Disneyland – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

It’s true.  Disneyland really is magical!  Before April, I had never been to Disneyland or Disney World.  So getting to experience this with my kids for the first time is something I will remember for the rest of my life.  So, as you suspected, I am not a Disney expert nor do I know all the inside tricks.  However, we have a ton of friends who have gone, there is a lot of information available online and I followed a book called The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland.

Exploring Disneyland

We decided to spend one full day in California Adventure and two full days at Disneyland. I really can not say enough good things about these parks.  They have thought of everything and then some.  The parks are so clean, beautiful and and just plain well done.

We did try to follow The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland as best we could and it really helped with line wait.  In fact, the line for the popular Radiator Springs Racers was well over two hours, but with our fast passes, we walked right onto the ride.  Score!

The food in the parks was reasonably priced for a theme park and good quality.  There were plenty of options to satisfy everyone.

world-of-colorOne of my must see suggestions is World of Color.  All visitors should plan to stay up and experience this show.  According to Wikipedia, World of Color cost Disney $75,000,000 to design and build and I can see why.  This water, light and fire show is spectacular. Honestly, during this show, I turned to my husband and said, “Wow, this place really is magical!” (Photo Credit: disneyland.disney.go.com)

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For our stay in Anaheim, we chose Anaheim RV Village.  This RV park features 293 full-hook up sites, heated pool and spa, play park, laundry, and large off-leash dog runs, to name a few.  Anaheim RV Village is also the closest RV park to Disneyland.  In fact, while we visited, we chose to walk the one mile to enter the parks each day and were able to enjoy the weekend fireworks show from the comfort of our RV. (Photo Credit: AnaheimRVVillage.com)1000

After spending three full days on our feet, we tacked an extra day onto our stay so we could kick our feet up at the pool and take care of some laundry before we headed out on a long drive to the Grand Canyon.  We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely return to Anaheim RV Village for our next trip to Disney.

Know Before You Go

  • Our strategy for Disneyland was to have fun with the kids and to go at their pace.  It made for a great experience and frankly if we missed a few rides it’s not like the kids knew!
  • Fast Passes work.
  • We had one small back pack with a few snacks and drinks to off set the expense of eating out.
  • Anaheim RV Village is a bit pricey, but totally worth it in my book.  Peak Season rates range from $58-$78 per night depending on what type of site you prefer.  Non peak rates are $46-66 per night.
  • If you choose to walk to Disneyland, you will have to cross over Interstate 5 and cross two freeway ramps.  There is also a shuttle that picks up close by the RV park for a small fee.
  • Check out is 11am.

Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to share across your social networks. Did you miss my other posts in the Six States in Three Weeks Series?  Catch up here:

Part One – The Road Trip that Changed My Life

Part Two – Getting to California

Part Three – Big Sur, California

Part Four – Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle

Part Five – Sequoia National Park

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A = Anaheim RV Village | B = Disneyland

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  1. Hi. Great reading your blogs about your trip. Really makes me looking forward to ours 🙂
    Just a quick question. Did you drive straight to Grand Canyon from Anaheim? We are planning to do so, but am getting a bit concerned whether this will be to much driving in one day with to toddlers… hope to hear from you.

    Best Ditte from Denmark

    • Hi Ditte – We did drive from Anaheim to the Grand Canyon in one day. We woke up very early and we even ate breakfast in the truck on the way. For us, it was 480 miles and it was 9 hours of driving time. We did stop briefly for lunch/gas and a couple of bathroom breaks. It was a long day and our kids watched lots of movies, but I am glad we drove through. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Appreciate it!


  2. Nice blogs.. really enjoy to read your blogs…!!

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