Disneyland Tips: As a 15+ year veteran of the park, I think I know what I’m talking about

So my Chromebook likes to crash kinda easily and without warning. It starts to lag, the screen freezes, and about a minute later the screen will black out and it will reboot with a message asking if you want to restore the tabs lost. Anyways I was listening to something and my computer freezes and I just get stuck listening to a girl saying “I” on repeat until it rebooted. Still think this is an improvement over my other laptop, which will have the video loaded but sometimes wait up to a full hour before deciding to finally start playing the audio with the video.

Anyways, since we’re heading down to Anaheim for Universal Studios and Disneyland overmorrow (day after tomorrow), I suppose now is as good of time as any to talk about my Disneyland Tips ‘n Tricks™, along with some of my favorite overlooked little gems in the parks. Let’s go!

  • For planning, check out IsItPacked.com, which has a section for Disneyland including the Crowd Prediction Calendar, which is usually pretty accurate. It’s not a guaranteed thing though!
  • Fastpasses can be helpful, but also keep an eye out for single rider options if you’re alright with being split up from the group – it doesn’t guarantee immediate seating, but the line is definitely shorter than the main queue and is good alternative to rides with fastpasses that sell out super fast (looking at you, Radiator Springs Racers). Rides that currently have single rider options are California Screamin’, Goofy’s Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Indiana Jones Adventure, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Radiator Springs Racers, and Splash Mountain. To get in the single rider queue, just talk to a cast member outside the ride!
  • Don’t even bother with fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. Just don’t.
  • Check out the free Disneyland App (#NotSponsored)! It shows you real-time wait times for different rides, which can really help you plan your day as it goes on.
  • If you ever need to escape the heat or just need a break, check out the Animation Building in Hollywood Land – there’s about a 30 minute loop of scenes from Disney films played on screens around the room, and it’s quite entrancing – I’ve found myself sitting there for at least an hour just watching it.
  • Everyone puts emphasis on going on rides, but don’t leave out meeting characters! It’s really quite a treat.
  • If you need a bit of a pick-me-up mid-day, try checking out the Corner Café at the Hub – it’s a nice place to just sit and relax. Our family has made it a daily tradition to go there and just enjoy a muffin and maybe some coffee while enjoying the atmosphere.
  • I personally think The Jungle Cruise and the Tiki Room tend to be overlooked. Check them out if you want something more relaxing.
  • If you like drawing or just want to chill out for 15 minutes or so, check out the Animation Academy inside the Animation Building – they teach you how to draw a different Disney character every 30 minutes! I personally have done just about every character, heh.
  • If you want shorter lines, look out for when the fireworks are going off- the lines are usually shorter then.
  • Leave the park either before or during the fireworks. Never attempt to leave the park just after the fireworks have ended – it’s going to be one heck of a traffic jam.
  • If you enjoy treasure hunts, look into Hidden Mickeys – you won’t be disappointed.
  • Disneyland has awesome churros. Try at least one while you’re there!
  • Keep an eye out if there’s any special shows that happen at certain times – for example, there’s the Jedi Training Academy, Mickey and the Magical Map (or did that close?), and Frozen exists too I suppose. They can be entertaining and a nice way to just chill for a while.
  • If you go on Big Thunder, near the end of the ride, you can look past the barricade and see Star Wars Land under construction! 😉
  • Invest in something to do while waiting in lines. If you’re part of a group, I suggest Heads Up! If you’re solo, maybe something like Sudoku puzzles or a Rubik’s Cube.
  • If you’re bringing a lot of stuff into the park, like jackets and a backpack and whatnot, try dropping them off at the lockers available near both of the park entrances. They cost money, yes, but it’s up to you whether you’d rather carry it!
  • If you’re under 13, check out the Smokejumper Challenge at the Redwood Creek Climbing Trail. It’s really fun and I hate that I’m both too old and too tall to do it anymore! 😦
  • Parades are fun, but you don’t usually need to camp out a super long time in advance to find a good spot – if you’re okay with standing, there’s usually a spot or two open in Hollywood Land or the raised areas by It’s A Small World!
  • I think a lot of people overlook or don’t know about Mike and Sully to the Rescue! It’s a fun little ride through the world of Monster’s Inc, and Roz talks to you at the end. The line’s usually very short, so go ahead and check it out!
  • Don’t go on the swinging cars on the Ferris Wheel. Or just don’t go on the Ferris Wheel.
  • If you’re called a “treasured guest”, it’s code for you’re being obnoxious – cast members are warning each other about you. So try to avoid that moniker.
  • Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree might be completely ridiculous, but it’s somehow still fun. If anything, go on it to hear Mater try to sing and speak in Spanish.
  • When you get a fastpass it will often tell you you can’t get a fastpass until an hour has passed – this only applies to one park, though! Meaning you can get a fastpass for California Adventure and the Magic Kingdom at the same time. Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin in Toon Town and Radiator Springs Racers are also not part of these systems either, so you can actually get four fastpasses all at once! Not sure why you’d want to, but that’s a possibility.

I think that’s about all I’ve got. Warning that my blogs next week are probably just going to be me going through each of my days in the park. 😛

Hope this helps if you ever plan to go in the future!

-Ylimegirl

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Author: Ylimegirl

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