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.
As you enter the park, your usually handed some very handy brochures. Make sure you keep them handy because this one gives you all the times, locations, and which shows. Let's not forget when the parades start to. You have to attend some, because they are done very well and your children or the child at heart will enjoy them too! Very worth the time and effort to attend some!
Fondest memory: The ones with the magical costumes and sing the wonderful musicals are the best to see!
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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Favorite thing: Clint and I didn't know what we wanted to do despite going through nearly all the park. We finally settled on the People Mover which gave us a relaxing view of Tomorrowland as we figured out what to do next. Between my 1995 and 1996 visits, the People Mover was discarded.
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...
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!
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.
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.
Splash Mountain first opened in Disneyland back in July of 1989 and is by far the greatest ride in Critter Country. It is a definite must, especially on hot days. You don't get soaked on the ride, but it will get you wet enough to cool you down a bit.
Splash Mountain is based on the characters from the movie "Song of the South", released by Disney back in 1946. The original movie was a combination of live action and animation, which was one of the first of it's kind. The movie had an elderly man, Uncle Remus, telling stories to children about Brer Rabbit and his friends. As the stories were told by the live action actors, they would unfold in typical Disney animation. A great movie if you get to see it. The ride is a somewhat disjointed collection of different scenes about Brer Rabbit taken from the movie.
All this culminates in a 52 foot drop at a 45 degree angle. Quite a plunge. And it is here that you will most likely get wet. A great ride for young and old alike.
Fondest memory: The ride has a lot of detail in the various scenes. It is really nicely done.
Everyone knows the song. It is actually quite simple. It's message clear. Especially for the Vitual Tourist community, the meaning is close to our heart.
The lyrics are this:
It's a world of laughter
A world of tears
It's a world of hopes
And a world of fears
There's so much that we share
That it's time we're aware
It's a small world after all
There is just one moon
And one golden sun
And a smile means
Friendship to ev'ryone
Though the mountains divide
And the oceans are wide
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small world after all
It's a small, small world
It's a Small World got its start in New York City at the 1964/1965 World's Fair. After the Fair closed, the ride was transferred to Disneyland where it has stayed for the last 40 years. It has been given some repair now and again, but has essentially remained the same since inception. It carries you throughout the various regions of the world, with the animatronic characters singing the song in their native language.
It culminates in them all together singing as one. When you consider the song was written in the wake of the Cuban missle crisis, it's meaning becomes all the more clear.
It's a small world after all...
Fondest memory: The best time to go to It's A Small World has to be during the holiday season when it is covered in multi-colored lights. It's amazing to see.
Huge Topiary sculptures line the waterway in front of the ride.
Additionally, every half hour, the clock does a little number, similar to a giant cuckoo clock. Very Cool!
Fondest memory: What I take the most from Disneyland now(as an adult) is the look of it. The color schemes and archectural features are spectacular in many spots- more so than any roller coaster or some Mickey Mouse routine! Here's a little photographic advice: take pictures near some impressive building or facade or have someone else take a shot if you are including yourself in the photo. This shot was taken from from the Aladddin attraction from Frontierland /Adventureland area. ( The exact name of the Aladdin attraction is escaping me as of now....any Disneylandian freak help me out here!) The look here of course is something out of the Middle East - like Moroccan. Fool everyone by saying that you went to Marakesh and took this shot instead of Disneyland!! Hehe!!
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.
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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.
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:
If you like a carefully planned out vacation, Ridemax may be just the thing for you!
Now, this is my parents' favorite ride in Disneyland. :-))
They were the first to conquer Disneyland years ago and told me 'One of the BEST rides you must take when you're in Disneyland is the Mark Twain riverboat cruise'.
I did. And almost fell asleep on this slooow cruise. Well I guess if you're my parents' age, it would be deemed as FUN. :-) Sorry Mom + Dad!