Plan your Disneyland trip like a total pro

Plan your Disneyland trip like a total pro

We know: there's nothing like a visit to the Disney parks, but it can all be a tad bit overwhelming.

Our Essential Disneyland Mini-Guide will quickly teach you everything you need to know about the parks & the area—including how to avoid the crowds and long lines, of course.

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Nothing beats a good day at the OG park:

Walking down Main Street USA and taking it all in, laughing yourself silly with your family on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, waving hi to your favorite characters during the parade, and of course, chomping on fresh churros all day long.

But planning a trip out West can quickly become expensive, confusing, and stressful.

Our mission? To ensure your Disneyland getaway is a seamless and unforgettable experience.

Elevate Your Disney Experience: Your Easy Guide to Stress-Free Fun

you asked, we listened!

This 30-page PDF guide along with four video overviews cuts to the chase to bring you everything you need to know to stay out of long lines, maximize the Lightning Lane Pass, dine at the best spots and eat the best snacks, and just generally friggin' rock your vacation.

Essential Disneyland: A Mini-Guide to the Magic

Essential Disneyland:
A Mini-Guide to the Magic

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01  Pre-trip Planning

Everything you need to know while you're still planning:

  • The scoop on the local hotels (which to avoid and which are best), how to get around, and airport stuff you need to know

  • How many days to plan for the parks and which type of ticket we recommend

  • If the Park Hopper and Lightning Lane Multi-Pass add-ons are worth your money
What's inside the guide:

02 Park Primers

Everything you need to know before heading to the two parks, Disneyland and California Adventure:

  • Attraction Priorities at each park — and a list of "Anytime Attractions" 

  • DisneyLAND vs Disney WORLD (what to know if you're used to the FL version!)

  • Our best parade viewing spots and nighttime show viewing spots — so you're watching like a pro and not standing around for hours

03 Dining & Snacking

Everything you need to know about one of the most important parts of traveling: FOOD.

  • Quick-service restaurant overviews and our favorite spots in both parks

  • Our "Top Snacks" list for each park

  • The best table-service meals in both parks as well as Downtown Disney and the resorts (because some of the best spots aren't even in the parks). And a quick overview of all the character dining available!

04 Touring Strategies

The good stuff: staying out of long lines and touring the parks like a total pro.

  • Video strategy overview of both parks (10-min each)

  • The most important things to know about booking Lightning Lanes, Early Entry & Rope Drop

  • How to tour the parks at all times of day: Morning, Afternoon, and Evening Strategies

Lightning Lane Crash Course

This bonus chapter includes everything you need to know about the paid Lightning Lane pass, including a video crash course that deep dives into the system. It walks you through everything you'll need to know to quickly become a power user — including a hack that no one talks about that is critical to know.

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"We did everything and more at the two parks over two days. Including re-riding our favorites, which I didn't think could happen!"

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"Using your guides, we have taken so many trips where my husband or our traveling partners have commented on how much we can get done without feeling stressed. "

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Immediately after your purchase, you'll receive your (cute) new copy of the mini-guide directly in your inbox. Download, print, or pull up on your phone on vacation - whichever!


We know everyone's busy, so we break down everything you need to know about all of Disneyland without the fluff. You can read the e-guide and watch the videos in just one evening.

Read & watch

Complete confidence walking in the parks? Check. Relaxing Dole Whip break in between Lightning Lanes? Check. Scream laughing while you ride Guardians of the Galaxy? Check. 

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How it works

if you're ready to...

Spend your afternoon devouring lobster nachos and drinking margaritas instead of waiting in hour long lines...

Quickly understand which attractions your group should be prioritizing...


walk into the parks as a Lightning Lane, getting every ride you want with ease...

Know exactly which ticket to get and what to splurge (and save) on...

... this easy guide is for you.

Essential Disneyland: A Mini-Guide to the Magic

This 30-page PDF guide along with four video overviews cuts to the chase to bring you everything you need to know to stay out of long lines, maximize Lightning Lanes, dine at the best spots and eat the best snacks, and just generally friggin' rock your vacation.

Price: $24.99
Yep - churros and all the rides, plz!
One-time payment of $24.99

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Essential Disneyland:
A Mini-Guide to the Magic

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Hellllloooooo there! I’m Ali Wigle, founder of Wish Upon a Planner and creator of Essential Disneyland: A Mini-Guide to the Magic. I'm the brains behind everything Disney strategy (and I'm usually eating or longing for chips & queso paired with a salty margarita).

At Wish Upon a Planner, we use our love of numbers and data to analyze crowd patterns, wait times, and pricing trends to help people like you plan Disney visits while minimizing the stress and overwhelm and maximizing the fun. And now, we're bringing y'all the Disneyland guide after many requests!

At disneyland, i'm probably riding on the left side of matterhorn or eating lobster nachos at lamplight lounge ;)

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If for any reason you’re not totally satisfied with your mini-guide and the quality of information, just email us and we’ll happily issue you a full refund.

Our #1 priority here is our customers (you know, like businesses were in the '90s!)—which means we stand by all of our planning products 100%. 

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Is there a difference between this mini-guide and your other guides?

While we have a three-tiered planning system and comprehensive strategy guide for Walt Disney World, the Disneyland Mini-Guide is just that: more compact and briefer. This mini-guide consists of a digital guide (e-book) and a handful of video overviews to give you a strategic overview of the essentials: rides, food & dining, parade & show viewing, hotels, Lightning Lanes, and how to tour the parks strategically. The mini-guide does not include full day itineraries like our Disney World products do.

Frequently Asked Questions

I've already booked my trip and started planning. Do I need this?

Yes! While we briefly touch on pre-planning tips for tickets and hotels, the bulk of information teaches you how to strategically navigate the parks so that you're reducing your time in lines. We also go over the best spots to eat, snack, and drink (and what to skip that's not worth it). Anyone heading to the parks, no matter how long or where they're staying, will save themselves significant time and money using this.

Are step-by-step itineraries included?

We do not include full itineraries in the mini-guide. There is SO much to see and do between the two parks, and it's common for people to "hop" between the parks at DL as well. You will learn strategy, where to go, and what to book and when for Early Entry/Rope Drop, Mornings, Afternoons, and Evenings. Think of it as "flexible experiencing" planning. What the guide WILL do is teach you how to avoid long lines and make your days much more flexible.

Can't I find this information for free on the internet?

The truth is, you can find a lot of Disney information on the internet. But not all if it is current. Not all of it is good. And there’s the part where you can’t Google questions you don’t even know to ask. And while there’s a ton of fun Disney content out there, it’s largely subjective and based on fandom. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – but it’s the expert strategy that matters when it comes time to saving you time and money.

Finally, if you’re looking for Disney info in the Google wilderness, you might have to piece together dozens of individual bits of information. Part of the charm of the Disneyland Mini-Guide is that it’s all perfectly organized in one awesome place. It’ll pay for itself in both time and money saved before you even set foot on Disney property.

I'm only going for one day. Should I still get this?

YES — if you're only going for one day, it's even more critical to know exactly what you're doing so you can maximize your time and money that day. There's so much to do, and having a solid plan and knowing how to optimize your day so you can experience as much as possible is critical!

Does this work for Disney World in Florida?

This guide is specifically for the Disneyland Resort — including the two parks Disneyland and Disney California Adventure along with tips on the entire Disneyland Resort Area - and is not applicable to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. We have a separate strategy guide + system for planning a visit there!

from Jennifer

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"Thanks for all of your tips and tricks. I’ve learned so much that have made our family vacations successful. "

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from Laura

"We didn't wait long in lines, we were able to get reservations for dining during the middle of the day and enjoy a place to relax and eat. We were able to enjoy all the parks and ride all our favorite rides. Most of the rides we were able to ride twice with good planning and app awareness. Great product, worth every penny!"

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