Continuation of our mini trip to OC. Its our Day 1 here for our OC trip.
TIPS for going on a trip to Disney AND CALIFORNIA adventure WITH YOUR KIDS
- Pack light but make sure to pack the essentials ~ You’re planning for a day at Disneyland and California Adventure, not a week in the desert, so don’t bring more than you can comfortably sling over your shoulder or in a ride vehicle seat back pouch. Don’t forget sunscreen and make sure to bring a reusable water bottle. Stroller if you are with your little one. Consider stashing a few small snacks in your bag, too. Bring ziplocs. And while Disney caters to many common food allergies, consider packing a few extra bites if you have any specific dietary restrictions. A backup phone battery or charger is a good idea, as well; you’ll also find chargers built into the Main Street lockers (currently down at the time of publication). Pro tip: Consider turning off your data or going into airplane mode, especially on reception black holes like Indiana Jones and Soarin’, to keep your phone running all day.
- FIREWORKS PHOTO ~ Timing is everything. So you know what you want to do, but when is just as important. Here are a few helpful timing tips: Arrive early. Lines are shortest in the morning because, let’s face it, who wants to wake up that early? You do. If you can stay awake for a few extra hours, the late showings of Fantasmic and World of Color are significantly less crowded. Pro tip:As you leave attractions with an on-ride photo, don’t forget to snap your own shot of the screen.The classic, kid-friendly Fantasyland attractions like Peter Pan can become insanely crowded in the afternoon. You’ll find the shortest waits first thing in the morning; alternatively, going during a daytime parade offers a slight relief from the crowd crunch.Just about everything is less crowded during the Disneyland fireworks (except for Fantasyland and Toon Town attractions, which close during the show) If you’re tall or not too concerned about finding the perfect spot, don’t waste more than twenty minutes or so lining up for fireworks or a parade. Trying to take photos of the fireworks? Turn your flash off and you won’t get bright heads and that humid haze across your photo. For that matter, just leave your flash off, period, especially on rides: Pirates of the Caribbean looks considerably better without a bath of LED flash bulbs. But really, it’s just annoying for everyone else and your photos will look far better without the flash. As for that frontside camera, leave the selfie stick at home—seriously, monopod-toting parkgoers is a thing now—and take advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass photographers. These cameramen stationed throughout the park are technically there to sell you on Disney’s own freemium photo service, but if you hand them your iPhone they’ll happily take that group shot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Turn your flash off (and other photo tips).
Thanks Michael Juliano of Timeout.com
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