Last Friday, I finally got to go to Disneyland, which had been at the top of my list of things to do while out in Los Angeles. I have always been absolutely obsessed with Disney. Being from the east coast, I have only ever gotten to experience Disney World in Florida; so, I was excited to see Disney on the west coast.
I went with Elon alum, Jen Kennedy, and we got up at the crack of dawn to be at Disney for rope drop. The only way to avoid lines at Disney is to get there for the opening and to have a specific plan for what rides to do. It definitely worked to our advantage by having a plan. We were in the second car to ride Space Mountain, and then had no waits for the Matterhorn, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones, and had hardly any wait for Splash Mountain. We basically had done all the major rides without a wait within two hours.
Disneyland is definitely smaller than Disney World. When I first walked down Main Street and saw the castle I was like, “That’s it?”. It really wasn’t the elaborate, huge castle that I have always associated with Disney. My favorite thing about Disneyland was the Indiana Jones ride. This does not exist in Florida so it was exciting to be able to ride something new. It really needs to be added to Disney World.
So, my advice for those wishing to go to Disneyland is to get there for rope drop and ride all the major rides first. Then, get FASTPASS for any rides you want to go on again. Also, get a park hopper so that you can hop on over to California Adventures. It doesn’t take long to get everything done in Disneyland so it is worth the extra $20 for a park hopper. Lastly, as expected, it gets extremely crowded so try to go on a weekday. Other than that, just enjoy your time at Disney!