Best One Day at Disneyland Plan

If you’re spending one day at Disneyland, or even several in a row, I have put together my best one day Disneyland Plans and tips just for you.One Day at Disneyland Plan
It isn’t easy doing Disneyland in one day and it’s why I recommend getting discount Disneyland tickets for at least 3 days, but today we’re talking all about my best one day Disneyland Plans so you can maximize your time over one day or a few. 

Pre-Trip Tips One Day at Disneyland Plan 

Doing one day at Disneyland takes some major commitment and smart planning. Before you arrive at Disneyland, there’s a few things you need to check off your to-do list.


Disney100 ticket Mickey


  1. The best way to get ONE day Disneyland tickets is from Disneyland itself, remember that one day ticket prices fluctuate based on demand
  2. Download the official Disneyland App now, and add your Disneyland tickets.
  3. Learn how to use Disney Genie+, the video in this article is the best way to learn.

One Day at Disneyland Morning Plan

Do not sleep in. I know, it’s so tempting but if you’re spending only one day at Disneyland it is vital you get there for what regulars call “Rope Drop.” Here’s the details on opening Disneyland Resort.


Disneyland gates


  1. Arrive at parking early; here’s where to park and what time to get there
  2. Prepare for a quick security screening and don’t bring any banned items.
  3. All the details on why you actually want to be there that early, for Rope Drop.

One Day at Disneyland Printable Plan

After all the money spent and time committed, the last thing you want to do is show up with no game plan. It’s crazy how quickly several hours can fly by and you realize all you’ve done is a couple rides and wandered around. I don’t want that to happen to you! 

I have several one day Disneyland Plans to help you navigate and get a ton accomplished! You can print these for $30 for 1 Disneyland Plan or $50 for 2 Disneyland Plans. Step by step rides listed in your choice of theme. Each plan is good for one day in Disneyland Park, Pixar Favorites is the only plan for California Adventure. Most people buy a Disneyland park plan and add Pixar Favorites as their second choice.

Storybook (Most Popular!)

Storybook Plan coverThis plan is designed for families with young children, easing them into the theme park and ride environment. Focus is on rides every age and height can enjoy. Get your Storybook Plan here

Thrill Seekers 

Thrill Seekers Disneyland Plan

This plan is designed for roller coaster lovers and thrill enthusiasts. It also features some Disneyland Classics to round out the day. Includes Early Entry Plan for guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels. Get your Thrillseekers Plan here.

Disneyland Classics 

Disneyland Plan Graphics
This plan is designed for lovers of history and nostalgia See the park Walt built with opening day rides, dining and fan-favorites. Includes Early Entry Plan for guests of Disneyland Resort Hotels.


Large Group Plan

Large Group CoverIdeal for groups of 10 or more, multi-generational trips, family reunions, youth groups and more. This plan has one half day at Disneyland. Then another half day at California Adventure. Get your Large Group Disneyland Plan here.




Want to see all my Disneyland Plan options? Check them out here!

One Day at Disneyland Plan for Food

If your goal is to do and see everything you can possibly squeeze into one day, you might want to skip those leisurely sit down meals, but I do think those are great for a “forced” recharge. 


Lamplight Lounge drinks


Still some meals and/or locations are worth it, even when time is limited. These sit down meals will take about 60-90 minutes of your day. 


Lamplight lounge lobster nachos


No time to slow down? Quick service, in combination with mobile ordering will be your best friend! Use the Disneyland App to browse menus and order even while you’re waiting in line. Here are a few of my favorite options for quick meals.


Disneyland cinnamon roll


  • Breakfast: Hands down, Jolly Holiday for breakfast croissant or cinnamon roll.
  • Lunch: Corn Dog from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street or mobile order at Stage Door Cafe or Corn Dog Castle. 
  • Dinner: Soup in a bread bowl from Pacific Wharf Cafe or fried chicken from Plaza Inn.


Fried Chicken at Plaza Inn.


Don’t forget there are often seasonal festivals at California Adventure like Food & Wine and Festival of Holidays. These new menu items are some of my favorite things to try and are a quick grab and go options. 

One Day at Disneyland Plan for Parades & Shows

If parades and shows like Fantasmic or World of Color are on your list, I have a few time-saving secrets for you. 

  1. The Disneyland App has all the resources for parades and shows. Select the entertainment option for showtimes. 
  2. Upgrades for shows and parades could save you time. On the busiest days, you might want to book something with reserved viewing. Disneyland offers reserved space for parades, World of Color and Fantasmic


Halloween World of Color


3. Don’t miss the fireworks! Fireworks show most nights throughout the year, but are limited to weekends during the slower season. See what’s playing during your visit here

What’s your one day at Disneyland course of action? Walk to talk things through a little more? Email me [email protected] and we can set up a phone call for all your questions and answers. 

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