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If there’s one thing you should know about me it’s that I’m obsessed with Disneyland. Everything about Disneyland makes me feel like a five-year-old and I love it. I usually go every year on my birthday and sneak in other visits whenever I can. Although I don’t know everything about Disneyland (like what goes on in Disneyland jail… I’m working on that one), there are certain things I consider myself a Disneyland expert on. Here’s my guide for a perfect day at Disneyland:
• Wear comfy clothes and shoes
Check the weather reports for the day you’re visiting and dress accordingly. I usually wear sneakers and take a light jacket/sweater with me. I always try and take a small backpack, rather than a side purse since my shoulder starts to hurt after a while.
• Consider discounts and parking options
Disneyland is expensive. In fact, it gets more expensive each year. A single day ticket for visitors ages 10+ is $99.00. Disneyland does, however, offer some discounts. Visit the Disneyland offers and discounts page. I also recommend checking out Mouse Savers for ways you can save on all things Disney.
• Download a Disneyland ride wait time app
This has helped me a lot in the past. It’s frustrating to walk across the park for another ride to find out that the wait is hours long. A wait time app can plan your day out and help you decide which ride you want to ride next. The Wait Times for Disneyland app is easy to navigate.
• Download Heads Up! and bring a backup phone charger
Most of your time at Disneyland will be spent waiting in lines so be prepared by downloading apps you can play. My friends and I love playing Heads Up! as it makes the wait times go by faster.
• Get a Fastpass for your favorite ride
Disneyland is usually very crowded and lines for popular rides can reach up to two hours in wait time on busy days. Fastpasses are available for these popular rides and can save you a lot of time.
All you need to do is find the Fastpass machine dispenser for the ride and insert your admission ticket.
Keep in mind Fastpasses are only valid on the time slot shown on your Fastpass ticket. This time slot is also projected above the machines, so make sure that the time slot works for you before getting the Fastpass. The Fastpass ticket also tells you the next time you’re able to get another one.
Here are the rides that offer Fastpasses: Star Tours, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones, Autopia, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
• Snack, rather than have meals
This is a personal preference but one that I recommend, especially if it’s your first time visiting. Disneyland has delicious snacks, like my personal favorite, pickles (random, but they are seriously good).
If you want to make the most of your time at Disneyland (and aren’t watching your figure) then try things like the Mickey-shaped beignets in New Orleans Square or a cream cheese filled pretzel from the Refreshment Corner on Main Street. These are great grab-and-go items and perfect to eat while you wait in line for a ride. If you’re looking for a more substantial snack, then make sure to try the famous jumbo turkey legs.
This Buzzfeed video of Disneyland’s popular snacks makes me crave every single one of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy0YuBw8s6Q
• Use the single rider lines
If you can’t stand being in line another minute and don’t mind riding next to someone not in your party, then give the single rider line a try.
Usually on rides with larger vehicles, like Indiana Jones, for example, you and your group will likely still be on the same car just not directly next to each other. This trick will get you to your next ride in a fraction of the time.
• Take pictures!
Disneyland has some great photo opportunities. Like I said, I’m a five-year-old when I go into Disneyland so of course I have to have my Mickey ears on at all times.
• Grab a bite to eat at Trader Sams
Feeling hungry after the park closes? End your perfect day by heading over to Trader Sam’s, a casual island style restaurant and tiki bar. They’re located at the Disneyland Hotel and have some enchanting decor.
These are a few things that make my trips to Disneyland perfect. What are some of your favorite parts about Disneyland? Do you have any suggestions on what I should do next time I visit? Let me know in the comments below!
From making sure your passport is up to date, to learning important phrases in the local language, there are some things you probably already know about traveling internationally. This post isn’t to remind you of those things. I’m here to give first-time international travelers useful advice to make the most out of your trip.
1. Learn the local currency
Learning the exchange rates will save you money and stress. There are many useful apps for smartphone users. I have heard good things about the XE Currency app, which is available for free in the Apple app store. The best part about this app is that it automatically saves the latest rates so you don’t always need wifi in order for it to work.
This app would’ve come in handy when I studied abroad in Rome last year and didn’t always have internet access. Meanwhile, my roommate was studying in Costa Rica and said making more of an effort to learn the local currency could’ve saved her money. She ended up paying $50 for a taxi that would’ve cost her $20 in the local currency, had she exchanged money beforehand. Make sure to exchange some money prior to arriving at your destination.
2. Accept that there will be differences and embrace them
There are times you might find yourself comparing other cultures to your own, even questioning why certain differences exist. This thought-process will come back to bite you because it ruins the entire purpose of traveling. Rather than complaining about a place lacking certain conveniences, dive into what that culture has to offer and be grateful that you get to go home to those things eventually.
3. When in doubt, wander and get lost
Taking a double decker tour bus for a few hours basically makes you a local, right? Wrong. There’s a lot more to learn than you think. Although those tour buses give useful information and a nice place to rest your tiresome feet, there’s a lot more to see and do than meets the eye.
Check out some of my favorite travel websites for useful travel guides and lists of things to see: Lonely Planet and Condé Nast Traveler. Also, check out a few of my favorite travel bloggers who give great recommendations: yTravelBlog and Alex in Wanderland.
4. Appreciate the opportunity and remind others to when they aren’t
This one may seem obvious. But I too had read it somewhere before and not listened. In 2006, my family and I went to Europe. I remember being at The Louvre in Paris and sitting down the entire time. I was too tired to walk. I was however 9 at the time and in no way interested in museums. Looking back on it now, I’m slightly disappointed my parents didn’t force me to act like I cared. But then again, they probably knew I wouldn’t. I wish more than ever now that I had another chance to look at the Mona Lisa.
If you are traveling with someone who’s acting like 9-year-old me, tell ‘em to knock it off! You’ll be home before you know it, so take advantage of your time abroad.
5. Immerse yourself in the culture, but respect certain boundaries
This is the most valuable tip I can give any traveler. It speaks for itself. Soak in every site you see and every person you meet, but remember you ARE a tourist. When I visited Thailand this December, I saw a group of girls taking what looked like future Instagram pictures. I’m sure you know which pictures I’m taking about. The against-the-wall, mouth puckering yet candid ones with a caption that reads something along the lines of “Having the Thai(m) of my life”. Did I mention these pictures were taken at the sacred Buddhist temple?! Now, I’m not saying don’t take pictures! By all means take pictures, but consider when and where they’re appropriate.
I hope you find these 5 tips for international travelers helpful. I would love to hear where you’re traveling to in the comments section below. If you’ve been to another country before, what’s a piece of advice you’d give a first-time international traveler?
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