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-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-127-Making-Disney-Memories

127 Park Tip: Making Disney Memories

 

In this episode, Megan & Kris talk about some ways to make great memories at Disney parks!

 

Making Disney Memories

Here are five ways you can capture and make great Disney memories:

  1. Take lots of photos and have Disney cast members take photos for you too! (Hint: they’ll even use your own camera or cell phone too, just ask!)
  2. Be present with each other. Don’t constantly be on your phone or let your kids have their earbuds in all the time. Enjoy each other’s company!
  3. Plan and do something nice for a cast member or another family. This can be anything from genuinely thanking them or passing forward an act of kindness. Get creative! Doing something nice for someone else as a family will give you that wonderful memory and bring you closer together.
  4. Have a nice meal together and reflect on what you’ve done so far. People connect when dining together.
  5. Look for “magic moments” that are in abundance at the Disney parks! Things like playing musical chairs with Alice and the Mad Hatter near Coke Corner and other interactions with cast members.

 

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Episode-125-Top-Five-Disney-Wins

125 Park Tip: Our Top Five Disney Wins

 

In this episode, Megan and Kris talk about their top five Disney wins!

 

5. Flying to WDW with two kids and a baby.

4. Sitting front row at the Festival of the Lion King and Kit getting to go up and interact with the cast including Timon.

3. Dressed Kit up as Peter Pan and being there for when Pan arrived in Fantasyland

2. Megan taking all three kids at once

1. Engagement at Disneyland

 

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Episode-123-Avoiding-Meltdowns-at-Disney

123 Park Tip: Avoiding Meltdowns at Disney!

 

Kris & Megan talk about the top 5 reasons your kids might have meltdowns and how to avoid them.

 

Avoiding Meltdowns at Disney

Here are the top five reasons your kids might have meltdowns while visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

 

They’re Hungry/Thirsty

Just because you’re at the Disney Parks doesn’t mean your kids will ignore their normal eating schedule. Keep this in mind and try to have snacks ready for their normal eating times if your next meal is going to be a little later than normal.

 

They’re Tired

Same thing here. If your young kids and babies are used to a nap schedule, keep this in mind. You may not be able to get them to nap at the parks, but at least it’ll give you some understanding as to their behavior. We’d suggest having some “quiet time” and finding an out of the way area to get away from all the busyness of the park.

 

They’re Hot/Cold

Try to keep your kids body temperature in mind while you’re at the parks. Especially if you’re babywearing or if your kids are in hot costumes.

 

They Need to Run Around

Sometimes your kids will need to get out and expend some energy. Especially if they’ve been sitting in a stroller or up in a baby carrier all day. Let them down to walk along with you if they’re able or find a play area like Princess Dot’s Puddle Park in DCA.

 

They’re Overstimulated

There’s so much to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel at the Disney parks, it’s easy for young kids to get overstimulated. Be aware of that and try to find ways where your kids can tune to the outside world, like in the stroller, or to be able to turn inward to you if they’re being worn.

 

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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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Episode-119-Our-Top-Five-Disneyland-Fails

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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Episode-117-Romantic-Disneyland-Trip-Without-Kids

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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Episode-113-Fear's-Guide-to-Disneyland-Park

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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