Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 16, a monthly Q&A post covering a variety of resort-related topics. Ask The Duchess answers questions submitted by readers. If you have a question you’d like answered, send me a message here!
1. How does buying a ticket work? Where do I go, what do I need? (submitted by Angela)
You have two options when it comes to buying tickets: you can purchase them online ahead of time, or get to the esplanade and buy one from a ticket kiosk. I would STRONGLY recommend buying ahead. The tickets will be the exact same price, so all you’re doing is saving yourself waiting in an extra line when you’re ready to hit the parks.
You can purchase your tickets on the official site here, or through the Disneyland app. If you purchase through the app, make sure to have it up and ready on your phone for scanning. If you purchase on your computer, print out the ticket page. In either case, go directly to the gates. You don’t have to wait in line at a ticket kiosk.
2. How long does it take to drive from Disneyland to Universal Studios? (submitted by Carlos)
It depends on so many factors. Unfortunately, you have to drive straight through LA to get there, which is notoriously unpredictable. Without traffic (if you leave really early in the morning or really late at night), it should take about an hour. But if you leave midday, during rush hour, or if there happens to be construction or an event in town, it could be double that time.
3. Which park is older: Disneyland or Walt Disney World? (submitted by Annika)
Disneyland! It’s the original Disney park. Disneyland opened in 1955, and Walt Disney World opened in 1971. Walt was involved in the initial designs of Disney World, but he sadly died before it was completed.
4. Do you ever play “Heads Up” when you’re in line? (submitted by Mitchie)
I love that game! But I don’t play it in line, only because it drains my phone’s battery really fast. I do see people playing it all the time, though.
5. What do you think Walt would think about Disneyland today? (submitted by Nina)
Honestly, I have no idea. Nobody does, and anyone that tells you different is being unfair. How can we speculate the opinion of someone who died 50 years ago? But I do think he’d be so happy to know his park is still growing, since he famously said that “Disneyland will never be complete.”