My husband, son and I are planning our first visit to the Disneyland Resort (DLR)! I’m very excited and a little overwhelmed. Overwhelmed? Me? About Disney? My family has been extremely fortunate and we visited the Walt Disney World (WDW) Resort many times, on an annual basis (at least). I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to planning a trip there. MagicBands, Fastpass+, 180+10 day window for dining reservations are all very familiar and using My Disney Experience has become part of the process.
Our visit to Disneyland has none of these as part of the planning process! I have to admit that I struggled a bit before jumping in. Luckily we have amazing writers here at Magical DIStractions and I’ve poured over their articles. I was able to get reservations at Disney’s Grand Californian using our Disney Vacation Club (DVC) points. I have my fingers crossed hoping that pixie dust will fly and we will get a park view villa. I’m told that some of the rooms overlook Disney’s California Adventure.
I can’t wait to see the “original”! I’m hoping to do the “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps” tour and seeing where it all began. So as I plan, here are the big differences that I noticed in the pre-trip process:
Planning at WDW vs DLR
|Walt Disney World||Disneyland Resort|
|DVC options||9 options||1 option|
|Dining reservations||180 + 10 days prior||60 days prior|
|Tour reservations||180 days prior||30 days prior|
|Online check-in||60 days prior||Not available|
|Transportation from airport||Disney's Magical Express||Arrange on your own|
|Transportation at parks||Monorails, boats, buses, walking||Monorail, walking|
|Fastpasses (FPs)||FP+, 30 days prior with park ticket, 60 days prior with resort package||Paper FPs at parks|
I cannot wait for this trip. Do you have any advice for this Disneyland novice?