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.    

 

The Best Time to go to Disneyland

While most people work during the week and have weekends off which are spent on vacation time, that can mean spending half your day at Disneyland waiting in long lines and wading through crowds of tourists. So when is the best time to go to Disneyland then?

For those of you that have time off during the week, Disneyland is much less crowded on week days.  Whether you want to get there right when the park opens or later in the morning and afternoon, on a week day the park will be less crowded and have shorter lines.  This is great for kids and adults that might not have that much patience to wait in line for 2 hours for one ride.

If you do decide to go on a weekend, I suggest getting to the park right when it opens since mornings are a little less busy and you can go on your favorite rides before lines get too long.

 

There is also a peak season and an off season for visiting Disneyland.  The summer time and winter holiday time are definitely the busiest.  While most people have time off during the summer and winter, these will have the bigger crowds and longer lines for rides.  If you can, try to go during the off season of mid-January to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November.  Just be wary of holiday weekends like President’s Day, Spring Break in April, Memorial Day and Halloween, as these can be busy weekends too.  But no matter when you go to Disneyland, be it a week day or weekend, during any time of the year, you’re sure to have fun seeing your favorite characters in the happiest place on earth.

Your Nighttime Disneyland Adventure Continues

You’ve spent all day at Disneyland, eaten enough churros and desserts to last the month, and visited your favorite rides.  Now the evening is here, and you can unwind!  So sit back, relax, and enjoy these amazing nighttime shows and parades!

For a limited time, see the spectacular Main Street Electrical Parade filled with dazzling lights and beautiful floats!  Watch as your favorite Disney characters ride down twinkling floats along with sparkling performers!  But hurry, because this show disappears on August 20, 2017!

Or check out the amazing fireworks show over the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Remember…Dreams Come True show.  Watch these vibrant blasts of color as your favorite Disney characters share their wishes, Walt Disney explains his dream of Disneyland, and Tinker Bell enchants the crowd.

Or head to Paradise Pier and watch the incredible World of Color show!  With breathtaking bursts of color across the water and powerful music, fire and fog, this show reminds the crowd of their favorite Disney stories.  Watch as almost 1,200 fountains blast water into the air to make a screen of brilliant colors along with sensational music to make your evening spectacular.

Be sure to check the Disneyland app or the entertainment schedule pamphlet at the parks for the current parade and show times.  These shows and parades change throughout the year, so be sure to check them out while they’re here at Disneyland!

For Adventurers and Thrill Seekers

Whether you’re in the mood for something bright and colorful or a thrilling adventure, check out these exciting rides at Disneyland!

The Winnie the Pooh ride in Critter Country is filled with vibrant colors and takes you into the world of Pooh’s dreams! Travel through the Hundred Acre Wood and bounce through stories of Pooh’s friends in a rainstorm, windy days with Piglet, Eeyore and Roo, then get swept up in Pooh’s dreams of Heffalumps and mounds of honey everywhere! You’re sure to love this kooky adventure!

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Or get transported to a cursed temple filled with booby-traps, giant boulders and undead mummies in the Indiana Jones Adventure ride in Adventureland! Watch out for swarms of insects and erupting lava! Get ready for a fast-paced thrilling adventure where only the brave Indiana Jones can save you!

Or race down the snow-capped Swiss mountains on the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride in Fantasyland! Escape the clutches of the Abominable Snowman and speed down icy slopes, jagged peaks, dark caves and waterfalls in this thrilling ride.

For adventurers and thrill seekers alike, these captivating rides will get your heart beating faster and bring these stories to life!

Quick Tips for Your Day at Disneyland

Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead!

Bring comfortable shoes and clothes because you’ll be walking around all day, and while fashionable outfits look great, you don’t want your feet hurting half way through your day. Bring a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for during the day, but a jacket for the early mornings and cool evenings. Pack lightly though, you don’t want to be carrying around heavy backpacks or too many layers all day.

While churros, corn dogs and pretzels are delicious, bringing some snacks with you can save you money while you work up that appetite walking around and going on rides all day. Packing snacks with you in your bag will save you money, and give you more time to go on rides rather than wait in line for food.

Also, definitely bring a poncho! While it may not be the rainy season, there are rides where you will get wet, like Splash Mountain or Grizzly River Run. Bring a poncho so that you’re not wearing soaking wet clothes all day!

And while not everyone is a morning person, the lines are shortest first thing in the morning! So grab a coffee and breakfast on-the-go, and beat the crowds for your favorite rides!

Five Disney Restaurants You Have to Try On Your Next Vacation

When you plan a trip to a Disney resort, what and where you’re going to eat probably isn’t the first thing that crosses your mind. You have other things to plan! Which rides you’re going to ride first, which characters you want to take pictures, which areas of the parks you want to check out – who even has time to think of food? Waiting until you’re at the park to decide on where you and your family will dine is a big mistake, though, because you might end up just grabbing a slice of pizza out of convenience when, with a little bit of planning, you can be dining on delicious, interesting cuisine! You’d be surprised at how many diverse and wonderful eating options Disney provides for its guests. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the restaurants you’re going to want to definitely check out as you and your family enjoys your magical time together, either at one of Disney World’s many parks, Disneyland, or Disney’s California Adventure.

Tusker House Restaurant – Disney World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Africa

A trip to the Animal Kingdom at Disney World would be incomplete without a stop at Tusker House Restaurant; after all, it’s not every day that you can get a taste of authentic African cuisine. This vibrant eatery boasts a number of delicious entrees, like peri-peri marinated baked salmon and Cape Malay curry chicken. The restaurant abounds with African-inspired furnishings and decorations, like intricate woven tapestries hanging from the walls and ceilings. Children will love the opportunity to interact and dine with Safari Mickey, Safari Donald, and the rest of their crew. Reservations are accepted, as are certain dining plans.

Ariel’s Grotto – Disneyland, Paradise Pier, Disney’s California Adventure

There’s really no place else to go for delicious seafood in Disney’s California Adventure, and not many other places that can compare in the Magic Kingdom across the way. You absolutely need to try Disney’s version of surf n’ turf, which features grilled lobster tail and oak-smoked, honey-whiskey barbecue tri-trip. Disney Princess characters like Cinderella and Belle love to stop by for pictures, and the restaurant offers a lovely view of World of Color, California Adventure’s spectacular light show, which you can take advantage of with their World of Color Dining Package. Reservations are highly recommended.

Garden Grill – Disney World, The Land Pavilion, Epcot

This restaurant is worth eating at solely for the dining experience. First, there’s a ride that’s paired along with the restaurant called Living with the Land. It teaches guests about sustainable agricultural methods and the future of food production and technology. Second, the dining room itself slowly rotates as you dine, giving you ever-changing views of different agricultural and natural scenes, like a farmhouse and a rainforest. Third, the food is delicious – and plentiful! Enjoy healthy vegetables and produce grown right there in Living with the Land’s own greenhouse. Chip ‘n’ Dale and other woodland critters will stop by and visit while you feast on healthy, tasty fare. Reservations are highly recommended.

River Belle Terrace – Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, New Orleans Square

If you’ve never had a chance to visit the American South, you have been missing out on some of the most delicious and iconic food American culture has to offer. Not to worry, though, since River Belle Terrace offers some of the best Southern cooking you can find outside of the South. With pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken, cornbread, and other hearty fare on offer, you’ll get a taste of the down-home cooking places like New Orleans have become famous for. There are also lovely views of the Rivers of America and Tom Sawyer Island to be enjoyed while you dine.

Be Our Guest Restaurant – Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Fantasyland

This is probably another restaurant where the experience is just as interesting as the food. Located in Beast’s castle, the restaurant recreates the interior of the castle from the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Choose from three gorgeous dining room experiences: The Grand Ballroom, The West Wing, and The Castle Gallery. Each of them offer the same menu with delicious French-inspired dishes, like layered ratatouille or braised pork à la coq a vin, and opportunities to interact with the Beast, Belle, and their subjects. Reservations for dinner are highly recommended, since dinner is a table-service affair, but you can drop by for lunch or breakfast for a more casual, self-serve dining experience.

These restaurants are just the tip of the culinary iceberg, and Disney has so many more eateries and restaurants just waiting for you to check out. Like we mentioned before, you’re going to want to plan out which ones you’ll eat at, just like you’re going to want to plan out the rest of your visit. Why not give yourself an edge and request of one Disney’s FREE Disney Parks vacation planning videos? They are chock-full of valuable information for planning your trip, covering attractions, accommodations, rides, and, yes, even restaurants and dining options.

The videos include a complete tour of the 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, and 20+ resort hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, a tour of the Disneyland Resort in California, including 2 theme parks and 3 resort hotels, and tips on affordable ways to play and stay during your Disney vacation. They are absolutely free, and a great way to get the ball rolling on planning your family’s vacation. They make a great keepsake, too, since the DVDs are personalized with your family’s name on them. Fun, and useful too, they’ll put a little dose of magic in planning the vacation of a lifetime!