5 clever tech tips & tools for Disneyland visitors - 510 Families

5 clever tech tips & tools for Disneyland visitors

Before you go to Disneyland

Planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth can be intimidating for any parent. I've been there with my kids three or four times, and as a blogger have met enough of the behind-the-scenes folks to learn a few techy tricks.

1- Watch a few videos on YouTube. If you have an anxious child and want to prepare him or her for larger-than-life characters or rides, there is plenty of footage on YouTube to help you do that. Search for the name of the ride and the words “disneyland ride”. You'll find it. If you are thinking it's all fun and games at Disneyland, I encourage you to watch a video of Pinocchio's Daring Journey. It's freaking scary and I regretted pressuring my 7-year old son to ride it. This YouTube channel has high quality, if lengthy, videos of a number of rides.

2- Follow @DisneylandToday on Twitter. There are many Disney handles on Twitter, but this is the official one from within the park. Occasional tweets about hours and rides with short lines, plus a bunch of promotions of park features you might not know about.

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Nothing to obsessively refresh, but nice to browse while you're waiting in line, and the word on the street is that if you tweet them with a question, you'll get a response.

3- Download a list of the food options. If you worry about picky eating, must stick to a certain diet, or just like to obsess about food before you go anywhere, here's a PDF (from 2013) detailing meal options with a focus on healthy, balanced choices. Look for the “Mickey Check” symbol to know which foods are approved for a select list of the healthiest choices. On my first visit as a parent, I was delighted by the sides of fruits and veggies that came with every entree. Take a peek at the menus.

4- Read a blog post or two. You're already reading one. Check. There are blogs galore dedicated to passing along Disneyland wisdom. If you do a google search, you might be instantly overwhelmed. Here's a useful post from one Bay Area mom blogger. Now you're good. For a full e-book worth of insider tips, check out Cam Bowman's 101 Disneyland Tips.  I liked learning that you can get a “First-time” button to wear at City Hall if you stop by right when you enter the park.

5- Use the Disneyland app.

Use the Disneyland app to manage your visit
Manage tickets, showtimes, photos, and dining reservations
Use the Disneyland app to manage your visit
Now features up-to-the-minute wait times & fast pass management

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Over the years, the Disneyland app has gotten a lot better. It features the length of lines at each ride along with all other aspects of managing your vacation. It includes a map of the park and restaurant info; you can also check showtimes. If you spring an extra $10 per person for MaxPass (new as of summer 2017), you can manage all your fastpasses and your photographs as well. Much to my surprise, my kids loved the parade more than anything else. In the future, we'll plan our whole day around it.

Related: On RookieMoms.com, What is the best age for Disneyland? and here on 510Families.com, Things to know about California Aventure park

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5 thoughts on “5 clever tech tips & tools for Disneyland visitors”

  1. Oh my god !! Perfect timing !! We are leaving next week and I was freaking out about meals / food for my 18 mo picky eater ! Thank you so very much for the post 🙂

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