Tips For Your First Trip to Disneyland

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Is it your first time planning a Disneyland vacation? Although you might feel overwhelmed, there is no need to fret! Below I've listed my top 5 tips on how to make your first trip to Disneyland the best one yet.
  1. Take Your Time - Since this is your first time visiting the resort, make sure to take time to enjoy everything. One of our favorite ways to not feel rushed is to purchase 4-day or longer tickets. This way, you don't have to worry about trying to get everything done in just a couple of days. If you're looking for discount Disneyland tickets, click here.
  2. Use FastPass - FastPass should be your best friend when visiting the Disneyland Resort. If you're not sure what FastPass is, you can read more about it here. Plus if you want to have the ultimate experience, make sure to take advantage of one of Disney's newest features, MaxPass. For more information on MaxPass, click here.
  3. Character Dining - Character Dining is a great way to get the most out of your first visit to Disneyland. Not only do you get to enjoy a delicious buffet meal, but you'll also be able to meet some of your favorite Disney characters! If you're looking for more information on what each character dining experience offers, click here.
  4. Mobile Ordering - Speaking of delicious food, did you know that Disneyland just recently unveiled a new feature on their app? With Mobile Ordering, you'll be able to order your food from select restaurants directly on your phone. This will save you SO much time, so you'll be able to enjoy all of the attractions and entertainment that the resort has to offer!
  5. Have FUN! - Last, but certainly not least, have SO much fun. The memories you make will last a lifetime!
For even more tips, tricks and Disneyland secrets, be sure to check out our 25 Disneyland Secrets for your Next Vacation article.

Do you have any tips for first timers headed to Disneyland? Or do you have fun memories from your first trip? We'd love to know!
 
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Disney Mom

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These 5 tips are SPOT ON. The other tine I would recommend is for sure downloading the app beforehand and studying maps and the calendar, just so you can be as familiar with the resort as possible. Also, don't be afraid to ask questions while you're there! Both Cast Members and other guests love to share their tips. Oh, there's nothing quite as magical as a first Disneyland vacation!
 
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Fast pass is a must when you visiting Disney Parks. When I travel with family, we send one person to gather all the fast passes at once. This is highly helpful with large groups.
 
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Great tips! I agree that taking your time is important. 4 day+ tickets are the best way to go - especially for your first time!
 

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These are great tips! Another thought (that I've done as well) is to print off a map of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park so you know where everything is located beforehand. I like to map out where I'm going to go each day before I get there and be able to see the distance between rides, where certain restaurants are located, which ride is at which park and which rides have the FastPass option! I have found this SUPER helpful when trying to plan an effective itinerary for my trip and feel it would especially be helpful first-timers on theirs. This way you are able to get to everything you're hoping to get to and make great use of your time there, since there really is SO much to see and do! :)
 
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Make a plan for each day. You will get so much more out of your time if you have a basic plan in place, and know where you want to be and when. Plan ahead for shows like Frozen, the parades, street entertainment and the fireworks. Use the FastPass system to save time in line! Get up early and beat the crowds - take advantage of any Early Morning Entry's or Extra Magic Hour that is available to you. Soak up every magical minute. :)
 

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You can also get fastpasses ahead of time by using the Disney app! My family is headed to DisneyWorld at the end of the week and we already have our fastmasses for each day we are in a park!
 

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My favorite thing for first trips is to do something a little extra to make it even more special! We went last year for my friend's first time and we wore matching shirts every day! It was so fun to have cute Disney shirts each day and even the cast members talked about how cute we looked! Anything to heighten your trip is such a fun thing, matching shirts, Character Dining, anything to make it memorable!
 
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Another great recommendation for first visit guests is to visit City Hall. Go there and let them know it is your first visit button. You never know what will happen. When my wife had her first visit button at Disneyland, the Genie Meet and Greet was memorable. He noticed her button and gave her a royal escort around the Meet and Greet Area.
 
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I love the matching shirts! There are all kinds of fun shirts out and about.