Day at Disney: Frozen Fun and More at California Adventure

This is the first in a new series of blog posts called “Day at Disney” where I will write about my visits to the park and all of its adventures. My goal is to walk you through my Disney day in as much detail as possible so that you can feel like you are at the park with me. I hope you’ll enjoy this first post – please let me know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

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Jedi Training Academy Printable Pick Me Signs for Disneyland

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Jedi Training Academy CertificateJedi Training Academy, located at the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage in Disneyland, is a fun, interactive show that allows children from ages 4-12 to “Join the Force” and become a Padawan (or, a Jedi-in-Training). The Jedi Training Academy is a 23-minute show where several children from the audience are selected to come up on stage, wear a Jedi robe and are trained to use a light saber. Read more

Tips on how to stay cool and beat the heat on a hot Disneyland day!

How to Stay Cool on a HOT Disneyland Day!

I went to Disneyland this past week and it was so dang hot! It was in the mid 90’s and the air was still. I felt like the sun was bigger and closer than it had ever been! I had convinced my good friend to come along that day and she was hesitant because of the forecast. Well, let’s just say she kinda hated me that day!! I didn’t blame her. It was funny, I noticed how quickly our mood changed. One moment we were outside in the blistering heat, yelling at each other and we were all grumpy and the moment we entered an air conditioned ride – we were so joyful and elated. Needless to say, we weren’t as prepared as we could have been but I learned my lesson.

So thanks to that experience, I have compiled a list of things you can do to help you cool off during a hot day at Disneyland or Disney’s California Adventure. Otherwise, you and your family just might have a miserable time being hot and uncomfortable, and they might kinda hate you too… and what a terrible shame that would be! Read on to find out my tips and advice for staying cool on a hot Disneyland (or Disney’s California Adventure) day!

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Tip: Bypass Long Lines with Single Rider Pass

Did you know that you can bypass ridiculously long lines at Disneyland and Disneyworld (like Matterhorn Mountain, Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain) without a fast pass? #FollowThatMouse

For most people, a great trip at Disneyland means experiencing as many rides and attractions as possible while you’re there! This means bypassing long lines whenever possibly by taking advantages of little tricks like using the Fastpass, Rider Switch, (I’ll cover both of these in another article in the near future), and Single Rider Lines whenever possible.

Single Rider Lines is exactly what the name describes – a line for single riders. And in case you didn’t figure it out yet – the wait in this line is WAY shorter. In my experience, the wait is generally very short be between 3 and 10 minutes (however, it does really depend on a lot of variables and sometimes I have waited a good 20 minutes).

If you don’t mind riding alone or sitting next to a stranger (I don’t, and you shouldn’t either!), you can save huge amounts of time on certain attractions that offer this line. I find that it is perfect for parents who want to go on “grown up” rides and take turns with other adults during nap-time (the Rider Switch is another option in this scenario but Single Rider is faster when available), and basically for anyone who doesn’t feel like waiting for an hour or more in the hot sun. Read more


How to Get Your Disneyland “Fix”

A few ways to get your Disneyland Fix when you can't physically be at Disneyland

Right now I am having some serious Disneyland withdrawals.

I am a Southern California annual passholder, but I only carry the “Select” pass (meaning I can only go on weekdays during non-peak times). Since it is mid-June, that means my pass is going to be blocked out for the next 2 months!

So, since I can’t be AT “the Happiest Place on Earth,” I can at least pretend to be! Here are some ways I get my “Disneyland Fix” when I can’t be at the park. Read more

Essential Disneyland Tips for Parents (Time-Saving, Money-Saving, Sanity-Saving, and Safety Tips)

Essential Disneyland Tips for Parents (Time-Saving, Money-Saving, Sanity-Saving, and Safety Tips)

Essential Disneyland Tips for Parents (Time-Saving, Money-Saving, Sanity-Saving, and Safety Tips)

As annual passholders, my kids and I visit the park pretty regularly. I’m basically a pro (though I’m always learning new tips and tricks – if you have one, please post it in the comments). Here are some tips I’ve learned the hard way… I thought I’d share them with you so that you can learn them the easy way! I hope these are helpful to you.

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How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets, Food and Merchandise

Save Money at Disneyland AND Disney World!! How to Save Money on Disneyland or Disney World Park Tickets and Annual Passes from Target Stores (Seriously!)

How to Save Money on Disneyland Tickets, Food and Merchandise

With the price of Disneyland park admission going up every year ($97-$110/person as of 2/13/17!!), saving money on Disneyland Tickets and Annual Passes is a secret everyone wants to know… and I have a surprisingly simple trick to save you some cash on Disney tickets and merchandise! This trick works for Disney World and Disney California Adventure as well! Read more