Tips to Make the Most of Your Disneyland Trip
Whether this is your first visit to the Magic Kingdom or your 20th (yes, there are those who have gone that many times and more), it never hurts to brush up on your Disneyland plan for adventure and fun.
Many years ago, if Disneyland was your destination, you just packed up the kids and went, but today it’s a whole different, wonderful world. It is estimated that in 2018, Disneyland California had about 18.66 million visitors pass through their gates…So it just makes good sense, that if your vacation includes a trip to see Mickey Mouse, you will want to make the most of every minute there, and that’s why I’m sharing…
Tips to maximize your time and have the most fun at Disneyland:
It all starts when you begin planning your trip…
- Include your travel agent in making your plans, He/she can direct you to the best places to stay, help you with economical and convenient transportation, suggest the best time of year to visit the park, and even secure your tickets for you.
- It’s pretty awesome when your travel agent gets your park passes for you in advance, you can walk right by the ticket booth.
- If possible, plan your visit for at least 3 days, along with the fact that you don’t have to try to do everything in one l day, remember there are 2 parks on site to enjoy (they are right across from each other)…Disneyland and California Adventure.
- When you order your park passes, ask your travel agent to get “Park Hoppers”. These are multi-day passes, that allow you to “hop” back and forth between parks.
- Before you head for the parks, check for ride closures so you don’t waste your time going to rides that can’t be ridden.
- Arrive at the park as early in the day as possible…that’s when you will encounter the smallest crowds. Don’t forget to allow for travel time and getting through security when you plan the time you’ll leave your hotel.
- Frequently, Main street opens before the attractions, so you could grab a quick breakfast to get your day going.
- If you drive into the park, it’s a good idea to take a picture of where you parked, when it’s time to leave at the end of the day, trying to find your car in that huge parking lot is not the way to end your fun.
- Once you’re past the ticket booths, you will need to go through security. This is quite similar to airport security, but it will go a lot quicker and easier if you’re prepared when you reach the front of the line:
- Have your bags open and ready to be checked
- If you’re wearing a belt or any other item such as metal devices, keys or cell phones, in or out of your pockets, have them removed and ready to to be given to the guards while you pass through the scanners.
- If you can enter the park without any bags. there is a line specific for that and the process will go much faster.
- If you’re traveling with small children, there are strollers you can rent, if you didn’t bring your own, in fact, even if you’re not travelling with small children there are strollers you can rent…you’ll find that you end up carrying a lot of “stuff”, from souvenirs to jackets and food…a stroller can be a life saver carrying it all for you.
- In today’s modern world, you know Disney will have a mobile app! Download it onto your smart phone…it will show you wait times, maps, menus, show times and much much more.
- By all means, use FASTPASS! This is a great way to make the most of your time at Disneyland. Designated attractions allow you to insert your ticket, and a FastPass is dispensed – this pass gives you a specified time that you can return to the attraction and have a minimal wait. During the time previous to your designated return, you can continue to enjoy the park…It’s like having an appointment! In addition, you can purchase an add-on called MaxPass, which allows you to make your FastPass reservations from the comfort of your phone, rather than walking through the entire park to do so.
- Souvenirs are a big part of the Disney experience, but rather than shop throughout the day, save your shopping until after the rides close…you can shop on Main Street for an hour after closing. (obviously, if you’re purchasing ears, those must be purchased early so they can be worn throughout the day!)
- If you’re on a bit of a budget, you can save a lot of money by packing your own drinks, lunch and snacks…just remember, no glass bottles allowed.
- If you aren’t interested in seeing the parade in the evening, that’s a good time to high tail it to the rides you haven’t seen yet, or want to ride again…lines will be shorter.
- A great way to keep track of your group throughout the day is to either have matching or same color shirts…it will make counting heads much easier.
- Make a plan for where to meet in case someone from your group gets separated.
- Broken balloons can be replaced and broken hearts can be soothed…if you or your child breaks their balloon, take a piece of the remains into a gift shop and it will be replaced.
- If you have a hotel nearby, you can take a break during the heat of the day…go back to your hotel, take a nap or a dip in the pool, or just put your feet up…after a couple of hours of rest, you will be ready to return to the park and pick up where you left off.
Disneyland is the happiest place on earth, until it’s not…using these tips will help you have a wonderful time!
If you’re ready to book your Disney vacation, Contact me, or give me a call, I am a true Disney fan, I would love to help you make your plans and share the things I’ve learned over the years.