Via readers share how they make their time—and money—well spent at Disneyland.
"If the entry lines are long, you can enter the park by hopping on the monorail in Downtown Disney! Those lines are usually shorter, and the monorail drops you off near Space Mountain!" —Craig Shiraishi
"My grandparents took my sisters and me when we turned 10; now we are taking our own grandkids. We'll teach them about the magic of being a kid and, of course, where all the churro stands are." —Kelli DeBoard
"Book a lunchtime reservation at a sit-down restaurant, such as Carnation Café or Blue Bayou. It recharges your batteries and provides a respite from the lines." —Jennifer Mackenzie
"Ride the train to visit the different lands in the Magic Kingdom. The Disneyland Railroad will take you down south to New Orleans, to the future in Tomorrowland, and even to the days of the dinosaurs. It all adds to the fantasy experience." —Paul Andrew
"Buy lunch in the park but bring your own dinner. Lunch prices are often cheaper, and you get out of the sun. For dinner, you can take your own meal for a picnic while staking a prime seat for a nighttime show." —Alan Kline
"We bring an old umbrella stroller to the amusement park to use as a portable locker. Loaded onto it are snacks, sunscreen, extra water, and layers for the evening. It's a great way to keep everything with us on our wanderings." —Keidi Lewis
"Divide your day into three parts. Hit the park at the opening rope drop in the morning, and enjoy the popular attractions with little waiting. After lunch, head back to your hotel for a break. Return to the park refreshed in the evening. Your little ones might even stay awake for the fireworks!" —Lori Heathorn
"Simple: Connect with your inner child and remember how to fly." —David Taro Katayama
Members enjoy special discounts when booking travel to Disneyland through AAA.
This article was first published in Winter 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.