When I’m not able to be in the Disney parks, I keep up on park happenings through other blogs and Twitter, and also through podcasts, such as Window to the Magic, Inside the Magic, Disney, Indiana and Disney Dream Girls. Through social media I’ve connected with several podcasters, and we are able to have discussions about the parks. Recently, my friend Michelle from the Disney Dream Girls announced she is making her first trip to Disneyland following several trips to Walt Disney World, and asked for some tips on planning her trip.
I’m glad to help, but some quick notes. I’m not creating an itinerary, just offering suggestions and tips. This trip is over several days, but lodging is already taken care of, so I won’t go into hotel planning.
The first tip I offer is one Michelle is already doing, planning ahead. Look at the Disneyland website to find out what attractions might be closed during your trip, so you don’t arrive to find your “must hit first” ride is shut down for the duration of your trip. I’m not suggesting you plan out each day of your vacation minute by minute, but merely suggesting know what to expect.
While not suggesting to plan your attractions out minute by minute, do plan your meals. Some locations, such as Carthay Circle in DCA and Blue Bayou in New Orleans Square do recommend reservations made 60 days before your trip to eat in their restaurant, and it is worth eating there. Plan your meals ahead, decide what you want to snack on, and follow that plan when you arrive.
Upon arriving, pace yourself. Most likely, you’ll be at the resort for more than one day, so you don’t need to do everything in one day. Unlike Walt Disney World, where park hopping requires hopping on a bus, monorail or boat, barhopping at Disneyland requires just walking across the Esplanade. So slow down, enjoy the scenery and the details put in to the attractions and the queue areas around them. Many of the attractions (Indiana Jones) put so many details in the queue that will be missed by using a Fast Pass, and these details will only help enhance the actual ride experience.
Along with pacing yourself comes the tip of take your time. Disneyland Resort is more than just rides and parades. Take time to enjoy the shows that take place throughout the parks during the day. Live music fills the park in different corners, sit back with a Dole Whip Float or Mint Julep and enjoy. After all, it is vacation, its supposed to be relaxing.
Disney hopes when you’re not queued up for a ride, you’ll be shopping in one of their many stores. And I suggest doing so, you will never know what Disney treasure you might find that you need to have. The best time to shop, in my opinion is early in the day, when the stores are not as crowded. Many shops will even hold your purchases for you and have them available at the gate later in the day so you don’t need to carry your bags with you.
Above all else, have fun. It’s called The Happiest Place on Earth for a reason, remember that, and no matter happens, keep smiling and have a great time. And Michelle, get well soon.
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