These practical tips can help you make the most of your Disneyland Park visit. Take them along. They're designed to help you while you're there. While you're planning your trip, you may also want to look over a checklist of things to do before you leave home.
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A Baker's Dozen Tips to Make the Most of Disneyland Park
- Get Prepared: Study a Disneyland park map before you arrive to familiarize yourself with the layout and plot your itinerary. Find out what the weather may be like. Check out the hottest Disneyland apps and download the ones you want.
- Main Street Hours: Main Street often opens 30 minutes before the rest of Disneyland park. Eat breakfast, shop, or pose for photos with the characters. Main Street shops are also open one hour after park closing, in case you still need to buy a souvenir.
- Pictures: You can always take your own, but if you want to be sure you get some really good pictures to take home no matter what, use the Disney Photo Pass. Just pick up a card from any Disney photographer and then order prints or other photo products as souvenirs, even after you go home. There's no charge to have your picture taken, so why not?
- Times and Closures: Get current information on Disneyland Park show times and ride closures on their website, using our top-rated iPhone apps or inside the park at the Information Board, located on Main Street near the Adventureland entrance.
- Fireworks: Use our guide to watching the Disneyland fireworks to find out all the best places to watch from.
- Fantasmic!: This show is so popular that it can be really frustrating trying to find a good place to view it - and for this one, a so-so spot just won't do. Use our Fantasmic! tips to find a good viewing spot without having to sit for hours to do it.
- Photo Pass: You probably have a digital camera with you, but what if you lose it or that really cute shot of the kids with Mickey just comes out bad? Disney's photographers are all over the park and you can ask any of them for a PhotoPass. It's a free service - all you have to do is hand your pass to any Disney photographer - and it's an easy way to make sure you have some great photos to remember your visit by.
- Lanyards: Those dorky-looking lanyards you see everyone wearing are really very practical. They provide a secure place to stow your ticket and Fastpasses - much safer than putting them in a pocket where they can fall out or get wet.
- Stow Your Stuff: Sure, you could go back to the car or hotel to pick up dry clothing, a warm jacket for evening or a blanket to sit on while waiting for the evening shows to get underway, but it's a lot more convenient to use one of the lockers near the entrance.
- Meeting Place: The Snow White grotto beside Sleeping Beauty Castle is a good place to meet if you get separated in Disneyland Park. Just veer to the right just before you reach the castle's drawbridge. It's a good idea to walk there together so everyone knows exactly where it is. For a more 21st-century approach, be sure the kids have your cellphone number with them. We've seen some parents take this literally and write it on the kids' arm with an ink pen, but a more fun approach is to use a temporary tattoo from SafetyTat.
- Babies: The Disneyland Park Baby Care Center has facilities for nursing, formula preparation and diaper changing. You'll find it next to First Aid on Main Street.
- Meeting the Characters: you can have breakfast with them or meet and greet in the park. Read tips for meeting the Disney characters.
- Packages: If you buy something in the Disneyland park, you don't have to carry it around all day. If you're staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you can have your purchases sent directly to the hotel. Otherwise, you can leave your packages and pick them up later at the newsstand near the entrance, Star Trader (near Space Mountain) or Pioneer Mercantile (Frontierland).
- Batteries Run Down? If your battery-powered devices need recharging, you can rent a charging locker. At Disneyland, they're located next to the Cone Shop on Main Street U.S.A. Now, if they could just install something similar for humans whose need a recharge… wouldn't that be great?