Keeping Your Kids Safe

Taking your kids to Disneyland is a fun and magical experience for the entire family.  But when crowds of people line the streets, it can be easy to lose sight of your kids sometimes and get lost.  So here are some tips for keeping your kids safe while still having fun at Disneyland.

  • One of the easiest things to do is to hold hands whenever you’re walking around.  This way they can’t run off quickly and you won’t have to chase after them.
  • Another good idea is to dress alike.  If you have one kid or many, dressing alike will help you keep track and spot your kids easily.  Try wearing the same shirts (maybe you can make shirts for a fun arts and crafts activity!) or all wearing the same colors.
  • Make sure, before you leave the house, to talk to your kids about safety.  Go over with them about the importance of safety in a theme park, about not talking to strangers, and about not running off.

  • Discuss with your kids and have a plan in case someone gets lost.  Choose a go-to place, maybe the front information center, or another specific location, so that if someone gets separated, they will know to all meet up at that specific location.
  • Since phone numbers can be hard for young kids to memorize, if they are wearing a backpack or have pockets you can put a tag with your name and phone number, so that if they get lost and ask someone for help, they will have your numbers to call you.

Spending the day at Disneyland is packed with fun rides, meeting your favorite characters, and making wonderful memories with your kids.  Keeping them safe will give you peace of mind while still having a great day!

 

Soarin’ Around the World

I don’t know about you, but even though I love Disneyland, I don’t get to go every weekend or as often as I’d like.  But when I do go, I try to go on my favorite ride.  I have some top favorites, like the Mad Tea Party, the Matterhorn Bobsleds, and Indiana Jones Adventure, but my all-time favorite ride is Soarin’ Around the World.

Whenever I go to Disneyland, I try to go on my favorite ride every time, the Soarin’ Around the World in Grizzly Peak in California Adventure.  You literally feel like you’re hang-gliding through the sky over these beautiful views all over the world!  Personally, I have a fear of heights, but this is perfect because I know that I’m barely off ground, but I get to see these wonders of the world from high in the sky!

I would highly recommend starting off the adventure with a tour and learning about historical air crafts, famous pilots and icons.  Then, you can head into the theater and your flight begins!

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You soar through the air over the magnificent snowy peaks in the Swiss Alps, and the insanely tall mountain peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro!  You fly over the Great Wall of China and you can see how long the wall is through the mountains!  Soar over the Great Pyramids of Egypt through the desert and over to the beautiful ocean of the Sydney Harbor!  You’ll see beautiful landscapes all across the world as you sail over the horizon on this unforgettable adventure.

So, now you know why it’s my favorite ride.  I don’t get to travel all across the world and see the beautiful wonders, especially not from high in the sky, which is why Soarin’ Around the World is an unforgettable experience.  Hopefully, you can try this ride the next time you go to Disneyland!

The Fantastic Fantasmic! Show Returns!!

Join Mickey Mouse in his dreams, in his show Fantasmic! in Frontierland and watch dancing water fountains and brilliant lights, waves of color and fire, smoke and fog, and a magical, starry night sky.  Watch your favorite scenes from the movie Fantasia come to life by Mickey in beautiful water shows!

See your favorite Disney characters come alive in “Mickey’s dreams”, and watch these heroes and princesses battle the forces of evil!  Watch the Evil Queen turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, and the heroes battle the fire-breathing dragon in this fight of good and evil!

This beautiful, breathtaking show has been paused while Disneyland constructs the new Star Wars land, but now the show will return on July 17, 2017!  Fantasmic! is one of Disneyland’s most popular nighttime shows, and now it will re-open with some new characters as well!

Aladdin and Princess Jasmine will be flying on their magic carpet, Captain Jack Sparrow will replace Peter Pan on the ship, and more characters from The Lion king and Finding Nemo will make appearances as well!  There will also be more colorful water screens with 3-D videos and more bright light and fire shows!

Be sure to get there early to get good seats as this popular show will get filled up quickly!  Get excited for the return of the amazing, spectacularly beautiful Fantasmic! show to return on July 17,2017 and watch Mickey’s dreams and imagination come to life!

What’s Coming to Disneyland

This past weekend was the D23 Expo with announcements about new shows and what’s coming to Disneyland this year and next year!  Here are some of the exciting new shows:

The new Star Wars Land will officially be called “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” and open in 2019!  You’ll be able to fly the Millennium Falcon and jump into the battle between the First Order and the Resistance!  There will be new characters to interact with like BB-8, Chewie, Kylo Ren and more!

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The new Pixar Pier will take the place of Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure in 2018.  It will still have the same summer-time feel to it but with more of your favorite Pixar characters from The Incredibles, Toy Story and Inside Out!

Just as well, Pixar Fest is coming to Disneyland in 2018 with a new fireworks show in the evening with special character appearances.  And don’t miss the Pixar Play Parade that will make its way down the streets of Disneyland with your favorite Pixar characters too!

And if you love the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, get excited because more of your favorite Avengers will be joining!  The Super Hero universe will be expanding with Spider-Man and the Avengers for an even more awesome experience fighting with your favorite heroes!

Lastly, the Paint the Night Parade is returning! The spectacular and fan-favorite show will be returning in Disney California Adventure and with new floats too!

So, start getting excited for these new changes that will be coming to Disneyland and California Adventure and get ready for an amazing time!

Secrets About Disneyland

Disneyland is full of interesting facts about the park and its history, but here are some secrets that you might not know about it!

When you go on the Mad Tea Party ride in Fantasyland and spin around in colorful tea cups to fun music, you probably didn’t know that the purple teacup and the orange with diamonds teacup spin the fastest! The two teacups with the hearts spin the slowest, so if you get dizzy easily, ride those cups!

Also, while waiting for the Indiana Jones Adventure ride in Adventureland, you’ll see a bamboo pole with a sign that says ‘don’t pull’, and if you pull it there will be a loud booming noise and it’ll sound like the ceiling is caving in!  You’ll also see a rope with a sign next to it that says not to pull it, and if you do pull it, it’ll make an unseen mine worker fall and voices scream out from the well below!

Just as well, in Snow White’s Scary Adventures in Fantasyland, if you touch the apple it will make the evil queen laugh hysterically!  Be careful though, it is terrifying!

Disneyland is also home to tons of stray cats!  If you ever see a cat running around the park, it’s because they keep the cats around to help control the mouse population.  Don’t worry though, they make sure all the cats get their shots and are fed!

Lastly, if you decide to visit the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in New Orleans Square, here is an interesting fact: when the ride first opened all of the bones and skeletons were made of real human bones!  Now most of the bones are fake, but the skull and crossbones above the captain’s chambers are still real human bones!

So, now you know some of the awesome secrets about Disneyland, and next time you visit the park keep your eyes open for these fun facts!

Mentally Preparing for Waiting in Line

Disneyland is famous for long lines and huge crowds, especially during the summer peak season.  You stand in line for sometimes upwards of an hour just to go on your favorite rides, and waiting in line can get so boring.  So here are some things you can do to make that waiting a little bit easier.

Stand in line with your friends or family!  Time always goes by much faster when you’re waiting in line with people you know and can have fun conversations with.  Try telling jokes, plan other rides you’re going to go on, or just talk about what’s going on in your lives!

You can also turn on some music and sing along or dance while waiting in line.  Just be mindful of people and children around you.

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Try people-watching while you wait in line!  Look around at all the tourists and crowds of people around you and try making up a back story for each of them.  You can also do this with a friend and try coming up with wild and fun stories about these people!

If you’ve brought snacks with you, now is a good time to eat them while waiting in line.  Instead of sitting down to eat snacks, maximize your time and efficiency and have your snacks while waiting in line.

Lastly, you can play games with your friends like “Categories” and take turns naming something that belongs to that category.  Or play the “Alphabet game” and try to name the objects around for every letter of the alphabet, or “I Spy” or “Charades”!

So, while waiting in lines at Disneyland is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be boring and dull.  Try playing some of these games or activities with your friends and family and time will fly by!

Stay Cool This Summer

As the summer heats up and your trips to Disneyland now require sunscreen and a hat, there are several rides at Disneyland that will help you stay cool!
Take a ride down Splash Mountain in Critter Country and glide through the mountain in a log!  Swing past caves and meadows while listening to fun songs and stories.  You’ll definitely get wet on this ride as you go through three dips and a huge waterfall at the end where you will get splashed!  It’s a great way to cool off on a hot day!


Or check out the Grizzly River Run in Grizzly Peak in California Adventure and go on an adventurous whitewater rafting ride!  Float down the river, scale along rocky cliffs, and brace yourself for giant fountains, huge waves and a thrilling drop down the mountain!  You’ll get soaked on this ride as the perfect way to escape the summer heat.

And perfect for young kids, go to the Princess Dot Puddle Park in A Bug’s Land in California Adventure and jump and play in these fun water fountains!  Bursts of water shoot up and get everyone soaking wet as they run around.
So, as the Summer heats up, cool off at Disneyland with these fun water rides!  Be sure to bring a change of clothes for afterwards or a poncho so you’re not walking around all day in wet clothes.

For Your First Trip to Disneyland!

For those of you who didn’t grow up in Southern California or have never been to Disneyland yet and are now planning your first trip there, here are some of the top rides that you should not miss!

  • Fly over London on a pirate ship on Peter Pan’s Flight in Fantasy Land!  Sail through the night with some pixie dust to Never Land with your favorite characters.
  • Take a magical boat ride in It’s a Small World and sing along with characters from around the world on this classic ride.
  • Ride down a waterfall in this log flume ride of Splash Mountain in Critter Country!  Listen to fun songs as you float down the river and past caves and then splash down a giant waterfall at the end!
  • Go on the thrilling Matterhorn Bobsleds in Fantasyland and race over snow-capped mountains, past rocky ledges and through icy winds to escape the Abominable Snowman.
  • Ride through cursed temples on the thrilling Indiana Jones Adventure in Adventureland and escape lava, the Gates of Doom, mummies and snakes with Indy’s help!

  • Wander through the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square on a scary, thrilling adventure filled with ghosts, ghouls, graveyards and more!
  • Sail the seas aboard a pirate ship on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in New Orleans Square.  Come face to face with pirates, navigate foggy coves and see Captain Jack Sparrow try to get the treasure!
  • See the wonders of the world in Soarin’ Around the World in Grizzly Peak in California Adventure!  Soar through the sky and see beautiful sites on this exciting, unforgettable flight around the world.

There are tons of other rides that you will love on your first trip to Disneyland, and you should get the park hopper pass so you can go to both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.  It’ll be a magical first trip to Disneyland!

The Bars and Lounges of Disneyland

While Disneyland reminds us of our childhood and is packed with fun rides and meeting our favorite characters, sometimes we just want to have an adult night with good friends and some drinks!  Here are some of the top bars and lounges at Disneyland that you should check out!
  • The Alfresco Tasting Terrace in Disney California Adventure on the Pacific Wharf offers a classy wine tasting experience overlooking Radiator Springs
  • The Carthay Circle Lounge in Disney California Adventure on Buena Vista Street has elegant and hand-crafted drinks and delicious snacks that are perfect for sharing with friends
  • The Cove Bar in Paradise Pier in Disney California Adventure has a beautiful view of the pier in their relaxing lounge

  • The Mendocino Terrace also on the Pacific Wharf in California Adventure has spectacular wine and port flights paired with cheeses and snacks, all on the advice of a wine expert
  • Or go to the Sonoma Terrace in the Pacific Wharf and check out the Golden Vine Brewery with their exquisite craft beers paired with gourmet cheese and meat plates
  • In the Downtown Disney district, be sure to check out the Uva Bar and enjoy fabulous cocktails and beers outside with some delicious food
  • And be sure to go to Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and indulge in authentic New Orleans cuisine and live jazz every night!  Vibrant decorations everywhere and a beautiful fountain in the garden compliment the specialty New Orleans drinks that will make your night magical

So after a day filled with fun rides and shows with your favorite characters, unwind with your friends at one of these amazing bars and lounges where you can also view the fireworks later in the evening!

Prepare for a Heroic Summer!

School’s out and summer is in—which means it’s time to go to Disney California Adventure and experience The Summer of Heroes in Hollywood Land!
Dance your heart out with Star-Lord and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy and show off your best dance moves to some awesome rock and roll songs!  Or team up with Rocket to help save the Guardians of the Galaxy from the Collector!  Mayhem and chaos will ensue in this thrilling adventure as you help Rocket on this daring escape!
Make sure to meet your favorite Super Heroes like Black Widow, Spider-Man and Captain America, and don’t hesitate to have a chat with these Avengers and strike a pose alongside them for a picture!


Start training to be an Avenger in the Avengers Training Initiative with Black Widow and Hawkeye!  Learn superhero skills and bravery through activities led by these Avengers.
And don’t forget to stop by the Collector’s Warehouse to pick up your favorite Marvel collectibles.  You can get your favorite Marvel Superhero movie DVDs, t-shirts, toys, action figures and more!  This summer, channel your inner Super Hero and head to Disney California Adventure for the spectacular Summer of Heroes!