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Leave Your Selfie Stick at Home
Disney has officially banned all selfie sticks from entering the park. Although every ride at Disney is designed to prevent guests from being able to reach out and touch something in the attraction, a selfie stick is, essentially, a three-foot extension of the human body. Disney rides were simply not designed to accommodate them, and using a selfie stick on a ride can be incredibly dangerous for oneself and other park-goers. Disney Customer Service prioritizes safety above all else, so unfortunately, your selfie stick will no longer be welcome in any of the Disney parks.
Instead of using your selfie stick at one of the Disney parks, try these fun alternatives: you could strap a Go-Pro camera to your hat or wrist, ask a Cast Member to take a photo of you and your family, or take a classic selfie.
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Purchase Tickets Online
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If you make any purchases while traipsing around the park, you may want to consider having them delivered to Will Call at the front of the park if you plan on staying for a few more hours. It can be a hassle to carry around a mountain of bags from ride to ride, so if you can avoid tired arms, go for it. You won't regret it.
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If you would like to avoid the long wait lines at Disneyland, you should visit your favorite attractions and acquire a FastPass, which essentially allows you to make reservations on rides. Nice deal, right?
But be warned, if you attempt to take a bunch of FastPass tickets at once, you won't be allowed to. The machines have systems in place to prevent that from happening. In addition, you should also note that not all rides offer FastPass.
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If you're wondering when to plan your vacation to Disneyland, the best times to book your trip are in early September or in May since these are the times when Disneyland is least busy. The downside is that the park's hours are shorter, so you'll want to be mindful of them. Also, FastPasses may not be available for all rides and some rides may be undergoing maintenance when you visit.
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If Fantasmic is scheduled to have two shows, choose the second one over the first. It's less busy. You'll have an easier time finding seating. Also, make sure to get there early to be sure.
Also, you can purchase your tickets for Fantasmic up to 30 days in advance by calling (714) 781-4400. The ticket price for the show does not include the price to enter the park.
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If you plan on dining at one of Disneyland's restaurants, plan ahead and call the Disney Help Line at 714-781-3463, option 4. Most of the time when you call you can priority seating arrangements.
If you're looking for healthier eating options, try the outdoor market just outside of the Jungle Cruise which sells healthy snacks, including fruit.
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Skip the Parades
If you're not interested in watching the parade held at the park, you could choose to skip it and visit some of the rides instead. There's less crowds of people to contend with, which means quicker boarding times. Who wouldn't want that?
However, if you feel the need to view the parades, consider using your FastPass to book a premium viewing space.
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Meet the Characters
If your child, or even you, would like to meet your favorite Disney character, daily schedules are available at the gate that will list where all the characters are located throughout the day and when. But keep an eye out! Some characters will just pop up out of nowhere. Make sure to have your camera handy to catch that moment of surprise!
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