1. My mom told me yesterday that they're taking my little brother to Disneyland next week.
  2. They're also planning to go to the San Diego Zoo and maybe Universal, Legoland, etc.
  3. I probably will fly out and join them, if I can find a decently-priced flight that will work.
  4. My mother, bless her heart, is a fly by the seat of her pants kinda lady. And just wants to wing the trip.
    This very much stresses me out, along with my brother and my stepdad.
  5. So, being the planning queen than I am, I am stepping in and taking over the plans.
  6. But. Um. I have no idea what I'm doing and not nearly enough time to plan this out the way I would like.
  7. So. Anyone got any last-minute Disneyland trip planning tips?!?
  8. Disneyland has fast passes. Grab those for any ride possible so you can go explore and head back to the ride just in time to enjoy it.
    It's actually pretty easy to enjoy Disneyland without an extensive plan. It's large, but it's not Disney World. Make sure you get that Dole Whip though. Yum yum!
    Suggested by @Boogie
  9. California Adventure has the best food (opposed to Disneyland park)
    In terms of variety & healthy options. But park food can be expensive, so you may want to bring snacks from the outside
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  10. Go when the park opens
    It's worth spending the whole day
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  11. Get fast passes!!
    You can only hold 1 at a time per ride. I recommend them for Star Tours, any Toy Story related ride, Indiana Jones
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  12. Find out when the parades are...& hit the rides when they're happening
    Adventure Land/Tomorrowland are good for this. Crowds (slightly) this out during parades & fireworks
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  13. If it's warm & you need a rest, go to the Enchanted Tiki Room
    Bonus - wait outside & grab a Dole Whip (I dig the floats!). Hit it from the Tiki waiting area side for shorter lines instead of the line off the main drag for everyone else 🍍🍍
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  14. Only have 2-3 Must Do's per person
    If you each have a small amount of things you absolutely want to do in the park, you can get them done with plenty of room to spare for spontaneous enjoyment. Trying to navigate the whole day on an agenda (or with no agenda at all!) is exhausting & you still manage to feel like you're missing something. Starting small leaves a little breathing room. With that said, hope you can find a cheap flight & enjoy some time with the fam!
    Suggested by @dreadpiratemama
  15. I don't have much about Disney, but here is a li.st about our trip to Universal and Harry Potter World
    Suggested by @colls39
  16. There apps that show you the wait times for both parks. Sometimes they're super accurate for me, sometimes they're way off, but it might be worth a shot. Also, check what rides are closed for remodeling before you go on Disney's website so you don't walk all the way over and get bummed.
    Also i hope Indiana Jones is running well because the last 2 times i went there were problems and they closed the ride. But have fun! Take advantage of getting a photo with every character you see (if you're into that)
    Suggested by @sarahmccoy
  17. YES to fast passes! YES to Dole Whip. Arrive before they open—it's fun to stand at the front gate for a few minutes. And you get a good parking spot. When you arrive, be sure to tell the ticket booth or front entrance cast member that it's your brother's first visit (and anyone else in your group)—they'll get a special First Visit button.
    The wait time apps work pretty well; it's a useful planning tool. My favorite spot in the entire park is the wishing well with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs statues. It's on the right-side walkway from Main Street through Sleeping Beauty's Castle. You'll hear the song, "I'm Wishing," while you enjoy a bit of quiet time away from the crowds. Remember to make a wish when throwing a coin into the well—the money goes to a charity. Buy your souvenirs at the end of the day; so much easier. Have fun!
    Suggested by @Dashelamet