Disneyland Vacation Planning

Disneyland Vacation Planning
Disneyland Resort and Southern California Planning Guides

Planning is the key to any Disney vacation. Below we’ve tried to list as many things as possible to help you plan your Disneyland vacation. To get started our Disneyland California Vacation Guide provides some valuable information and ask questions or read others experiences at our discussion forums DISboards.com.

You will soon find out that planning your Disneyland Vacation in Southern California is half the fun!

For more help planning your Disneyland vacation, be sure to check out the DIS Unplugged: Disneyland Edition podcast for an unbiased and honest look at every aspect of your Disneyland experience.


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Disneyland 101 segments
Disneyland 101: We're Going to Disneyland!
Disneyland 101: Disneyland Dining
Disneyland 101: Disneyland After Dark
Disneyland 101: Touring Disneyland
Disneyland 101: Touring California Adventure
Disneyland 101: Downtown Disney

Shopping 201: Disneyland Park-Main Street USA
Shopping 201: Disneyland Park-Adventureland & New Orleans Square
Shopping 201: Disneyland Park-Critter Country & Frontierland

Southern California 101 segments
SoCal 101: Introduction
SoCal 101: Walt's Old Neighborhoods
SoCal 101: Hollywood/Westside
SoCal 101: Downtown LA
SoCal 101: Orange County
SoCal 101: Outlying Areas
SoCal 101: San Diego

Personalized Trip Planning segments
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 1 (Introduction and Southern California)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 2 (Disneyland)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 3 (Food)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 4 (Disney California Adventure)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 5 (Last Minute Advice)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 6 (Trip Report-Part 1)
Help! Leah's First Trip: Part 7 (Trip Report-Part 2)
Help! John's Guy Trip: Part 1
Help! John's Guy Trip: Part 2
Help! John's Guy Trip: Part 3 (Trip Report)
Help! Allison's Holiday Trip: Part 1
Help! Allison's Holiday Trip: Part 2
Help! Allison's Holiday Trip: Part 3
Help! Allison's Holiday Trip: Part 4 (Trip Report)
Help! Lisa's Last Minute Questions: Part 1
Help! Lisa's Last Minute Questions: Part 2 (Trip Report)
Help! Chris' Solo Trip: Part 1
Help! Chris' Solo Trip: Part 2
Help! Chris' Solo Trip: Part 3
Help! Chris' Solo Trip: Part 4 (Trip Report)
Help! Jodie's Summer Vacation: Part 1
Help! Jodie's Summer Vacation: Part 2 [Coming 08/07/14]
Help! Jodie's Summer Vacation: Part 3 [Coming 09/04/14]

Planning Before you Leave Home:
While at Disneyland:

 

Planning With Children:

 

 


Disneyland Rehabs/Closings

 

Updated 07/19/2014

Disneyland Resort Hotel Rehabs

  • 08/02/14 - 09/26/14 - Napa Rose

Disneyland Park Rehabs

  • 01/06/14 - 09/26/14 - Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
  • 07/21/14 - 07/24/14 - Peter Pan's Flight
  • 08/25/14 - 09/11/14 - Haunted Mansion
  • 08/25/14 - 11/13/14 - Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • 08/26/14 - 08/28/14 - Sailing Ship Columbia
  • 09/01/14 - 09/11/14 - Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm
  • 09/02/14 - 09/04/14 - Jungle Cruise
  • 09/03/14 - 09/04/14 - Pirate's Lair at Tom Sawyer Island
  • 09/08/14 - 09/11/14 - Mark Twain Riverboat
  • 09/15/14 - 09/15/14 - Mickey's House
  • 09/16/14 - 09/18/14 - Indiana Jones Adventure
  • 09/22/14 - 09/25/14 - Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Disney California Adventure Rehabs

  • 09/09/14 - 09/11/14 - California Screamin'

Downtown Disney Rehabs

  • None Scheduled

Disneyland Park Closings

  • The Tangled meet and greet is now closed

Disney California California Adventure Closings

  • Dulce Aventura is now closed

 

Downtown Disney Closings

  • Blink has closed to make way for a Starbucks location

*Although we try to provide the most up to date information available, the above information is subject to change.

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Accepted Forms of Payment

 

Disneyland accepts most major credit cards including American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Credit Card purchases that are less than $50 including tax will not require a signature.

Travelers checks, Disney Dollars, Disney Gift Cards and Cash are also accepted at most locations throughout the Disneyland Resort.

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Best Times to Plan a Visit Disneyland

 

If you would like to visit the parks when attendance is low, plan your vacation for mid-week (Tuesday through Thursday) during mid-September through mid-November, mid-January through mid-March or mid-April through mid-May. Although lines may be shorter, you will also find reduced operating hours, fewer shows and parades and some attractions may be closed for refurbishment.

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Clothing, make-up and other restrictions at the Disneyland Resort

 

The goal of the Disneyland Resort is to provide a safe, secure environment for Guests to enjoy. Clothing, makeup and tattoos that may distract from the Disneyland Resort experience or that may pose a safety or health issue are not permitted:

   

-Clothing or tattoos with obscene, lewd or offensive language, graphics or designs

-Clothing that could be construed as indecent, exposing excessive portions of skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment (e.g., string bikini tops and bottoms, G-strings, clothing that accentuates or draws attention to private areas)

-Bare feet

-Weapons or accessories that appear to be weapons (i.e., bullet belts)

-Clothing or accessories that drag on the ground and create a potential tripping hazard

-Costumes on Guests over the age of 9 (e.g., Halloween costumes, with the exception of special events, wedding dresses, period costumes)

-Sharp or pointed accessories that may cause injury

-Masks or makeup that could be construed as part of a costume

Exception: Attire intended to identify those wearing it is acceptable (e.g., military uniforms, cultural attire)

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Disabilities

The Disneyland Resort provides select accommodations for those with disabilites.

Mobility Disabilities

Guests with mobility disabilites are provided access to most attractions and offered wheelchair and electric convenience vehicle (ECV) rentals.

Hearing Disabilities

Assistive Listening systems, Reflective Captioning, Sign Language interpretation, Text Typewriter telephones, Handheld Captioning, Video Captioning and written aids are available to guests with hearing disabilities. 

Regularly scheduled Sign Language Interpretation is available at the Disneyland Resort for many rides and shows.  The service is available every Sunday and Friday at Disney California Adventure park and every Monday and Saturday at Disneyland park. Advance arrangements are not required however, it is recommended that you request schedule confirmation at least one week in advance.

Handheld Captioning is available on more than 20 attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.  A $25 refundable deposit is required.

Guests who request confirmation will be contacted prior to your visit with a current schedule of attractions, dates and times of interpreted offerings. Interpretation service for special events and shows can be requested with two weeks notice by calling Disneyland Resort Guest Relations at (714) 781-6176 [voice] or (714) 781-7292 [TTY].

Visual Disabilities

Audio Description devices, Braille guidebooks and digital tours are available to help guests with visual disabilities.

The Audio Description service features more than 20 attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure plus digital tours of both Parks. A $25 refundable deposit is required.

Service Animals

Trained service animals are welcome in most locations, however, all service animals must remain on a leash or harness at all times.

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Foreign Currency Exchange

 

Foreign currency can be exchanged for U.S. dollars through Travelex Exchange Services at City Hall in Disneyland Park, Next to the Walt Disney Travel Company in Downtown Disney, Guest Relations just inside the Main Entrance of Disney California Adventure Park and at the front desks of the Disneyland Resort Hotels (Disney's Grand California Resort & Spa, Disneyland Hotel and Paradise Pier Hotel.)

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 Package Check Service

 

There is no need to save your shopping until the end of the day when the Disneyland shops will be crowded with visitors looking for last minute souvenirs. Both parks offer 'Package Check Service' where you can check your purchases and pick them up at the end of the day.

In the Disneyland Park, this service is offered at the Newsstand, Premier Shop and Pioneer Mercantile. In Disney California Adventure, visit Elias & Co. Guests staying at one of the three Disneyland Hotels can check their packages and request delivery to their hotel. (These packages will be delivered after 7:00am the following day.)

 

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Picnic Area

 

Disneyland does not allow outside food in the the parks (except baby food, formula and medical dietary needs). If you do plan on having a picnic, there is an area to the left of the Disneyland Park main entrance (near the Mickey and Friends tram). Lockers (fee charged) are located nearby where you can store your picnic items while you visit the parks.

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PhotoPass

 

Disney's PhotoPass gives guests the ability to view and purchase photos taken by Disney Photographers. When visitors have their photos taken, they’re issued a “PhotoPass” which has the web address and a 16 digit ID number imprinted on it.  During your trip, you can view or purchase your photos at the Main Street Photo Supply Co. at Disneyland Park or Kingswell Camera Shop at Disney California Adventure. You can also view and purchase your photos at the Disney PhotoPass website after you return home.  If you know in advance that you'll be taking advantage of the PhotoPass service, you can even pre-purchase a photo CD, typically at a discount.

Disneyland also offers the PhotoPass+ service which includes a CD of your photos, PLUS a photo gallery CD with hundreds of stock Disneyland photos, print packages from select dining locations and digital photos from select attractions.  This can also be pre-purchased at the Disney PhotoPass website.

 

Special Dietary needs at the Disneyland Resort

 

Special dietary needs including vegetarian and medically restricted diets can often be accommodated at select table-service restaurants. Please request special meals at least 24 hours in advance at (714) 781-DINE (3463) or by contacting your Travel Agent.

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Attraction Height Requirements

Disneyland Park

32" (82 cm) or taller and accompanied by another rider 54" or taller. 54" (137 cm) or taller to ride alone

Autopia, presented by Chevron

35" (89 cm) or taller

Gadget's Go Coaster

40" (102 cm) or taller

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Space Mountain

Splash Mountain

Star Tours

42" (106 cm) or taller

Matterhorn Bobsleds

46" (117 cm) or taller

Indiana Jones Adventure

 

Disney California Adventure

32" (82 cm) or taller

Luigi's Flying Tires

Mater's Junkyard Jamboree

36" (91 cm) or taller

Tuck and Roll's Drive'Em Buggies

40" (102 cm) or taller

Jumpin' Jellyfish

Radiator Springs Racers

Silly Symphony Swings (tandem swings only)

Soarin' Over California

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

42" (106 cm) or taller

Grizzly River Run

Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (rock wall and zip line only)

Goofy's Sky School

48" (122 cm) or taller

California Screamin'

Silly Symphony Swings (single swings)

 

 

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