While there are plenty of attractions to take your kids to this summer, like the Smithsonian and Mount Rushmore, the most magical place for any children to visit is definitely Disneyland. Featuring some of Disney’s most iconic franchises, Disneyland is on top of the list if you are looking to travel and keep your family entertained for a whole day this summer.
But your Disneyland promise land can quickly turn into a dystopia, too. Exhausting long queues, the ardent summer heat, and rude guests are just some of the most awful things that can ruin your Disneyland summer trip.
Visiting Disneyland can still be the most magical experience for you and your family. Just follow these hacks to avoid turning it into a Disney nightmare.
1. No New Shoes or High Heels
In case you haven’t noticed, Disneyland is a huge place. In fact, each Disneyland park around the world is about 40 ha. That is a lot of steps to walk if you want to cover the whole park. Not to mention the very long line to queue (more on that later), and attractions that force you to walk through to enjoy them.
So what’s the issue here? Unfortunately, new shoes bite, and with the amount of walking you have to do just in one day on visiting Disneyland, chances are your new shoes are going to gnaw on your feet like a dog with a chew toy.
And it’s worse for high-heels. Stories of broken-off heels and painful blisters are too common for people foolish enough to walk into Disneyland with heels on.
What to do:
Just wear comfortable shoes instead. Remember that you will have to do a lot of walking, so something comfortable to walk around in, like sandals, or your everyday sneakers should do just fine.
2. No Cosplaying
More specifically, don’t wear any costumes that make you look too much like a Disney host. Children can get away with looking like Snow White and Buzz Lightyear, but you won’t. Actually, Disneyland’s employees are allowed to refute entries if your costumes make you look too much like an official host, which will end your Disneyland trip prematurely.
This ban is pretty reasonable when you think of it. Horror stories about how easy it is to deceive children by looking like a character they trust, like Santa Claus for example, are everywhere online. This policy aims to protect gullible children, and thus, is very understandable.
What to do:
Leave your convincing Disney costumes for the next Disney con, Halloween, or for cosplaying. Just wear anything else you have, so long as it is decent and appropriate (think of the children). You are free to dress up in any clothing inspired by your favorite Disney characters, though.
3. No Rude Behaviors To Disneyland Hosts
Disneyland’s character hosts are people who dress up like the characters from your favorite franchises and work In the park. These unsung heroes make sure the guests are safe and don’t get lost in the huge park, and make sure guests aren’t staying longer than they are allowed.
Surprisingly, lots of people can be rude to these adorable hosts. One of the jobs that the hosts must perform is to close the meet-and-greet line when it is time. If you haven’t seen a Disneyland queue before, it is unbelievably long, and people who queue for a long time can be super rude when their time is wasted without meeting the hosts. And, fortunately, these rude and toxic people are usually escorted out of the park.
What to do:
Be nice to Disneyland’s official hosts, even when they close out a queue that you have been waiting for a long time. People who are nicer to hosts sometimes get noticed and can go backstage to meet their favorite Disney characters.
One of the most visited places in the summer is Disneyland. Dubbed the most magical place on Earth, Disneyland can also turn into the nightmarish place on Earth to visit during summer too. To avoid turning your visit into an awful experience, give these tips a quick look.If you are looking for a cheaper way to visit Disneyland, pay attention to the theme park’s numerous Disneyland discounts to lower the cost of your trip.