Earlier this week I went to Disneyland for the first time in almost a decade! I used to have an annual pass but didn't renew when I moved to LA (since it's a bit of a trek in traffic) and then when I moved closer the prices were so high I refused. For the two highest passes, which you might as well get because that's the only way you can park for "free", it's $849 and $1,049. That's insane! The highest pass, the Signature Plus, jumped $200 in price last year. I'm sorry, I just can't.
I have been wanting to visit for several years but on principle held out. But Wednesday I had family from out of state who wanted to visit so I bit the bullet and paid $105 to get into the Happiest Place on Earth. Here is my takeaway from spending a day at Disneyland:
- Disneyland really is magical no matter how old you are.
- The wait times and crowds are not so magical.
- Have a plan on what rides to hit first (Pirates, Splash and Thunder Mountain are most popular).
- Three major rides were broke down at the same time so that made it more hectic.
- TOO MUCH STAR WARS! They've converted attractions and rides and are building more.
- If you go for your birthday ask for a button and the cast will wish you happy birthday all day.
- First-time visitors can also get a free button commemorating the occasion.
- You'll be in a rush to get on all the rides but don't forget to take pictures (like I did!). Or, you'll want to take so many pictures you won't get on all of the rides. Balance it out!
Overall I'm glad I went, especially since it's currently the 60th anniversary. Hopefully my next trip will be sooner than a 10-year wait!
Have you been to Disneyland lately? What do you think about the prices?