Mom And Daughter Merida
  • On Jan 11, 2013
    Diane Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are planning a trip to Disneyland, what are some important tips for a family who has never been there?

    Hi there Diane,

    This is a GREAT question and honestly, I have so many tips for first-timers... I could probably write a novel! The suggestions I provide usually change depending on the dynamics of each individual vacation and since I don't know your party size, travel dates, ages of children, etc.  I'm gonna list my top general tips!

    -Always arrive at the parks EARLY... before opening if possible!

    -Take advantage of Magic Morning if you are a Disneyland Hotel guest!  This will allow you entry into a theme park an hour before the public!

    -Wear comfy shoes... This is a MUST and can make or break your day!

    -Stay at a Disneyland Hotel for the utmost in convenience and an unparalleled level of service

    -Make your dining reservations is advance.  Browse Disneyland Dining options and reserve your spot by calling (714)781-DINE!

    -Have a plan.  Familiarize yourself with the parks and create a "must do" list for your family ahead of time

    -Take advantage of FASTPASS to maximize your time

    -Schedule a "chill day" to just relax and enjoy the pools or explore Downtown Disney

    -Slow down and take the time to enjoy all of the fine details.  It's not all about the rides!

    I am happy to provide lots of tips and tricks, so please don't hesitate to write back if I can continue helping you plan this magical adventure!

    -Amanda F.

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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, California

Greetings from California! I am here to help make your visit to the Disney Parks as pixie-dusted as possible! As a regular to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, I am ready to put my coast-to-coast Disney Parks knowledge to work for YOU! Learn More About Amanda

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