When going to Disneyland you have to plan out your attack. You can't just wander around and hope you hit everything. I've gone to Disneyland many times so I am the expert on navigating through the park. Rides like Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain can have 1-2 hour lines. The only way around this is to use the Fast Pass option, you get to reserve a spot at the front of the line at a specific time. This trip we are staying at the Disneyland Hotel and one of the bonuses of staying there is being able to send your purchases straight to your room rather than lugging them around all day.
One of our favorite things to do is to go to brunch at Goofy's Kitchen. Various characters wander around the resident and shop at each table for pictures and autographs. If you're lucky Mickey Mouse himself will make an appearance. Very exciting.
This trip is a perfect end to a difficult Summer and will be a nice beginning to an exciting year ahead.