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We never tire of Disney magic, and we make the most out of our DisneySide every chance we get. We are fortunate to have Disney World practically in our back yard, so we do visit several times each year. As we planned our west coast summer trip, naturally Disneyland was in the itinerary. We had to visit the original, the place that for 60 years has been delighting so many of us as a family. “Must See” Attractions at Disneyland and Disney World was great to keep in mind. As we explored the park, my little one commented: “Mom things are out of place here! Finding them is part of this Disney adventure”. I loved his take on it, so I came up with some Tips for Disneyland First Timers.
Before Getting to Disneyland
- Try getting your tickets beforehand. The kids will be crazy to get into the park and you don’t want your first line of the day not to be a ride! If you are considering ad 3-5 day park hopper in advance, your ticket includes Magic Morning which is an hour early admission to the park before Disneyland opens to the general public.
- Check the park’s schedule for the days you are visiting so you can plan for your favorite things to do or discover at Disneyland.
- Decide what are your “must do” attractions or areas of the park. Once you have your priorities listed find out if fast passes are available for the rides. Don’t forget to include parades, fireworks and shows in your itinerary for the day!
- Consider packing some snacks and refillable water bottles. Sure you are planning on buying snacks at the park, but if you have a limited budget you can complement with snacks you bring in. Water fountains are readily available so you keep hydrated while you visit.
- Character dinning is such a unique experience! Make your reservations in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (714) 781-DINE (3463). If your princess 3-12 wants a make over fun date, reservations for Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique call (714) 781-STYLE (7895).
- If you want to trade pins at the park, get a starter pack on ebay.
- Loved something you ate at Disney? Ask for the recipe there!
- Rumor has it that most guests start their day at Tomorrowland. Do the opposite and head left to Toontown where lines will be a breeze!
- Before taking that left, stop at City Hall on Main Street to get your celebratory free button. 1st Visit, Happy Birthday,Just Engaged, Just Married, Happy Anniversary, Family Reunion, and I’m Celebrating are buttons available. You will be sure to have a cast member notice your button and make you feel extra special.
- If you are visiting with small kids go to Fantasyland first because it gets crowded and stays crowded until late at night
- Souvenirs that entertain are the penny pressing machines all over the park which are also an inexpensive way to get a souvenir.
- If you do buy a souvenir at the park and it breaks while visiting, Disney replaces it for FREE! Talk to castmembers at the store for help.
- Pin trading is encouraged. Castmembers might be interested in trading, so if you see one with many pins on their lanyard ask if they want to trade with you.
- Baby needs a diaper change? Head to the Baby Care Center on Main Street for a comfortable area with changing tables, high chairs, potty training toilets, nursing area, and available for purchase diaper and the like
- All castmembers are happy to take you photo. You can even hand your camera to the professional photographers throughout the park
I am ready to go visit a Disney park, are you? I hope these tips help you make amazing memories. If you have tips I might have left out, please do share!