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Easier Disneyland Restaurant Reservations

by Kira
(California)

If you want to make a reservation for one of the Restaurants in the park, inside City Hall on Main street is a special phone that connects you to someone who can help with that. It saves you the trouble of actually walking to the restaurant to make the reservation first thing in the morning, since so many fill up fast.

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Scavenger Hunt!

by Kira
(California)

A REALLY good activity to consider within the Disneyland and DCA parks is a scavenger hunt. It's especially good for families or groups that go frequently or are planning a trip that is several days long (I cant imagine having that much money!).

My girlfriends and I go every fall and in addition to our other tradition of making matching t-shirts with an annual theme such as "Favorite Princess", we usually do a Scavenger Hunt.

Ideas are online if you search hard enough, but every year I make them myself. An easy way to search is to look for Disneyland trivia, and adjust the facts into things your group can look for.

You can adjust your hunt to fit the needs of your group. Small kids? Make simple questions such as "What color is Mickey's house?" and maybe some harder ones for adults like "Find the oldest thing at the park. It's 75 million years old, by the way." (Answer: The petrified tree in Frontierland by the Rivers of America.)

Get creative, give out prizes, assign points, or just use it as something to do while you stand in those lines!

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Girls' Only Vacation

by Lisa
(Idaho, USA)

I just returned from Disneyland with my two girls, a teen and tween, from a "Girls' Only Vacation" (we left my hubby at home this time).

While I was remembering the good times as a young girl growing up in southern California and going to Disneyland quite often, the girls were looking forward to their first memories of Disneyland. We had an awesome time!

Tips we found:
Pay the $14 for parking; it's worth it to be able to go and come back, even though we stayed in the park the entire day. Knowing we could leave if we were exhausted or famished beyond our budget was a relief.

Pay the $10 or whatever for the locker. I cannot tell you what a relief it was to store our backpack of warm clothes, comfy shoes, snacks, and water bottles. Let's just say it was worth every penny! Just don't lose the combination you get for your locker...commit it to memory or write it on your arms.

Totally get the ice cream sundae for $6 and an iced mocha to sit and watch the parade!

Plan your dramatic reaction as a family before you go down the hill on Splash Mountain--those faces are priceless and we saw some great characters!

Go on fast rides early, hit the indoor exhibits like the future home and Lincoln around lunch time, watch the parade, go over to the shops, take a break at New Orleans to listen to some singing, and as the families head home, hit the fast rides again until dark.

We went on a Monday the end of March and didn't hit the "fast pass" tickets or need to any time during the morning or evening; although we did experience the rides opening both "stand by" and "fast pass" for everyone to ride at some points during the rides because of no waiting at the fast pass lane. The rides went well and nobody complained.

If you have to wait for a ride, make friends with your line waiting partners. We met some of the most wonderful and interesting people from all over the globe. We even brought home a picture with a cute couple who shared the Splash Mountain ride with us.

The Disney staff is very friendly and welcoming. We had an experience of having to leave the lines and crawl off the boat at It's a Small World because the ride was "experiencing technical difficulties". We complied and the staff was quick, professional, and had authentic smiles of thanks for the patrons. So, when you go, just know, you may have this experience... just go with it. It's Disneyland! Go find something else to do... there's tons to experience!

Thanks for your website! It's a great help as we plan a return trip to Disney this summer, and with my husband.

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Carry A Map!

by Tiffany Ruess
(Denver, Colorado, USA)

Pick up a map when you walk into the park! You may think you know where things are but if you're even a little wrong, it will cost you.

My family and I recently visited Disneyland and my Dad wanted us to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. He said, "Follow me it's right over here." He took us the wrong way and said, "Wait it's over here." It took him 30 minutes just to find the ride!

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Traveling with Teens

by Emily
(Canada)

Traveling with teens can be a hassle so here are some tips!

1) Get walkie talkies so that you can communicate with them if they go off by themselves.

2) Let them look up stuff and get involved with the planning. They'll love it!

3) Plan together and respect each other's ideas.

4) Have fun and enjoy yourself!

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The first thing to do when you arrive.

by Megan
(San Diego, CA)




It's been a family tradition for as long as I can remember to ride the Disneyland Railroad for the entire duration as the very first ride of the day.

Once you enter the park, go straight up the steps to the station and ride throughout the park to build up excitement of visiting each of Disneyland's themed sections. You can hear the history of Disneyland's favorite rides and have a chance to sit with your family and plan out your day.

It only takes an extra 15 minutes and you certainly won't regret it. Plus, there's never a line for the railroad so it's easy to hop right on.

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Best viewing of Fantasmic!

by Brittany Meyer
(Manteca, CA )

This is the bridge where the spots are the best!

This is the bridge where the spots are the best!

One of the best places to view Fantasmic! is on the bridge that is directly over the Pirate of the Carribean Entrance. What my family and I do is one of two things:

1. Go and grab a bowl of gumbo or clam chowder from the Royal Street Veranda and eat it at one of the benches in the alleys in the square. This allows us to relax and get away from both the crowds and the noise of the first Fantasmic! showing.

OR

2. Ride the rides, starting all the way in Critter Country with Winnie or Splash. The lines are almost always shorter during shows so you should be able to do at least 2 rides or Splash Mountain depending on the wait. *If you are going to ride the rides, grab a fast pass for Splash Mountain ealier in the day so if the line is not shorter you can still ride it, but not miss the second showing of Fantasmic!




Then, about three quarters of the way through the first Fantasmic! walk up to the where the Royal Street Veranda is and wait until the cast members stop waving people with their light wands to keep moving. This is usually after they have removed the rope also. (about 5 minutes before the show ends) Once you see that the rope is removed and no light wands are out go towards the railing of the bridge and wait behind the audience from the first show. As soon as the show is over the crowd will leave and you snag their spots.

This spot will also allow you to see some of the Fireworks that happen right after the first Fantasmic!

Even though this seems to bother some just for a spot to watch the show, it is really worth it for first time veiwers and children because they can see everything.


*NOTE: This is standing room only so make sure that you have your stroller ready for your little ones to sit in before the show starts. This is one of the only spots that you can have your stroller with you during the show. The seating by the water does not allow you to bring you stroller, you must park it in a stroller section before taking your place.

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DVD with Secrets

by Linda
(Huntington Beach, CA)

Before you go to Disneyland, I suggest watching the DVD "The Secret Tour of Disneyland" which is available on Amazon.

The video contains some interesting history about the park but also points out some extra things to do such as asking if your kids can captain the Mark Twain (they can pull the cord for the whistle and get a cute certificate) or ride up front with the engineers on the train and watch the fire burning in the engine. Plus, watching it after your vacation will remind the kids of all the fun things they did!

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