What to Do First at Disneyland

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What to Do First at Disneyland to maximize time with character visits, Jedi Training, parade seating tips and more! Don’t miss a special post in our “What To Ride First” series with suggestions on what to do first at Disneyland.

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What to Do First at Disneyland: Character Visits

We’ve covered the rides by each land in our What to Ride First series, but there are a few other “first-things” to check at Disneyland, our favorite being character visits.
If you have Princess loving Disney fans in your group, ride one of your must-rides first thing in the morning (read more about opening the Disneyland Resort here) and then head over to see the Princesses and Fairies at their various locations throughout the park.
Check out our detailed articles on how to meet Disney Princesses and Tinker Bell at Disneyland.
If you arrive first thing in the morning, you will more than likely be able to walk right in to visit your favorite characters. Trust me, it is so much better than waiting an hour or more in these slow moving lines!
What to do first at Disneyland, character meet and greets and more tips!

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Mickey and Minnie also get busy visiting with friends early in the day. Ride a few rides, then head over to Mickey’s Toontown (which usually opens an hour later than the rest of Disneyland) to say hello.
Don’t worry if your visit to Mickey and Minnie Mouse gets delayed, visiting their homes make it on my list of rides and attractions that are worth the wait!
Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort
Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort
Interested in meeting even more Disneyland characters strolling about around the park? Read about the official Disneyland app and why it’s a must-download for your Disneyland visit!

What to Do First at Disneyland: Jedi Training

What to do first at Disneyland, Jedi Training and more!
What to do first at Disneyland, Jedi Training and more!
Now that Star Wars is making an even bigger appearance at the Disneyland Resort (more on Star Wars Land here), Jedi Training Academy has been reimagined into an even better experience for young Padawans. If your kids want to participate in Jedi Training, you must sign up at the kiosk outside the Star Wars Launch Bay exit. Registration begins at park opening, with limited space during Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning Hour.  Participants must be present to sign up for a spot. Read all about this interactive experience here.

What to Do First at Disneyland: Shows & Parades

As of May 2015, Fantasmic! requires a FASTPASS for viewing. This FASTPASS is not connected to other attraction FASTFASSES. If you would like to see this popular night show, be sure to pick up your FASTPASS earlier in the day. On nights when a second, later show is available, try getting a FASTPASS around lunch time instead.

If you’re interested in hanging out for some Disneyland parades, you won’t need to secure seats first thing in the morning, but there definitely is strategy involved!  Disneyland parades, including Paint the Night which I highly recommend— are not to be missed. Be sure to check out this detailed article  which includes a parade seating guide to make the most out of your Disneyland visit.

What to do first at Disneyland, including parade seating tips.
What to do first at Disneyland, including parade seating tips.

What are some of your must-do items at Disneyland? Do you have a favorite show or parade? A character you must see? Tell us what to do first at Disneyland for your visit!


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