Planning a Trip to Disneyland – Planning Guide: Experience More, Save Money at Disney

In our Disneyland Planning guide we attempt to make your Disneyland vacation extremely magical while saving you save money at Disney. On this page you will find our basic Disneyland planning articles on getting the most out of your vacation and money saving hacks. Planning a trip to Disneyland has never been easier!

We cover everything from finding the best hotel near Disneyland to the new Star Wars Land to advice on saving money on Disneyland tickets.

You can read all about Disneyland reopening and the upcoming Disneyland reservations system in our guides.

Common Questions:

What is the Disneyland 2020 guide goal?

The goal of this guide to planning a Disneyland vacation is to summarize and present the key information points about the Disneyland planning process. You will be able to navigate the parks with ease while finding the best discounts.

Before jumping into planning and reading the pieces of the guide below, I invite you to join our newsletter. It will help you along the way with more information, discounts, and more tips.

Why did I create this 2020 guide to Disneyland?

Five years ago, I was returning home from a fantastic Disneyland vacation. I felt fulfilled and was brimming with information that I wanted to share. I realized that the internet lacked a true guide to the Disneyland resort.

Sure there are pieces of information here and there, but nothing was completely assembled to make planning a successful vacation as easy as possible. So here today I present to you, a site dedicated to helping you plan a perfect Disneyland vacation.

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When to visit Disneyland? We have the answers!

All the information you need in order to plan a trip to Disneyland is organized into easy-to-read sections summarized below. Just follow the links to what you want to know now!

When to Visit Disneyland

The time of year you visit the resort can dramatically change your Disneyland Vacation. The first chapter of our guide to Disneyland is dedicated to deciding when to visit Disneyland. This section includes crowd predictions of each time of the year and explanations of the different holiday offerings. Tips and tricks are also given for each time of the year. Take me to “When to Visit” >

What Disneyland Hotel To Stay In 

There are two types of hotels to choose from when visiting the Disneyland Resort. You can either stay at an on-property hotel that is owned by Disney or stay at a Disneyland Good Neighbor hotel, a third party hotel approved by Disney. We review the three on-property hotels and our favorite five Disneyland off-property Good Neighbor hotels. Another highlight of the chapter is our overview of the steepest discounts available for the various hotels. Take me to “What Hotel to Stay In”>

What Airport to Fly Into and Getting From the Airport to the Resort

The Disneyland Resort sits in the middle of numerous nearby airports. In this section we give you a full overview of the best two airports to fly into. The main information in this chapter is dedicated to the best ways to get from the airport to your Disneyland Resort hotel. Take me  to “Airports”>

How to Find Discounted or “Cheap” Disneyland Tickets

For most, visiting Disneyland is a very big treat. Whenever it is possible, I present ways to save money at Disneyland. In this section of the guide, I have put together a comprehensive page with all of the known discounts on Disneyland tickets. Be sure to read the section even if you aren't searching for Disneyland ticket discounts, because it also includes words of advice for anyone purchasing tickets. Take me to “Tickets >

Saving Money With a Disneyland Package: Guide to Disneyland Vacation Packages

In this section I present the important details of how you could save on your vacation by bundling all of the pieces of your vacation into one Disneyland all inclusive vacation package. You can find more information on exclusive discounts, the best places to find powerful discounts, and when to book your package here. Take me to “Disneyland package all inclusive” >

Where to Eat on Your Disneyland Vacation

The Disneyland Resort provides a wide variety of different types of food. You will find classic amusement park food mixed in with upscale restaurants. The food quality is outstanding and whether you are eating a corn dog or pork shank, it will be the best you have ever had. In this chapter we quickly review all of the different restaurants at the Disneyland Resort. We also have lots of information on the best character meals at the resort. Take me to “Where to Eat” >

Ultimate Disneyland Packing List and What to Wear to Disneylandback of teenagers hugging

Use our Disneyland packing list and guide to what to wear to the parks to make sure you are all set for your Disneyland vacation. Through this aspect of the Disneyland planning guide you will be able to better understand all of the things you might have forgotten for your Disneyland vacation. Take me to “Disneyland packing list” >

Time is Valuable When Planning a Trip to Disneyland

Time is valuable when visiting Disneyland and our guide to saving time is here to help you make the most of your vacation. We've personally used all these tried and true methods for saving time and avoiding wait times- even during the most crowded days of the year. Take me to “Saving Time at Disneyland” >

Park Touring Plans and StrategiesDisneyland Main Street: empty in the morning

Disneyland is unfortunately known for one thing: long lines! But if you follow our touring plans and guides, you can avoid waiting too long in those lines and still ride all your favorite attractions. One of the key success strategies to skipping the long lines is to get to the parks early. We've put together three park touring plans to help you get the most out of your early mornings at the parks.

Best Disneyland Souvenirs

Both to prepare for your vacation and to celebrate it, we put together this section detailing the best Disneyland souvenirs. On this page we discuss all of the best souvenirs that will accommodate any budget and are fun to collect, too. Also detailed here is information regarding the Disneyland PhotoPass. Take me to “Souvenirs”  >

Important Information and Guides


That should be everything that you need to plan your Disneyland vacation. If you still have questions about planning, see our Ask Us page. Be sure to sign up for our Disneyland planning newsletter so that you can get access to our exclusive hotel discounts and special planning tips.

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