Here is a look at some of the more helpful Disneyland holiday tips. Keep in mind that even early entrance into the park can be pricey if you wait until the last minute to get your reservation or purchase your Fastpass. Here are some simple ways to keep the crowds moving fast through the park:

Plan your trip ahead. Many people make the mistake of trying to get where they want to go by just looking at the map of the park. You’ll get plenty of directions, but once you get there, it is difficult to decide where to eat or what to do. When you have an idea of where you want to be, you can look for the hotels and attractions nearby. You can also check out attractions you’re considering beforehand, as well as the places where those particular attractions are located. The Internet can be a great tool for this sort of planning.

Most of the attractions at Disneyland offer free admission on select days, especially during the peak seasons. Look for these special days, because you can avoid the crowds and long lines. Also, consider the early entry hours offered for the parks, because these may vary depending on the time of year. The earlier you arrive, the faster you can visit the attractions.

Bring extra cash. Even though many of the attractions at the park cost nothing at all, they do get very busy at certain times of the day. If you think you’ll be spending most of your time around the theme parks, bring some money with you so that if the lines at one of the rides start to get bad, you’ll have an easier time of getting back to the queue.

Get an early entry into the park. At the very least, you’ll need to get through the turnstiles early on. However, the early access into the park does have some advantages – you’ll be ready to board your theme park bus or monorail before the park opens to the public. This is a great advantage because some lines will start to fill up early on in the day, and by boarding the monorail early, you’ll get to the park earlier than those who didn’t wait until the last minute.

Don’t waste your energy watching shows inside the park. While it is indeed very funny to watch these shows, and even more so when they are performed by the famous Disney characters, you should leave the shows and the booths and shops and attractions and go and do some sightseeing. The beauty of Disneyland is that the whole day is about entertainment. So even if you don’t get into the shows at all, you’ll find yourself having more fun sightseeing than you did sitting inside the theater.

Don’t waste your energy buying souvenirs. When you’re in Disneyland, you’ll come across lots of souvenir stands and gift shops, which mean you should try to purchase as many souvenirs as possible. This is especially true if you plan to stay in the San Francisco area. It’s not only cheaper to stay in San Francisco, but the area offers some of the best souvenir shops around!

Don’t waste your time waiting in line. If you arrive at the theme park in the morning, or at night after hours, you will need to stand in line for entrance cards and sometimes even for a meal ticket. Try to arrive in the morning or at night so you can avoid these lines.

Don’t bring a lot of cash or checks. Yes, this rule does affect every single person who shows up to Disneyland. But the rule also holds true for day-of-attraction passes. That’s because it’s not easy to just walk out of the park with one of these passes, especially if you purchased them online. You need to show proof of identification and you need to have a certain amount of cash on hand.

Don’t bring large amounts of cash and/or checks. Yes, it is perfectly acceptable to have cash and checks inside your pockets or in your backpacks, but you don’t need to carry gallons of either. The days when it was perfectly acceptable to bring tons of money and checks are long gone. Today, no matter where you are at Disneyland, you can’t just walk out of the park with an enormous amount of money in your pocket. Also, if you have a credit card, you probably want to use the credit card to make purchases, not to tip the man at the register. At least that’s how I always do it.

And lastly, please, be respectful of those who work for you. It can seem like a pain to keep up with the ins and outs of daily life, but in the end it’s the only way we’re going to make it to the end of the week. That’s why it’s important to maintain relationships with co-workers, vendors and, of course, fellow riders. Please be considerate of everyone around you as you go through your way.

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