Episode-142-Navigating-Through-Parade-Traffic

142: Navigating Disneyland Parade Traffic

 

Megan & Kris give their tips on navigating through Disneyland parade traffic. Also, Kit talks about the movie The Lion King, and Teddy talks about why he has a dot of paint on his nose.

 

Navigating through Disneyland Parade Traffic

Know your schedule and how a parade might affect it. Be sure to get a show schedule when you enter the park or at any of the shops and look to see if there are any parades happening around the times you might have a restaurant reservation. If there is try to make sure that you’re on the correct side of the park before the parade starts.

The do have sections that they will allow people to cross during the parade. The easiest place to cross the parade in our opinion would be by the corn dog wagon and Coke Corner.

To make things easier with all six of us, Megan wore Roddy, Kit was in the stroller (which Megan was pushing), I had Teddy on my shoulders, and Ginny was holding my hand. That way we had a hold on everyone in our party and didn’t get separated.

You’ll want to allow an extra 20 minutes of travel if you’re planning on trying to cross the park during a parade.

Disney will often open up backstage passages along Main Street USA to help accommodate heavy traffic, especially after the fireworks.

 

 

Conversations with Kit

Kit talks about what he likes about The Lion King. Teddy also joins us at the end!

 

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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-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-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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Episode-103-Uncommon-Things-for-Kids-at-Disneyland

103 Park Tip: Uncommon Things for Kids at Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris answer a question from Chris, a new friend who found our about us from The Sweep Spot podcast. (Thanks guys!) He asks:

What are some of the uncommon things you like to do with your kids at Disneyland?

 

Uncommon Things for Kids at Disneyland

Here are some of the “uncommon things” we enjoy with our kids at Disneyland and DCA.

• Catch some of the “street shows” at Disneyland and DCA like the green toy soldiers at Paradise Pier, Five & Dime, Red Card Newsboys, Golden Horseshoe revue.

• Alice & the Mad Hatter – Musical chairs on Main Street and a “Dance Party” in the courtyard just inside the castle.

• Citizens of Buena Vista Street: Molly and Milly the Messengers, Donna the Dog Lady, Officer Calvin Blue and Phi Phi Francis the Photographer.

• Go to sourdough factory and watch how the bread is made.

• Animation academy where they teach you how to draw.

• Starting up the scream factory: right after rope drop before they let people into the Monsters Inc ride, they hold a screaming contest to start up the ride.

• Candy making areas: Candy Palace on Main Street and Pooh Corner at Disneyland Park, and Trolley Candy Treats at DCA.

• Watch “Disney Secrets” videos on youtube and then go find them yourselves at the park.

 

 

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Episode-099-Best-Napping-Spots-at-Disneyland

099 Park Tips: Best Napping Spots at Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris talk about the best napping spots at Disneyland…for kids, not adults! 🙂

 

The Best Napping Spots at Disneyland

We answered a question from our Facebook Group by Randy Crane who has the Stores of the Magic podcast.

Here’s Randy’s question:

What are some good places for naps (for toddlers) that are the quietest & have the fewest distractions? It seems like all the quiet places are going away or have periodic loud noise intrusions (like a monorail blowing its horn as it goes by).

 

First off, what places haven’t work out for us?

Tables on dock across from Matterhorn

Benches in Frontierland (ok right now)

Area by Goofy’s House

 

Here are our favorite spots:

Disneyland Park

• At the exit of the Jungle Cruise, Adventureland

• Outside the Main Street lockers

• Outside the Baby Care Center, Main Street

 

DCA

• Dining areas outside Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta, far end of Paradise Pier

• Walking paths behind Grizzly River Run, Grizzly Peak

• Outside the Sunset Showcase Theater, Hollywood Land

 

 

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Episode-095-Top-Five-Parenting-Hacks-at-Disneyland

095 Park Tip: Top Five Parenting Hacks for Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris give their top five favorite parenting hacks for Disneyland!

 

Top Five Parenting Hacks for Disneyland

5. Packing enough snacks

4. Wear the little ones

3. Being flexible

2. Slow down

1. Must do’s

 

 

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Episode-093-Character-Meet-and-Greets-at-Disneyland

093 Park Tip: Character Meet & Greets at Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris talks about everything you need to know about character meet & greets at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure!

 

Character Meet & Greets at Disneyland & DCA

Here’s a bit of an outline for what we cover:

 

Character Tips

Autograph book & marker
Making your own autograph book
Dress up like favorite character
Celebration pins
Know your kids.

 

Taking Photos

Have photo pass or AP ready
Have camera ready, cast members will use your camera too

 

Where to find characters:

Classic Characters: Fab Five
Main Street by Lincoln and the Fire Station and Toon Town
Oswald front of DCA

Princesses
Royal Hall
Fantasy Faire
Wishing Well
Aladdin’s Oasis
New Orleans Square
Anna & Elsa at DCA

Fairies
Pixie Hollow

Pooh & Friends
Critter Country

Star Wars Characters
Star Wars Launch Bay
Storm Troopers
Boba Fett

Super Heroes
Hollywood Land – Captain America

Cars
Cars Land

Disney Junior Characters
Hollywood Land

Chase Disney Card Specials
DCA
Star Wars Launch Bay

Character Dining

Secret “Strolling” Characters
Boba Fett
Storm Troopers
Alice & Mad Hatter
Peter Pan & Hook
Cruella DeVille
Citizens of Buena Vista Street
Special characters during holidays (villains during Halloween Party)

 

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Episode-083-When-Your-Child-Gets-Lost-at-Disneyland

083 Park Tip: When Your Child Gets Lost at Disneyland

 

Megan & Kris talk about what to do when your kid gets lost at Disneyland, how to plan for it and prevent it.

 

What to Do When Your Child Gets Lost at Disneyland

Of course, it’s the best case scenario to not have your kids get lost while you’re visiting the Disney parks, but let’s face it…it does happen, so the best thing you can do is be prepared for it when it does and to work to prevent it. Here are some of the specific topics we talk about:

• Prevention

• Having a plan

• Talks with your kids

• Labeling your kids

• When your kid gets lost

 

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