Everyone makes mistakes when visiting Disneyland, but the first timers are usually the worst offenders. Here are the top 5 mistakes that all of us pro veterans wish that those newbies would stop making. It really is for their own good.
We all have a first visit. However, sometimes the fresh meat is a little more obvious than other times.
5. You don't have to buy tickets at full prices
Every day the masses line up outside park gates at the ticket booths to purchase their tickets. Every time we see them part if us wants to say “You know you can purchase your tickets right now on your smart phone, don't you?” but then we realize that maybe they like standing in lines. Or they're practicing for inside the park.
Next time, though, know that you can purchase tickets through an official ticket broker online to save a good amount of money on your tickets simply by ordering a day or two in advance. We highly recommend Get Away Today as the best Disneyland ticket broker, because they are an authorized agency and provide a discount on all tickets that you purchase. Check out all of their ticket discounts here.
Also, if you are a Disneyland hotel guest, you can pick up your tickets at the concierge desk instead of waiting at the main gate ticket booths.
4. Don't stand in line for longer than an hour and a half!
At the beginning of EVERY line is an approximate wait time. Sometimes it says 5 minutes, sometimes it says 30 minutes, and sometimes it says 90 minutes or more! Why would you waste more than an hour and a half of your time to stand in a line for a 5 minute attraction? There are two ways to avoid this mistake.
First, Fastpasses. They are free and very easy to obtain. Second, come back later or get to the park early. Third, see all of the methods that can help you improve your time in the parks.
3. “We only have one day so we're going to try to do everything in both parks.”
… Seriously? These are multi-million dollar masterpieces with massive cult followings about all the details. Not to forget: they are VERY BIG! You're going to try and do all 50+ attractions in Disneyland AND 30+ attractions in California Adventure? That is mathematically impossible. Do yourself a favor and SLOW DOWN! Enjoy a single park instead of trying to take in two. Revel in all the little details and Hidden Mickeys. Browse the shops and take a million pictures. Take in the next park on your next visit – it's a reason to come back!
The only person that I ever hear about doing this is the one day Disneyland warrior.
2. “It's so busy!”
Disneyland is busy all the time. Period. There are less busy times but even then, it's busy.
The only time the park won't be “busy” is at opening on a non-magic morning day (you can check the schedule), or closing time on a day when the parks close late (like midnight.) But, there are times of the year that are better to visit than others. See our calendar of the best months to visit Disneyland.
1. You don't have a game plan
Nothing says “newbie” like standing in the middle of the walkway with your map open and group huddled around it trying to decide what you're going to do next. Your best plan of action is to make a list with your group before arriving at the park as to what everyone wants to do. If you need to add to your game plan, either decide over lunch/dinner/snack at a table or step off to the side.
Also, as any good hiker will tell you, always stop in the shade so that you can save yourself from the terrible heat. This completely holds true in Disneyland as well. The temperature can get up into the 90s during the summer. That temperature only seems hotter when you are stopped in the middle of the path on hot cement in the sun.
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