Ah, the first trip to the Disneyland. It’s one of those events that likely contributed to many of us Oh My Disney writers becoming Disney fans in the first place. If you’ve never been to the Park now’s a great time to go thanks to the Diamond Celebration. The experience as a whole can be quite overwhelming, but fear not. We’ve broken this article down based on your interests and tailored each one with some handy-dandy personalized tips.
If You Came for the Rides:
1) Many of the more popular rides have single rider lines. Stand in these when possible. You’ll beat the crowds and maybe even make a new friend or two in the process!
2) Ask your ride attendant if you can sit front row. Every seat on a Disney ride offers a unique perspective, but sitting in the front row, with that unobstructed view, is truly a sight to behold.
3) Make sure to get that FASTPASS. (They’re free!) On the bottom of the FASTPASS, it will show you the time that you can come back to get another FASTPASS. It is usually 1-2 hours.
If You Hate Crowds:
4) Plan your visit for mid-week and off-season. A lot of people have those pesky job things to go to during these times, so the park will have blissfully fewer people.
5) Get there early. Check the opening and closing times online and plan to visit popular rides in the morning before the swarms come through.
6) A couple years back, Ellen DeGeneres invented an app called Heads Up! that does the magical service of making you forget that you were even in a line with dozens of people in the first place. Play it.
If You Just Want to Eat:
7) Don’t leave the Park without sampling the best cuisine that it has to offer. In our humble opinions these include:
>>The Corn Dog – Find this at the Little Red Wagon in Main Street USA
>>The Dole Whip – Intimated by the line? Go through the gate to the Enchanted Tiki Room where the line can sometimes be shorter.
>>The Turkey Leg – Found at multiple carts throughout the Park.
If You Like Technology:
8) Download the Disneyland Mobile app to see wait times, character meet-and-greet locations, dining options, and more.
9) Phone chargers and cords can be found at the lockers in Main Street USA (Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure).
If You Need a Breather:
10) The Disneyland experience can get intense even for the most seasoned attendees. Luckily, there are certain attractions that allow for a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle.
>>Learn about one of our founding fathers while sitting in an air-conditioned theater of bliss in Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.
>>If you’re in Disney California Adventure, heaven is a place on Earth and it’s called the Disney Animation building. Plop down and recharge those mental batteries while simultaneously sobbing to the soundtracks of your childhood.
If You’re a Human:
11) Go to City Hall (or if in Disney California Adventure, Guest Relations) and pick up your “1st Visit” button. It’s a nice (and free!) memento to remember your time at the happiest place on Earth.
12) Enjoy the magic. To quote Walt himself, “Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America … with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
What are your expert tips for Disneyland first timers? Tell us in the comments?