It’s hard for the first-time visitor to resist packing their bags the minute they book a trip to Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park. Preparing for the magic kingdom is an art unto itself, but there are plenty of ways to make it a fun experience.
A little planning goes a long way. Checklists and research are the best ways to plan a Disneyland trip, and will keep you and your family happy in the happiest place on earth.
While this article specifically addresses Disneyland in October, lots of these tips and tricks apply to the parks year round, and will help even the most experienced Disneyland guest make the most out of their visit.
Southern California’s year-round sunshine is part of what makes Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park a top destination. While the rest of the country is pulling out scarves and overcoats, Disneyland guests are sporting shorts, flip-flops, and t-shirts well into November. This time of the year is very mild weather-wise, and temperatures remain steady throughout fall.
On average, October temperatures range from a high of 74 F (24 C) to a low of 63 F (17 C), although it usually feels a little warmer inside the park, due to lots of visitors in close quarters and how the park is designed to block out the wind. For reference, in case you’re visiting at the beginning or end of October, September temperatures are a few degrees warmer (77 F/25 C) and November temperatures are a little lower (70 F/21 C).
Summer usually has its last hoorah during October, and brings exceptionally beautiful weather. Though rain is very unlikely, anything can happen, so it’s a good idea to track the weather using a weather calendar in the weeks leading up to your trip.
Before we get started, there are some great online resources for planning your trip. Disneyland has their own frequently asked questions page about what to pack, and you can find several printable checklists to use as a starting place when customizing your own plan. And please remember, this article is only meant to be a guideline. Consult the permitted items page on Disney’s website to confirm what is allowed in the park. And if you have any further questions, contact the parks directly.
Events in October/Calendar
The most obvious event that takes place in October is Halloween. Disneyland and California Adventure go all out to celebrate this spooky holiday. It’s one of the least crowded times at the parks and the weather is usually exceptional. All the rides are open and the lines are so short it’s unlikely you’ll need to use FASTPASS.
Lowest attendance of the year occurs on the second Tuesday of September and remains low until the middle of November. The exception to this is Columbus Day weekend, which falls on the second Monday of October. Over all, it’s a great time to plan your visit.
The park is open for a total of 11 or 13 hours Mondays through Thursdays, and 14 or 16 hours per day Friday through Sunday. The only exceptions are the days when Oogie Boogie’s Halloween Party is being held when all of Disneyland closes early.
October is a fun time to visit Disneyland Resort for a several reasons. It’s the only time of the year that adults and kids older than ten years old can wear a costume inside Disneyland. (Keep in mind that they have to be safe and kid friendly).
You can watch Halloween-themed parades and fireworks and can even go trick-or-treating inside the park. “Treat Trails” located around the park offer sweet treats for free. There are incredible decorations, dancing and the most exciting feature of October is Oogie Boogie’s Halloween Party.
Oogie Boogie’s Halloween Party is family-friendly, and a great way to enjoy the holiday. The lines are much shorter than usual, and everyone is in a festive mood. There’s an early arrival time three hours before the party starts so you can enjoy the decorations while its still daylight, or visit California Adventure Park while you wait for the party to get started.
These events sell out quickly so make sure you purchase tickets at least two weeks in advance. If you’re planning to attend on a Friday, or Halloween itself, buy them as soon as they go on sale.
Flying vs. Driving
Undoubtedly, those who drive to Disneyland Resort have greater flexibility in their packing than those who are flying into the area. Throwing an extra pair of shoes, or an extra bag in the car is a lot easier than jamming into an already stuffed suitcase.
The traveler who is flying should focus on the essentials for the time spent inside the park and address the add-on items after they’ve packed the right gear. Alternatively, those who drive directly to the park should be cautious about leaving valuables in the car. Although the area is very safe, it’s better to avoid the risk all together.
Regardless whether you fly or drive, it’s a good idea for everyone to leave a little extra room in their luggage for souvenirs.
Entering the Park
Before entering the park area, all bags are subject to search. When you go through the security checkpoint, the attendants will have you open all zippers, pouches and pockets. To speed up this process, consider using Ziploc bags to keep things separate and easily identifiable.
If you need to bring items with you for a particular purpose, but won’t need access to them all day, consider renting a locker. They can be found in any one of three different locations:
- Disneyland Park – Main Street, U.S.A.
- Disney California Adventure Park – Buena Vista Street
- The Esplanade – accessible from the Downtown Disney District*
*These lockers are located outside the Main Entrances to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park
The cost for these lockers varies from location to location, and is dependent on the locker size. Inside the parks, they cost up to $10 per day, while outside the parks, lockers range from $7 to about $15.
They provide unlimited access throughout the day, but keep in mind that lockers within the parks are only accessible during operating hours and remaining items will be moved to the Lost and Found once the parks close.
While you can store purchased items in your locker, Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park offer a free package checking service for all guests (those staying at a Disneyland hotel have the option of sending their items back to their hotel room at no additional charge).
- Disneyland Roller Stroller Shop
- Elias & Company in Disney California Adventure Park
- Pioneer Mercantile at Disneyland Park
- Port Royal at Disneyland Park
- The Star Trader at Disneyland Park
Though you may only check in non-food items from Disneyland Park stores, this is still a great service that offers a lot of convenience. Your receipt is required and the items must have still have the tag.
Another option is to purchase your souvenirs after you leave the park. World of Disney located in Downtown Disney is one of the world’s largest Disney merchandise stores and carries all the merchandise available inside the park.
Bags and Backpacks
Let’s get down to it. What you carry around with you, and how you carry it, plays a huge part in how you’ll enjoy your time in Disneyland Resort and California Adventure Park. It can make the difference between all-day fun and complete meltdowns for children and adults alike.
There’s a fine line between what to bring and what to leave behind, and we’ll get into those details in just a minute, but first, we need to address the best method of carrying must-have items around with you. While an entire page could be dedicated to the in’s and out’s of what to choose, we’ll keep this straightforward.
The average guest will walk about a mile for every hour spent in the park. Speaking from experience and just plain old common sense, what feels like a few pounds at the beginning of the day will feel like a few tons by the time you leave the park. When possible, keep your items in clothing pockets that either Velcro shut or close with a zipper.
Men and women should bring only essential items and leave their wallet at home, as Mickey won’t likely ask to see your gym membership ID.
The good news is that you can bring your bag on all rides, provided it is smaller than 18” by 25” by 37” and doesn’t have wheels. Keep in mind that some rides, like Indiana Jones, have very small storage pouches, so the best option, if you don’t need to bring many items around with you, is a passport pouch, ID holder, or small wallet with a strap.
In fact, you should plan on having a lanyard for your tickets and FASTPASS. It saves the panic and hassle of potentially losing these very important pieces of paper and will make them incredibly handy when boarding rides or hopping parks.
Fanny packs are a good option for those who are still traveling light but might need a few extra items to get them through the day, although bear in mind that fanny packs might slip around when getting into a ride. And like with a backpack, it’s easy to turn around and accidentally hit a smaller guest in the head or face.
If you don’t have a stroller to hang your bag on and need to bring several things with you, consider a medium-sized sling bag instead of a traditional backpack. It lies close to your body, provides plenty of storage and gives one shoulder a break while the other does the work. Regardless what you choose to carry, Ziploc bags of all sizes can be a handy way to keep things separate and prevent leaks from lotion or snacks.
If you were playing Family Feud, there’s no question that “shoes” would be the number one answer for “most important things to take to Disneyland.” As previously mentioned, you will walk about a mile for every hour you spend in the park. While worn-in shoes are always a bonus, they aren’t always the best choice.
Avoid shoes with little or no arch support. The terrain at Disneyland is very smooth and paved well, but it’s cement nonetheless, so shock absorbent shoes with comfortable soles are a must. If you purchase a new pair of shoes, be sure to spend several days walking in them. You don’t want to get blisters from new shoes just a few hours into your day.
Opt for comfort over fashion. While it’s very tempting to match your shoes to your outfit, try to approach it the other way around. Pick your shoes first! And even though a stylish pair might be comfortable, remember that by the end of the day, you’ll have walked the equivalent to a half-marathon. Would you walk a half-marathon in heels!? Avoid blisters by wearing moisture-wicking runner’s socks or socks that have multiple layers and pack Band-Aid’s incase they occur anyway.
Some people wear different shoes each day, or at least alternate between pairs. Lockers, or a close hotel room can help you strategize the best way to keep your feet happy. This is a great option for changing your shoes after a water-ride, or dressing up a little for a nice dinner.
One insider tip – if your dogs are really barking (like Pluto), try riding Soarin’ over the World located in Disney’s California Adventure Park in the late afternoon. The spectacular aerial ride simulates the graceful motion of flight by lifting you over an immersive IMAX screen, giving your feet well-deserved relief as they dangle in the air.
Whatever way you go with shoes, they are one item you should put a lot of thought and consideration into. It will pay off for sure!
A good hat is the second most important accessory next to a good pair of shoes. Your hat should be big enough to cover your face, but soft enough to be scrunched up and put into your bag. If it doesn’t have a strap to keep it on your head, place it in your bag while riding.
A wide-brimmed hat is a great option for protecting your neck and shoulders, as well as your face. You can even find some protective hats in the park that have Mickey ears!
Sunglasses are another must-have accessory for your Disneyland adventure. Not only is the California sun bright, water and ponds through out the parks reflect light at you from many different angles.
Even when it’s overcast, the sun is still there. You’ll want to protect you eyes while you’re outside. As with a hat, make sure you have some way to secure your glasses while you’re riding. And if you wear corrective lenses, bring a case to keep them in for the times you’re outside.
The most important advice when it comes to dressing for Disneyland Resort and Disneyland California Adventure Park is layers, layers, layers. Remember that you can always take it off, but you can’t put it on if you don’t have it. Your choice of clothing should not only help you stay cool when it’s warm, but should add some protection from the sun.
While comfort is the name of the game, don’t go too far in that direction. Remember that you’ll be taking pictures all day long, many of which will be shared with loved ones or turned into mementos to remind you of your vacation.
Avoid super short shorts. Ride seats can be very hot, wet or sticky and it can become very uncomfortable. Opt for clothes that don’t have a lot of dangling features. There’s a risk they may get caught in rides and tangled up in your lanyards.
For those who want to dress like a Disney character, go nuts! Just bare in mind that you’ll be denied entry if your costume is too realistic. This Disney policy doesn’t apply to young princesses who may visit the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland Resort for royal pampering that ranges from a glamorous hair-do to a complete makeover from head to glass slipper.
Please refer to Disney’s dress policy for a more detailed list of do’s and don’ts.
Jackets and Rain
Although the rain index for October is incredibly low, there is always a chance of sprinkles this time of year. A jacket is a must-have for you visit to the Disneyland parks, because even during the hottest months, it still cools off quickly after dark.
Umbrellas are allowed in the park, but it’s recommended to wear a water-resistant jacket with a hood to avoid carrying a bulky umbrella around with you all day. This will also come in handy if you watch any of the water shows, such as World of Color, up close. Another nice option for staying warm is a pashmina or large scarf. It can be used as a blanket over your shoulders and is much easier to carry around than a jacket or sweater.
All Things Water
Let’s talk about the water rides at Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park. They’re amazing! But they take some serious strategizing unless you want to walk around the park soaking wet for several hours.
If it’s a particularly warm day, which can occur during October, and you wear quick-drying clothing instead of cotton shirts and jeans, you’ll be dry shortly after you finish the ride. But even on the warmest days, your feet can remain a soggy mess for hours.
Avoid wearing cotton socks, and if you can, have a second pair of shoes nearby, either in a locker or in your bag. Pack extra socks and use Ziploc bags to keep any dampness from spreading.
If you need additional protection from the rain or the splashing of the rides, plastic ponchos are available for purchase inside the park.
Blanket/Sheet –A handy all-purpose item to bring with you is a blanket or a sheet. This is great if you’re planning to watch any of the parades or outdoor shows. There are some very lightweight camping sheets that fold down to fit in your pocket. Use them to mark off your space and prevent others from crowding in. This is particularly helpful if someone in your party leaves to get food or beverages. It’s hard to say someone’s sitting there when it’s just empty pavement.
Comfort Items — Now for the comfort items. These little amenities will keep you going throughout the day. Though some of them are quite small, they can make a big difference in the eleventh hour. Just remember that they each weigh something, and as you add them to your bag, that weight will add up. Most of these items are available for purchase in the park, but to avoid waiting in line and the added cost, pack them ahead of time.
Sunscreen, Sanitizer, and Wipes – These are a must-have. There’s no question that sunscreen is one of the most important things about enjoying the parks. Choose one that is lightweight and waterproof, and plan on reapplying it several times throughout the day. It’s a good rule of thumb to refresh your sunscreen every time you eat a meal or a snack, even if you don’t think it’s necessary. Sanitizer is available in the restrooms, but sometimes there are sticky railings when waiting in line.
And to keep germs at bay, it’s nice to have a small bottle. You can find ones in rubber holders that attach easily to your bag. Wipes can be used in a multitude of ways. Keep them handy for just about anything you need. And, if you don’t want to use store bought sanitizer, check out this video below, in which a mom and YouTuber goes into detail as to how she created her own homemade sanitizer for her Disneyland trips:
Aloe Vera – In case you fell behind in keeping your sunscreen fresh, or you missed a spot on the back of your neck, aloe vera is a nice thing to have back at your hotel room to sooth any sunburns and help you sleep better.
Chapstick or Lip Balm – Southern California is dry year-round, but when the Santa Ana’s kick up starting in October, the desert wind can bring air that’s even more hot and dry. Chapstick or lip balm will keep your lips from cracking or bleeding, especially for the out-of-towners who are used to humid weather. Some lip balms comes with SPF for further protection from the sun.
Kleenex – In addition to wipes, these can be a good idea to keep handy. They come in small travel packs and are easily replenished at the end of the day if you run out. Paper towels are available in the restrooms, but for those who suffer from allergies, your nose will thank you.
Pain Reliever – Aside from first aid items, some basic Advil or Tylenol can help if you’re aching from a long day or walking or get a headache from the noise or weather.
Tums, Pepto Bismol, and Ant-acids – It’s easy to feast your way through Disneyland or California Adventure Park with so many amazing dining options. But if you’re not used to the rich food, or something you eat doesn’t agree with you, taking something to ease the pain will make a big difference in enjoying the rest of your day.
Chewing Gum – Neither Disneyland Resort or California Adventure Park sell gum. So if you need to chew gum, don’t forget to pack it.
Portable Mini Fan – Take advantage of being able to bring a small battery operated mini fan into the park. Even when it’s not extremely hot, it can offer some great relief. You might even consider using it on your tired feet!
Motion Sickness Medicine – If you’re not sure whether you get motion sickness, it’s a good idea to pack some just in case. Many of the rides incorporate some kind of back and forth, or up and down motion to enhance the experience, and some, like Pirates of the Caribbean and “it’s a small world” use small boats to float passengers along.
We live in an age of technology. While it undoubtedly makes things more convenient, there are few things to consider when preparing for your trip.
Phones and Apps
One of the best features of Disneyland Park and California Adventure Park is the Disneyland Mobile App. Available for all operating systems, the mobile app allows you to do things like check wait times, show times, and place mobile food orders right from your smart phone. If you haven’t updated your phone in a while, you might want to consider doing it for you trip so you can take advantage of this great feature.
And even if you turn off your data connection, the app is still accessible by using free Wi-Fi in the parks. Please note that some of the features found on the Disneyland Mobile App are only available with a MaxPass purchase.
While the Disneyland Mobile App is the only official app that exists for the park, there are several other apps that can enhance your visit.
No vacation would be complete without a picture of the whole family in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle so bring your camera and start snapping! If you’re a slightly more advanced photographer and want to bring a tripod or monopod, you’re welcome to as long as it can fold down and fit into a standard backpack.
If you aren’t a professional photographer and your smartphone isn’t cutting it, consider purchasing Disney PhotoPass. When you add the MaxPass feature to your theme park ticket, you get the option of using Disney PhotoPass to download all of your photos captured during the entire day in which your ticket was used for admission into the park – including photos taken at Character Dining experiences, or on select attractions as well as those featuring Magic Shot overlays.
It’s a great option to take the stress of capturing memories out of your visit. Find a Disney PhotoPass Photographer by using the Disneyland mobile app. You can also expect to see them at some of these locations:
At Disneyland Resort Park:
- Partners Statue
- Minnie’s House Character Experience
- Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station
- Royal Hall Character Experience
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
- Pixie Hollow Character Experience
- Town Square
- Mickey’s House Character Experience
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
- Winnie the Pooh Character Experience
At Disney California Adventure Park:
- Buena Vista Street
- Cars Land Entrance
- Route 66
- Cars Land Character Experience
- Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Character Experience
- Toy Story Character Experience
- Cars Land Overlook
- Storytellers Statue
- Grizzly Peak Airfield Character Experience
- Monsters University Character Experience
- Hollywood Boulevard Character Experience
- Buena Vista Street Character Experience
- Carthay Circle Character Experience
- Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome Character Experience
By the end of the day, it won’t just be you that needs recharging. Phone battery life varies greatly, but most phones wear down quickly when you run apps and take photos. Be sure to start the day with a fully charged phone. If you bring a charging cord and are able to find an available outlet, you can spend a few minutes plus-ing up your battery.
The other option is to bring a portable charging system. These are available for purchase online and at a variety of stores, but if you forget yours, or need to purchase one, this can be done in the park. There are several Portable Phone Charging Systems Kiosks located around the theme parks.
For around $30 you can purchase a portable charging kit that includes an adapting cord for most Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. It can be recharged or it can be swapped for a fully charged replacement for no added cost – and not just in the parks. You can swap it at any kiosk around the world. Many airports now have the same system.
Portable Phone Charging System Kiosks are located in the following areas:
- Main Street Locker Rental & Storage
- Pooh Corner
- Tomorrowland ATM
- “it’s a small world” Toy Shop
- Westward Ho Trading Company
Disney California Adventure Park
- Julius Katz & Sons
- Knick’s Knack’s
- Ramone’s House of Body Art
- Gone Hollywood
- Disneyland Hotel
- Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
To Eat or Not to Eat (and also What to Eat!)
With so many amazing places to dine inside the parks, it’s hard to pick just one! Utilize the Disneyland mobile app to access food menus and place mobile orders online. Enjoy Asian Rice Bowls from the Lucky Fortune Cookery at the Pacific Wharf in Disney California Adventure Park, or an ice-cream sundae at Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor on Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park (even in the cooler month of October you’ll still want a frozen treat.)
Grab a simple snack from Fruit Carts throughout the park, or have a glass of wine at Mendocino Terrace in Disney California Adventure Park. It’s a great idea to plan your day around specific restaurants you want to try. And to cut the waiting in line, place your mobile order just as you’re about to board a nearby ride. When you’re done, you’ll be able to walk right over and pick it up.
Other Dining Options
Disneyland allows guests to bring snacks and pre-made items into the park. Sandwiches, carrot sticks, small bags of chips, granola bars, and fruit are some of the best snacks to bring to Disney. This can save a lot of time and money. It’s important to note that items that require heating, such as pasta or soup, are not allowed.
Loose ice is not permitted, but if you’re looking to keep your snacks and drinks cool, consider freezing some filled water bottles and put them at the bottom of your cooler bag. An added benefit is that you’ll have ice water as they melt!
There are several picnic areas outside the parks where you can prepare larger quantities of food, such as sandwiches for the entire family or entrée salads. Nearby lockers make it easier to stow the left overs for the end of the day.
Exceptions will be made for dietary and medical reasons. As long as they fit in a small collapsible cooler, you are welcome to bring in meals that have to be prepared or refrigerated if they serve this purpose. You can also contact the park at least 14 days before your visit to make special dietary requests for some of the restaurants. The park will do everything they can to help.
Beverages and Water
Except for beverages in glass containers, guests are welcome to bring their own drinks into the park. Although bottles are available for purchase almost everywhere, take advantage of the free ice water offered at every dining location. Often, they are sitting pre-made by the pick-up area, and if not, a cast member will happily make one for you.
Hot water is also free, so if you’re a coffee or tea lover, consider bringing your own tea bags or instant coffee packs.
Traveling with Small Children
Disneyland is a magical place for all those who visit, but perhaps it’s the most magical for young children. Seeing Disneyland through their eyes is one of the great joys in life.
But traveling with younger children requires additional considerations that aren’t necessary for older children and adults. Here are some tips for making sure everyone in the family, including you, gets the most out of your vacation.
Finding the right stroller is as personal as picking the right car. So it’s always recommended that you bring your own stroller when you can. Even though it must be searched when you bring it through bag check, the convenience of having your own stroller can’t be beat.
For those who are planning to fly, Disneyland Parks offer stroller rental by the day. There are single and double stroller options and will likely cost around $15 for the single and $35 for the double (prices are always subject to change and, of course, increase). You can find stroller parking throughout the parks.
Like a motor vehicle though, there are several rules for using strollers at Disneyland Resort. These apply to both personal and rented strollers.
- Strollers are not allowed on escalators. Use of strollers is permitted on elevators and ramps, available at certain locations.
- A child must be removed from his or her stroller while riding on a parking lot tram.
- Do not leave personal belongings in an unattended stroller.
- Strollers may be moved by a Cast Member due to operational needs.
- Rented strollers may not be taken beyond the Guest screening tents, located in the Esplanade between Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.
- Strollers larger than 31″ (79 cm) x 52″ (132 cm) and wagons are not permitted.
- Stroller wagons are also not permitted.
Character Meet and Greets
There is nothing like bumping into Mickey Mouse or getting a hug from Minnie Mouse for the first time! Meeting Disney characters throughout the park is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences a child will have at Disneyland.
A cast member, who is called a “Character Host,” accompanies each character. They manage the line that forms to greet them.
If you’re set on meeting a certain character, you can check their availability and stay up to date on their location through the Disneyland mobile app, or pick-up a pre-published schedule at the entrance. If you’re more flexible you’ll have a much better chance of getting an autograph. Since characters dress up for seasonal events, you’ll likely see Mickey and his friends wearing Halloween costumes during the month of October.
While character locations and schedules change, there is some predictability in where to find who you’re looking for.
- Fantasy Faire: This is a favorite hang-out for the Princesses
- Pixie Hollow: Tinker Bell and friends
- Toontown: This is where Mickey’s workshop is located
- Frontierland: Find Jack Sparrow on Tom Saywer’s Island
- Critter Country: Winnie the Pooh and friends
- Star Wars Launch Bay: Home to Star Wars characters, this is
California Adventure Park
- Cars Land: Lightning McQueen and Mater from “Cars”
- Hollywood Land: Many characters can be found here
- Disney Animation Building: Crush, Anna, and Elsa
- Grizzly Peak: See Minnie Mouse in front of her airplane
You’ll be able to meet the characters, take a picture with them and get their autograph. Don’t forget to bring your autograph book and pen with you! You can always purchase a new one, but it’s nice to keep adding signatures to one that’s already started. Neither the cast members nor the characters carry pens, so you need to remember to bring your own. And it’s a good idea to bring a thick pen for those characters wearing gloves.
There are many things to consider for your meet and greet, and lots of inventive ways to interact with them. Think outside the box and be creative! Just know they are limited in how they’re able to respond to requests. Learn more about character meet and greets before you go.
Other Tips for Traveling with Small Children
You know your child best. Don’t hesitate to bring whatever you think will keep your them comfortable and happy. Whether it’s a night-light for the hotel room, or a special spoon they like to eat with, think about the small things that will make a difference. Here are some other ideas:
Stuffed Animal – Although you’ll likely be going home with a new fuzzy friend, old friends should come along, too. This can be especially helpful at bedtime.
Disposable Bibs –Instead of bibs from home, or packing extra clothes, consider disposable bibs that can be thrown out after each meal.
Small Toys and Activities – Beat the boredom of standing in line or waiting for food by bring a bunch of small toys or activity books to keep them occupied. Be sure the toys are small and avoid bringing anything you would hate to lose.
Princess Dresses – This one is pretty obvious but in case you’ve forgotten their favorite one, or they just have to dress up like someone else, Princess Dresses in a variety of styles and sizes are available throughout the park. And if you’re looking for additional pampering, consider booking them an appointment at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for a Royal makeover from head to glass slipper.
Headphones – If you’re flying, consider bringing a pair of headphones specially made to fit over kid’s ears. And if you have more than one child, get a headphone splitter so they can watch a movie together.
Earmuffs – Keep your small children’s ears safe during parades, loud shows, and fireworks by bringing protective hearing. It can also help them sleep soundly even while you’re still enjoying the park.
Glo-Sticks – These fun accessories are allowed in the parks, so make the nighttime magical with different colored glo-sticks.
Keep your Kids Safe – Consider using a toddler leash, ID wristband or safety tattoo.
Ladies and Expectant Mothers
There are a few extra things to consider for women and expectant mothers.
Hair and Make-up – Consider minimizing your daily routine for both of these. You can tuck your hair under a hat, or use hair spray to hold an up-do in place. For your face, wear waterproof mascara and a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen in place of your usual make-up. Since October is cooler, you don’t have to worry about your make-up melting, but setting powder is a nice touch for a long day.
Feminine Hygiene Products – These are available for purchase in the restrooms, or at First Aid or Baby Care Centers if you run out, but pack plenty of extras. For expecting moms, be sure to include maxi-pads and bladder protection.
Stretchy Pants and Maternity Belts – A must for pregnant women who plan to walk around all day.
Jewelry – Avoid wearing expensive jewelry to the park. It will be hard to find if it accidentally falls off. Also avoid jewelry that dangles. It’s a catch-hazard and will break if it’s pulled too hard.
Considerations for your hotel room
Your home away from home doesn’t have to feel like a hotel. Some of the simplest items can increase your comfort and help you get some well-needed and well-deserved sleep.
Earplugs – If you’re a light sleeper or not used to sleeping somewhere other than your own bed, earplugs can help block out unusual sounds. If you’re planning to sleep during fireworks, you might also want to bring a pair. If earplugs don’t work, consider a portable noise machine.
Favorite Blanket or Pillow – Do everything you can to sleep as well as you can. You’re there to enjoy the park. And the last thing you want is to have to take a vacation to recover from your vacation once you get home.
Room Spray or Aroma Diffusers – Use a few drops of relaxing essential oils, such as lavender or eucalyptus, to help you sleep.
Medication – Don’t forget your pills, but don’t over pack them, either. Purchase a weekly pill organizer and just bring the amount you need for each day. Leave the big bottles at home. An important note: If you’re flying and plan to check your luggage, bring a full day’s worth of medication in your carry-on. If your luggage gets lost, this is the only thing you can’t replace at a store.
First Aid – A simple First Aid kit is a good thing to keep in your hotel room. Most items are available in the park, but once you get back and are exhausted, it’s nice to have extra Band-Aids and aspirin handy.
What to Leave Home
It’s always recommended to try and envision yourself using an item before you pack it. If you can’t see the exact scenario where you might need something you consider important, (light sabers excepted) then it’s likely you won’t need it. But in addition to things you should leave home, there are also things that you’re not allowed to bring.
You can find a full list of prohibited items on the Disneyland website.
Disneyland is wonderful year-round, but October is a particularly great month to visit. As with every trip, planning ahead will take many surprises out of the equation. Use this as a guide to get you started. Read blogs, consult websites, and ask trusted friends. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be.
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