You've been counting down the days. It's getting closer. You bought your Disneyland tickets at a low price on WelcometoSoCal.com that you can print at home. Your bags are all packed and the family is ready to go. Your vacation will be here before you know it. Before you put on the Mouse Ears, here are a few tips to help you and your family save time and walking more miles than you need. See our Disneyland Planning Guide for more helpful tips. If you need to see a park map, try our Disneyland Park map or California Adventure map.
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First, download the Official Disneyland app. You'll need it to refer to the GPS maps, make dining reservations, check wait and show times and FastPASS return times. Wait times are updated by Disney, not users so you know they're right, or at least close.
You can also try our Disneyland iPhone app, Ultimate Guide to Disneyland. Ultimate Guide also gives you line wait times posted by the Ultimate Guide community, plus GPS park maps, event times, schedules and dates, as well as hundreds of user-posted Disneyland and California Adventure photos. You can also set up your itinerary with Favorites then place them on the maps so you'll hit the ground running. It is best do this at home, before you get to the parks.
Bring your sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Disneyland can be hot with lots of sunshine. While walking around is what Disneyland is all about, there are limited escapes to shade unless you head indoors.
Get FASTPASS early. The Disneyland FASTPASS gives your group the ability to move past long lines the rest of us are standing in saving you tons of time. FASTPASS run out quickly for popular rides and shows like World of Color so get them when you first enter the parks.
Wear comfy shoes. Disneyland encompasses 85 acres, 100 acres after Star Wars Land opens in 2019. California Adventure is another 72 acres. Ask yourself this, when was the last time you spent 6 to 8 hours walking around a 160 acre park on a hot day? Exactly, not lately so bring those comfy walking shoes.
Phone Charger Cord. If you don't carry a battery extension, like the Mophie which we use, then you'll need to charge sometime during the day, as well as overnight. This is vitally important if you need to stay connected with family members. While Disneyland does not yet offer designated charging stations, there are many wall plugs scattered throughout the parks. It's worth noting that plugs are located just above floor level, like in your home. So, unless you find one near a bench or seat, plan on standing or sitting on the ground for 45 minutes while you charge up. Check our Disneyland and California Adventure Charging Locations for a complete list that also designates whether you can sit while charging with CAN SIT.
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