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    Disney's Fastpass

    by joiwatani Written Jan 12, 2013
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    Favorite thing: If you are heading to Disneyland especially during the summer time when children are out of school, expect long lines up to a two hour wait!

    Make sure to take the Disney's Fastpass. This is available to the following attractions: California Screamin', Grizzly River Run, Soarin' Over Califronia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the RAdiator Springs Racers.

    The World of Color Fastpass- the distribution is located at the Grizzly River Run FASTPASS location. For the RAdiator Springs Racers FASTPASS, the distribution is next to "Its Tought to be a Bug!

    Fondest memory: We had so much fun here despite the long delays and long lines. We expected long lines. We were ready for this!

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    Appreciate the talents~

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Favorite thing: This gentleman was fiddling away many tunes that probably the baby boomers would know. My boys thought he was really neat and talented. So we stop and payed attention and clapped when he was done. So many people just milling around and not paying attention at tall. Well done Sir!

    1313 S. Harbor Blvd Anaheim, Ca
    Phone: 714-781-4565
    Website: http://disneyland.disney.go.com

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    Restrooms & Elevators~

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 14, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Don't know if your like my family, but having to know where all the rest rooms is very important, especially if you have been driving for 100 miles and having to deal with traffic to get here. There are restrooms right under the main parking lot escalator and near the elevators.

    1313 S. Harbor Blvd Anaheim, Ca
    Phone: 714-781-4565
    Website: http://disneyland.disney.go.com

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    Designated Smoking Area

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2012
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    Favorite thing: like in other theme parks in the world, Disneyland and California Adventure has designated smoking areas around the complex which are hidden mostly by trees.

    here is a listing of the smoking areas in the Disney Theme Parks:

    Disneyland Park

    New Orleans Square outside Harbor Galley
    Frontierland near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
    Fantasyland near Matterhorn Bobsleds
    Main Entry Plaza outside both theme parks

    Disney California Adventure Park

    Hollywood Land near Muppet*Vision 3D
    Condor Flats near Soarin' Over California
    Paradise Pier near Paradise Pier Ice Cream Co.

    Downtown Disney District

    Smoking is prohibited inside stores, dining areas and restrooms.

    Fondest memory: designated smoking areas

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    Buyng Regular Tickets

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 20, 2012
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    Favorite thing: You can buy the regular one day pass, two day pass, three day pass, 1 week pass and annual pass at the assorted ticket counters in the middle of the entrances of Disneyland and California Adventure for entrance to one or both areas (theme park and park hopper tickets) which are available at 1 day up to 5 day pass and also the annual pass and premium annual pass. these tips are for the entrance to one park.The best deal here is that you don't have to pay extra for front of the line passes (the disney version is called FASTPASS), you just need to get front of the line coupons at the assorted front of the line coupon booths lining the major rides and just go to the ride at the designated time for your front of the line pass.

    Prices of Disneyland entrance below

    Fondest memory: 1-Day Theme Park Tickets Valid now through December 31, 2013.
    1-Day 1-Park Ticket

    Ages 3 to 9
    $81.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $87.00
    Buy
    1-Day Park Hopper Ticket
    Visit both parks each day of your ticket.

    Ages 3 to 9
    $119.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $125.00

    2-Day Theme Park TicketsValid now through December 31, 2013.
    2-Day 1-Park Per Day Ticket

    Ages 3 to 9
    $158.00
    Ages 10 & Up

    Annual Passports
    Premium Annual Passport

    The Premium Annual Passport provides you with an entire year of Disney magic and adventures with no blockout dates.

    Parking included!

    Ages 3 to 9
    $649.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $649.00
    Buy
    Deluxe Annual Passport
    Enjoy 315 pre-selected days of admission to both Disneyland Resort theme parks.

    Ages 3 to 9
    $469.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $469.00

    $170.00
    Buy
    2-Day Park Hopper Ticket
    Visit both parks each day of your ticket.

    Ages 3 to 9
    $188.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $200.00

    Disney Premier Passport
    Disney Premier Passport

    The Disney Premier Passport is the one card that gets you admission to the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks! Price does not include applicable taxes. Subject to capacity.



    Available only at:

    • Disneyland Resort theme park ticket booths

    • Guest Relations windows at Walt Disney World theme parks

    • Downtown Disney area at the Walt Disney World Resort

    Ages 3 to 9
    $849.00
    Ages 10 & Up
    $849.00

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    Maps

    by Yaqui Updated May 22, 2012

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    Favorite thing: You probably thinking this is a no brainer, but you'd be surpised how many times I see families lost and going back and forth from each part of the park. I don't need the maps, because I know the park like the back of my hand:-) Yet, there are those who don't attend the magical place of earth that often. So hang onto this wonderful source of information so you can plan and map out which cool ride to get to next. Oh, don't forget checkout, which rides that might be down that day. They usually have a sign on the ticket booths windows, which rides are not in operation for the day for planning purposes.

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    Guest Assistance Card~City Hall

    by Yaqui Updated May 22, 2012

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    Favorite thing: We have not been back for 7 years. So I was not sure if they do this still. I had a note from Nates teacher incase they challenged it. They didn't want to see it because they are require by law to help out those with any disabilites. They happely gave us a Guest Pass, but we didn't use much. We only used on the worse rides with people all bunched up. The park that day was awesome and not nearly as crowed.

    For anyone who knows of someone who has a disability of any kind will help dearly with access into the many attractions especially those with wheel chairs. This card is a blessing. I found out about it from a friend who has a Autistic child too. Once you enter the main entrance head over to Guest Relations where the Information Center is by City Hall, which is just inside the entrance to the left. They did ask me a series of questions to prove if Nate had a disability and I was given this card. You use the card at the exit entrances and are given special access so you don't have to wait in the long lines, which is dramatic for any child, (but times that by ten for someone who is Autisitc)or lines that make it difficult for wheelchairs or any other type disability access. It helped so much for Nate to be able to truely enjoy all the rides. The only place we had a long wait was the Pirates of the Caribbean because they had a special boat to assit those with special disabilities so all could enjoy!

    Fondest memory: To see the wonderful happy faces of those less fortune than us was a blessing too as they too enjoyed the day of dreams.

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    Online Planning Tool - Ridemax

    by Camping_Girl Written Sep 20, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Ridemax is a software application that you can purchase online. You download the software onto your computer. You can either purchase a 90 day subscription (15 USD) or a one year subscription ($25 USD). Once you have the software on your own computer, you can plan your trip to Disney with it. You need to tell the software what your travel dates are, what time you plan to arrive at and leave the park, when you want to take breaks, and what rides and attractions you want to experience. Then the software runs its calculations, and comes up with your itinerary.

    Naturally, this software is really only worth its salt on the busy periods at Disney. If you will be there on a really slow day for the park, you're probably better off to save your money. But if you're going to be there during peak periods, it is money well spent.

    Disney peak periods are generally considered to be:

    - mid-March to the end of April (known as "spring break" time)
    - early June to the end of Labor Day weekend in September (summer holidays)
    - the week before Christmas until January 1st (New Years Day)
    - Thanksgiving (last Thursday in November)
    - Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
    - Presidents Day (3rd Monday in February)
    - any Friday or Saturday

    Fondest memory: I have never tried Ridemax because I don't do well with this sort of structure in my vacation. But I can tell you that I know dozens of people who have tried it, and they have all come back from Disney raving about it! From what I have been told, people using a Ridemax itinerary at Disney have little to no waiting time in a day.

    The website for Ridemax is at this link:

    ridemax

    If you like a carefully planned out vacation, Ridemax may be just the thing for you!

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    Both Parks (Disney and DCA Park) Shopping Stores

    by COMEONDOWN Written Jul 30, 2007

    Favorite thing: There is really nothing which we can consider to be our favourite shopping stores, Disneyland Shops as well as California Adventure Shopping Stores...What bothers me at most was these. Both my nieces (ages 8 and 10 years old wanted to fill they were at these happiest place on earth, so, we allowed them to pick a mickey mouse hats), as we approach the register, the well trained cashier greets us hello, then as she was ringing these two mickey mouse hats she has these fast talk, how about some disposable camers (GEE! you know how much Disney sells them to customers those single disposable cameras, $18.50 whereas in Target or any of these discount stores, you can get it at $8.50 - $9.00 for each single 27 exposure camera...then a cashiers or working as a cashier you are strongly and focusly trained to make sure to add or pad the original shopping of customers...just anything, to make a sale, it could be a group of lolipops which cost 5 pieces for $4.95, a small container of sunblock can cost you $9.50 and purchasing it at the discount store it cost around $3.20-$3.50. We have not found anything that Disneyland or California Adventure really economical, so, it is best that you are well organized and prepared for you and your children would need while enjoying your holiday. From our experience you are allowed to bring coke inside the park in one condition, make sure that the bottle is made of plastic and not glass, you are also allowed to bring you own lunches.
    We had a good time in both parks, and through speaking to people we met there, they advised us not to waste time doing are shopping in either parks, as there is these store called World of Disney which is located downtown Disneyland save half a day on that store as most of all items sold at Parks, you would find it at World of Disney, it is a very large department store downtown.
    If there is anything we could help you, feel free to write us on our VT forum.

    Fondest memory: Best memory was Disneyland more than California Adventure. True that Disneyland is always packed with tourists, but they seem to have more on going for younger children.

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    Park Hopper Passes

    by Camping_Girl Updated Jul 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The Park Hopper Passes are the only way to go to see Disneyland & California Adventure Park. They are cheaper than paying by the day, and they get you into both parks as many times as you want during the time period you purchase for.

    If you order your park hopper passes in advance (go to Disney's website to do this), you will save even more than by buying them when you arrive. They mail them to you, or if time is tight, you can usually make arrangements to have them sent to the hotel you will be staying at. A new enhancement to the "order in advance" service allows you to print your passes at home, and bring them with you.

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    by southofla Updated Dec 4, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Just started at Disneyland is Disney's Photpass service. This is similar to the same thing that has been in Florida for a while, but with some enhancements.

    The first time you go to a Character locations or any where they have Disney Photographers you will receive a Card similar to a Credit Card. Each card is individually numbered and will hold all of your photos. After you have your card then each time you go to another location you just hand them the current card and they add photos to the same card.

    Anyone who remembers the old method when they gave you a piece of paper for each photo you now only have to carry one card around for your entire visit. This card is plastic and waterproof which is also a great enhancement especially if you want to go on some water rides.

    You still have the option to purchase photo while in the park, but you now have the ability to log on at home and order them from there also. They also give you the ability to share your photos to other people.

    The downside is that this is not permanent storage, they will expire from the card after about 30 days. But this is usually more than enough time once you get back from your vacation to look at the photos.

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    FastPass

    by Fewf Written Sep 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Disneyland quickly got a reputation that you're paying a lot of money to mostly stand in line. They now offer FastPasses for the rides with the longest queues. Just come to the ride, but instead of getting in line, go to the FastPass machine and slide in your admission ticket. Out slides your FastPass, and in the time interval on your FastPass, you can come and stand in the shorter FastPass line and avoid the wait. Thank you, Disneyland, for this wonderful addition. Highly recommended.

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    Help Buzz Save the Galaxy!

    by rmlopez74 Written Jun 15, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Okay, so first off, this is supposed to be a “kids ride”. But on any given day, when you get in line for Buzz Lightyrear Astro Blasters , you won’t see that many kids. This ride is addicting. So the whole point of the ride is this, battling Evil Emperor Zurg. Apparently, Zurg has a robot army who are trying to steal the power supplies (read: batteries) of the little green guys. Star Command sends help in the form of you. You area a new recruit into Star Command and your mission is to help Buzz defeat Zurg and his robots. Sounds like a bad straight to video kid movie I know.

    But once you get onto your “Omnimover” (the actually ride), the fun begins. Each vehicle seats two, and is equipped with a joystick in the center that either person can operate, and two laser pistols. The joystick enables you to spin your car around in a 360 degree circle. You have a digital readout on the dashboard that shows your current “score”. You score points by shooting targets with your laser pistol. The targets are small square and diamond shapes with a Z in the middle. When you shoot your pistol, you can see a little pinpoint laser where you are hitting. You need to hit a small reflector in the center of each target (about the size of a silver dollar. If you get a hit, the target lights up for a second. Each hit gives you points, the farther away the target, the more points you get.

    Some targets will light up with neon for a couple of seconds. If you shoot them while they are lit, you get major bonus points. When you finish, the digital readout will give you your total points and your “rank” in Star Command. I can’t get past L-3, but maybe you can do better…

    Fondest memory: The line is awesome (in typical Disney style). The color scheme is the same as Buzz Lightyears suit. The whole thing is scaled down to look like you are toy sized. The highlight is a Animatronic Buzz Lightyear who is giving you a layout of your mission with details being shown on a giant Etch-a-Sketch. The face on Buzz is some sort of projection, and it is amazing.

    Tips for getting more points:
    1. You can shoot the same target repeatedly. So if you hit one, just keep pulling the trigger.
    2. Go for the lit up ones. The bonus points add up really fast.
    3. Don’t mess with the joystick too much. It can throw you off on your shooting.

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    Indiana Jones - Temple of the Forbidden Eye

    by rmlopez74 Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: One of the highlights of Adventureland is the ride Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye . The Indiana Jones ride first opened on March 3, 1995, and it is by far the best ride in Adventureland. (or at least it ties Pirates of the Caribbean) The ride does a great job of making you feel like you have been transported right into the movie, or at least a variation of one of the movies.

    As people on the ride, you play the part of tourists in India in 1936. You have come to visit the mystical Temple of the Forbidden Eye . The rush to see it comes from the reports of previous visitors who have visited the temple and been bestowed with one of three amazing gifts: youth, wealth, or knowledge of the future. You are transported through the temple in a modified jeep. But you receive warning after warning not to look into the eyes of “Mara” the deity whose temple this is. As the whole “forbidden eye” part lets you know, if you do, bad things happen.

    The ride consists of you entering the temple, someone foolishly looks into Mara’s eyes, and then she sends on the “Path of Doom” . You spend the next several minutes whizzing through the temple in your jeep, avoiding things like mummies, rats, fire, booby traps, and one really huge snake. The action is great, and there are a few animatronic Indiana Jones here and there to keep up the feeling of being in the movie.

    Fondest memory: The line is almost a half mile long, though you usually breeze through most of it. But along the way, you see some pretty cool stuff. Outside the temple, there is a Mercedes-Benz troop truck parked with a small mining cart next to it. The rumor is both are actual props from the movies, the truck from Raiders of the Lost Ark and the cart from Temple of Doom.

    Inside it gets even better . The portion of the temple you walk through for the line is set up like an archeological dig, with warnings about booby traps, and a couple of interactive items along the way. A movie display gives a pseudo news story about the temple’s discovery.

    Along the way, there are a number of messages carved into the walls. They are in "Marabic" . Back when the ride first opened, the gave you decoder cards to read them. They don’t anymore, but I have included a picture of the card in case you want to take one along to try your hand at reading the messages. Most of the letters look pretty similar to the English equivalent, (except I looks like an eye – who woulda figured?) so it is easy to do without the card. Enjoy!

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    For the Star Wars Fans (or not)

    by rmlopez74 Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Don’t let the fact that Star Tours has been around for almost 20 Years (it was opened in 1987), make you think that it is too old to be any good. This ride is still the top of the line when it comes to the now common “Simulator Ride”. In fact, it is one of the best attractions in Tomorrowland.

    (Though I must say, I was actually quite saddened when they replaced “Adventure Thru Inner Space”, which is what was here before Star Tours. Adventure Thru Inner Space was this awesome old school ride that simulated being shrunk down, but I digress…)

    Back to Star Tours… The ride was originally advertised as "The Ultimate Star Wars Adventure!". It centers around you as a space tourist taking a day trip to the moon of Endor (the place with the Ewoks) on a new “StarSpeeder 3000” . Your robotic pilot is “Captain Rex” , who just happens to be making his maiden voyage as a pilot. Needless to say, the flight doesn’t go all that smoothly. Comets, Tie Fighters and the Death Star are involved. The simulation is great, and there is plenty of humor to go along with it.

    Fondest memory: Even waiting in line is worth the time it takes. Everything is patterned to look like an actual space port with you as the tourist waiting for your flight. Throughout the path to the actual StarSpeeder 3000, there are a number of robotic workers that interact with the lines. There is even an animatronic C-3PO and R2-D2 (which are rumored to be actual props from the original movie).

    Watch out for Admiral Ackbar up in the control booth...

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