The first trip to Disneyland can be such a magical experience but it can also feel really daunting. There's so much to know about before you go and so many different things to choose from. One of the most common questions I get is "What do you recommend for our first time?" Although everyone's preferences will vary, there are some experiences that really need to be at the top of your list and help you really feel like you've become a Disney pro!
Get a "1st Visit" Button
Link Your Ticket to the Disneyland Mobile App
Get a FastPass
Disneyland's FastPass system is one of the most important things to know about. Make sure you know how the system works before you arrive so you get the general idea of how to navigate it. In a nutshell, FastPass allows you to receive a specific return time for a specific attraction allowing you to go and do other things and wait in a minimal line when you return. It's necessary to enjoy many of the most popular attractions in the Disneyland Resort. If you've linked your tickets to the Disneyland mobile app then you can keep track of and redeem your FastPasses through the app. You'll also have the option of purchasing MaxPass to save more time, if you'd like.
No matter whether you choose to purchase MaxPass or stick with the traditional FastPass, get your first FastPass as soon as you enter the park! Then keep getting them your entire trip to get as many things done as possible.
Get a Picture with Sleeping Beauty Castle
Meet Your Favourite Character
You can't go to Disneyland and not meet your favourite character! Whether it's Mickey, Cinderella, Tigger, or Spider-Man you will likely be able to find someone you love and get a picture with them. Characters can sometimes be hard to find but you can use the Disneyland mobile app to locate them easier. Note that princesses and Mickey tend to have the longest lines but I'll let you decide how long you'd be willing to wait for them. I've waited for Mickey for 20 minutes or longer and enjoyed it but some of you may feel differently.
Get a Dole Whip
Take the Grand Circle Tour
Shop on Main Street, USA
Explore Cars Land
There's a reason why everyone talks about Cars Land at California Adventure - because it's amazing! You really feel like you've stepped into the movies and are a part of the little town of Radiator Springs! Get a picture in front of the sign or in the middle of Route 66, grab something to eat at Flo's V8 Cafe, or watch the neon come to life each night at sunset.
Watch Frozen - Live at the Hyperion
Ride the "Dark Rides"
- Snow White's Scary Adventures
- Peter Pan's Flight
- Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
- Alice in Wonderland
- Roger Rabbit's CarToon Spin
- The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure
- Plus many more!
Catch a Nighttime Spectacular
Walt Disney always wanted to send his guests home at the end of the night with a "kiss goodnight" and they're still doing that with a variety of nighttime spectaculars which light up the night and leave you with great memories. Watch at least one but, if you have time, try to watch them all because they're always the best entertainment the resort has to offer, such as World of Color, Fantasmic!, nighttime parades or the fireworks.