RideMax gives you a schedule that keeps you on the rides and out of the lines, and we wouldn't take a Disneyland trip without it. It can save you so much time that you may be able to stay fewer days, which is why we recommend buying it before you do anything else.
If you've got a mobile device, there are plenty of apps out there - but it's hard to know which ones work best and which just take up space on your screen. This guide will help you know the difference - the best of them are not only free but can make your Disneyland trip more fun.
3. Airline Tickets
If you're flying in for your Disneyland trip, you can use Tripadvisor to compare the prices of a bunch of airlines at once. You may also want to see what kind of deals Southwest offers on air and hotel packages. Besides flying to lots of California airports, they're quite possibly the most customer-friendly airline around with no extra charges for checked bags among their most desirable policies.
There are five commercial airports in the Los Angeles area: Los Angeles International (LAX), John Wayne/Orange County (SNA), Long Beach (LGB), Burbank (BUR), and Ontario (ONT).
4. Airport Shuttle
If you're staying close enough to Disneyland to walk or use the Anaheim Resort Trolley, you won't need a rental car, but you will need to get from the airport to Disneyland. A shuttle service or bus is one way to do it. You can catch a shuttle on the spot at area airports, but if you'd rather reserve ahead, these are some of the most popular area shuttle companies.
5. Car Rental
If you want to rent a car for your Disneyland trip, Travelocity can check the prices of many options for you.
Deciding where to stay depends on your Disneyland trip budget, preferences, who's traveling with you and many other factors. Our lists of recommended hotels should make your job easier and help you end up in a nicer place at a lower cost.
If your hotel is too far away to walk, the trolley provides an easy way to get around without having to drive. Drivers don't sell tickets, and you can pick them up from kiosks in some of the area hotels, but the easiest thing to do is order them online in advance and have them delivered to your hotel. Before you buy, check to be sure your hotel is on their route.
8. Disneyland Tickets
If you're going to visit more than one Southern California attraction during your trip, the Citypass may save you money. It includes the most popular attractions in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego and can save up to 30% if you're going to all of them. You can buy the passes online in advance, or at the gate of any of the participating attractions, but buying in advance will keep you out of ticket lines. Find out more about whether it's the right choice for you in the Southern California CityPASS guide.