Rainy Day Fun At Disney California Adventure

raining cats and dogsJust like Disneyland there are plenty of things to see and do at DCA and there are plenty of indoor attractions to experience in the rain. You can start your day in A Bug’s Land where you’ll want to check out It’s Tough to Be a Bug! and Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies. The remaining attractions in the area are uncovered which will result in wet pants so you’ll probably want to save those for later.

In Condor Flats you will absolutely want to experience Soarin’ Over California. Here you will soar like an eagle on an exhilarating yet gentle simulated hang glider flight over natural and manmade wonders from the State of California. While waiting in line make sure to check out all of the aviation facts that line the walls as you head for your glider.

As you get to Grizzly Peak you’ll want to go into the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar. Here you will get a special preview of the new attractions and entertainment coming to Disney California Adventure and Disneyland parks. Keep in mind that the Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar is only open when there is a new and upcoming attraction. If it’s closed just head on over to Wine Country Trattoria for a glass of wine to warm your body, and take some time to plan your next move.

Hollywood Land is where you will find the most crowds while it’s raining and the most indoor attractions as well. Hollywood Land boasts two live stage shows, Disney’s Aladdin and Disney Junior-Live on Stage! You can enjoy Muppet*Vision 3D, Turtle Talk with Crush, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Animation Academy. May we add that Disney’s Aladdin is very good and a must see if you’ve never experienced this show before.

Pacific Wharf has the Bakery Tour where you can learn the secrets of the 150-year-old process used to bake sourdough bread while enjoying a glass-walled tour of the Boudin Bakery. Have a sweet tooth? Make sure to stop by Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop for a yummy treat that’s sure to make you forget about the rain!

Most often associated with fun in the sun, Paradise Pier doesn’t have too many attractions to keep you out of the rain. You can visit the games of the Boardwalk as well as one of the most entertaining attractions on the pier, Toy Story Midway Mania! which will keep you dry once you’ve navigated the queue line.

Of course you can toss all of these ideas out the window and head straight to Grizzly River Run and get soaked until your heart’s content :-) Until next time…

Rainy Day Disneyland Fun

Weather Symbol

You’ve planned an awesome trip to Disneyland but the forecast calls for rain. Do you cancel your trip or do you suck it up and make the best of it? Well the choice is ultimately up to you but we say GO! Our family has had some of the best experiences going to Disneyland Resort when it rains. Rain usually means shorter lines and fewer crowds as Annual Passholders tend to stay away when it’s cold and gloomy out.

If you plan to come to the Resort while it’s raining here is what you need to know to make the best of your day!

Rainy Day Gear

Rain boots are a must! Most sneakers usually have small holes in the fabric to make the shoes breathable, while these are usually the best for a long day of walking, the rain will soak your feet and you’ll be left with soggy socks and blisters and that’s no bueno! If you don’t have rain boots we would suggest bringing an extra pair of socks and shoes to change into half way through the day.

An umbrella is usually the first thing you think of when it rains, however it’s not the best option when visiting the Disney Resort in the rain.  Granted it won’t be very crowded you still run the risk of poking somebody with it, and honestly it’s just another thing that you will have to carry.

Do instead bring a poncho with a hood or a rain coat. You can pick up a poncho at your local sporting goods store or Target for under $10.00. If you’re bringing a stroller don’t forget a plastic cover to help keep it dry. Bonus…you’re kids will love you for it!

Which Attractions?

You will probably want to hit the indoor attractions for a good part of the day to stay as dry as possible. Luckily the Disney Resort has a fair amount of these attractions. If you want to hide from the rain longer than the few minutes an attraction can give you, you’ll want to check out Innoventions. This is a 5,000 square-foot home of the future where you can experience the latest technologies with hands on interactive exhibits, games and shows. When you leave there you can head over to Captain EO, Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. These are all indoor rides or attractions in Tomorrowland.

If it’s raining and the Jedi Training Academy has been canceled you can often find Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers in Tomorrowland for a meet and greet.

As you head over to Fantasyland there are a few attractions you will want to avoid and some will be shut down altogether. Rides such as Alice In Wonderland which has a large outdoor section during the ride wouldn’t be a great choice in the pouring rain unless of course you like getting soaked. Dumbo the Flying Elephant is another one to avoid. Yes we all love the adorable flying elephant, but we haven’t met anyone that loves going around in a circle and being slapped in the face with rain! However you can still enjoy King Arthur Carrousel, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Peter Pan’s Flight, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures.

Over in Adventureland you will find that all rides are up and running with the exception of Tarzan’s Treehouse. While in Critter Country all rides are closed except The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Frontierland is also mainly shutdown except for the Mark Twain Riverboat. For another extended stay out of the rain don’t forget about the Enchanted Tiki Room where you can hang out with Jose and all of his feathered friends. A fair warning though, there is a simulated rain storm in the show so don’t get nervous, it’s all fake!

Be sure to go to New Orleans Square and get on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. You can also catch the Disneyland Railroad from there and take it into Mickey’s Toontown to avoid walking in the rain!

Once in Mickey’s Toontown you can visit all of the character houses and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin which again are all indoors. Gadget’s Go Coaster will be closed in the rain.

When you’re done in Mickey’s Toontown get back on the Disneyland Railroad and head back to Main street. Once here you can avoid the wet weather by going to Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, the Main Street Cinema, or The Disney Gallery and see authentic sketches, renderings and models by legendary Disney artists and Imagineers.

Stay tuned for our next post which will cover what to do when it rains while your at Disney California Adventure…until next time!

Food Allergies and Special Dietary Needs

Vegetarian

If you or someone in your party have any food allergies or special dietary needs, rest assured that the Disneyland Resort has many food options for you and your family. For the last 14 years Disney has been the leader in the industry when it comes to accommodating the needs of Guests with food allergies and special dietary needs. The Disneyland Resort will take special dietary requests ranging from Gluten or wheat to corn. In addition they will take requests related to the following food allergies:

Shellfish

Soy

Lactose or dairy

Peanuts

Tree nuts

Fish

Eggs

The Disneyland Resort also provides foods for special diets such as Vegan and Kosher. You are also able to bring your own food items into any Disney theme park if you have food allergies or intolerances. Just let the Security Cast Member know that you or someone in your party has a food allergy or intolerance upon your arrival. With this in mind please be aware that Cast Members are unable to store, prepare, cook or reheat any food brought into the resort by Guests.

How To Make Requests

If you have food allergies or special dietary needs you should make a note of those requests at the time of booking your dining reservation. You can call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 to make your reservation. Reservations can be made up to 60 days prior to your arrival and it’s highly advised as popular Disneyland Resort meal times fill up very quickly. If you don’t plan on making reservations ahead of time you may also speak to a chef or manager at your dining location upon your arrival. You may have to wait a little longer for your meal to be prepared without reservations but we’ve found the servers and chefs are very accommodating in the few experiences we’ve encountered!

Table service restaurants that accept reservations can accommodate most food allergies and intolerances. If you need Kosher meals prepared you will want to make reservations at least 24 hours in advance by calling (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463. Kosher meals are also available at the following quick service locations with no advance notice:

Disneyland Park:

Plaza Inn

Tomorrowland Terrace

Rancho del Zocalo

Disney California Adventure:

Taste Pilots’ Grill

Lifestyle Dietary Requests

You don’t need advance arrangements if you are looking for vegetarian, low fat, low sodium or no sugar added options. Just ask your server upon arrival at the restaurant to discuss these lifestyle dietary requests.

In Conclusion

With all of this in mind it’s important to note that even though The Disneyland Resort will make every reasonable attempt to prevent the introduction of allergens into the food that’s prepared, it’s ultimately up to Guests to make informed decisions on whether or not to order particular food items. It’s recommended that you check labels on any prepackaged items first before purchasing them. Till next time…

Christmas Festivities At The Disneyland Resort

Snow White Christmas Castle

If you are anything like us you’ll know Disneyland is always the happiest, most peaceful and magical place to find yourself visiting time and time again. With the holiday season in full swing Disney has outdone themselves once again and brought us tons of things to bring in the holiday season. When you visit the Disneyland Resort anytime between November 12th 2013 and January 6th 2014 you will be delighted with all the winter magic they have to offer. Like what you ask? Let’s run down the list of things to do for the holidays at the Disneyland Resort.

A Ride Is a Ride!

When the holidays change at the Disneyland resort so do some of the rides. During the Winter holiday season you will find that Jungle Cruise changes to Jingle Cruise and is full of fun jokes and themed for the holiday occasion. The Haunted Mansion changes to Haunted Mansion Holiday, which is based off of the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas with Jack Skellington. The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed it’s a small world changes to It’s a small world holiday where you will sing along to the classic anthem of world peace and holiday themed decor. All of these rides are done very well and worth seeing.

Jungle All The Wayit's a small world holidayHaunted Mansion Holiday

Let It Snow

Evan In Snow

It smells like the yummy smell they blow from the vents as you walk down Main Street!

That’s right, snow is falling at The Disneyland resort. Nightly during the Believe… In Holiday Magic Fireworks show there will be snow gently falling on Main Street U.S.A, it’s a small world holiday and the Fantasmic! viewing areas. This is so fun and children really get a kick out of the sight of snow coming down from the sky.

Reindeer Dancing?

There are few things better than a dancing Reindeer, well maybe a dancing Snowman, and if you agree with us then you MUST check out the new A Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland. In this holiday themed parade you will see all your favorite Disney characters donning their most festive outfits and doing tons of Christmas things. Like Goofy and Pluto decorating a giant Gingerbread house, or Chip and Dale driving a Christmas tree home, and Mickey and Minnie skating on a pond. To add to the fun you will also get skating silver snowflakes, prancing reindeer and marching toy soldiers. The parade is 40 minutes long and runs twice daily.

Parade Snowman

Clearly this is not a reindeer!

Santa Is That You?

Over at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree you will find Santa and Mrs. Claus waiting to greet you, listen to what you want for Christmas and take a photo to capture the very special moment you meet the big man in the red hat. You can also spend some time making holiday cards, reindeer ears, or create homemade gifts to remember the season.

Are Those Icicles?

Old or young the Sleeping Beauty Castle is always a sight to see and be remembered while visiting the Disneyland Resort. When the Christmas season is upon us Sleeping Beauty Castle is transformed and is a spectacular sight to see. The castle is covered with white snow covered turrets, icicles and an impressive 80,000 LED lights. This is a perfect spot for a photo!

With so many things to see and do at the Disneyland Resort you’ll never want the holiday season to end…Until next time!

Top 5 Quiet Places To Relax in Disneyland

With all the hustle and bustle of a busy day at the Disneyland Resort it’s nice (and sometimes necessary) to find a quiet place to relax, and regroup. We’ve had some of the best times just sitting and taking in the sights and sounds of the park and people watching. If you need a place to rest your feet or just want to observe then here are the top 5 quiet places in Disneyland to do just that.

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island

This is a fantastic place to relax and let the kids enjoy exploring the caves on the island. Located at the edge of New Orleans Square you will find the loading dock to hop aboard a raft and travel over to Pirate’s Lair. Once on the island you can sit back on the dock and take in the sights of the Rivers of America, gaze across the river to the guests on the mainland and enjoy the sounds of the natural wild life.

Pirates Lair

Come to Pirates Lair if you dare, or you may find yourself taking a swim with Davy Jones!

Snow Whites Grotto

Theres nothing quite like making a wish in Snow Whites wishing well and listening to a beautiful song while doing it. Come to Snow Whites Grotto located to the right of Sleeping Beauty Castle and stay awhile. You will love the view of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along with the woodland creatures. There are places to sit and people watch, make a wish in the wishing well and enjoy the close up view of the castle.

Snow White Grotto

Let Snow White sing away your stress!

Big Thunder Trail

As you take a walk down Big Thunder Trail you will notice many beautiful trees and a tranquil pond that has been at Disneyland since the park opened in 1955. Big Thunder Trail starts right by the exit of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and continues down towards Fantasy Land. There aren’t as many places to sit as compared to other areas in this list, but it’s definitely less crowded and has some of the best scenery. Be sure to check out the tunnel on the other side of the old Beaver Valley pond that was part of an old attraction called Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland which closed in 1979 to make way for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Aladdin’s Oasis

Okay this one is hit or miss, so take the word oasis with a grain of salt. Nestled in between Enchanted Tiki Room and Jungle Cruise, Aladdin’s Oasis typically has everyone wondering just what this area actually is. At one point it hosted a dinner show, then it was changed to a character meet and greet location for Jasmine and Aladdin, but currently serves as an area to sit and relax. The reason why we say it can be a “miss” is because it can still be used as a character meet and greet without advanced notice. If it’s open we definitely suggest checking it out.

Hungry Bear Restaurant

You may be thinking, how can a restaurant in an amusement park be relaxing? Don’t be fooled because Hungry Bear Restaurant is located in one of the most tranquil settings in the Disneyland Park. They key is you have to sit on the bottom level of the 2-story shaded terrace which is on the banks of Rivers of America. Here you can see ducks frolicking in the water, squirrels climbing up trees, and other cute animals probably looking for a bite of your meal. Take a closer look and you may even catch one of many ferrel cats that roam the area and help control the rodent population.

So next time you’re at the Disneyland Resort and you want to kick back and relax don’t forget to check out these 5 quiet places to recharge your batteries…Until next time!

Disneyland Buttons – How and Where To Get Yours!

Disney ButtonsHave you ever been to the Disneyland Resort on a special occasion and wanted to let everyone know that you were there for a celebration? Well you’re in luck because The Disneyland Resort has a button for you!

Go shorty it’s your birthday…there’s a button for that. Nice day for a white wedding? There is a button for that. It’s your anniversary! There is a button for that. First time at Disneyland? Yes there is a button for that. Promotion at work? You guessed it there is a button for that, but this button will just say “I’m Celebrating!”, but it is a button nonetheless, and everyone will want to know what you’re celebrating.

These are the popular buttons you will see, but there are buttons for special events, we’ve even collected different Cars themed buttons while visiting Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land. The abundance of buttons is impressive, so how do you get these buttons?

Cars Button

Life is a highway, and it’s made of buttons!

There are many places to score a button. The most popular place will be City Hall at Disneyland or Guest Relations at Disney California Adventure. City Hall is almost always crowded for this and many other requests, so plan on waiting at least 20 minutes to get your button here. Guest Relations at DCA is far less crowded in our experience, so this may be a better (and faster) way to get your button of choice.

If these aren’t an option for you, just pop into any shop on Main Street at Disneyland or Buena Vista Street at DCA and you can ask a Cast Member for a button. Keep in mind all shops may not offer buttons, but the ones we’ve asked have always obliged. We even got a birthday button from the reservation cart in front of the Plaza Inn Restaurant at Disneyland. The Cast Member made a fancy birthday button for our son, and even drew some cool Mickey ears.

So I have my button, what other powers do these buttons hold? Well you may be serenaded with a birthday song by one of the entertainers. Many Cast Members will give you a nice welcome if it’s your first time to the resort, wish you a happy birthday, or congratulate you if you’re simply celebrating something.

We’ve even seen people receive stickers, or in rare cases front of the line passes for a fun attraction, so make sure you wear your button proud because you never know!

So the next time you visit the Disneyland resort for a special occasion, don’t forget to pick up your free button because you’ll be glad you did.

Until next time…

California Screamin'It’s no secret that most people come to Disneyland with kids! Most of the time this poses no problem at all, as there are plenty of attractions that are loads of fun for the whole family. However there are times when you just want to ride some of the BIG kid attractions, but you may figure that with kids this is probably impossible right? Before we answer that question, how about a little story?

Our oldest son is about 41 inches tall as of this writing, and this is one inch over the minimum height requirement for California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure. He has been on every ride at both parks with the exception of this one, and of course we were trying everything (including bribery) to get him to take his first ride on a “real” roller coaster.

Out of nowhere a nice couple asks us “Are you guys going on this ride?” We told them no (our bribes weren’t working) so without hesitation they informed us that they just got married, and really wanted to ride California Screamin’ together. However they had one problem…they had their 3 year old daughter with them who clearly wasn’t tall enough to ride.

To our shock they said “can you do us a favor and watch her while we ride?”. I think my wife and I both looked at each other with disbelief, but we were so thrown a back that we just said yes!

They said OK great and proceeded to skip on over to the ride. OK the skipping part isn’t true, but the leaving your kid with total strangers part shockingly enough is! We even had to ask them what their daughters name was. We won’t post that here, but it’s the same name as a possessed child from a certain horror novel and movie made in the 1970′s (less the pea soup projectile vomit and swearing), 10 points if you can guess!

Anyhow they attempted to ride the ride with a Guest Assistance Card, but for whatever reason it didn’t work out the way they wanted it to, so we were let off the hook! As I’m writing this my wife and I are still laughing at the ridiculous plan these parents came up with to ride California Screamin’. We would never EVER leave our children with complete strangers and we certainly DO NOT recommend this as an option.

Instead we recommend following these 3 (safer) tips to enjoy big attractions when you have kids in tow.

Switch It Up

On most rides with height restrictions at the Disneyland Resort there is “Magical Pass” that you can get from a cast member called a Rider Switch Pass. Well there isn’t pixie dust falling off of it, but it will feel magical when you get to use it!

This pass is ONLY for parents that have a child that is not tall enough or brave enough to enjoy the attraction. Here is how it works:

  1. Parent #1 waits with nervous child/children
  2. Parent #2 collects Rider Switch Pass from Cast Member and gets crazy on scary attraction.
  3. Parent #1 gives RSP to parent #2 and takes over watching nervous child/children
  4. Parent #2 gives RSP to Cast Member at ride exit or FASTPASS entrance and gets crazy on same scary attraction
  5. Repeat as needed

So simple even a child could do it, but in this case your child is still too nervous, so this just simply doesn’t apply, so just forget we even said it! Seriously this a great way to skip the stand by queue and get on bigger attractions with little to no wait at all.

Faster Is Better

Use FASTPASSES whenever they are available so both parents can get on attractions within minutes of one another. This not only saves a ton of time, but it will also make it much easier on the kids who are waiting, unless of course your kids have everlasting patience. Ours don’t so FASTPASSES are most certainly in our arsenal every time we visit!

You can only have one FASTPASS at a time (in most cases) so be sure to go get one for the next big attraction you want to ride as soon as you get off the other. This will give you time to do the things the kids want to do while you wait on your next fast pass time to come up!

Party Of One

There may be times when one parent wants to ride a certain attraction and the other doesn’t. No need to worry because a handful of popular attractions offer a Single Rider line. This is a separate line from the stand by line and it’s used to fill in any open seats that would otherwise leave empty. The Single Rider line is significantly shorter and can cut your wait time in half, if not more!

Bonus Tip:

Combine one or more of these options to REALLY  maximize your time and fun. For example, use the Single Rider line to bypass the stand by line (if available) and grab a Rider Switch Pass so the next parent doesn’t have to wait in the Single Rider line!

You don’t have to leave your kids with strangers to have fun at the Disneyland Resort. Follow these 3 tips on your next visit, and you’ll be sure to have a great time. Do you have any tips that help you manage how your family does attractions? Please let us know in the comments below!

Until next time…

Funtastic Disney Trivia – Mark Twain Riverboat

Mark Twain Disneyland

Hello there! It’s been awhile since we’ve done Funtastic Disney Trivia, so we thought you deserved a little dose, and this week we’re talking about the Mark Twain Riverboat!

Located in Disneyland Park in Frontierland, the Mark Twain Riverboat was the first paddle wheeler built in the United States in 50 years when the attraction first opened in 1955. On that same opening day, to christen the boat a bottle of water (collected from several major American rivers) was broken across the vessel’s bow! The actress Irene Dunne actually had trouble getting the bottle to break, and it it took more than a few times to get the bottle to break.

Elijah on Mark Twain Riverboat

Today is Dapper Day right?

The pilot of the Mark Twain Riverboat signals the departure and arrival of the ship from the wheelhouse on the upper deck, but did you know they don’t actually steer the boat at all? No, the boat actually travels along an I-beam guide rail, and the pilot is just the lookout to ensure that the vessel doesn’t hit any other water craft like Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and the Rafts to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

Can you guess how big the Mark Twain Riverboat is compared to some of it’s Mississippi Riverboat predcessors? It’s actually a 5/8 scale version standing 28 feet high, weighing 150 tons, and coming in at a length of 105 feet!

Mark Twain Riverboat

Here’s a fun tip:

When you take your voyage, ask a Cast Member if you can help steer the boat with the pilot in the wheelhouse on the upper deck! It’s not a guarantee, but if you do you may even get to blow the whistle, and you get a souvenir pilot’s certificate to boot!

Well there you go! Hopefully you’ve learned a little more about the Mark Twain Riverboat. Make sure you make it a point to take a ride on your next visit. It’s one of our favorite attractions to relax and enjoy the scenery, and we hope it becomes one of yours too!

Evan on Mark Twain Riverboat

I can steer this thing!

Until next time…

Evan Laughing

In 5-minutes I will have a meltdown, you just wait and see!

It’s everyone’s hope that while at Disneyland your children will behave and be cheerful for the duration of of your stay, but the reality is that sometimes kids will be kids and get out of line from time to time.

Yes it is Disneyland, but we often have to remind our kids that just because it’s “The Happiest Place on Earth” doesn’t mean the rules go out the window. So what happens when your child has a major meltdown and doesn’t listen to anything you say? Here are some ways to enforce a little discipline while still enjoying your day at the Disneyland Resort.

Whistle a Time Out!

Disneyland has plenty of places to sit down and relax, so why not use this as an opportunity to give your child (and yourself) a nice time out. We don’t use these in the traditional sense, but more of a way to let your child know that it’s time to take a break. If you’ve spent the majority of your day running back and forth trying to catch attractions, shows, and fight crowds, there is a high probability that irritability is going to rear its ugly head at some point.

If you’re at Disneyland try traveling along the backside of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad between Fantasyland and Frontierland! This is one of the least crowded areas of the park, and a great place to take a 5-minute breather to get everyone back on the same page.

If you’re at Disney California Adventure (DCA) try heading over to Grizzly Peak! There are a few nice quiet areas behind Grizzly River Run to catch your breath, and the sound of the rushing water always seems to do the trick!

Stay Engaged

You would think that kids would be happy enough to just be at Disneyland, but sadly this just isn’t the case. We find that if we keep a steady dialogue with our kids throughout the day, this seems to minimize potential meltdowns later on. Here is what we mean:

  • Remind them to give other guests personal space while waiting for attractions and standing in line for food.
  • Kindly encourage them not to climb on rails, planters, chains and other fixtures around the resort.
  • Enforce park rules like standing behind yellow lines while on attractions, keeping their hands, arms and legs inside ride vehicles at all times.

We encourage this behavior by allowing our kids to map out a portion of the day and choose the next attraction to ride or show to see. You’ll be pleasantly surprised that by simply enforcing a few rules (consistently), your kids will eventually catch themselves breaking one and correct the behavior all on their own!

Empty Threats Rarely Work

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve threatened to leave the park (or heard other parents threaten to leave) due to a child having a meltdown, or not listening to a word you say. The exact amount of times we’ve left is ZERO “0″. We have the benefit of being Annual Passport holders so we probably should have followed through, but if you’ve just dropped upwards of $400 to get your family through the front gate, chances are you’re not going anywhere!

So what do you do? Most of the time your kids dictate what attractions, shows, heck even where you eat while visiting the parks. If our kids start to act unruly, we will just take a break in the action and do something that we know they won’t really enjoy like popping over to the Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln show, or maybe window shopping at a few stores (that don’t have toys). When they wonder why we aren’t riding any fun attractions, we kindly remind them that because of their previous behavior we won’t be able to ride anything fun until said behavior is corrected. You should be back to riding fun attractions in no time, kids really don’t like looking at crystal figurines or hooded Disney sweaters!

Get To The Root

Sometimes kids act out for reasons that may not be immediately known until you simply ask. Hunger, fatigue, being too hot, or a scary attraction can cause a kid to act out rather than tell you what’s wrong. All you have to do is ask and most likely your child will let you know when something is wrong. All it may take is a nice cool drink and a nice snack to bring things under control!

Know Your Kids Limits

My wife and I can stay at the parks all day, and you would think that kids would want to as well. However kids have limits and sometimes (even if they won’t admit it) they can get tired and cranky. If you’re staying at a hotel that’s close by, sometimes getting away for an hour or two can refresh and recharge the crankiest of kids. If you don’t have a hotel you can hit up the Downtown Disney District for a change of pace. They have outdoor entertainment in the evenings and a different array of food and shops to mix things up.

Elijah Looking Cool

I might look calm, but I can meltdown too in 3…2…1

These are just some of the things we put into play when we go to the Disneyland Resort. What are some ways that you keep your kids in check while visiting Disneyland? Please let us know by leaving a comment below, we’d love to implement some new strategies!

Until next time.

Usually when you think about Disneyland you are probably thinking of animated characters, jolly music, elaborate costumes and kids, kids everywhere! Believe it or not Disneyland For Adults isn’t a myth, you can actually find many things to do at the resort that don’t involve small animated dolls or Disney princesses. If you need a break from keeping your kids entertained then you owe it to yourself to enjoy a kid free night at the Disneyland Resort. Let’s start with our favorite park for adult themed fun, Disney California Adventure!

It’s Time To Really Ride

Tower of Terror

This is the time to really ride all of the attractions that you normally can’t (at least without many hoops) like Tower of Terror or California Screamin’. Grab FASTPASSES and take advantage of single rider lines to ride all the attractions that your kids won’t get on.

This isn’t limited to rides though, take time to watch a few shows that you can’t normally watch with the kids in tow like Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular or World of Color. These shows take on a whole new element when you don’t have a child asking you to go to the bathroom right as the show begins!

Trade The Whine For Some Wine!

That’s right it’s wine time! If you like to enjoy a fine glass of wine then the Wine Country Trattoria is a must visit on an adults only trip to Disney California Adventure.

You can sit outside in one of two terrace’s and relax under the stars and people watch, or choose indoor seating which is set in a Tuscan villa. The Wine Country Trattoria has 25 different wines, sangria, and a range of domestic, imported and premium beers to choose from. They have a tasty menu of Italian dishes such as Bruschetta, Caprese salad, Lasagna Rustica and pasta. This place is definitely one of the more upscale areas of the park so it’s a must when you’re visiting without the children.

Head To The Cove

If wine, bruschetta and tuscan villas aren’t your thing then head over to Cove Bar for some adult fun overlooking Paradise Pier. Nestled behind Ariel’s Grotto you will find a nice selection of beers, wine and signature cocktails to choose from while hanging out on the alfresco patio. If you’re hungry you can dine on some yummy appetizers like lobster nachos or tri-tip sliders.

It’s T Time

Mad T Party

If you are ready to kick it up a notch then head on over the Hollywood Land and check out The Mad T Party. Inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, this is a party that has everything that you’re looking for.

Although we always make it a point to go whenever we visit with the kids, it’s certainly much more fun when only adults are in the group. You can listen to the Mad T Party band playing some of your favorite covers on the main stage, or dance to all of the latest beats spun by White Rabbit DJ, or check out The Hottest Deck in Town over on the House of Cards stage. There are 2 bars where you can get a few different beers on tap or some fancy concoctions in light up cups inspired by the movie. Either way you cut the cards a good time will most certainly be had by all!

Mad T Party Drinks

We will have two drinks that don’t come in squeezable pouches please!

What are some ways you enjoy DCA when visiting without the kids? Let us know in the comments below! Until next time!

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