Eerybody remembers their first trip to Disneyland. I know I remember mine, but I also remember that we were SOOOOOO awfully prepared .. We didn’t spot any characters – because we didn’t know where to look for them – and we were surprised by the French weather.

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So today, I’m giving you my best Disneyland-for-beginners-tips, so you don’t make the same mistakes as I did back then!<!–moree->

Plan ahead

If it’s your first time in Disneyland, please plan ahead. Don’t just go and see what happens because you can easily get overwhelmed by all the impressions and the crowds. Believe me, there is SO much to see!

Take a look at the map of the park(s), make a list of rides you really want to do (and plan your route accordingly) and if you want to spot characters, check out where and when you can meet them. Be there some time in advance as well, because waiting lines can get very long. Oh, and don’t forget to take a fast-pass while your at it!

Take a look at the parade-time table as well. The ‘Magic on Parade’ is a must see for every Disney-first timer! Goosebumps every time!

Check the weather forecast

This may sound stupid, but check the weather forecast before you go. Nothing more frustrating to be surprised by a heat wave when you’re not dressed accordingly, or worse, surprised by a whole day of storm, snow and rain.

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A small pocket umbrella never hurt nobody .. And keep in mind that parades can be canceled when the weather is too bad, or rides can be closed (ex. Indiana Jones & The Temple of Peril)

Wear comfortable shoes

Another no-brainer, but oh-so important. You’ll be walking miles upon miles a day, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Sometimes I see girls waking in high heels around the park: great for your thighs and instagram-feed, but hell on your feet.

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Go with a pair you already know are comfy. Nothing worse than waiting for more than half an hour in a queue with your feet killing you. Happy feet make happy campers!

Make reservations

Another big tip: make dinner reservations. My favorite restaurant in the park, Walt’s in Main Street U.S.A., is full almost every day. Without reserving my table, I wouldn’t have gotten in at all. You can book a table in any table-service restaurant in the park via the reservation hotline (+33 1 60 30 40 50, bookable 2 months in advance) or via your hotel reception.

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Also, I would highly recommend you to book your tickets to the park in advance. It isn’t only cheaper, it saves you a lot of time! You can book your tickets here.

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