There's little in life for magical than spending the day at Disneyland. While it's incredible, it can be crowded, which might dampen the experience a tad. But you can actually take measures against this and experience Disney as if you're a VIP celebrity on vacation. One way to do this is by going through the park in reverse. When most folks enter, they start out going from right to left. When you enter, head to the left to avoid the initial crowd.
There are also ways to save a lot of cash while you're here. We all know the gift shop overcharges on everything. If you want an item that's cheap and will actually be memorable, grab a shirt that's on sale as soon as you enter the park. Then, ask every character you come across to sign it.
Here's a little-known way to save money. Buy Disney gift cards in bulk from Costco or Sam's Club. Then, use these to purchase your tickets. When you do, you get bonus gift card money with the multi-pack.
Want to milk every last second of enjoyment out of the park? Here's a secret rule Disney employees are familiar with: as long as you're in line before the park closes, they will take you in. Even if the lines are long, if you sneak in a minute before closing, you'll get to stay after and get one overtime ride.
It's important to stay hydrated while running around in the sun. But you don't have to drop a fortune on those expensive bottles of water every time you're parched. All the food stands will give you a cup of ice water for free if you ask for it.
But if you want to treat yourself with a drink, try this out. First, grab yourself a Dole Whip (using the inside line, which is much quicker than the outside line). Then, head to the snack shop right across from the Jungle Cruise and grab some Tajin. Sprinkle it on and enjoy!
The vast majority of people that visit Disneyland do it in groups. If you and your family and friends don't mind riding apart from each other, you can save a ton of time. Simply hop into the single rider lines, which are always much shorter.
Getting splashed on a hot day is insanely refreshing. However, it can also be nerve-wracking if you're worried about it ruining your cell phone. Worry not. If you plan to partake in any water rides, simply keep your phone in a ziplock bag for the day.
Of course, some people don't like being splashed at all, but get dragged onto water rides. If you want to avoid becoming damp, your best bet is to ride in the middle seat. Also, during a drop, lift your feet. This will keep your shoes from getting soggy.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? You can actually amp up roller coaster rides a bit. Just sit in the back. The acceleration and G-force will affect you more than others. Take the thrill of Big Thunder Mountain up a notch.
So you just found the best place to sit on Big Thunder Mountain. But what's the best time to ride it? During the fireworks show, of course! It gives you a perfect and unforgettable view of the display.
You can also enjoy the fireworks show in another genius way. Watch it from the top of the parking structure. This way you'll have a great view and you'll also be first in line to leave, saving yourself a bumper-to-bumper nightmare on the way out.
Lastly, here's a tip to help you remember where you parked. Come up with a rhyme or song, and challenge your kids or friends to remember it. Disneyland is magical, but the magic is ruined when your lasting memory of the day is spending two hours trying to find your minivan.