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    First time visitor advice-

    Hi-
    I have a friend who will be visiting the DL resort for the first time this February. He will be traveling with his GF and 9 year old daughter.

    What advice, tips, tricks and DL secrets would you share with a family on their way for the first time.

    (they will be there on 3-day park hoppers)

    Is Radiator Springs Racers still a HUGE line with fast passes going fast?

    Bring it on! Appreciate any help!

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    1-Go on a weekday. Its less busy.

    2-Strategize ahead of time. What rides do You want to ride? In what order? What restaurant(s) do You want to eat at? etc.

    3-Use Fastpass. It saves You time waiting in the long lines.

    4-JUST HAVE FUN!

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Weekdays and get there early! I'd grab a FP for RSR immediately. Hit up the more popular rides first (Peter Pan, Space Mtn, Indy, Star Tours, Haunted Mansion...). I know if we don't get there early, we're doomed for long lines and I hate to start the day like that : )

    We like to eat the bread bowls for lunch or dinner because they're very filling and the price isn't too bad either. They can be found in New Orleans square in Dland & in the Pacific Wharf cafe in DCA.

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    I'm kinda of surprised how popular the Peter Pan ride is. I suppose its a classic....

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Quote Originally Posted by Nephythys View Post
    Is Radiator Springs Racers still a HUGE line with fast passes going fast?
    Yes, literally you need to start your day at DCA to get a chance of a fastpass. And get it first thing you do.

    Things they should make sure they get a fastpass for..
    - Space Mountain
    - Indy
    - Soarin
    - RSR

    Everything else should be short lines.. especially in feb if they avoid the holiday weekends.
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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Quote Originally Posted by ThunderWolf2010 View Post
    I'm kinda of surprised how popular the Peter Pan ride is. I suppose its a classic....
    I know, right?! We do enjoy it too though but I do have small kids : ) Without the kids... I won't wait longer than 20 mins.

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    They will be out there from February 25th through March 3rd

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    I didn't see anyone mention this but make sure you go to City Hall and get First Time Visitor buttons to wear around the park. Usually this will just get your noticed by Cast Members and you will receive nice gestures, but from time to time sometimes you might get a little something extra.
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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Don't' forget to not over-plan and to let the 9 year old call some of the shots (even if her calls don't make the most efficient use of their time)

    Better to always have a smile on your face and miss out on some things than to be a slave to some rigid schedule imho.

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Tell them to get to the gates at least 45 minutes prior to opening. They usually let folks in the park early and start lining up for the RSR FP. You can usually get a lot done those first few hours before the crowds start coming.
    It is difficult to really advise what they should do beyond that not knowing what the 9 year old is into.
    Definitely get the first visit button and have fun.

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Throughout the day in Carsland, characters from Cars will drive out into the main thoroughfare and put on shows and talk to the kids..

    It’s Disneyland and Disneyland does all the little details well. If waiting in line for a ride or something like that, don’t be afraid to pull, push, play with things – you never know what you might find (The Indiana Jones line is a great example of this).

    Make sure that you take your kid out to Tom Sawyer’s island and well, just let her run a little bit wild out there. It will probably be one of the most fun things for her to do.

    The very 1st thing that you will want to do once you cross under the bridge and into the magic of Disneyland is to head up the steps to the train station and very nicely and politely ask any of the conductors if there are any tickets for you and your family to ride the Lilly Belle. There is no extra cost for the ride. The Lilly Belle is a presidential parlor car that is pulled by the train that runs around Disneyland and is reserved for VIPs and contains Disney family memorabilia and mementos. This is a very special thing to do and in all my years of going to Disneyland, I have yet to ride the Lilly Belle. If you do get tickets to ride, they will very likely be for later on in the day, even though the park has just opened.

    If you don’t wait too long into the day, if you go to the Mark Twain steamship and nicely ask the dock hands if you and your son can go up to the wheelhouse they may tell you to go on up there as soon as you board (or they may say come back for the ?:?? departure as they’ll have room to do it then). Once on board, just go to the 2nd floor and knock on the door that says private. The captain will open the door and escort you up a ladder to the wheel house where you’ll have a chance to steer the Mark Twain (it’s on a track), ring the bell and pull the whistle. You’ll be asked to sign a guestbook and at the end of the ride you will get a certificate stating that you are trained to drive the Mark Twain.

    The Tiki Room show is a fun little show in Adventureland that the daughter should absolutely love, plus it gives you guys a little break to sit down and rest your feet. When going into the show, politely ask a cast member if your daughter can wake up the birds and she’ll get to start the show off.

    In Fantasyland, in the window above the Snow White ride, the evil queen will peer through the drapes throughout the day, she makes an appearance like every 3- 5 minutes. Also, at the entrance to the Snow White ride there is a golden apple – try to take it (I promise it’s nothing illegal or bad, it’s fun stuff).

    Also in Fantasyland, there is King Arthur’s sword for the kids to pull up on to rule the kingdom. Well, if you look to the rooftops, there is a window on the roof between Mr Toads wild ride and Peter Pan. In this window, in the corner, you’ll see a red light. If that light has switched to green, the sword can actually be pulled up. They just started doing this again recently and would be a fun way to blow your kids mind.

    Again – in Fantasyland, inside the Mad Hatter shop (in between Mr Toads and Alice in Wonderland) there is an oval shaped mirror in a caterpillar frame behind the register. If you watch the mirror long enough, you may see something special..

    When entering the Pirates of the Caribbean, the line to the right will get you on just a little bit quicker. Also, on Pirates, they used real skeletons when it first opened as those were much easier to get than fake ones. All have since been replaced with fake ones except for the skull on the headboard of the bed in the treasure room.

    One Matterhorn track is faster than the other. The slower track is the one where you would enter the line from the Fantasyland side; the faster is the line from the Tomorrowland side.

    Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain and the Matterhorn are all gravity based rides for their speed. The more weight you have in the back – the faster you go.

    On the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, there is a “secret” target on Zurg that is a couple inches below his Z and in the space that is between his chest plate. This target is worth 50k points. Zurg shows up twice in the ride.

    When you exit the Jungle Cruise, wait until the cast member has unloaded the boat and politely ask if they might have a Jungle Cruise map for your kid. It’s a cool little map of the Jungle Cruise and may even be cool enough to frame and put on their wall.

    Get in line for the Storybook Land Canal boats about 20 – 30 minutes before the fireworks start. About 5 minutes before the fireworks start, the cast member may let you know that the boats will stop during the show – you can watch the show from the boats. Another less crowded place to watch the fireworks show is from in front of It’s a Small World. There’s a spot called Edelweiss Snacks that’s between the Matterhorn and It’s a Small World and they have some bomb *** chimichangas that are nice and warm and filling when it’s getting cold – would be good to eat while watching fireworks.

    Rancho del Zocalo is the only place in the park that you can get a free refill of soda while dining.
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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    If you're someone who gets stressed over vacations, try hard to keep your head held high throughout the day. You get to visit at a time when there are far less crowds than usual, so take advantage of that!

    Also, absolutely stick around when it gets dark! Even if the kiddo's are tired, theres a whole different kind of magic to everything when the sun goes down. And nab a good spot about 25 mins before the fireworks if you can. Somewhere in the hub, in front of the castle if you can.
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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Quote Originally Posted by HM 339 View Post
    Also in Fantasyland, there is King Arthur’s sword for the kids to pull up on to rule the kingdom. Well, if you look to the rooftops, there is a window on the roof between Mr Toads wild ride and Peter Pan. In this window, in the corner, you’ll see a red light. If that light has switched to green, the sword can actually be pulled up. They just started doing this again recently.
    Wow, I've been going to the parks on a regular basis for 38 years and never heard about this before! My son loves to try and pull that sword out. I'm definitely going to check that out next time!

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    Re: First time visitor advice-

    Be sure to see Fantasmic before you go home. I think its the best show in the parks. (Better then the one at WDW). If you do see the show grab a pair of Glow with the Show Ear and sit down the reserved Gw/S section. Its a good spot and by the way the ears are awsome.
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