Episode-121-Character-Dining-at-Disneyland

121 Park Tip: Character Dining at Disneyland

 

Kris & Megan talk about the different character dining options available at Disneyland Resort. Listen to the episode on the player above.

 

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119 Park Tip: Our Top Five Disneyland FAILS!

 

Megan & Kris reveal their humanity as they list off their top five Disneyland fails! For better or worse, they’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.

 

Our Top Five Disneyland FAILS!

Listen in as we talk about us not taking our own advice in our Top Five Disneyland fails! Do as we say, kids, not as we do. 🙂

Food Fails – Here’s a couple instances where we’ve screwed up in the food department. Bread is important if you’re making sandwiches, right!?

Security Antics – Kris is always messing this one up … and of course there was the one time he inadvertantly ditched Megan & the kids…

Failure to Plan Ahead – Here’s a pro tip: always check out the blackout day calendar.

Failure on the Way Out – Leaving the park is easy, right? Not if you forget one very important piece of information …

Waiting in Line Fails – Megan shares two stories, one of which there was NO ESCAPE!

 

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117 Park Tip: Romantic Disneyland Trip without Kids

 

Megan and Kris each give their top five romantic things to do at Disneyland without kids. They also share some suggestions from their Facebook Group!

 

Top 5 Romantic Things to do at Disneyland without Kids

Kris’s Top 5

5. Take it slow.

4. Have a special meal together.

3. Hold hands, be that “mushy” couple.

2. Share a dessert.

1. Watch a show together.

 

Megan’s Top 5

5. People watching.

4.  Take pictures.

3.  Dine at Blue Bayou.

2.  Share a dessert.

1. Going on the fast rides together.

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Episode-115-Fear's-Guide-to-DCA

115 Park Tip: Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at California Adventure

 

Megan & Kris talk about what’s scary at California Adventure (Disneyland Park is in a past episode) for young kids preschool aged and younger.

 

Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at California Adventure

We’re mainly pointing out California Adventure Attractions that can be scary for kids 5 and under (preschool age) or a 40 inch height requirement and lower.

 

Hollywoodland

Monsters Inc: This ride is a dark ride and features monsters. If your kids are familiar with the movie Monsters Inc., the monsters really aren’t scary at all. Parents, use your discretion.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!: Having not opened as of the time of this recording, we really can’t speak to this attraction, though it can be assumed that it will still be thrilling, especially since they’re not changing the ride concept.

 

Bugs Land

It’s Tough to Be a Bug: This is a 3D show that features startling aspects, smells and other interactive elements. Also, the villain from the movie, Hopper, makes an appearance which may be frightening to young ones.

All Rides are ok: This is basically a “kiddie land,” with all rides being designed specifically for young children.

 

Cars Land

Radiator Springs Racers: This is a dark ride, as well as a thrill ride. The beginning bakes you through various scenes from the movie Cars as you’re gearing up for a race, which takes up the second half of the ride as you speed through a race course. A couple things you’ll encounter in the dark ride portion are the harvester vehicle and an oncoming train.

Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters: There’s nothing really scary about this ride.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree: This is a ride in which you ride in trailers that spin around. It can tend to be a little rough and if your child doesn’t like spinning, you might want to move onto something else.

 

Paradise Pier

Little Mermaid: This is a dark ride that features scenes from the classic movie The Little Mermaid, including a scene with Ursula, the sea witch, which may be scary for young kids.

Toy Story Midway Mania: This is another dark ride which is a fun interactive game. Between sections though, the cars spin rather vigorously and may be an issue for youngsters.

Triton’s Carousel: It’s a carousel, have fun!

Mickey’s Fun Wheel: This is basically a Farris Wheel with some fun modifications! Some of the gondolas (which you can choose) are on a track the makes it swing more than a normal gondola would swing. Plus, you have the heights. The gondolas are enclosed though, so it’s safe.

Mickey’s Silly Symphony Swings: The issues you’ll deal with here are swinging and heights.

Jumping Jellyfish: This is a ride that takes you up high, and then lowers you down again. Think if it as a kiddie version of the Hollywood Tower of Terror without the “terror.”

Goofy’s Sky School: This is a mini roller coaster with sharp hairpin turns and extreme ups and downs. It’s a little rough too and the vantage points might be scary for young kids riding with you.

 

Grizzly Peak

Grizzly River Run: this is a fun raft ride that takes you through some rapids with plenty of spins, drops, and water. It is a bit if a thrill ride, and you will get wet!

Soaring’ Around the World: This is a wonderful ride that basically takes you up into a video projection transporting you to different places around the world as if you’re visiting them via hang glider, granted, a very large hang glider that seats about 75 people. Simulated heights would be the biggest scare factor here.

 

 

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113 Park Tip: Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris talk about what’s scary at Disneyland Park (Disney California Adventure is in the next episode) for young kids preschool aged and younger.

 

Fear’s Guide to What’s Scary at Disneyland

We’re mainly pointing out Disneyland Attractions that can be scary for kids 5 and under (preschool age) or a 40 inch height requirement and lower.

 

Adventureland

Jungle Cruise: This ride is mostly fine for kids, but there are a few things to consider. The animatronic animals may seem to be real to kids and therefore may be scary. The skipper a one point fires a loud cap gun, and at the end of the cruise, loud man-eating piranhas make an appearance right next to the boat. Don’t worry though, they’re only man-eating piranhas. Women and children are fine. 🙂

Tarzan’s Treehouse: At one point during the climb to the top, there’s a loud tiger hiss that may startle youngsters.

The Enchanted Tiki Room: This is a show in the dark which might make youngsters uncertain. There’s a point during the show where the totems on the wall start to play and sing and also, near the end of the show, sudden thunder rings out which is kind of a jump scare.

 

New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean: This ride is a dark ride, so that atmosphere in general may be scary. It also features drops, skeletons, cannons, simulated fire, and a projected waterfall that the character Davy Jones from the movie appears.

Haunted Mansion: This is the Haunted mansion. Everything is scary for a youngster! Be prepared for screaming and jump scares as well as general spookiness.

 

Critter Country

Splash Mountain: I think this one is obvious with the 50 foot drop at the end, but there are a couple dark spots in the ride and at the end the mood of the ride gets very sad and sorrowful that little ones might pick up on.

Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: The only thing in this ride that might be scary would be the heffelumps and woozles portion of the ride which is very bright & stimulating, and generally strange. It might make youngsters uncomfortable.

 

Frontierland

Mark Twain Riverboat and Columbia Boats: When these are running, the both have loud noises they make in the ways of whistles, bells, and cannons.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: This is a wild train ride troller coaster, so the speed and sharp turns my be unsavory for young kids. That said, it also takes you through dark tunnels including one that looks like it’s about to collapse onto the train.

 

Fantasyland

Quick note about dark rides in general: The setting for these rides may be generally scary for youngsters considering they are rides through different scenes in the dark.

Snow White Scary Adventures: This ride is designed to be scary. The evil queen follows you throughout the ride chasing you through scary woods and dungeons with malevolent intent.

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride: This whimsical ride takes you through various scenes, one of which features an oncoming train and then hell and the devil.

Pinocchio: There are a few scenes in this ride that could be scary for kids that feature Monstro the Whale, Pleasure Island scenes, and Stromboli.

Alice & Wonderland: This ride features strange scenes from Alice in Wonderland, many including the Queen of Hearts in all her rageful glory.

Peter Pan: There’s nothing really to mention here except that some of the scenes are dark. Nothing really scary though.

Carousel: There’s nothing really scary about this ride.

Casey Jr Circus Train: There’s nothing really scary about this ride.

Storybook Land Cruise: There’s nothing really scary about this ride, except at the beginning you sail into the mouth of a whale.

Teacups: There’s nothing really scary about this ride unless your kids don’t like spinning.

Dumbo: The only thing that may be scary about this ride is heights.

it’s a small world: There’s nothing really scary about this ride.

 

Mickey’s Toontown

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin: This ride takes you through scenes from Roger Rabbit. You encounter evil weasels, explosions, and general strangeness. There’s also the added feature that the car spins around.

Gadget’s Go Coaster: This is a small roller coaster designed for young thrill seekers. If your kids aren’t up to it, you might want to pass.

 

Tomorrowland

Finding Nemo Submarines: This is a ride in a dark enclosed submarine. It features dark parts, explosions, and the scary looking angler fish from the Finding Nemo movie for a nice jump scare.

Space Mountain: This is a roller coaster in the dark. Enough said.

Star Tours: This is a simulated 3D flight with surprising moments and adventure. Nothing specifically to point out except sometimes it seems your shuttle is in danger.

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters: This is a ride in the dark which features many scenes with aliens, Emperor Zurg, and of course Buzz Lightyear. Some of the scenes might be scary, but I think the game aspect of it sort of counteracts it.

Autopia: This is a nice ride through an outside track. Nothing really scary here, unless you happen to get rear ended by the car behind you which might be surprising.

 

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111 Park Tip: Celebrating Birthdays at Disneyland!

 

Megan & Kris talk about ways to make it more magical when you’re celebrating birthdays at Disneyland!

 

Celebrating Birthdays at Disneyland!

Here are the topics we unpack during this episode:

• Get a birthday or “I’m Celebrating” button. Cast members & characters will pay special attention to birthdays. Random acts of magic: dapper dans sing happy birthday, given a piece of cake when dining, etc.

• For table-service dining reservations, mention birthdays and anniversaries.

• At select dining locations, you can order a birthday cake to be delivered to table (at least three days before, call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463)

• Character dining – one at each park and each hotel

• Entertainment Dinner packages

 

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FREE EBOOK: 10 Ways Families Can Save on a Disneyland Trip!

FREE EBOOK: 10 Ways Families Can Save on a Disneyland Trip!

10-Ways-Families-Can-Save-on-a-Disneyland-Trip-300One of the very first things we hear when we talk to other people about visiting Disneyland is, “That sounds like so much fun, I wish we could go! It’s just so expensive.” After hearing this so many times, we started to look for ways that families could save on a Disneyland trip.

We found that while a Disneyland trip will be expensive (but totally worth it), you might be surprised to find that with a little forethought and planning, it can be within your reach!

In this short ebook, we’ve grouped our tips into three main categories: tips on saving and collecting extra money for your trip, saving on the trip itself, and ways to save at the parks on food and souvenirs. We even added five bonus tips on some free and inexpensive things you can do at Disneyland!

Sign up for our email list (below) and we’ll email it right out to you! We’ll also let you know when our Guide to Visiting Disneyland with Young Kids is released and keep you up to date on news, contests, and our latest podcast episodes.

By the way, you also get our two previous freebies: Disneyland Resort Scavenger Hunts and our Unofficial Day at Disney Resource Pack!

 

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Episode-109-Disney-Park-Shows-with-Kids

109 Park Tips: Doing Disney Park Shows with Kids

 

Megan & Kris talk about doing Disney park shows with kids.

 

Doing Disney Parks Shows with Kids

Mention the different kinds of shows:
Theater shows like Frozen & Mickey’s Magical Map

Parades & Fireworks
Things to do with kids while you wait for show to start.

Keeping them occupied during show.

What to do when they’re disruptive.

 

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Episode-107-Disneyland-Trip-Educational

107 Park Tip: Educational Disneyland Trips

 

Megan & Kris give some tips on how to have an Educational Disneyland trip!

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. — Walt Disney

 

Having an Educational Disneyland Trip

Megan & Kris have three schools of thought when it comes to finding Education at Disneyland:

1. Education You Can Bring (In Line Education)

• Flash cards in line
• Drills on math concepts
• Bringing a book to read aloud while in line
• Have younger kids look for letters, colors, read clocks, etc.

 

2. Disney’s Educational Offerings:

• Animation Academy
• Sourdough Bread Factory
• Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln
• Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

 

3. Education You Can Find:

Having discussions.
Here are some topics to get you started:
• Cartoons Then vs Now
• Cars Land & Route 66
• Grizzly Peak: National Parks
• Time Periods – Turn of the Century America
• Jungle Cruise – Discussion on Animals
• Frontierland – Early American Settlers
• Mark Twain River Boat – American History
• Tom Sawyers Island – Literature, Mark Twain
• New Orleans Square – Mardi Gras
• Tomorrowland – Space Travel, Technology
• Main Street Train Station – History on Steam Power and Trains
• Disneyland History

 

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105 Park Tip: Planning a Longer Disneyland Trip

 

Megan & Kris respond to a question from the Disneyland Subreddit and talk about planning a longer Disneyland trip! Here’s the question on Reddit:

I’m taking my family to Disneyland at the end of April and I’m trying to plan ahead as much as possible. When we go we will have a 4 year old and a 10 month old. We purchased 5 day single park tickets with the plan to go to Disneyland 3 days and California Adventures 2 days. Does that split sound about right or should I upgrade to park hopper tickets and plan on 3.5 days in DL and 1.5 in CA? We are hoping with 5 days we could be more casual with the pace where we can go back to the hotel and take naps each day, does that sound reasonable?

It seemed like their immediate question was sufficiently answered in the comments on Reddit, so we took it a step further and gave some tips on planning and sustaining yourselves during a longer Disneyland trip.

 

Planning a Longer Disneyland Trip

Sustaining yourselves for a long trip.
• Don’t rush.
• Take down time at hotel during mid day.
• Plan some things other than rides for mid day if they stay at the parks (while things are busy (Take our scavenger hunt!)
• Have a plan for each day, but be flexible

Tips Maximizing time.
• Rope Drop
• Fast passes
• Rider Switch
• Download a wait times app (Mouse Wait, Disneyland App)

 

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