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!

Letting Your Kids Run Around

Spending the day at Disneyland is so much fun, and kids seem to have endless mounds of energy sometimes that waiting in line for rides for long periods of time can feel brutal.  So instead of waiting in line, take your kids to these attractions and play structures where they can run around, play and burn off that energy!

Check out Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Park where your kids can run around at the many playgrounds!  They can climb in to the Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse, or sail aboard Donald’s Boat or slide down Goofy’s Playhouse!  They can go visit and meet Mickey and Minnie at their houses and play with them!  And if you get to Mickey’s Toontown first thing in the morning, you might even get to meet some of your kid’s favorite characters like Mickey, Minnie, Pluto or Goofy!

Another option is to take your kids to Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland and watch them swing and climb around the vine-covered treehouse!
Or, if you’re in Disney’s California Adventure, stop by Princess Dot’s Puddle Park and cool off jumping around in puddles and bursts of water fountains!
These attractions are a great way to keep your kids entertained and get them running around, playing, and burning off that endless stream of energy they seem to have.  And on a hot, summer day, jumping through water fountains or relaxing in the shade while your kids run around sounds magical.

Some of the Best Foods at Disneyland

We all love going to Disneyland and spending the entire day there, but what should we eat while we are there?  Here are some amazing foods at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure that you have to try.
  • You have to splurge and try the famous Corn Dog!  Found at the Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs on Main Street in Disneyland and at Corn Dog Castle in California Adventure, these corn dogs are wrapped in a thick, cornbread batter with a crunchy outside that just makes your mouth water!
  • Also, a must-have are the churros!  Found all over the park, deep-fried with cinnamon and sugar, these doughy sticks are best fresh out of the fryer and will put a smile on everyone’s face.

  • You must try the Dole Whip from the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland in Disneyland.  This pineapple flavored frozen yogurt is the perfect refreshing treat on a hot day.
  • To satisfy your sweet tooth even more, get the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Sandwich at Pooh’s Corner in Critter Country in Disneyland and savor this delicious treat.
  • Also, a must-try are the cream cheese pretzels found all over both parks!  Delicious, hot pretzels stuffed with a sweet cream cheese. Also amazing are the jalapeno cream cheese pretzels if you like something spicy!
  • Be sure to also try the Monte Cristo sandwich at Café Orleans in New Orleans Square in Disneyland and feast yourself on this delicious turkey, ham and Swiss sandwich with a sweet berry drizzle on top.  Pair it with the unforgettable pommes frites or French fries covered with garlic parmesan!

These are just some of the spectacular foods that you definitely need to try on your trip to Disneyland if you haven’t already! Stay tuned for more fantastic food ideas!

Even More Disney Vacations

If you love all things Disney, and you want to plan an amazing, adventurous vacation, fear not, because you can take Disney with you!

Spend your vacation on an extravagant Disney cruise to a variety of different locations like Alaska, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, Mexico and more!  Enjoy live shows every night, and meet your favorite Disney characters during the day!  Have a blast and listen to live music and enjoy fireworks on the deck.  Enjoy fine and romantic dining or casual buffets.  Relax by the pool during the day, or indulge yourself at the spa and salon and exercise center, and at night check out the nightclubs and lounges.  

Or go to Hawaii and stay at the beautiful Disney Aulani Resort & Spa!  Relax during the day at the spectacular pools overlooking the beach and the whirlpool spas with gorgeous views of the sunset.  Enjoy a guided walking tour, go sailing around the island or rent snorkels, paddleboards and kayaks for an amazing adventure.  You can go zip-lining, take a romantic boat ride alongside dolphins, go on a beautiful hike through the rain forest or check out the amazing active volcanoes!  Indulge yourself at the spa and salon, and the evening, you can enjoy a vibrant luau, an elegant dinner, go star gazing or relax and watch a classic Disney movie on under the stars.   

So have an amazing Disney vacation making fantastic memories and having spectacular adventures in a magical place.

Celebrating a Birthday at Disneyland

This year, celebrate your birthday—or someone else’s birthday—at Disneyland!  Disneyland will make your birthday unforgettable and packed with fun!  Whether it’s for your own birthday or someone else’s, be sure to plan ahead and make reservations so you can make the most out of this magical day!

Start your evening at your favorite restaurant and have a customized birthday cake delivered right to your table at select restaurants at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.  You can choose a Mickey or Minnie Mouse, Disney Princess or Signature cake and flavor and personalize it with a special message!

If you’re staying at the Disneyland Resort Hotel, you can have the room decorated with a magical theme!  Choose from themes like Mickey and Minnie Mouse romance, Star Wars, Frozen or Princess themed and more! You can even get beautiful gift baskets and flowers sent to the room too!  Your room will be decorated in a magical Disney birthday style!

And don’t forget to stop by City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A in Disneyland Park and get your complimentary Birthday Button to wear and you’ll get birthday greetings all day from your favorite characters!

Have a magical birthday this year at Disneyland!

Choosing a Hotel for your Disneyland Vacation

You’ve got your tickets to Disneyland purchased, your bags packed, and you’re teeming with excitement.  The last thing you need is to figure out where you’re staying.  Fear not though, Disneyland makes it easy and has amazing hotels located on park property!

Check out the beautiful Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and enjoy their amazing Mandara spa, offering massages and facials, or relax in one of their luxurious poolside cabanas.  You can end your night by watching a classic Disney movie out on the terrace or dine at the upscale restaurant Napa Rose.

Or book your stay at the Disneyland Hotel and meet some of your favorite Disney characters!  Relax in one their poolside cabanas by their two beautiful retro pools, and then spend your evening in the glowing light of tiki torches at the Enchanted Tiki Bars with cocktails and live music.

Or stay at the Disneyland Paradise Pier Hotel and have a blast at the arcade room in the lobby, or dine at Disney’s PCH Grill and meet your favorite Disney characters at breakfast!  Relax during the day at the rooftop pool, and at night watch the Disneyland Park fireworks from the rooftop as well!
Whichever hotel you choose to stay at for your Disneyland adventure, you’ll have a fantastic trip with wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

A Disneyland Date

Sweep your date off their feet for a romantic day and evening at Disneyland!  Here are some romantic and adventurous ideas for your date that’ll make sure to put a smile on their face and make amazing memories.

  • Check out the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square and protect your date from ghosts and frights on this scary and frightening tour
  • Go on a romantic Ferris wheel ride on Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Paradise Pier in California Adventure and watch the sunset or cuddle up under the stars
  • Watch the World of Color show from Paradise Pier in California Adventure and see amazing and vibrantly beautiful fountains of color and fire, with mesmerizing music
  • Stroll by Snow White’s wishing well for a romantic photo of the two of you! Don’t forget to make a wish!

  • Watch the spectacular fireworks in the evening over Sleeping Beauty’s castle
  • Dine at the retro, elegant Carthay Circle Restaurant in Disney California Adventure on Buena Vista Street and enjoy a romantic dinner in the vaulted dining room or out on the terrace
  • Or head over to the Uva Bar and Café in Downtown Disney and grab a drink in this open-air bar with beautiful glass sculptures

Whether your date is during the day, at night, or both, your date will certainly be one to remember.  Make sure to bring a camera so you can document your amazing, romantic Disneyland date.