Don’t do what we did!: Disneyland edition

I don’t care how old you are, Disneyland is a magical place. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re too old to enjoy Disney! Heck, my first visit to Anaheim was when I was 28 years old and it was amazing.

Now, you may be wondering why I’m talking about Disney during October. It’s simple, that’s when I went! They’ve got the whole park decked out for Halloween and it’s an experience I absolutely recommend, especially if you want a chance to see the villains walking the park. Seeing the Haunted Mansion all done up Nightmare Before Christmas style is not to be missed!

Now my friend and I did our trip in 4 days, that’s two days driving (12 hours both ways) and two days spent at the parks. I’m sure you may have realized, that was our first mistake. It wouldn’t be a “Don’t do what we did” post without them! Before we started our trip I made sure my car was road trip worthy, it’s over 1,400 miles roundtrip after all. The drive there was pretty uneventful, with an awesome lunch stop at a certain burger chain only found on the west coast. They do things animal style!

I could go on and on and on about my trip and how amazing it was, but that’s not what you’re here for.

Here are the things I’ve learned for my next trip!

Bring a reusable water bottle – Keeping yourself hydrated in the hot California sun is important! Not to mention a bottle of water at the park is a lot more expensive than you’d think…

Remember to bring any and all medications
Not remembering to pack your migraine cure can prove disastrous. Though the Disney cast members will do everything they possibly can to help you out. This was almost a day-ruiner, but I powered through it!

Plan an extra day
Rushing around so you get to see everything in such a short amount of time leaves you a very tired person and leaves you with aching feet. You don’t get to spend as much time exploring as you’d like.

Pick up a souvenir – and set a budget
You’ll want to buy everything! Disney has some awesome merch and I could have spent a couple a hundred bucks on it easily. I did remember that I was an adult and did not. But I REALLY wanted to get everything.

Bring an extra pair of shoes
Funny story, so I was wearing a pair of cheap but cute flip flops and as we were walking over to the Rockin’ Rollercoaster the sole split! This made walking… interesting as I had a floppy sole. I was wandering around the midway trying to decide what I could use to fix it for the evening and I was able to borrow a stapler from one of the cast members. Yep. I stapled my shoes together until we got back to the hotel.

A couple of tips

Remember to use your Fast Passes! If there are some rides you can’t bear to miss and have long waits, get that fast pass! Each of your group gets two a day.

If the parades aren’t really your thing, that’s the perfect time to ride a ride or two back to back. We rode the Tower of Terror 3 times during the afternoon California Adventure parade. It was fantastic!

If you want to meet any of the popular princesses (face characters) be prepared to wait. We did run into Goofy, Chip and Dale, Elastigirl, and Merida while we were wandering the park. But the waits for the really popular princesses were just too long.