Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth, and it’s easy to see why. The theme park has become a must-visit destination for families across the globe. But with so much to see and do, it can be hard to know where to begin. If you only have 24 hours to spend at Disneyland, it’s important to have a plan to make the most of your time.

Get to the Park EARLY

First, it’s important to arrive at the park early. Plan to be there when the gates open to take advantage of shorter lines and fewer crowds. Consider staying at a hotel near the park to make the commute easier. It’s less expensive than on-property hotels too. Also plan on getting a good night’s sleep before your big day…if you can sleep!

Most Popular Rides

Once you arrive at the park, head straight for the most popular rides. Lines for attractions like Stars Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Indiana Jones Adventure can get long quickly.  It’s best to ride these early in the day before the crowds arrive. Your kids will be fresher and have more patience earlier in the day as well.

In between rides, take time to explore the park’s various themed areas, like Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, and Adventureland. Each area has its own unique attractions, dining options, and entertainment, so be sure to check out everything that interests you.

Ride Switch

If you’re traveling with young children, consider using Disneyland’s Rider Switch service. This family friendly tool allows one adult to wait with the child while the other rides. Then switch places without having to wait in line again. This can save a lot of time and make sure that everyone gets to enjoy their favorite rides.


Food is an important part of any Disney experience, and there are plenty of dining options available at the park. Consider making a reservation at one of Disneyland’s many restaurants, or grab a quick bite from one of the park’s food stands. Be sure to try a famous Disneyland treat, like a Dole Whip or a cinnamon churro.

Photo Ops

Throughout the day, keep an eye out for Disney characters wandering around the park. Meeting your favorite characters and getting a photo with them can be a highlight of your trip. Don’t be afraid to stop and say hello during a break from the rides or shows.

Finally, end your day at Disneyland with one of the park’s famous parades or fireworks shows. These spectacular displays are not to be missed. These can be a magical way to cap off your day at the, “Happiest Place on Earth.

A trip to Disneyland can be an unforgettable experience, but it’s important to plan ahead and make the most of your time. Arrive early, hit the most popular rides first, and explore the themed areas. Be sure to enjoy the food and characters throughout the day. With a little planning, you can make the most of your 24 hours with your family and friends.

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