|Charles Evans 25|
I recently started playing this.
The early going seems tough (but just about doable, at least for me) without spending any real-world money on in-game purchases.
My recommendation for those playing without real-world money purchases is to get the second chest-cracking stand in the bank vault as soon as you can raise the crystals to unlock it. Then maybe expand parade size to two or three, and start saving to unlock Pluto. (Which latter is going to take some time, since Pluto is 150 crystals.)
And as a general comment, apparently once the California Screamin' ride is unlocked, you are in danger of getting dropped into special events. This is a problem if you still only have a very small team of low level minions to do things at that point.
I landed in the 'Princess and the Frog' event with only Mickey, Goofy, Woody, Jessie and Tinker Bell on the team sheet and lost several days not even able to get off the event starting line, because none of the minions I had could search for a crucial item necessary to unlock the first event character, Eudora.