ESPN Zone is a fun and very loud place for diversion, especially if you are a sports fan who wants to catch the game or if you love the arcade. Another thing one can do is to find himself or herself on TV. It used to be the case on Monday evenings when one could get all goofy like the Disney character on camera. This was during the many years when Monday Night football airing on ABC 7 channel in the LA area. A local host from the channel would do a post-game show featuring sports and other entertainment personalities. Cameras would feature many shots of the cheering crowd of fans in the dining area. Now, with the demise of Monday NFL Football nights, there is still life and hope for being on TV on the weekends(mostly Saturdays)with post-college football game tapings. Air times are tentative but head to the Zone in the early Saturday afternoon to try to get a good position to get on camera.
Certain rides in DL & DCA belong to the Fastpass system. (FP) The maps they hand out as you enter the parks will outline which rides are in the FP system, and signs at each participating ride will let you know how long your anticipated wait time is, both with and without a FP. The FPs really cut your waiting times in the parks. The trick is knowing how to make the most of them.
The most important part is that you can only hold 1 FP from each park (ie: DL & DCA) at a time. What does that mean? Well, when you get a FP (which is done by inserting your park pass into the FP machine nearby to each participating ride), it will have a return time on it. This return time is the time at which your FP is usable. Until that return time you cannot get another FP for another ride in that park. Your FP will be valid for 2 hours from the return time. But don't worry about the expiry time; you can use them at any time after the start time shown. As the day progresses, the return time on FPs often gets later and later. For example, if you get a FP for Indiana Jones at 9 am, the return time will probably be around 10 am. But if you get a FP for this ride at 3pm, the return time is likely to be after 7 pm. So, if you get a FP first thing in the morning you should be able to get another one for a different ride within an hour or so. If you wait until things are busy in the afternoon to get one, you likely will not be able to get a second one for another ride until evening. By grabbing a couple of them early in the day you can use them whenever you need to that day.
The best rides to get FP for are: in DL - get FP for Space Mtn or Nemo as soon as you arrive in the morning and then proceed to either Space Mtn or Matterhorn to ride. By the time you are finished you will probably be able to make your way to Indy or Splash Mtn and get a FP for that ride as well. Then return any time after that & use your FP for these rides to get on with a reduced waiting time. In DCA - get FP for Soarin as soon as you enter the park. Proceed to Tower of Terror and ride. Grab another FP for either this ride or Grizzly River Rapids or Screamin when you're finished. Note, you will not need FP for GRR or Splash Mtn on chilly days.
Keep in mind also that some very popular rides (such as Soarin) often stop issuing FP by as early as noon on very busy days. Also, each person in your group must get their own FP with their own admission pass. You can send one person from your group to obtain all the FPs for your group, while the rest stand in line somewhere else, if it's really busy. Note, there are separate lines for people with FPs at all rides so don't get in the regular line up.
One of the most celebrated and hated things about Disneyland is the evening fireworks show that does on many nights of the week- 3-6 days a week. Locals living within a mile to about 5 mile radius can see and hear the 10-15 min big bang show very well. However this does not sit so well with some who find the elaborate show quite bothersome. Just remember when in town during roughly 9:30- 9:40 PM or earlier on some days that the big booms you hear are not a barrage of gunfire but just D-Land having some fun! If visiting but not inside the D-land parks, good views of the fireworks can be seen nearby at Angel Stadium, along streets like Katella Ave, Harbor Blvd State College Blvd, and off the 5 fwy (but, hello, pay attention to the road if you're driving. Pull off the street and then "ooh and awe" at the sparks).
D-Land does pay a price for the evening custom - about $30,000-$50,000, depending on the type of firework show it puts on. The city of Anaheim issues a permit for D-Land to have the big bright and noisy sky display.
I kept wondering why my cousins kept stopping at the water fountains at Disneyland because they weren't drinking fountains. It was explained to me that it's the local custom to splash yourself with the water from the fountains in order to keep cool while walking around. I learned something new!
disney downtown is really big,you have shops,restaurants,entertainment;you may even walk to the hotels which are very beautiful,with parks and fountains;well,this is america,the land of freedom;and freedom has always given wealth and beauty
As everyone knows, I'm an avid collector of assorted kitschy items. And one of my collectible fancies are the assorted shooters or otherwise known as shot glasses of my travels and here at the original Disneyland at Aneheim is no exception. you can buy a large assortment of shooters (shot glasses) with many kinds of designs embossed on them like mickey mouse, minnie mouse, pluto, etc and you can buy them at the many souvenir shops lining the various themed areas of disneyland and california adventure and at the downtown disney areas and they come in assorted sizes. shot glasses of the frosted glass variety will sell at $ 6.99 a piece while the pewter or aluminum variety will sell at $ 8.99 a piece so get one now.
Not only do I collect shot glasses but I also collect assorted fridge magnets of my destinations too. As everyone knows, I'm an avid collector of assorted kitschy items. And one of my collectible fancies are the assorted fridge magnets of my travels and here at the original Disneyland at Aneheim is no exception. you can buy a large assortment of fridge magnets with many kinds of designs embossed on them like mickey mouse, minnie mouse, pluto, etc. Plus they come in procelain with magnets inside, magnetized materials, wooden materials with magnets inside, pewter and more. you can buy them at the many souvenir shops lining the various themed areas of disneyland and california adventure and at the downtown disney areas and they come in assorted sizes. They sell from $ 5.99 a piece to $ 8.99 a piece, depending on the type of material.
grab one now.
Disneyland celebrates Dia de los Muertos in Frontier land. This is more of a Mexican holiday that remembers those who have passed. The actual day os on November 2nd. Disneyland celebrates Dia de los Muertos for a few weeks and they have face painting and other celebrations going on.
I recently visited the Disneyland resort on spring break weekend. I was curious to see the CA Adventure park but knowing that it would be crowded, I just wanted to take in as much of Disneyland & save the extra money for the cost of 2 park hopper tickets.
When I bought the single day tickets, the guy at the booth asked where I was from & I said Santa Cruz,(a town in CA) & he gave us two Resident 2fer Tickets. We got to play all day at Disneyland the first day & then checked out CA Adventure the next day FOR FREE!!!
You don't even have to do both parks the same weekend, the ticket is good for a month after the first use.The only thing you're getting by paying the extra $20 for a park hopper is entrance to both parks on the same day, which is too much for me anyway.
The ticket says valid proof of residency on it, but they don't go there at the entrance. They just scan the ticket without looking at it & you're in. Just tell 'em at the ticket booth you're from CA if they ask...
Try to make your visit to Disneyland on a Tuesday to Thursday. If you do you will find yourself rewarded with short lines and a better chance to enjoy yourself at the park.
Tickets are ranging around $50.00 per adult so get the most for your money and come mid week.
Disneyland opens at 9 am and closes at midnight during summer months, with opening at 10 am and closing at 6 pm the rest of the year.
Disneyland is full of tourist from domestic and international. Lotsa colors. That's me in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Main Street usually opens half an hour before the rest of the park and closes 1 hour later. Time for taking photos of the characters wandering around and doing a spot of shopping.