Disneyland- Mainstreet Station; day; train pulling in
  • On Nov 15, 2023
    Kyle from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Were planning a full day trip (from 8am rope drop till our ride picks us up 15-20 minutes after midnight closing) since all 3 of us won’t be riding every ride where is a good base of operations to rotate at in Disneyland. (Preferably a place to sit down)

    Welcome back, Kyle!

    I love this strategic question! Some of my favorite days in the parks have been packed full from rope drop to "See ya real soon!" in those early morning hours. But to make sure you have the stamina to go the distance you definitely need to have some strategic breaks in your plan.

    My first recommendation is to bring layers and plan to rent a locker! Your rental is good for the entire day, and you're welcome to access it as often as you'd like. A locker is the perfect place for jackets, umbrellas, snacks, and even extra clothes. Staying in the park for a whole day is much nicer when you're prepared! Plus, a locker is a great place to store souvenirs that you don't want to carry with you all day. 

    Now that we have your gear situated in a locker, let's talk about some places where you can relax a bit when you need a break! I prefer to have a place or two in each land where someone in my party can relax so that we're never walking too far to regroup. You'll find that there are good seating options all over! Let's take a tour of Disneyland Park together and talk about some of my favorite spots to relax.

    • On Main Street, U.S.A. I love to find a bench to sit back with some fresh popcorn and enjoy the atmosphere. I especially enjoy the benches up on the platform of the train station! You'll also find some lovely outdoor seating at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe. Make sure you pick up a treat, the macarons are wonderful!
    • Heading into Adventureland, I like to grab a DOLE Whip and sit at The Tropical Hideaway. You have a great view of the Jungle Cruise, and Bengal Barbecue is nearby if you decide you need a savory snack.
    • When you're ready to wander into Frontierland feel free to stop by The Golden Horseshoe! This indoor location is especially nice when the weather is blustery. If you'd rather stay outside then I would head for The Hungry Bear instead and grab a seat with a view of the Rivers of America!
    • Fantasyland is packed full of magic, but we can still find a spot to sit along the water just behind Edelweiss Snacks! Or why not enjoy a show while you take a break? Tale of the Lion King is awesome! Or walk back into Mickey's Toontown so you can sprawl out right on the grass in CenTOONial Park for a picnic. 
    • If you find yourself in a galaxy far, far away then I'd look for a table at Ronto Roasters. Keep your eyes open, because you never know who might wander by... 
    • Tomorrowland is home to Alien Pizza Planet, which has plenty of covered seating (and the chicken fusilli pasta I love) to enjoy. Ooooooooo!
    You might see a theme in my answers, Kyle...when someone in our family takes a break, they do it with a snack! Plus, many of the best seating options are at or near dining locations. I hope this information helps your group enjoy every minute of your time in the parks. Let me know if I can answer any other questions for you!

    Keep moving forward!

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Utah

Hi! I'm Amanda—a pixie-sized wife, mom, engineer, content strategist, and Disneyland Resort specialist! I fell in love with science as a kid at Disneyland Park, learning about physics while I waited to ride Space Mountain. I love how Disney combines art, words, science, and music to create incredible experiences. Solving challenging problems is one of my favorite things, I'm so excited to help you design the perfect strategy for a magical day! Learn More About Amanda

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