5 Tips for Managing the Large Crowds at Disneyland
As you know, we love Disneyland! This summer, there is so much coming to the Disneyland Resort that it is going to be a magical time to travel. From new rides, reopening attractions and returning parades, a Disneyland trip is a must.
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With much excitement in store, you are sure to have a great time! However, it’s no secret that summer is one of the busiest times of the year at the Disneyland Resort but we have compiled some of our best tips for beating the large crowds.
5 Tips for Managing the Large Crowds at Disneyland:
Take advantage of the FASTPASS system
My first tip (and favorite tip) is to take advantage of the FASTPASS system. FASTPASSES are magical tickets you can get for select rides and/or shows that help you skip most of the line and head straight to the front. There are a few tricks to the FASTPASS system. You can only have one valid FASTPASS at a time and some rides run out quicker than others so be sure to snag the FASTPASSES you want the most, first. Radiator Spring Racers FASTPASS tickets run out really quickly once California Adventure opens, so if that is a ride you want to hit, we recommend going there first. Here’s a tip: You will need a FASTPASS for World of Color and Frozen LIVE at the Hyperion Theater in DCA. However, because these are shows, not rides, you can have a FASTPASS for one of them at the same time as a ride FASTPASS, but not both shows at once so be sure to plan accordingly.
Eat at odd times
Eating at odd times is also a great tip for handling the crowds. By eating a late lunch or an early dinner, not only will the food lines be shorter, but the ride lines will be shorter while everyone else is eating! This will help you hit more rides during peak meal times and get back to the park quickly.
When going to Disneyland, try to get to the parks as early as possible. By getting there a half hour early, you will beat the security check crowds and will get into the parks before the masses. That way you can hit a ride or two before lines get too long. Also, take advantage of your Magic Morning when you purchase a 3-day or longer park ticket. This will get you into the parks an hour before the general public and you can hop on your favorite ride with hardly any wait time.
Ride less popular rides or watch a show during the popular peak hours
This tip goes along with the tip about eating at odd times. If you can be flexible with your schedule a little bit & do a little pre-planning, you can definitely avoid the bigger crowds by sticking to areas where there will be fewer crowds during the prime times of the day – mid morning, afternoon and after dinner before the parades & fireworks. So, head to those less popular rides such as the People Mover or go to a show. Visiting a show during the prime riding times can also give you a little breather and chance to relax in the heat of the day, too. Then, head to the more popular rides or visit the characters with the long lines when there will be fewer crowds. We managed to get the lowest wait time to see Elsa & Anna for a Meet & Greet a few years ago by getting in line right when the fireworks were going off. Everyone’s attention was on the fireworks, so we were able to sneak in to the line for just a 30 minute wait (instead of a 1 1/2 – 2+ hr wait).
Purchase a Multi-Day Ticket for Less Stress
Last but not least, give yourself plenty of time in the parks with a multi-day ticket. Get Away Today sells a 5-day ticket for the price of a 4-day ticket. This will give you an extra day in the park to get to all your favorite rides, the new shows and anything your heart desires! More time in the parks means more fun and less stress worrying about fitting everything in. More days in the park also gives you more leniency during the day for a pool break or nap.
Summer is a great time to visit the Disneyland Resort. By taking advantage of all that Disneyland has to offer and implementing these tips, you’re sure to have a magical time. Begin the magic early and book your Disneyland Resort vacation with Get Away Today! You can put your package on their flexible layaway plan for only $125 down. With their discounted park tickets, reduced hotel rates and excellent customer service, you will be glad you booked with Get Away Today. Head over to their website at getawaytoday.com or call 855-GET-AWAY to book. Be sure to use promo code THRIFTYNW for and additional $10 off your Southern California vacation package and let them know that Thrifty NW Mom referred you.