In August of 2004 I went to Disneyland for the first time with my 3 year old and my 9 year old.( Iam a single mom) we had never been to an amusement park, and were quit over whelmed by how big the park was, and what there was to do. Coming from a small town, the scope of going to a place so big was quit and undertaking on our part.
I asked may questions on a few disney boards, but found a lot of it confusing. Not that the info was bad, but that the person or persons giving the advice really would not understand how over whelming it all was since we had never been, or that we were from a small town.
I know more about the park now, but nothing like most of you do, but I do have some words of advice for newbys who come here and ask questions .
First off,.. find out if they are used to crowds, and dealing with a lot of people. I think this was a major shock to all of us since there were more people in the parks then in my whole city !
It does shed light on what to expect, and how to deal with the crowds.
when your not used to so many people and how to get thru crowds you may find your self lost and bewildered.
Also ... Let them know how hot or cold it will be when they go, I found out the hard way when I booked my trip it was hot! I do not know California climate, I went in blindly and we all had a time dealing with the weather. Now some would say. DUH ! check out the weather before you book, thats just common sence!! well some of us from cold climates just think the weather will be just like our home town , how bad could it be? well we booked our trip in March, and went in August,not only a hot month, but high season to! But in Montana ( my town its not that hot, and we have real low humidity.
Then.. Let them know there questions are not silly. you may say to your self, I would never do this, but truly I asked some questions when I first started to find info on my planned trip and I was told " chill out, its just a park, or one person said to me " planning your day just ruins the fun. See, for some one who has never been to disneyland fun is not in relaxing like the people who go often, or even once a year. To a newby, the trip can be hectic and down right scary. we do not know the lay out of the park, and no matter how many times I looked at a map, I was confused. So next time you come in contact with a first timer, instead of seeing it as a pain to answer some of there questions, or not wanting to answer the same question a hundred times to a hundred different people, understand that for some like me, Disneyland can be frightning. Sounds weird I know but it was the first time especially when a single parent goes with a child or more then one child.
I am going for my third time now in April, I knowmore, but still find new things and its so exciting. I still ask lots of questions, andcoming here to mice chat Ihave neverbeen told " chill out, I have never met a more helpful bunch of folks in my life. Thank you all for all you do to make this site informative, and fun.