Four little words encapsulate pure, unbridled joy for children of all ages: “I’m going to Disneyland!” Disney parks are true magic, but all that excitement – and all of those rides – can be a bit overwhelming. Stepping into these gloriously manicured worlds with some preparation can spell the difference between "the happiest place on Earth" and "the most frustrating vacation ever." So before you strap on your mouse ears, dive into these tips and tricks for visiting a Disney theme park.
Disney secrets will make your trip to the park even better. Want to know how to breeze through the line, or make the most out of your day? A quick glance at these Disneyland and Disney World vacation hacks will clue you in. This insider advice for visiting Disneyland will leave you ready to have the most magical vacation of your life.
Make Dining Reservations Way In Advance
Seasoned Disney pros know there is a lot of amazing food to be found in Disney parks, but it’s easy to overlook when you're planning your trip. Whether or not to use Disney’s Dining Plan is a hotly-contested topic among veterans, but it is widely agreed that if there is a restaurant you really want to try, you should reserve a spot well in advance. You can and should make your Disney dining reservations as many as 180 days before you go.
Go On Rides During Shows
Disney's parades, fireworks, and other public shows are wonderful, but if you’ve had your fill of them or are willing to skip a few, you’re in for an opportunity. One of the best times to ride attractions is during a parade, because half of the people in the park are watching it. Know your map, parade times, and the best routes to rides, and you can go straight to the front of the line.
Take The Line To The Left
Disney pros agree: whenever possible, go left. If you enter a line and can’t see the attraction, choose the left fork. It might be pure coincidence, but that line seems to move faster.
Get There Early
It may sound obvious, but one of the biggest tricks to getting the most out of your Disney experience is to get to the parks early – which is to say 45 minutes to an hour before they open. You’ll have a leg up on countless guests, and a higher chance of getting to the front of the line where FastPass isn't an option. Plus, all of the parks have an adorable opening ceremony!
It’s truly a joy to watch Mickey Mouse open the doors to the Magic Kingdom, and nothing compares to the feeling of being the first through the gate. Save that snooze for the Bahamas (or else a mid-day nap) and get up and get going at Disney – it’s worth it every time.