Clever insights can make your vacation more relaxed and enjoyable.
Visiting Disneyland can indeed be magical, but without preparation you could wind up needing a vacation to recover from your vacation. Follow these savvy suggestions for a better experience.
RESET YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE On any list of theme park strategies, "Arrive early!" is almost always the No. 1 tip. That's more easily said than done. Guests staying at Disneyland Resort hotels may enter the parks as early as 7 a.m. To adjust your own clock, set an alarm 15 minutes earlier each day of the week before your trip to ease into the early-bird habit.
BREAK IN YOUR WALKING SHOES An average day can easily put several miles on your pedometer. You should start training with regular laps around your neighborhood, mall, or park. To avoid pesky blisters that will both hurt and slow you down, don't wear brand-new sneakers to the park.
PACK A PAIR OF EARPLUGS Between the musical sound tracks in the streets, intense auditory effects on the rides, and explosive outdoor extravaganzas most evenings, theme parks are loud. Noise canceling headphones are a lifesaver for sensitive ears. Or pop in a pair of disposable foam earplugs if the joyful noise becomes too much to bear.
PREVIEW ATTRACTIONS ONLINE Kids aren't the only ones who can be afraid of wilder rides, which may intimidate some first-time riders of any age. If fear of the unknown is holding anyone back from enjoying attractions, search YouTube for POV ride-through videos of nearly every Disney experience. Advance knowledge can convert understandable apprehension into willing anticipation.
PLAN DOWNTIME EVERY DAY Avoid the trap of "getting your money's worth" by cramming in too much. Don't try to maximize your admission ticket's value by skipping needed breaks to fit in just one more ride. Instead, plan on an afternoon rest every day, either back at your hotel or in a quiet corner of the park. Remember, naps aren't just for kids.
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This article was first published in Spring 2018. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.