Start Your Day At Disneyland in Fantasyland

The one time we arrived at Disney early enough, we learned the park opens an hour earlier for guests staying on the property. We were allowed in, but restricted to Main Street until the guest hour concluded.

We had the option of joining the growing queue for the mad dash to

virtually line-less rides and attractions or exploring Main Street shops. We got cinnamon buns and coffee.

Unless you’ve been to Disney before and have targeted specific rides, most guidebooks you read will tell you that you should begin your day at Fantasyland enjoying the rides and attractions. There are several important reasons as to why this advice is given, and it is advice that you should strongly consider following.

Fantasyland because there are no age or size requirements. The only height restriction is a 35 inch requirement for the Matterhorn at Disneyland. As the day progresses, Fantasyland will fill up. Getting there first thing in the morning will help you avoid the long lines that others will encounter later in the afternoon.

None of the attractions in Fantasyland have FastPass. This is another reason as to why you should go there first. FastPass allows you to more or less ‘set an appointment’ to ride certain rides – but none of the attractions in Fantasyland have this option. Cover Fantasyland first, then go get FastPasses for the other attractions that you want to ride.

The crowds and the lines will start growing within a few hours of Disneyland opening each day. Make sure that you arrive before the park opens so that you can be one of the first ones through the gate – and head straight to Fantasyland before going anywhere else.

From Fantasyland, you should start collecting FastPass tickets for the other attractions that have FastPass throughout the park. It is best to collect these early in the day – the longer you wait, the l onger it will be before your appointed time comes around, depending on how many FastPasses have been issued for each ride.

While you are waiting for the appointed time for your first FastPass, you should enjoy other attractions, visit the shops, or get a snack. Times between FastPass appointments are great for visiting the restrooms or sitting down to rest with a cool beverage.

Just remember that in order to enjoy the most attractions at Disney you should start with Fantasyland, followed by gathering FastPass tickets. Enjoy other attractions between FastPass attractions, but make sure that you don’t put yourself on such a tight schedule or such a rigid itinerary that you forget to have fun! Some people simply like to spend some time wandering around the park.

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