During off season, there are less
people, less congestion and less headaches. What’s more, it rarely
gets cold in Florida, even during winter season, and it gets
swelteringly hot and humid during summer, so winter, really is the
time to go.
The Proper Lodgings
Although it is cheaper to stay in hotels outside of Disney World,
the extra cash you’ll have to cough up if you stay inside is more
than made up for by the comfort and convenience of an inside stay.
Imagine traveling from your room, then going through the 47 square
mile area that is Disney World, then traveling back to your hotel…
exhausting isn’t it?
The Proper Schedule
Where to actually go once you get there is determined by your choice
of companions, kids, teenagers or adults.
Go through Cinderella’s Castle and Visit Fantasy Land or Mickey’s
Toon Town, the little tots will surely love all the characters
roaming around that area. The rides in these parts are built for 6
year olds and below, but mommy or daddy can still squeeze themselves
in if they want.
Adults or Teens
A trip to the Magic Kingdom may be in order if you’re with big kids.
You can go to Splash Mountain to get wet or to Space Mountain to get
some indoor rollercoaster, and fun for the bumpy person, Big Thunder
Mountain Railroad should be enough to satisfy their taste for
Rides for Everyone
If you want something that everyone can enjoy, a ride in the Walt
Disney World Railroad, can rest those tired feet and at the same
time give you an enjoyable view of Magic Kingdom.
Haunted Mansion, although not really for very young kids, can be a
thrill for toddlers, it’s a ride not a walk through so there’s no
tripping or running involved.
For relaxing walks, try the Tiki Room Show or the Swiss family Tree
How to Avoid Long Lines at Disneyland
You can literally spend several hours of the day standing in line to
ride popular attractions. These lines can be avoided in one of three
Get to the park early. The lines are shorter in the morning when the
park first opens. Instead of jumping in line for the first ride you
see, head for the rides that you really want to ride the most – the
most popular rides.
Another option is to purchase FastPass tickets for the rides that offer them. Again, do this early
so that you get to ride those rides earlier in the day.
The third option to avoid long lines is to ride many of the popular
rides later in the evening, while the majority of people are
enjoying the entertainment. Disneyland has nightly entertainment,
and this is a good time to find shorter lines. Of course, it will
mean that you probably miss the entertainment, so if you can use one
of the other options for shorter lines at Disneyland, you should
probably do so.
Disneyland Purchases – Package Express
One of the nice guest service features at Disneyland is the
Package Express service. This will allow you to make purchases,
and not have to carry them around with you all day! Can you imagine
trying to hold all of your packages, your kids, and ride the rides?
Instead, have your purchases sent to the Newsstand, which is
located near the exit. This Package Express purchase allows you to
pick your packages up as you are leaving the park. If you stay till
closing, note that the pickup line will be very long. You should
to leave at least an hour earlier than you had originally planned if
you have packages to pick up.
You can also have your purchases sent directly to your hotel
if you are staying at one of the Resort Hotels. This offers even
more convenience, because you won’t have to leave the park
earlier, or stand in the package pickup line. Another option is
to rent a locker, and put all of your purchases in it until you are
ready to leave. However, this means that you will have to walk back
to the locker after each of your Disneyland purchases.
This is just one tip you will find in the eBook
The Proper Dining Experience
For cute snacks, try the Aloha Isle inside Adventureland. They
conjure up creative drinks and snacks, a good place to try something
cute and different.
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe provides a cool indoor dining area
between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland where you can enjoy your food
to your hearts content.
How to Dine With Disneyland Characters
If you really want to delight your child – or yourself – you should
arrange to have a Disneyland Character meal. This will allow you and
your whole family to have quality time with one or more of the
Disneyland characters. In fact, this is the best
way to really get to interact with them for any length of time.
Start by making a reservation. This can be done through the
Disneyland Vacation Planning Services Department. Reservations can
be made up to sixty days in advance, so don’t leave this to the last
minute. Make these reservations while your Disneyland vacation is
Character breakfasts take place each morning at the park. You do not
need a reservation for these meals. These breakfasts take place in
many of the parks restaurants, but Goofy’s Kitchen is a great place
to start. It's located in the Disneyland Hotel, and there are dishes
to please everyone.
Children under three years of age get to eat
free, which should be considered when you are planning the budget
for your trip. Goofy is always there, with Pluto, but other
characters come and go all throughout the day. You should definitely
make reservations for
Goofy’s kitchen, as it is quite popular, and the wait can be very
The Storyteller’s Café is another place highly recommended for
Character Meals. Characters are only here during breakfast, however.
While time is not spent at each individual table, the Characters do
interact with the children as a group. Both buffet and menu dining
are available, and again, reservations are recommended. Lilo and
Stitch also have a Character Breakfast, as does Minnie Mouse.
Breakfast with Minnie and Friends is extremely popular, so make
Definitely include a Character Meal or two in your Disneyland
Vacation plans. This is something that your child will remember
forever and interacting with the famous Disney characters that we
all know and love is part of what Disneyland is all about! Be sure
to make reservations as far in advance as possible.
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