Whether you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World or one of the many Disneylands across the world, a visit to a Disney Park can be a daunting experience. So, here are a few Disney Park tips to make your visit to “the most magical place on earth” an unforgettable experience.

1. Always make reservations

Always remember to make reservations for both the rides and any big sit-down meals before you arrive. Disney parks can get quite crowded, and booking ahead using the FastPass can save you loads of time. There’s also a surcharge if you buy tickets at the park gate.

Entrance in Disneyland from Paris. Disney Park tips
Entrance in Disneyland Park in Paris.
2. Make a day-to-day plan

Both Disneyland and Disney World are huge. With so much to see and do, especially on a first trip, making a plan is sure to make your visit less stressful. Also, don’t exhaust yourself by trying to cram in too many parks in one day without a break, and make sure to take into account travel times between parks.

3. Visit at the right time

Plan to visit during the off season, or at least between Tuesday-Thursday, as weekends can get quite busy. Avoid major holidays, and try to go in the morning. Waiting times will be much less (peak times are usually between 12-3 pm), and you’ll also get to take a break in the afternoon.

The castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
The castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
4. Carry a backpack with the essentials

Always carry a backpack with a water-bottle, sunscreen, a rain-jacket/umbrella, power banks, and whatever else you need for a long day out. You may not have time to take a break and return to your hotel. Also, make sure to wear comfy shoes.

5. You don’t have to splurge for a hotel

You don’t have to splurge to stay in a hotel near the park. Those further away are cheaper, and there will be plenty of transportation options. At the same time, if you choose to stay on Disney property, make sure to make use of the Extra Magic Hour before the park opens to the public.

Main Street USA
Main Street USA at Disneyland
6. Don’t overpack

Don’t pack too much. You’ll need to make space for the many, many souvenirs you’re sure to buy. (But also don’t buy EVERYTHING you see. You can often get some of the same stuff for less outside the parks, or even online.)

7. Stand in the right line

Stand in the left-side lines. They’re often shorter as people gravitate towards the right. If you’re in a group but don’t mind not sitting together, you can also use the SINGLE RIDERS LINE. You’ll have a much shorter wait.

Cinderella's Castle - Walt Disney World
Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World, Florida

While the many Disney parks can be quite different, these Disney Park tips apply to all of them. If you can think of any other Disney Park tips, be sure to share them in the comments below. You can also check out these real-life destinations that inspired Disney Movies.


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