Megan & Kris talk about how to maximize your time at Disneyland during a crowded day!
Also, we’re trying out a new format for our show. Starting with this episode, we’re going to be combining the park tips and conversations with Kit into one episode and release those once per week. The reason for this is to attempt to cut back on the amount of work it takes to put out an episode. I talk more about it at the top of the show. If you like this change or have any other suggestions, please drop us a line and let us know!
How to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland
Have a plan, but be flexible.
You don’t want to just “wing it” when visiting Disneyland. We each pick our “must do’s” for the day and make those our priority. You also want to make sure to be flexible. It may be that somebody’s “must do” is closed, or maybe minds are changed. Your plans aren’t set in stone, so be prepared to change things up.
Start early, stay late
Do as much as you can before everyone gets there and after everyone leaves. Try to get to the parks before Rope Drop and/or stay late. If the park opens at 8:00 am, you usually have a few hours before the big crowds arrive to get in as much as you can. We’re frequently able to hit five or six attractions before 11. Crowds will usually start thinning too around 10 pm if you can wait them out.
Also, consider doing attractions that have long lines in the sun early when it’s cooler. Peter Pan, for example, has wait times of 45–50 minutes with a good portion of the queue out in the sun. Don’t blame us if you get heat stroke while waiting for Peter Pan.
Use FASTPASSes on popular attractions like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. (Try combining them with rider swap, if you have young kids or babies, for more value.)
Use mobile apps
Use apps like MouseWait and the Disneyland App to gauge wait times and adjust schedule when appropriate.
Take it slow during the day
Take things slow once the big crowds get there. After all, you’ve already checked off most of the things on your list in the morning, right?
Conversations with Kit
Kit talks about The Magic School Bus and a really cool educational kit that he got that helps him learn about the human body.
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