There is so much to do at Disneyland. If it’s your first visit or your thirtieth, no trip looks the same. If you’re going on a single day trip or a three-day trip, it can get stressful trying to cram in everything. Here is the Disneyland Challenge to help hit the important things. I also have a bucket list if you’re interested. This post is mostly geared to people who are going to the parks for a limited time.Here's the ultimate Disneyland challenge to make your trip the best! Click To Tweet
The Disneyland Challenge
- Make it to rope drop – This seems like common sense but trust me, a lot of people still miss it. If the parks opens at 8 am, then they start allowing people in around 20-30 minutes before that. Main Street all the way to the castle are open so you can get your pictures in, a coffee, and then head straight to the rides you want when the rope goes down at opening.
- Ride the train all around the park – The Disneyland Railroad is such an iconic part of the park. I usually end a trip on a train. It’s peaceful and there’s always a good breeze. Great to get to lands quick but also just see the park as a whole.
- Get a Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar – An iconic treat just like the Dole Whip. The Mickey-shaped treat is so popular they now sell merch for it. Get it at any stand that has packaged ice cream.
- Get a Mickey pretzel – Treats at Disney are everything. Mickey pretzels are also a yummy way to get into the Disney mood if you’re more into savory treats. They always have different flavors and are filing.
- Throw a coin into Snow White’s wishing well – A charming thing to do that won’t take up too much time. This path along the castle can also be a quiet place to unwind.
- Ride the mountains – By far the most thrilling rides at Disneyland are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain. This is the biggest challenge because of wait times but so fun. Start with Space Mountain first since this is the most popular.
- Watch the fireworks on Main Street – Finding a good spot for fireworks isn’t so hard. It seems overwhelming but there will always be space on Main Street. Watching it from here is perfect since you get the castle views.
- Meet Mickey – The mouse himself. You may think characters are not for you but there’s something magical about meeting Mickey. He shows up at Town Square but you will for sure see him over at his house in ToonTown.
- Take a break and people watch – This is my favorite thing. Usually, when you’re there for a limited time you try to push and keep crunching everything in. Take a break while you eat a snack and people watch. Tons of people come to Disney and it’s so fun.
- Press a penny – A unique souvenir. Each land has a machine for pressing pennies and it’s a fun way to get some history of Disneyland for only a few coins.
- Do one thing you didn’t plan – Because sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Do something completely unexpected like watch a show or do an experience. It can create a memorable moment.
What’s one thing you must do at the parks?