) at non-peak hours. Less waiting in line and more delicious food options. Adding breakfast to your Disneyland itinerary can up your spending, so if you’re on a budget be sure to check out 10 Disneyland Meals for $10.

Breakfast at Disneyland Park

Market House on Main Street

If you’re like most Disneyland goers, your first stop is the Market House on Main Street, U.S.A. (aka Starbucks). It’s probably no surprise that this place has a long line from the moment Disneyland opens. You can grab your favorite Starbuck’s coffee and Disney pastries here for a quick to-go option.

Carnation Cafe on Main Street

In the middle of Main Street, on your left hand side if you’re heading toward the castle is Carnation Cafe. If you’re a Disney history buff, you must eat here and meet Oscar. He’s a real-deal Disneyland celebrity (Who’s Oscar? Find out here and here); meeting him was a highlight of my latest trip. You can make reservations for Carnation Cafe online.

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You will recognize Carnation Cafe by its signature red and white umbrellas. There is both indoor and outdoor seating available. On my last visit, I couldn’t help but go for Oscar’s Choice: All American Breakfast with Oscar’s famous potatoes. unnamed-4

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My friend chose the Eggs Benedict and we both agreed the entrees offered plenty of food to fill our bellies well into the afternoon. Mickey waffles also served here. See Carnation Cafe’s Breakfast Menu.

Plaza Inn Character Breakfast

Plaza Inn on Main Street stands out with its pink umbrellas and is the only option for a character breakfast inside Disneyland park. “Minnie and Friends” serves made-to-order omelets and a full breakfast buffet. Disneyland admission is required and reservations are recommended. Read more about Plaza Inn Breakfast here.

Jolly Holiday Bakery 

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast that is still delicious, Jolly Holiday is on your left at the end of Main Street (when you face the castle) with yellow umbrellas. Muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls and a variety of espressos abound.

Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland

If Star Tours, Hyperspace Mountain and everything Star Wars at Disneyland is your first stop, you can still grab a bite to eat at Galactic Grill. There is a small breakfast sampling including Darth Tamale. See Galactic Grill’s Breakfast Menu.

Rancho del Zocalo in Frontierland

Breakfast at Disneyland from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.
Breakfast at Disneyland from The Happiest Blog on Earth. Photo credit Disneyland Resort.

Breakfast with a Mexican flare (chorizo and egg burrito, fajita breakfast platter and more), plus Disneyland staples like Mickey shaped pancakes. You’ll find this area of the park calm and cool for a relaxing breakfast at Disneyland. See Rancho del Zocalo’s Breakfast Menu.

Breakfast at California Adventure

Fiddler, Fifer & Practical on Buena Vista Street

Enjoy assorted pastries, breakfast sandwiches and wraps including a delicious spinach, feta and egg white wrap. Plus tons of espressos, frappucinnos, Starbucks refreshers, coffees, teas and smoothies.

Ariel’s Grotto Character Breakfast

Character breakfast at Ariel's Grotto inside California Adventure park.
Character breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto inside California Adventure park.

Ariel’s Grotto is the only character breakfast offered inside California Adventure and reservations are recommended. Choose from a variety of breakfast entrees and meet with popular Disney characters while you dine. Make reservations or read more about breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto here.

Flo’s V8 Cafe Breakfast

This Route 66 inspired diner was on my list for breakfast during my last visit and you’re about to see why. With ample indoor and outdoor seating, we split an order of the Brioche French Toast and took a seat outside near Radiator Springs Racers. We had the place practically to ourselves and then went over to the Cozy Cone Motel to sample some more “breakfast” food.

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The ambiance at Flo’s V8 Cafe is not to be missed! If you don’t get there for breakfast, be sure to grab a shake later on.

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Cozy Cone Motel Breakfast

Grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.
Grab a quick bite to eat for breakfast at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.

Each cone at the Cozy Cone Motel serves up a different snack. At breakfast time you can expect a couple of the cones to be serving up different items. We went with churros dipped in caramel sauce (totally breakfast, right?) and pretzel bites in cheese sauce. Again, the seating area was empty and we picked a spot right in front of the Lightening McQueen meet and greet. What a great morning!

Fairfax Market and Schmoozies in Hollywood Land

These quick options in Hollywood Land offer smoothies, coffees and assorted fruits. If your first stop is the Monsters Inc ride or you’re just making your way to Tower of Terror, either of these options offer a simple breakfast to grab and go.

More Breakfast at Disneyland Options

Breakfast at Disneyland Resort isn’t limited to what you can find in the parks. There are tons of breakfast options at the Disneyland Resort Hotels and at Downtown Disney. Here’s a quick overview of our favorite tasty morning eats:

  • Surf’s Up Breakfast with Mickey and Friends. A buffet style character breakfast at  Paradise Pier Hotel. Reservations encouraged.
  • Goofy’s Kitchen character breakfast buffet at Disneyland Hotel. Reservations encouraged.
  • Storyteller’s Cafe character breakfast at Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Reservations encouraged.
  • Surfside Lounge. Table service breakfast at Paradise Pier Hotel featuring Mickey waffles.
  • Tangaroa Terrace. Quick service breakfast at Disneyland Hotel featuring Mickey waffles.
  • White Water Snacks a quick service breakfast at Grand Californian Hotel and Spa with Mickey waffles and more.
  • Downtown Disney has a wide selection of sit down and to-go options including La Brea Bakery, Jamba Juice and Starbucks.

There are tons of breakfast options all over the Disneyland Resort. Now the only question is, where will you eat breakfast at Disneyland?

 

Pets at Disneyland

If you’re planning to bring your dog or pet to Disneyland, we have gathered advice just for you with tips for “pets at Disneyland” including information on the Disneyland Resort Kennel Club. Keep reading to learn how you can take your pet on your Disneyland vacation.

Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.
Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.

It’s not always easy to go on vacation when you have to leave your dog or pet behind. Even if you’re just doing a day trip to Disneyland, we have helpful planning advice for you and your pet at Disneyland.

Pets at Disneyland: Kennel Club

Did you know that Disneyland has a Kennel Club located on the east side of the esplanade? It’s tucked away just to the side of the stroller rentals and provides a climate-controlled environment for pets to stay during the day.

Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.
Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.

Disneyland Kennel Club Hours and Price

The Disneyland Kennel Club opens about 30 minutes before park opening (including any early morning access). Reservations are NOT accepted, so I suggest you arrive 30 minutes before park opening to secure your pet’s spot at the Disneyland Kennel Club. Pick up is required no later than 30 minutes after park closing.

As of March 2016, the fee is just $20 per pet, per day. You can call 714-781-7662 for current pricing and policies.

Dogs, Cats and other Pets

Disneyland Kennel Club accepts dogs and cats over four months with proper proof of vaccinations. Small (legal to the state of California) pets like birds, rabbits and select rodents may stay at the Kennel Club if they are in their own carrier and do not need any vaccination records.

What to Bring to the Disneyland Kennel Club

Proof of vaccination for dogs and cats at Disneyland is required. This means you must bring up-to-date paper work from your veterinarian including: name, address, phone number, pet’s owner, complete description of the pet, dates of each vaccination and the name, address and phone number of each vet that administered the vaccines.

A simple letter stating vaccinations will not work and there are no exceptions; be prepared to show the proper forms.

You may also bring a leash, blankets, toys, food and other items to help your pet feel comfortable.

Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.
Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.

Getting to the Disneyland Kennel Club

The Mickey and Friends parking structure offers pet-friendly transportation to Disneyland.

What to Expect at the Disneyland Kennel Club

Disneyland attendants are not allowed to handle pets, but can fill water bowls that are within reach. They ask that you come to relieve your pet at least every four hours.

There is an exercise yard nearby to take your pet for a quick walk right on Disneyland property with artificial grass and hedges. There are also areas just outside the resort on Harbor Blvd. that provides a great place for a quick walk with live grass and hedges.

After you take your pet for a walk, you can grab something to eat at Downtown Disney or get a cheap meal inside the parks.

When you check your pet out for a walk or even for an extended time to hang out at your hotel, be certain to tell the attendant you’re out for a long walk. Otherwise they may give your spot to another pet.

Pets at Disneyland: Pet Prep

You’re ready to go to Disneyland with a bunch of Mickey gear (shirts, backpacks, ears) but is your pet ready for his Disneyland appearance?

First, make sure your little princess pet dresses the part with this Snow White pet costume or this Mickey Mouse costume. (Thanks for clicking and buying through our affiliate links, full disclosure here and in the sidebar.)

Next up, these travel dog bowls are perfect for any Disneyland road trip and for using while on the go. They collapse easily and pop up when needed.

We know you’ll be enjoying lots of delicious treats at Disneyland, so why not grab a little something for your pup? My top picks is this Mickey Mouse vinyl squeak ice cream bar chew toy and this Monsters University tug ‘n squeak pull toy. Seriously, could these Disney pet products get any cuter?

Pets at Disneyland: Hotels

Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.
Pets at Disneyland. Practical advice for bringing your pet along to Disneyland.

When you’re heading to Disneyland we can’t forget hotels. Currently none of the Disney owned hotels allow pets on site, but there are still tons of options close by. Some of my hand-picked pet friendly Disneyland hotel choices include (be sure to double check with the hotel directly before making reservations):

    • Holiday Inn & Suites: new hotel opened in 2016, about a 10 minute walk to Disneyland, plus an impressive pool.
    • LaQuinta Inn & Suites, chain hotel about 15 minute walk to Disneyland
    • Red Lion Hotel, read my review here.
    • Hotel Menage, a higher end, boutique hotel near Disneyland
    • Days Inn Anaheim Maingate, about a 15 minute walk to Disneyland
    • Motel 6 Anaheim Maingate, budget accommodations near Disneyland

You can book discount hotel rooms from our partners at Hipmunk, plus get discount Disneyland tickets here so both you and your pet at Disneyland will have a magical vacation!

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart

How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart online . . . you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.

I’m in the business of helping you plan your vacation to Disneyland and I love researching things online. But sometimes Pinterest, BuzzFeed and other websites just confuse people planning their Disney trip.

There’s Disneyland and Walt Disney World plus Disneyland Paris and Disneyland Shanghai opening in 2016 which further complicates the matter.

I’ve even seen an entire book on Amazon labeled Disneyland planning that references “Disney Land” once with a picture on the cover but the content is about Disney World. OH boy! Just buy my Disneyland book instead and you’ll be good to go.

When you’re planning your trip to Disneyland and I see you’ve pinned things that apply to Walt Disney World (or vice-versa), I feel really bad. Because maybe you’re expecting to dine at Be Our Guest (in Walt Disney World, BTW), but you won’t find that at Disneyland. And I feel even worse when I see you’ve pinned outdated information. Today I want to make it right.

Like identical twins, there’s always a few tricks to tell them apart and today we’re going to learn how to tell Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida apart when researching online.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: The Castle

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How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart. Make sure you’re pinning and planning from information on the Disney destination you’re actually going to visit. Photo credit: Sangre-La.com via Foter.com / CC BY

Disneyland is pink, gray and blue and is named for Sleeping Beauty. Walt Disney World is much larger with taller spires and a more gray-blue appearance. The castle at Walt Disney World is named for Cinderella.

Different angles make the castles appear very similar and sometimes I even have to look twice myself.

Another obvious difference is price. Disneyland and Walt Disney World usually have different admission fees, but you can get discount tickets to either Disney destination with our authorized partner here.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Nicknames

How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart. Photo credit: PrincessAshley via Foter.com / CC BY-ND
How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart. Photo credit: PrincessAshley via Foter.com / CC BY-ND

Disneyland and Walt Disney World nicknames confuse even the most educated Disney fan.

The official tagline for Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth” and while many people use that for Walt Disney World, the tagline for WDW is “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” It’s kinda my pet peeve when people call Magic Kingdom The Happiest Place on Earth, but that’s as much as I’ll say about that :).

People often refer to Walt Disney World as just plain “Disney” because they’re referring to all the parks in Orlando as a whole. People also refer to Walt Disney World as the Magic Kingdom (but that’s actually one park’s specific name, and we’ll get to that in a moment).

California visitors often refer to both parks at the Disneyland Resort as “Disneyland.”

When you’re pinning things on Pinterest, anything that says “Disney” most likely means Walt Disney World, even if the tips might be applicable to both resorts… just be careful! Disneyland advice will usually specifically say, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort and/or California Adventure.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Parks

The Disneyland Resort is made up of two parks: Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

Walt Disney World is made up of four main parks and two water parks which are: Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park.

And yes, the gates for California Adventure and Hollywood Studios look identical.

Disney California Adventure gates; how to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart.
Disney California Adventure gates; how to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart.

Just like Disneyland and Magic Kingdom gates look generally the same, so watch out for that when planning and researching online.

Disneyland gates. How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart when you're planning a trip.
Disneyland gates. How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart when you’re planning a trip.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Attractions

Some attractions have the same names at both the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World. Attractions themselves are often different during the ride and/or queue. Most often you’ll read about “Disney secrets” and most often they apply to one ride or the other, so don’t get your hopes up too high when searching these out in the parks.

How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World apart when planning and pinning online.
How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World apart when planning and pinning online. Photo credit: Theme Park Tourist via Foter.com / CC BY and Ken Lund via Foter.com / CC BY-SA.

I recently received some promo material from Disneyland Resort, made by the actual Disney company. It was printed specifically for Disneyland (not a one size fits all kinda deal) but had an image of the teacups from Disney World.

I couldn’t believe my eyes! The designs are so different to me, I don’t know how that got past the eyes of so many who have to see things through the design phases to the press phases and beyond.

Here are attractions you will find at both resorts so be aware when researching online that you’re reading about the right resort:

  • Astro Orbiter
  • Autopia and Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Monorail
  • Disneyland Railroad
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Haunted Mansion
  • it’s a small world
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Carrousels
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Mark Twain and Liberty Square Riverboats
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Soarin’
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Tarzan’s Treehouse and Swiss Family Treehouse
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Enchanted Tiki Room

Another important point to mention is Disneyland DOES NOT have Magic Bands or Fastpass+. Magic Bands and Fastpass+ only apply to Walt Disney World.

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You won’t find Magic Bands at Disneyland yet. Photo credit Matt Stroshane

Disneyland, for now, is keeping it old school and using the paper FASTPASS system.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Entertainment Districts

How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World apart.
How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World apart.

Each Disney Resort has an entertainment district onsite which are open to the public without the need for admission.

Disneyland has Downtown Disney District and Walt Disney World has Disney Springs, which was called Downtown Disney until just recently.

If you’re pinning tips for Downtown Disney, make sure it’s for the right resort . . . and if it says Downtown Disney referring to Walt Disney World, it’s likely old information and you may want to steer clear.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Holidays

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How to tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart. Photo credit: Jennie Park Photography

Special events at Disneyland and Walt Disney World go by different names.

Disneyland has Mickey’s Halloween Party while Walt Disney World celebrates Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Read more about Mickey’s Halloween Party here.

When Christmas time rolls around, Disneyland has decorations and ride overlays galore, but so far only Walt Disney World can claim Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Disneyland does however host a Christmas parade and fireworks throughout the season.

We hope this article has helped you plan your Disney vacation when pinning and organizing various tips online. Be sure to also stop by our Disney Must Haves page for ideas on what to bring in the parks on your next trip.

How to Tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World Apart: Extras

Help us add to the list!

  • Disneyland does not have Magical Express. There is a slightly similar option run by an outside company licensed to use the name “Disneyland Resort Express” but it has a very limited operating schedule.

What other ways do you tell Disneyland and Walt Disney World apart when planning trips online?