When people think of Disneyland, images of kid-friendly rides and attractions come to mind, perhaps it’s because it’s associated with animated movies and cartoons. It is indeed a magical place for children, but there is no reason why it should not be the same for adults. After all, it was designed with the whole family in mind.
Thrill-seekers, kids-at-heart, and adults who are simply looking to have a good time can explore Disneyland. No need to worry about meeting height requirements for rides and skipping out attractions that children aren’t interested in. Adults can freely explore Disneyland at their own pace, taking as much time as they like at certain attractions while being able to avoid the hordes of children that flock around the area.
Here is a quick guide on how to enjoy Disney as an adult. It might sound ironic, but the Happiest Place on Earth is the perfect escape from being an adult!
Tips On Planning
Disneyland California is a massive property, so it is best to come prepared. Disneyland is a popular tourist destination, which draws crowds all year round, specifically during weekends, and holidays. Adults should schedule their trip during weekdays, and arrive early to avoid crowds.
Tip: Take note of the daily schedule, which is usually posted near the entrance of Disneyland. Become familiar with the schedule of parades and fireworks, and go elsewhere in the park. Enjoy the views, the attractions, and the food in peace.
Take advantage of the Single Rider line in rides. Those who don’t mind breaking away from a group can fill in the odd vacant seat at certain rides. Download the Disneyland app to check on wait times, place food orders from certain restaurants, view menus, make online/contactless payments, and have access to GPS-enabled maps. This map will come in handy as grown-ups head to less crowded areas of Disneyland.
Disneyland has rides and attractions for visitors of all ages. Some of these are kid-friendly but are nevertheless still popular among adults. Here are some of the highly recommended rides and attractions:
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Located at the New Orleans Square, this dark ride has an exciting mix of drops, water splashes, loud music, and the occasional scare.
- Incredicoaster: The Incredicaoster at the Disneyland Resort is perfect for adults and teens. This rollercoaster ride has steep drops that will make the heart stop!
- Star Tours: Located at Tomorrowland at Disney Park, Star Tours takes visitors through Star Wars-inspired destinations.
- Splash Mountain: One of the most legendary rides at Disneyland. Prepare to get wet several times in a single ride.
- Space Mountain: Within the same area as Star Tours, Space Mountain is perfect for those who love anything to do with outer space, galaxies, and the cosmos. Haunted Mansion. An attraction that is not to be missed especially during the Halloween season.
Disneyland California is home to two parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Each one is massive and has something unique to offer. Purchase a multi-day ticket to enjoy both properties and stroll at your own pace.
- Standard Theme Park: from $72
- California Resident Offer: from $83
Where To Eat
Disneyland is known for its churros and turkey legs. While these are delicious and great for eating on the go, adults might enjoy being able to sit back and enjoy some food while properly seated. Disneyland offers many dining options. Check the Disneyland app to know more about the operating hours and menus of the restaurants.
For a better dining experience, adults can head to the Bengal Barbecue for some grilled meats and skewers. The Lamplight Lounge offers brunch, lunch, and dinner fare. Grab a drink at Oga’s Cantina, which is located at Galaxy’s Edge. The Royal Street Veranda at New Orleans Square serves hearty soups and coffee, while the Mint Julep Bar serves light snacks.
When To Visit
Disneyland gets crowded during weekends, holidays, and school breaks. Adults who want to avoid the rush and the crowds should visit during the months of January, February, and early May.
If that is not possible, then schedule the trip during the middle of the week (between Tuesday to Thursday). Arrive about 30 minutes before the park opens to make time to park and buy tickets.
Where To Stay
Stay overnight to make the most out of your stay at the Disney California Adventure and Disneyland California. There are three hotels within the property: Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disneyland Hotel.
If the rates at any of the Disney hotels are a bit steep, or you have plans to visit other nearby sites, there are hotels nearby such as the Hotel Lulu, BW Premier Collection. It is just a 10 minute away walk from Disneyland. The Alpine Inn is less than 1 km from Disneyland, while the Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn is just 5 minutes away.
- Hotel Lulu, BW Premier Collection / Cost: from $89
- Alpine Inn – less than 1km from Disneyland / Cost: from $115
- Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn – 5-min walk from Disneyland / Cost: from $209