My advice would be short and sweet. Join MiceChat and read!
Best advice ever. The man knows what he's talking about.
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I actually start each of my days, with a few "must do's". If I accomplish those as soon as possible in that day, the rest is all gravy, so to speak. There is so much to see and do at both Disneyland, and DCA, that I never feel disappointed at all if after my vacation I have missed a few things. Reading MiceChat and educating yourself will help keep you informed what your top priorities should be. For example, be sure to see/do something that perhaps is being discontinued, or shut down during your next visit. Learn what rides/attractions are best to do early in the day. Some people love to skip the parades, and fireworks/Fantasmic on purpose because the ride lines then get shorter.
As much as I like to take pictures, I recommend that if you are seeing/doing anything for the very first time, put your camera away, so you get the full effect of the experience. You can almost always go back a 2nd time and take pictures.
1. Agreeing with everyone who says BRING AN UMBRELLA.
2. Wear really good walking shoes because you don't realize how much walking you do at Disneyland.
3. Bring ziplock bags for your electronics for Splash/Grizzly.
Knowing all these things would have made early visits so much easier. Especially 2. Oh, the blisters I had on my feet after one trip. I'm a walker but I didn't think I needed the good shoes for Disneyland...my mistake. O_o
fall in love with this place and later (in the 1970s & early 80s) its Florida counterpart,
attend college in California so I could work there,
take my future wife there on our 1st date to see if she'd accept this other love in my life,
and that I'd love it more than ever when I started taking my daughter there.