So what do you do? Formulate a plan. Make reservations at the limited number of restaurants that let you, for other meals, mark out a quick service restaurant on a map that everyone can agree on. Food is a big thing, at least for my family. An empty belly can often lead to rash reactions.
Then there are the attractions. I have heard people refer to Disneyland as "Disney-line." Yes, popular attractions can often be accompanied by long lines. If you have a plan, you can avoid waiting in lines though. Use Disney's Fastpasses to your advantage.
|Know the nuances of the Fastpass|
This upcoming trip, my family and I have decided that we're going to every attraction listed on the maps. We've got 5 days to do it, so it shouldn't be a problem, but timing is key. We can't just systematically go through each land and wipe out the lot. You've got to do the E-tickets mid morning or before closing, use the Fastpass to your advantage, know when certains rides will have shorter lines, and be cognizant of the parade and fireworks times when lines will be minimal.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World are some of the most popular destinations in the United States, but that doesn't mean you have to spend the entire day in a confused, flustered state. Go in with a battle plan, and you can make time your pal, not the enemy.