There’s stress and then there’s Disneyland stress. Here’s five ways to sprinkle a little Fairy Godmother calm over your next visit.

1. Timing is everything

Travelling from Australia, the best time to visit Disneyland in terms of crowds and temperature is during the September school holidays. Closely followed by the January, when everyone else is chasing the snow in Canada and Colorado. Before you choose your dates make sure you scan the local calendars to avoid clashes with public holidays and special events in both Anaheim and surrounding suburbs. Try to avoid weekends and check the Disney website to ensure there aren’t any ride or attraction restrictions in place during your stay. The parks play host to countless corporate events and you don’t want to find Space Mountain is shut because Apple booked it for a conference.

Good To Know: Guests staying at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort benefit from an Extra Magic Hour in either Disneyland Park of Disney California Adventure Park every day of their hotel stay. Guests who purchase a 3 Day Disneyland Resort Ticket or more benefit from one Magic Morning into Disneyland Park on select days.

2. Pre-book & app up

Seems so simple and yet it’s a deal breaker. Don’t forget to book your tickets in advance. This can save you hours at the entrance. There are lots of multiple day, multiple people packages available and all online. Do not forget.

Like Dora, you’re going to need a map. Don’t attempt the parks without one. You can download the Disneyland Map App straight to your phone. It has interactive maps of both California Adventure Land and Disneyland with information on ride wait times, GPS, zoom and a compass. It makes navigation between parks smooth and finding restaurants and bathrooms easy.

Good To Know: Hard-copy maps are free and available at the turnstile entrance to each park – super-easy to grab on the way through.