Disneyland Tips And Tricks You Should Never Forget
At Disney Parks there can be a fine line between fun and frustration. Experienced visitors know the tips and tricks that can make a trip with the kids much more efficient, inexpensive and fun. Here are 20 of those tips and tricks to add to your arsenal next time you and the kids visit. The videos below the article will give you even more insight into enhancing your visit.
1. To help you prepare for your trip Disneyland will send you a free Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD.
You can order one here.
2. If there’s a long line for the ticket booth you can forgo the wait by buying tickets with your mobile device.
Once you purchase tickets the Disneyland Mobile Ticket Store will instantly deliver ticket barcodes to your mobile device.
3. Write your cell phone number on your child in case they get separated from you.
Temporary tattoos, as suggested by At Home With Cherise, are a good option. You can also put a “Hello, My Name Is:” tag on your child’s shirt with your contact info.
4. Buy princess dresses, pirate costumes, and Mickey Mouse T-shirts before you get to Disneyland.
These items are expensive once inside the gates, but they can be bought for much less at a big box store like Target or on DisneyStore.com. Hide these items in a backpack and then present them to your kids once inside so they’re just as exciting as the ones hanging in shop windows.
5. The Fastpass system is free and, more importantly, can be gamed a little.
The machines that dispense Fastpasses may look like pay machines, but they’re not. Also, the fastpass systems at Disneyland and California Adventure are not connected, so it’s possible to hold more than one fastpass at the same time.
6. If your kid is especially excited about meeting Disney characters, make a reservation for a Disney character dining experience.
These restaurants can be pricey, but they allow your kid the opportunity to meet their favorite characters without having to spend hours in line. Find a list of character dining options here.
7. Pressed Pennies are the cheapest souvenirs available at Disneyland resorts.
Pressed penny machines can be found in stores throughout the resort and cost just 51 cents each.
8. Add something distinctive to your stroller so you’ll be able to spot it among all of the other strollers.
Also, staff sometimes move strollers to different locations to make room, so if you don’t see your stroller stay calm and ask for help.
9. You will spend a large portion of the day in line, so bring something to entertain your kids while they wait.
Comic books, Rubik’s cubes, and other easy-to-hold items are best.
10. Visit the Baby Care Center for a quiet, secluded place to nurse.
They also have tiny potties for little kids, spacious changing tables, an area for pumping, high chairs for feeding your baby, and even a store to buy baby supplies. For an in-depth look at these centers check out Disney Examiner.
11. For nutritious items look for the “Mickey Check” symbol on kids’ menus.
More about Disneyland’s healthy choice options can be found here.
Disneyland expert Lisa Robertson, author of the blog,Babes In Disneyland: The ultimate Disneyland resort guide for families with young children, shared tips 12–19:
12. The best way to travel throughout the park with a baby is by using a baby carrier.
Carriers allow parents to have their hands free on attractions and minimize the amount of times a baby must be taken in and out of the stroller.
13. The “rider switch” policy lets both parents enjoy the attractions without the double wait.
After one parent rides an attraction, the parent who waited with the child can then get on the ride with minimal wait time. It’s a great policy that lets adults save time when they want to go on rides that the children can’t go on. Ask a cast member about getting these passes.
14. Filtered water spigots are available in the Baby Care Centers at both parks as well as at Rancho del Zocalo, the French Market, and Tomorrowland Terrace restaurants.
You can also get cups of ice water for free at any food service location with a soda
15. The general rule for gauging crowd size is that if you and everyone else have the day off, it’s going to be crowded. There’s more to it than that, though.
To learn about Lisa’s easy and much more accurate trick for predicting how large crowds will be on any given day click here.
16. Three restaurants inside Disneyland give free refills on soda and a to-go cup after the meal is over.
These restaurants are the Plaza Inn, Rancho del Zocalo, and Pizza Port.
17. Disneyland menus may only present full meal options, but it is possible to purchase individual items à la carte.
Don’t want the chips that come with the corn dog? Let your server know and they’ll charge you only for the corn dog.
18. Disneyland offers secure electronics charging stations at the Main Street locker facility for $2 per hour.
This lets you leave your phone to charge while you go on a few rides. Of course, bringing a portable cell phone charger is still the best option.
19. Tweet @DisneylandToday and @DCAToday to get quick responses to your park-related questions.
This is often the quickest way to find out restaurant hours, what restaurants are nearby, where to find characters, and more. This service also provides occasional tips throughout the day about attractions that have shorter wait times.
20. The Disneyland Wait Times app will let you know how busy the rides are throughout the day.
Third-party wait time apps like this one can be inaccurate because they rely on in-park guest reporting, but this one is regarded as the most accurate. Download ithere for the iPhone and here for Android.
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