Happy Wednesday! Jordan and I just got back from a trip to Disneyland! I asked you guys if you'd want to see another #24HRSIN... post and y'all said yes! So here are some really fun things we did in Disneyland that you could fit into 24HRS.
P.S. I was a cast member in Walt Disney World, in Florida, for a year. Disney will always hold a special place in my heart and I'm super excited to write this post for you and help you experience the magic! ♥️
This is the 2nd post in a series called "24HRS IN..." and this time we're discovering DISNEYLAND + CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE + DOWNTOWN DISNEY! You'll want to purchase a Park-Hopper Ticket for this exact itinerary OR if you've got more time, spend your first day in Disneyland and your second day in California Adventure.
Let's start at 7am or 8am, because I hope you are sleeping in until then!
7:00AM or 8:00 AM Get your booty up and at 'em. Your first stop is Disneyland! If you're staying at one of the Disney properties, check if you have "Extra Magic Hours." If you do, head into the park early, before guests staying off-property and ride these three rides over and over and over: Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain (wear a rain jacket!). If you're entering the park with everyone else, it's a good idea to splurge on a Max Pass. It's a Fast-Pass system on the Disneyland App. Take two seconds to set it up once you've entered the park and snatch up the fast-passes to the rides I mentioned above! The later the day gets, the fewer fast-passes are available so get your favorites in asap. :)
9:00 AM Breakfast! Use your Disneyland App before your trip to book any Table-Service Dining Reservations. Jordan and I love a good Character Breakfast like the one at Plaza Inn. Not only do you get a hearty meal for a big day ahead, but you get to meet the classic Disney friends! (Now you don't have to stand in line for photos and an autograph, just get them all at once here!) For Quick-Service, Galactic Grill is a great choice for a good breakfast sandwich or burrito!
10:00 - 12:00 AM Time for some slow rides while your food settles ☺️. Our favorite classic rides are Jungle Cruise, Haunted Mansion, Mark Twain River Boat, and Winnie the Pooh. Aaand I have to recommend this one (even though we totally missed it this year). It's so relaxing: Disneyland Railroad! The track circles the entire park and has a few stops in some of the lands. If you need a break from standing in line or just want to get from point A to point B, you'll love this ride that allows you to soak up all the sites and sounds of Disneyland.
1:00 PM There are so many delicious places to grab lunch in Disneyland! We've made it a tradition to go to Cafe Orleans and split their Monte Cristo sandwich (a heart-attack waiting to happen, but it's soooo good!) and some fries. Make your reservations on the Disneyland App before you go, though. It's a popular spot!
You'll want to have a park-hopper ticket so you can bounce between both parks for this exact itinerary
Use the first half as your 1st Day and this next half as the itinerary for your 2nd Day!
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Let's head over to California Adventure for some of our all-time favorite rides! Again, if you're not using the Max-Pass or another Fast-Pass system you SHOULD. Fast Passes give you a time frame to come back to the ride and bring you to the front of the line more quickly than the Stand-by lines. Use the Disneyland App to judge which Stand-by lines you'd like to wait in (We advise you to only stand in lines with 30 min. - 60 min. wait times. Use your fast-pass for rides that typically have long-lines). Our favorite rides in this park are: Guardians of the Galaxy, Radiator Springs Racers (the Cars ride), Incredicoaster, Soarin', and Grizzly River Run (don that rain jacket again!).
4:00 PM Snack Time! Pixar Pier and Radiator Springs are the best "lands" to get snacks in. First, get the free stuff! Walk through Boudin's Sourdough Factory and taste a sample of the world-famous sourdough bread while learning how it's made. Next, stroll through the Ghiradelli's, graciously accept the square of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate they hand you, and just TRY not to drool over all the treats you'll see inside the shop!
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Next, ride some of the slower rides like Ariel, Monster's Inc. or Midway Mania (Toy Story) or an interactive attraction like Turtle Talk with Crush, Animation Academy, or Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. You could also go see the stage show at the Hyperion, which is currently a shortened version of Frozen. One of my favorites, that might be considered more of a kid's ride is Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters, you ride in a car while they dance and spin around each other. It's really fun!
7:00 PM Check that day's park schedule and definitely go see World of Color, if you can. Our favorite spots for a late dinner are Lamp Light Lounge (Table Service, so make Reservations beforehand) and Pacific Warf (Quick Service) where you should eat anything that comes in a sourdough bread bowl! Start the journey back home, wind down, and get some sleep. You deserve it!
BONUS! 🐭 Downtown Disney has lots of great dining options and plenty of fun shops to peruse. But one thing you should DEFINITELY do is the VOID Virtual Reality StarWars experience. We did this one afternoon and it was really good! I typically get a little nauseas during any virtual reality things, but this is so interactive and the video responds so immediately to where you move, that I didn't feel the least bit queasy! I would totally recommend this even if you aren't a Video Game person or a VR person. I'm totally not and I still had a blast!
Do you like this style of post? Where should we go next? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by!