Planning for Disneyland When You’re a Disney World Pro: Part One, Logistics 


3. Tickets

As with Disney World, it’s better to purchase tickets before you arrive so that you don’t have to wait in the ticket line. Using the Disneyland app connected to your Disney account may be the easiest way to do this. For our family, our Disney dates were somewhat flexible within our visit to Southern California, so we opted to purchase tickets at the last minute once we confirmed good weather was in store. We used the Disneyland app on the mornings of our park days and had no trouble whatsoever. We only planned for two park days though—if you are intending to go for three or more days you should definitely pre-purchase a multi-day pass for a discount. (There are no discounts for one or two day passes, that’s why our last minute strategy was best for our purposes.) If you purchase tickets via the app, you’ll be issued a paper copy at the gate once the cast member scans your phone. They will also take your photo upon entrance for security purposes. Since Magic Bands are not a thing at Disneyland, you’ll need to be really careful with those paper tickets, especially for Fast Pass access, as we’ll discuss next. 

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