Disneyland: Itinerary

Yeah, I plan the shit out of everything. It’s 100% possible to visit Disneyland without planning anything ahead, of course, but I feel a lot better knowing roughly what I’m going to do every day—and I handle those churro-caused blood sugar spikes and crashes a lot more easily if I have dining reservations throughout the trip!

Day 1: We fly from San Francisco to L.A. and arrive at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel in the mid-afternoon. We’re doing this trip with some friends and their kids, so we’ll all meet up and get checked in. We have dinner reservations that night at Napa Rose.

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Day 2: Our first day in the parks! We’re in Disneyland Park on Day 1. We’ll have breakfast at Carnation Cafe, lunch at Cafe Orleans, and a grown-ups only dinner at Blue Bayou. We typically hit Adventureland, New Orleans Square, Frontierland, and Critter Country this first day.

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Day 3: Our first day in California Adventure Park. We’ll have a Princess Breakfast at Ariel’s Grotto, lunch at Wine Country Trattoria, and dinner at Carthay Circle. We’ll likely hit Hollywood Land, A Bug’s Land, and Cars Land today.

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Day 4: Back to Disneyland Park. We’re doing breakfast at Carnation Cafe again (hey, I can’t really eat enough Mickey waffles), lunch at Blue Bayou again (this time with the kids), and dinner at Naples Ristorante in Downtown Disney District. We’re also taking one of the kiddos to the Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique for the royal princess treatment. We’ll likely hit Fantasyland and, if there’s time, Mickey’s Toon Town.

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Day 5: We’ll have a Critter Breakfast at Storytellers Cafe, lunch at Carthay Circle, and dinner at Wine Country Trattoria (see how we flipped it?). We’ll catch the rest of California Adventure Park, including Paradise Pier and Grizzly Peak, and try to catch World of Color this evening.

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Day 6: Our last day in the parks. While we’ll likely spend the whole day at Disneyland Park, we have flexibility to catch things we missed or just take some down time. We have breakfast at Carnation Cafe, a pick-up lunch at Aladdin’s Oasis, and dinner at Napa Rose. Plus, they’ve extended the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, so we’ll try to see that on our final night.

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Day 7: We all head out this day, but not before we have brunch at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. Give me some of those beignets!

What’s your favorite Disneyland food?

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