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11 Best Disneyland Tips for Adults That You Can't Miss

Over the last few years, Disneyland has become a popular hotspot for adults to visit without kids.

In this page we'll go over our best Disneyland tips for adults including dining, shopping, adult beverages and much more.

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    1. Consider Single Rider Lines

    In the event that Lightning Lane isn't available for the ride that you want to experience, single rider lines can become very useful.

    If you're not traveling with kids (and don't mind splitting up for a ride if you're a couple), single rider lines have minimal waits.

    How it Works

    In every ride, there's always an extra seat available as most guests travel to the parks with a family, and don't want to split up.

    Naturally, that creates an empty seat that other visitors can't fill, as they want to ride the ride with their families/friends.

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    Due to this the Single Rider Lines were born.

    A huge demand for single riders occurs everyday in the parks, and you can take advantage of this by experiencing the most popular rides, without having to wait hours for them.

    2. Know the Best Time to Visit Disneyland

    The best time to visit Disneyland is during the week, in particular Tuesday-Thursday.

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    The majority of visitors that come from out of town plan their visits around the weekend, and arrive on Friday and leave by Tuesday. 

    3. Know Where to Get Dropped Off

    There are two drop off locations when visiting Disneyland, the Downtown Disney District and Harbor Boulevard.

    We recommend getting dropped off at Harbor Boulevard, just outside the transportation/shuttle area entrance.

    It's typically less busier than the Downtown Disney District and is the closer area from the park entrance.

    4. Know That You Can Leave and Re-Enter Disneyland at Any Time

    Visitors are able to leave Disneyland and California Adventure for any reason, and re-enter in the same day.

    Many guests will leave the park to get food, or even take a nap, before returning later in the day.

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    Visitors will simply need their admission ticket, and go to the gate as they did the first time.

    Visitors are subject to security screening procedures when you re-entering the theme park.

    Visitors are also able to leave the park and come back as many times as they want in a day.

    5. Know Where to Get Adult Beverages

    In recent years, Disneyland made the decision to begin selling alcohol at their park.

    You can indulge at Oga's Cantina & the Blue Bayou Restaurant.

    Oga's Cantina

    Located inside of Disneyland, you'll immediately notice that every time the door slides open, you'll get an immediate sense of high energy inside of the building.

    If there are two drinks that you should try, they are Outer Rim and Jet Juice.

    6. Know Where to Grab Coffee

    It wouldn't be a real adult trip without coffee, right?

    Thankfully Starbucks are conveniently located in the Downtown Disney District, Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

    This provides you the perfect opportunity to wake up before getting your day started, or even just refuel in the middle of the day.

    7. Go Shopping at Downtown Disney

    Are you in the mood to just shop around and see what stores have to offer?

    Downtown Disney District, Disneyland and California Adventure all have stores tailored towards great adult shopping experiences.

    You can see a map of the stores that are offered directly from the Disneyland site.

    8. Adults Who Never Went to Disneyland as Kids

    Although we've covered rides that are ultra popular with adults, let's make one thing clear.

    If you've never been to Disneyland as a kids, there's nothing wrong with riding all of the kid rides!

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    In fact, many adults enjoy doing this and it brings them a different type of happiness, as they can actually feel like kids for a few minutes.

    After all, you've paid for admission, so you should ride and experience everything that you want to do.

    9. Stay at the Parks Late

    Crowds tend to calm down a lot after 5 pm. By staying at the parks late, you'll be able to easily navigate around the park and even catch the firework show.

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    FYI - There are even ticket options of admission after a certain time.

    For example, admission after 4pm.

    These tickets are often discounted, however they aren't offered year round, so keep an eye out for them.

    10. Know the Disneyland Dining Options

    Bengal Barbecue

    Located in Adventureland, this restaurant offers a bunch of lean meat items as well as sweets including Churros and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars.

    Most of these items are on skewers, so if you're in a rush, it's a perfect place to grab and go.

    French Market

    For guests looking for a higher-end, sit down restaurant, this is the place to go.

    The menu items are Creole and Cajun inspired which means that you can't go wrong with Shrimp po'boys and French dip sandwiches.

    11. Disneyland Has Pools in Their Hotel

    Take some time off from the actual park and enjoy the pool at a Disneyland resort!

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    The Disneyland hotel pool in particular has several pools including a 4,800 square foot e-ticket pool.

    It's a perfect place to relax and soak up the sun, in a peaceful environment to recharge after a long day at the park.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which Disneyland Park is Best for Adults?

    It comes down to preference. Disneyland is all about the magic of Disney and offers a variety of shows, rides and even restaurants that cater towards adults. California Adventure has a big area specifically for Pixar Pier, which if you watched Toy Story or any other Pixar movies growing up, you'll be thrilled to visit as an adult.

    How Many Days at Disneyland is Enough?

    Even though Disneyland offers just two parks, there is a lot to do. At minimum you would have at least 2 days, in order to spend a day at each park, and even then you wouldn't have visited everything. The ideal amount of time to visit is 3-4 days.

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