Well we just went to Disneyland for our first family trip of the New Year. Our kids are in love with it and we are in love with them being in love with it.....make sense? We have been a good amount of times so I wanted to compile our Disneyland tips that my little family have.
You should definitely get to the park an hour early. That doesn't sound like much of a tip, you probably could have figured that out on your own. But here is the important part, if you get to the park early enough they only have a select number of gates marked "entrance." Ignore that. They will always switch the "exit" gate to an entrance, and if you set up in front of one of those you will be first in line.
Get the Max Pass. We did this for the first time this year and we have never had such a great experience. We ended up being first in line every day we went, thanks to tip number one, and usually they will scan your ticket to the Park and make you wait until the Park is officially open. You can't buy the Max Pass for that day until your ticket is scanned so while waiting for the park to open we would purchase the Max Pass and that would allow us to get first pick of the Park Hoppers. This was so nice for the Cars ride. Also throughout the day we didn't have to run back and forth to get a park hopper. Sometimes Nick would be looking on the app and find rides that had a Park Hopper starting in 5 min, so we would walk to the ride, and walk right on. It is so worth it guys.
Fanny Pack. It's the best thing that ever happened to us. A few years ago we bought a water proof grey fanny pack, that my husband wears over his shoulder. And it has been a necessity for every Disney trip we have taken. We take all of our cards, debit cards, tickets, drivers license, and any other important cards, or cash and put it in the fanny pack. We can also fit our phones in to it, and any other super valuable items from our stroller. We keep it all in the fanny pack, and we keep the fanny pack in the stroller. Then whenever we head off to a ride and leave all of our stuff, we grab the fanny pack and we never have to worry about our valuables getting stolen from our stroller while we are away. Also I want to mention that I am a huge believer of not holding things, so I grab the fanny pack and I don't even have to worry about huge bags, or holding my phone. It has been great!
Make your stroller stand out. This tip is treating strollers like luggage. Heres the deal, when you park your stroller theres a huge chance that it won't be where you parked it when you get back. The workers like to rearrange the strollers to fit everyones and make it nice and tidy. My tip is to put a bright ribbon, or a light on the top of your stroller so that you can spot it quickly, because I have been that person searching for my stroller and getting more and more annoyed.
Last tip, and this is the most important one to Nick, get a close hotel that has a breakfast! If you want to save a ton of money you will want to pick a hotel with a complementary breakfast. Park food is pricy, delicious, but pricy. If you pick a hotel with a good breakfast you could fill up and get away with only buying lunch and dinner in the park.
Well those are my 5 tips. Let me know if you heard something new, or if your a pro and have more than I gave!