Spending a day at the parks is like running a marathon. If you brave both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in one day, you’re sure in for a jam-packed schedule. In between, the attractions, shows, and food, it can get overwhelming and stressful, which can put a damper on the idea of fun.
A lot of these seem self-explanatory but somehow get overlooked once you’re there so make sure to always be prepared!
Do Have Some Sort of Plan
Pick a park and start there. Remember that you can’t get fastpasses for a bunch of rides all at once because once you get one you have to wait sometime before you get another, so choose wisely. Disneyland finally has an app which tells you everything from wait times (which has greatly improved), fastpass return times, when characters will be out, dining times, restrooms, and all that, and that helps so you don’t sprint across the park and run into an hour+ line.
Don’t Be Mean to Cast Members
Look, I know there might be rude cast members, but you also have to understand that they work long hours with so many guests who are tired and anxious. It’s all about doing our part and being nice. But, if there is someone completely disrespectful, just let someone know. Remember, it’s not their fault if a ride breaks down or if something ran out. Also, there are so many wonderful cast members that go above and beyond to make the magic happen. Everyone is trying to make things run smoothly and sometimes cast members will be appreciative of visitors taking it easy on them and they will make sure to make sure you’re taken care of.
Do Take Water and Snacks
Walking around and waiting takes a lot of energy, so make sure you have snacks and water to keep you going when you’re deep in a 45 minute line. If you’re in Disneyland, the shop right outside the Jungle Cruise has bigger bottles of water than anywhere else in the park. Also, if you don’t want to spend too much on a meal in the park, Disneyland has a picnic area outside right by the entrance where the lockers are located if you want to bring food from home.
Don’t be Mean to Other Guests
Everyone is here to enjoy Disneyland. I know that there are people who do things like take spots or get inconsiderate about space. I’ve seen a fight break out before Paint the Night because of people taking spots. One: Don’t be that guy who is inconsiderate of other people. Don’t push people and look out for others. I’ve seen grown adults take spots from children. Just no. Two: If someone is getting out of line, tell a cast member and they will definitely step in and help out. Being considerate is the name of the game, don’t forget that.
Do Take Breaks
Sometimes we just want to cram everything in and taking breaks means wasting time, but it’s necessary. One of my favorite parts to take breaks is on the benches between Tomorrowland and the wishing well because it’s pretty calm and you get to see a lot of characters roaming around so you can still get some fun in while you’re sitting and regrouping. Breaks will help you last all the way to the end!
Don’t Miss Out on the “Little Things”
By “little things” I mean the galleries, shows, and other things that aren’t the big attractions you think of. Watch a Dapper Dans performance or the light up ceremony at Cars Land. There’s plenty of galleries and special spots that you can stroll through. That’s what is so great about Disney because there is so much magic to see that’s not just rides or the big parades, there’s always something great to see.
Do Be Strategic About What You’ll Do and Where You’ll Go
Kind of like having a schedule but more about where you should be. Small World is a good place to catch the parade and the firework show because you can sit through the whole thing and not be in the middle of a crowd like Main Street, except you’ll have no snow during “Let it Go.” There are plenty of shortcuts and plenty of hidden spaces to sit. Also, be aware of the places that give free refills for drinks and don’t forget to ask cast members! They’ll usually be kind enough to give you some tips and tricks.
What are some do’s and don’ts that you learned at the parks? What is your plan of attack for a full day of magic? Share your wisdom!