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!


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!

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!

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!