1. To make the most of your time in Disneyland, you should ideally reach in the early hours of the morning, around the same time the park opens. Mornings in Disneyland are the least crowded and the queues (both for the tickets and for the rides) are a lot shorter. Moreover, this is the time you can make full use of the 'Fast Pass' system. Rise and shine!
2. In order to skip ticket queues altogether and save a lot of precious time, you could buy your tickets online. You need a credit card for the same and your ticket will be e-mailed to you. This document then needs to be printed and carried to the park.
3. Weekends and holidays, as a matter of course, bring in big crowds to Disneyland. It is therefore advisable to visit on weekdays so as to savour all the fun. A lot of travellers who do not stay at the Disneyland Resort (because it is terribly expensive) tend to visit the park twice, on consecutive days, as it is practically impossible to cover the whole of this gigantic paradise in one day. Multiple day tickets are therefore available at relatively reduced prices.
4. Have a good understanding of the FastPass process as it is a great way to maximise your time at Disneyland. A certain number of attractions in the park come under the 'FastPass' system wherein you can insert your park ticket into a machine near each attraction and receive a pass that allots you a specified time to visit the particular ride. This will help you skip the long queues as FastPass holders have a separate entry. This time period (also known as 'Return Time') is one hour long and if you are late even by a minute, your pass will cease to be valid. Moreover, you can only hold one such pass at a time for a specific ride. The earlier you reach an attraction, the earlier the return time and it is therefore vital for you to plan your day in advance. Additionally, there is a huge possibility of attractions running out of FastPasses so it is best to not bank entirely on them.
5. Things get faster if you decide what rides you want to get on in advance. Visit the Disneyland website a day before your trip and make a list of all the rides that interest you the most. For instance, some rides like 'It's a Small World' aren't all that fun and exciting if you don't have a toddler with you. It is therefore wise to not waste time on these. Remember that Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure are usually the best and the most popular rides in Disney World.
6. The best Disney parades, replete with your favourite characters, usually take place around 4 or 5 in the evening in the main street and are downright magical. The map handed to you at the ticket counter will have all the necessary details for the same and make sure you keep yourself free during the parade hour and find a place to sit at the 'Main Street U.S.A' in advance. People have often missed out on this surreal experience while standing in queues for attractions. Don't do that.
7. The happiest place on earth is also one of the most expensive places on earth when it comes to food so remember to have a hearty breakfast before embarking on this fascinating journey. In fact, visitors can even bring their own food to the park. While Disney-themed restaurants are all pretty, colourful and attractive, they aren't really all that practical. If you get hungry and have nothing with you to munch on, it is advisable to eat from the food carts instead of restaurants. Sit-down eateries in the park are usually very posh, crowded and have a limited menu, often burning a hole in your pocket. On-the-go food, on the other hand, is a lot cheaper in comparison and usually better. Right from flavoured popcorn to corn dogs, churros to turkey legs, you can keep snacking on these while walking around Disney World or standing in queues. However, make sure you do not over-eat before getting on a roller coaster so as to avoid embarrassing accidents like throwing up all over yourself.