"All aboard for a trip around Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom..."
Oh how I love the sound of the Disneyland Railroad! It is the very first thing you hear as you enter the park. (That is, if you aren't a total fan freak like me, who lives for that "woohoo" chirp of the ticket reader!)
A bunch of my friends are all planning on visiting Disneyland next month, which has of course put a definite yearning in my heart. Most of them have not been in several years (the HORROR!), thus I promised to post many a tip this month to make the most of their time in the "Happiest Place on Earth".
So here are a couple to get things started:
|Look closely! ;)|
Tip #1: Welcome to Disneyland!!! You made it! Don't waste time, arrive 30 minutes ahead of opening and participate in some classic Disney fun-- the rope drop! Cast Members (as all Disneyland employees are called) will open the gates and allow you part way down Main Street, or to a specific land entrance. There you will find a rope blocking the rest of the park. Wait with other fellow Disney lovers, as the marching band plays and you count down the final 10 seconds to opening. The rope drops, and off you go for some fantastic fun!! It's a great way to get into the spirit of Disneyland!
*Lines 13 and 20 at the entrance gates tend to move slightly faster, so check their length when you first arrive.
*Pause at the tunnel to Main Street, and experience one of my favorite Disney moments-- Read the sign and feel the smile spread across your face!
Tip #2: Where to go first? Don't stand around debating, and don't go from one end of the park to the other (this drives me insane!), plan out your day before you arrive. Maps are available on the Disneyland website for those of you who aren't familiar with the layout of the park. My advice, hit the rides that fill up the fastest and are your favorites. Examples: Peter Pan's Flight and the Matterhorn Bobsleds, both located in Fantasyland, and Splash Mountain in Critter Country.
*Peter Pan is the worst! A tiny area with a huge line, even at opening!! I'll usually hit this one first thing on my Magic Morning. (Don't know what that is? I'll get to it, promise!)
|One of the original 1955 rides!|
|AAAAHHH the line!|
*The Matterhorn is hit or miss for me; it constantly breaks down and often isn't running first thing in the morning. What to do? Ask the friendly cast member at the front of the ride how it's going, before you line up. And don't forget to check and see if both sides of the mountain or open, or only one. If both are open, and you want a bit of a faster ride, pick the Tomorrowland track!
*The Splash Mountain line fills up rapidly, especially on hot days, and Fast Pass sells out just as quick, so head there first if that's your fave!
|Check out this amazing picture! "Splash Mountain at Dusk"|
It's from one of the greatest Disney picture sites: Tours Departing Daily
These guys are amazing!!
This photo was taken by the fantastic Michaela Hansen
|"A Golden Splash"|
Tours Departing Daily
Another Michaela Hansen beauty!
**What's Fast Pass?! Magic Morning??? These are extremely important things to learn so that your trip goes smoothly and you don't have to wait in those dreaded lines!
But they definitely deserve their own post, so...