No matter how old you are, there is nothing in the world that compares to the excitement of taking a trip to Disneyland. Designed by a perpetual kid himself, Walt made sure there was something to appeal to every member of the family. However, with the sheer enormity of the Disneyland Resort in addition to the worldwide popularity this wonderland becomes an extremely busy and somewhat chaotic place. Hosting upward of 14 million visitors each year, it’s not difficult to become overwhelmed and lose your way. Here we’ll look at a few things you can do to prepare for your grand adventure and to make your visit as chaos-free.
A lot of walking is involved at Disneyland as the complex is huge and spans several acres. Know what the conditions are ahead of time, and dress accordingly; it’s important that all members of your family wear comfortable walking shoes; appropriate footwear for multiple hours of strolling and standing. Wear comfortable clothing that is good for play, that one can wash ice cream stains out of and that breathes in the hot sun. Don’t wear any valuables or electronics that might be lost or stolen; the park is very busy, and it’s already hectic enough to keep track of your family members. There is no point in bringing your unnecessary valuables with you, only to worry about them, especially when they can be left behind in a secure environment.
On the subject of keeping track of family members, it’s important to have a game plan. This is an important point if this is your first visit and you have brought small children with you. Little children are likely to be easily distracted and excitable and more likely to wander away. So, sit down with your kids before you get anywhere near the park and impress the importance of staying together–if you wait until you’re at the gates, your kids may be too excited to pay attention! Establish a meeting spot where you can all reconvene if you get separated, and make sure every family member knows how to find that spot. Disneyland has a Lost Children center in the Main Street U.S.If the children are found wandering they’re taken to a specific section of the park. If you educate your kids about this service and they find themselves lost, they will then know what to do: a Park Employee is the one to ask in how to get there.
Finally, make sure that you’re all properly equipped with hats, sunscreen, and lots of water. Disneyland is a very busy place, and with so much going on it’s very easy to lose track of time. Don’t let dehydration, hunger or sunburn ruin your fun day; be aware that all three can creep up on you without warning. So set a timer to remind everyone to reapply sunscreen, carry water bottles with you, and having a few snacks in your bag won’t hurt either. With a few steps, you can ensure that your family’s trip to the Happiest Place on Earth is magical, fun, and relaxing.