For just a moment, I thought that we could go forward with our trip to Disneyland, without a plan – but then I remembered how that went on our most recent road trip. Asking our community of Moms about their experience, planning tools and recommendations, we learned of a few resources to start with when it comes to planning a five day trip to Disneyland.
Book: The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland
Available on Amazon, or downloaded from iBooks, this was the best $17 that I spent as we prepared to embark on a trip to Disneyland. It was comprehensive – and included everything from an overview of the park, to the best hotels and ratings and where to eat. For a family completely new to the idea of a Disney vacation, this book should be your starting point.
Website: Disneyland Daily
On Disneyland Daily there’s a six step planning process for your trip to Disneyland – and we’re on step two, still deciding where to stay. Once we’ve nailed that down, we’re going to move on to step three and start to think about our daily plan. That’s where Disneyland Daily comes in. There’s a complete overview of everything you need to know about Disneyland, in easy to follow, listed, formats. It’s comprehensive, and was suggested to us by multiple people when we learned we were planning our trip for the first time.
Website: Touring Plans
For a small subscription you can find out the ins and outs of each park, park layout with Touring Plans (helpful because some rides are so immersive that they can be hard to spot), tips and tricks as well as a full ride plan. It’s well worth the price, say many Disney first-time-trip, planners.
App: Disneyland Official
You can buy your tickets, view wait times for attractions in Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure, browse maps, locate Disney characters, and check show times on the Disneyland App. Using the app, you can also access the new Disney MaxPass service, which lets you reserve FastPasses for rides and attractions.
Savings tips, discount offers and a great FAQ section for families planning their first trip to Disneyland, MouseSavers was full of information, easily separated by resort, for planning this trip (and future trips).
Have you planned a trip to Disney? What were some of your must-use planning resources?