When flying to Disneyland vacations, check out smaller regional airports whenever possible. Both Orange County John Wayne Airport (SNA) and Long Beach Airport (LGB) are substantially closer to Disneyland than to LAX.
You'll pay less for ground transportation and spend less time in transit. Their smaller sizes mean shorter waits for security, checking bags and pretty much everything else.
What makes Disneyland so much more convenient than Disney World is its ease of walking. The two parks, Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, are just a few hundred meters apart, making the park ride incredibly easy.
Of course, families with young children need to be prepared for all this trek. Even older children and preschoolers will likely need a stroller. If you choose not to bring your own, you can rent strollers from companies like City Stroller Rentals.
It's vital that families arrive early - there's no way to sleep late on a Disneyland vacation! Visitors who "loose rope" for the park's opening will wait in much shorter lines for attractions that don't offer other shortcuts. My family is usually more fulfilled in the first two hours of the morning than the rest of the day..
To get the most out of it, plan to arrive about an hour before the park opens (between 8am and 10am, depending on the season). You will need time to go through security and queue to enter the gates. Arrive even earlier if you need to park and catch a bus
Guests who purchase park tickets for three days (or more) in advance will receive a Magic Morning quota. Magic Morning allows entry to Disneyland park one hour in advance on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays. A doesn't work on Disney California Adventure, but it's a great way to enjoy the kid-friendly Fantasyland rides that don't support FASTPASS.