Episode-138-Maximizing-Time-Disneyland

138: Maximizing Your Time at Disneyland on a Crowded Day

 

Megan & Kris talk about how to maximize your time at Disneyland during a crowded day!

Also, we’re trying out a new format for our show. Starting with this episode, we’re going to be combining the park tips and conversations with Kit into one episode and release those once per week. The reason for this is to attempt to cut back on the amount of work it takes to put out an episode. I talk more about it at the top of the show. If you like this change or have any other suggestions, please drop us a line and let us know!

 

How to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

Have a plan, but be flexible.

You don’t want to just “wing it” when visiting Disneyland. We each pick our “must do’s” for the day and make those our priority. You also want to make sure to be flexible. It may be that somebody’s “must do” is closed, or maybe minds are changed. Your plans aren’t set in stone, so be prepared to change things up.

 

Start early, stay late

Do as much as you can before everyone gets there and after everyone leaves. Try to get to the parks before Rope Drop and/or stay late. If the park opens at 8:00 am, you usually have a few hours before the big crowds arrive to get in as much as you can. We’re frequently able to hit five or six attractions before 11. Crowds will usually start thinning too around 10 pm if you can wait them out.

Also, consider doing attractions that have long lines in the sun early when it’s cooler. Peter Pan, for example, has wait times of 45–50 minutes with a good portion of the queue out in the sun. Don’t blame us if you get heat stroke while waiting for Peter Pan.

 

Use FASTPASS

Use FASTPASSes on popular attractions like Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. (Try combining them with rider swap, if you have young kids or babies, for more value.)

 

Use mobile apps

Use apps like MouseWait and the Disneyland App to gauge wait times and adjust schedule when appropriate.

 

Take it slow during the day

Take things slow once the big crowds get there. After all, you’ve already checked off most of the things on your list in the morning, right?

 

Conversations with Kit

Kit talks about The Magic School Bus and a really cool educational kit that he got that helps him learn about the human body.

 

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Episode-137-Kits-Lego-Camp

137 Family Fun: Kit’s Lego Camp

 

Kit and Kris talk about his summer Lego Camp and how much fun he had building!

 

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Episode-136-Five-Family-Disneyland-Tips

136 Park Tip: Five Family Disneyland Tips

 

In this episode, Megan & Kris give Five helpful tips for families visiting Disneyland.

 

Five Family Disneyland Tips

Tag your stroller for easy ID at a distance.

There’re a couple ways we do this. Our favorite way to do this is to drape a blanket over the top and the stroller handle. This does two things: it makes our stroller stand out visually from the others and it also covers up what we may have in the stroller. We never keep any valuables in it, but why provide temptation to anyone to go snooping, right?

 

Save on souvenirs by purchasing them before your visit.

This is a great way to save money at the parks. Instead of buying souvenirs there, buy them before you go, at places like Target, the Disney Store (clearance), or anywhere else, locally, that might have Disney merchandise. Then, bring them into the park with you and give them out while you’re there! Your kids don’t need to know that you didn’t purchase them on Disney property. Here’s the magical phrase: “Hey, look what I got you!”

 

Write your phone number on your children.

The bottom line here is to make sure you can be contacted if your kids get lost. This can be done in many ways. You can buy bracelets that you can write contact and identifying information, use a sharpie to write your number on the hem of their shirt, or a pen to write on their arm.

 

Free Samples!

Both Ghirardelli and the Boudin Bakery give free samples when you walk in. Feel free to visit the bakery, grab a sample of freshly baked sourdough bread, and learn how it’s made by watching the instructional video and observing the cast members work. Then, walk across the way into the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate shop where you’ll receive a free chocolate square for dessert! (Also feel free to buy one of their delicious creations!)

 

Free Ice Water!

Free ice water can be found in the Disney parks from restaurants that offer fountain drinks. Just go in and ask! Filtered water spigots are available in the Baby Care Centers at both parks as well as at Rancho del Zocalo, the French Market, and Tomorrowland Terrace restaurants. Still tasted gross, so bring water flavoring.

Also, filtered water spigots are available in the Baby Care Centers at both parks as well as at Rancho del Zocalo, the French Market, and Tomorrowland Terrace restaurants. Note: It still tastes “tappy,” so bring water flavoring!

 

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Episode-135-Kits-Solar-Eclipse

135 Family Fun: Kit’s Solar Eclipse

 

Kit tells us about watching the solar eclipse and what he liked about it!

 

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Episode-134-Disney-Community-Spotlight-One-Little-Spark-Podcast

134 BONUS: Rich Stork from The One Little Spark Podcast

 

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In this bonus episode, a Disney Community Spotlight, we get to know Rich Stork from the One Little Spark Podcast!

He answers some fun questions and we generally “geek out” over Disney parks! Give it a spin!

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Facebook | Twitter

 

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Episode-133-Feeding-Picky-Kids-at-Disneyland

133 Park Tip: Feeding Picky Kids at Disneyland

 

Kris & Megan talk about where you can find your kids’ favorite foods at Disneyland and give some general tips for feeding picky kids there.

 

Feeding Picky Kids at Disneyland

Feeding kids can require a certain amount of finesse. Here are our tips

on making it as easy as possible.

• Eat early. Having lunch around 11am and dinner around 5pm can help you avoid the more crowded times, meaning less waiting and better seating choices.

• Kids’ meal sizes are on the small side. The toddler meal is small enough for a one-year-old but really too small for a two-year-old (unless yours eats like a bird). At seven years old, our oldest has nearly grown out of the kids’ meals.

• Split an adult meal between two kids. It won’t come with a drink like the kids’ meals, but they can split a burger and fries, pizza, chicken strips, or something more adventurous for some extra food for them and a little savings for you.

 

Most quick-service eateries have some pretty standard kid dishes.

Burgers:

• Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park)

• Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country, Disneyland Park)

• Red Rose Taverne (Fantasyland, Disneyland Park)

• Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak, DCA)

 

Pizza:

• Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Paradise Pier, DCA)

• Daisy’s Diner (Mickey’s Toontown, Disneyland Park)

• Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port (Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park)

• Red Rose Taverne (Fantasyland, Disneyland Park)

 

Chicken Nuggets:

• Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park)

• Golden Horseshoe (Frontierland, Disneyland Park)

• Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country, Disneyland Park)

• Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak, DCA)

• Stage Door Café (Frontierland, Disneyland Park)

 

Turkey Sandwich:

• Flo’s V-8 Café (Cars Land, DCA)

• Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park)

• Jolly Holiday Bakery (Main Street, Disneyland Park)

• Pacific Wharf Café (Pacific Wharf, DCA)

• Pluto’s Dog House (Mickey’s Toontown, Disneyland Park)

• Red Rose Taverne (Fantasyland, Disneyland Park)

 

Power Pack: (yogurt, sliced apples, carrots, banana, and whole-grain Goldfish crackers):

Disneyland Park

• Harbour Galley (Critter Country)

• Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country)

• Troubadour Tavern (Fantasyland)

• Clarabelle’s (Mickey’s Toontown)

• Golden Horseshoe (Frontierland)

• Stage Door Café (Frontierland)

• Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner (Main Street)

• Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland)

 

DCA

• Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak)

• Award Wieners (Hollywood Land)

• Pacific Wharf Café (Pacific Wharf)

 

Toddler Meals:

Disneyland Park

• Hungry Bear Restaurant (Critter Country) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Red Rose Taverne (Fantasyland) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Rancho del Zocalo (Frontierland) – Arroz con Pollo (rice and chicken), Arroz con Frijoles (rice and beans)

• Galactic Grill (Tomorrowland) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port (Tomorrowland) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Pluto’s Dog House (Mickey’s Toontown) – Cheesy Macaroni

 

DCA

• Smokejumpers Grill (Grizzly Peak) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Pacific Wharf) – Arroz con Pollo

• Pacific Wharf Café (Pacific Wharf) – Cheesy Macaroni

• Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Paradise Pier) – Cheesy Macaroni

 

Other:

• Bean and cheese burrito – Rancho del Zocalo (Frontierland, Disneyland Park)

• Chicken taco – Rancho del Zocalo (Frontierland, Disneyland Park)

• Turkey hot dog – Coca-Cola Refreshment Corner (Main Street, Disneyland Park)

• Macaroni and cheese – Jolly Holiday Bakery (Main Street, Disneyland Park)

• Spaghetti and meatballs – Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port (Tomorrowland, Disneyland Park)

• Turkey hot dog – Pluto’s Dog House (Mickey’s Toontown, Disneyland Park)

• Macaroni and cheese – Flo’s V-8 Café (Cars Land, DCA)

• Roast Beef sandwich – Flo’s V-8 Café (Cars Land, DCA)

• Turkey hot dog – Award Wieners (Hollywood Land, DCA)

• Bean and cheese burrito – Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Pacific Wharf, DCA)

• Chicken quesadilla – Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill (Pacific Wharf, DCA)

• Chicken and brown rice – Lucky Fortune Cookery (Pacific Wharf, DCA)

• Turkey meatball sandwich – Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Paradise Pier, DCA)

• Spaghetti and meatballs – Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta (Paradise Pier, DCA)

 

Water

• Drink plenty of water, especially when it’s hot.

• Any place with fountain drinks will give you a cup of ice water or ice for free.

• Refill your water bottles at drinking fountains throughout the parks. Try flavor packets or drops if you’re picky about the taste of the Anaheim tap water.

• Consider a water bottle with a built-in filter to improve the taste.

 

 

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Episode-132-Kits-Three-Favorite-Disneyland-Rides

132 Family Fun: Kit’s Three Favorite Disneyland Rides!

 

Kit tells us about his three favorite Disneyland rides: Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin, The Haunted Mansion, and Star Tours!

 

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Episode-131-Disney-Community-Spotlight-the-Caillouet-Disney-DNA-Podcast

131 BONUS: Trent & Jeni Caillouet from the Disney DNA Podcast

 

Disney DNA Podcast

In this bonus episode, a Disney Community Spotlight, we get to know Trent & Jeni Caillouet from the Disney DNA Podcast!

They answer some fun questions and and we generally “geek out” over Disney parks! Y’all are gonna love it!

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Episode-130-Fantasmic-Dinner-Package-Review

130 Park Tip: Fantasmic! Dinner Package Review

 

Megan & Kris recently took advantage of the Fantasmic! dinner package at the River Belle Terrace at Disneyland. In this episode, they give their review both on the package, food, and the updates to the show.

 

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Episode-129-Kits-Fantasmic-Review

129 Family Fun: Kit’s Review of Fantasmic!

 

In this episode, our four-year-old son, Kit, gives us his review of seeing Disneyland’s Fantasmic! for the first time!

 

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