There is never a “bad” time to visit Disneyland, but some prefer to visit while the crowds are at the lowest. This allows people with limited time to see and do more in the park. The southern California area has a lot of locals with season pass holders, so weekends are always going to be very crowded, no matter what time of year you visit. Another factor in Disneyland crowds is the Anaheim Convention Center right across the street. Many people attending a convention here pop by Disneyland before or after their convention. It’s usually not necessary to rearrange your Disneyland vacation plans based on convention schedules, but there is one to note this year: Disney’s D23 Expo (dubbed the “Ultimate Disney Fan Event”) which will be at the Anaheim Convention center on July 14-16, 2017. This will make for uber crowds that week!
I’ve created the crowd calendar below based on research of crowd predictions in 2017.
Disney’s California Adventure park (DCA) has dramatically increased in popularity, partly because of the opening of Cars Land and increased Disneyland crowds in general. Here are some overarching tips for planning your day at DCA park, followed by my favorite touring plan for the whole family. Continue reading →
With so many attractions, how do you prioritize and utilize your precious Disney time to the fullest? That is the question that every Disneyland park-goer should ask themselves. The answer to question sets the stage for developing a touring plan of the park, which is very important to maximize your day. Here are some overarching tips for planning your day, followed by my favorite touring plan for the whole family.
Disneyland and California Adventure have literally dozens of Quick Service restaurants. I’ve done the leg work to identify the best restaurants and provide you with each location and menu options. My best options take into account the quality of food, variety of food, and which locations have the all-important “fun-factor”. The menu selections at these Quick Service locations are generally under $15 per adult meal and do not need advance reservations.
Disney divides their restaurants into two categories – Table Service and Quick Service. Table Service restaurants are generally sit down restaurants with waiter/waitress service at your table. Quick Service is generally serve yourself or counter ordering.
Disneyland and California Adventure have some excellent, amazingly themed Table Service restaurants located all over the parks. To make your vacation planning easier, I’ve organized and detailed out the Table Service options available for you in the table below. Remember – make reservations at these locations as soon as your window opens (60 days prior to your trip)!
WDW Academy Tip: Try to plan where you will be each day around meal times so you will be in the general area of your desired restaurant to avoid unnecessary crisscrossing the park – which is a waste of value time.
Disneyland is predicted to be more crowded than usual in 2016, partly due to the carry-over of the 60th Anniversary celebration from 2015 (officially ends September 5, 2016) and the growing popularity of California Adventure park. I’ve created the crowd calendar below based on my research of crowd predictions in 2016.
There are five character meal opportunities in Disneyland. I believe at least one or two character meals are part of the essential Disney experience! I’ve outlined information about each character meal, menu links, and pricing below. Remember to plan ahead and make reservations!