Lighten your load, use a locker!

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The first few times we visited Disneyland, I loved having our huge stroller in the park with us. This allowed me to pack everything under the sun in the large basket under the stroller. Now that we’re using a much smaller umbrella stroller, I can’t do that anymore. And what about the souvenirs and gifts for family members that you might acquire throughout the day? continued

The best parade seating

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Disney parades are fantastic. They’re full of action, lots of characters, and energetic music. I’ve seen the same parade more times than I can count, but it never gets old. Most importantly, my children love the parades. The key to enjoying any parade is to find a comfortable spot with a good view. The parade route typically runs from “It’s a Small World” to the Town Square promenade. Sometimes it runs in reverse, but the route is typically the same. continued

The Cove Bar

The_Cove_BarSome might say that Disney California Adventure park is more for adults than kids. While there’s plenty for kids inside DCA, many rides and shows cater to adults or older kids. Plus it’s the only park where you can purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.

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Caring for your baby at Disneyland

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When we were getting ready for our first trip to Disneyland with a baby. I didn’t know what amenities would be available. Fortunately, Disney makes it easy for families with babies in tow. If you’d like to feed in private or change a diaper, the Baby Care Center is the place for you. Whether breast-feeding or bottle-feeding, there is a quiet, private area to sit and feed your baby. If you need to heat up or mix a bottle, there’s a small kitchen for use. Each center has large changing tables with disposable liners. Diapers, wipes, and formula are available for purchase as well. Using cloth diapers? Not a problem. The Baby Care Center in Disneyland has a place for you to wash those dirty diapers. continued

Tigger Tails…need I say more?

Tigger Tails

While I was growing up, one of my favorite shows at Disneyland was the Country Bear Jamboree. Sadly, it closed in 2001. I still get a little sad walking through that area of the park, knowing I won’t ever get to see that show again. However, Disney kept with the bear theme, and introduced Critter Country with Pooh and Friends in the same location.

Bring your autograph book. Because you’ll see Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore at scheduled times throughout the day. Look for them just outside the exit of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride.

I also like this spot for a different reason. Just as you exit the Winnie the Pooh ride, you can walk right into Pooh’s Corner. It’s a small and often uncrowded gift and sweet shoppe where you can get the infamous Tigger Tail, or its close sibling, the chocolate and caramel-dipped marshmallow wand. This is one of my favorites and a must have on every visit. You can also see various treats being made here. A big picture window lets you get an up-close look at Cast Members making chocolates, candies, cookies, and other favorites. Stop by anytime, and they’ll be making a variety of treats for the park.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel: A twist to the Ferris wheel

A twist to the classic Ferris wheel.Mickey’s Fun Wheel offers a twist to the classic Ferris wheel. This ride offers two very different experiences. The question you have to ask yourself is “to swing or not to swing?” If you want your gondola to swing back and forth, along with the moving wheel, be prepared for a thrill ride. If you like a gentle ride, then opt for the non-swinging gondola.

I prefer the stationery gondola. However, our 5-year-old loves the thrill of the swinging one. She will laugh and scream as the gondola swings up and back. When I go along for the ride, I have my eyes squeezed shut, and I clutch the sides with both hands. Don’t worry, if you’re feeling a litte queezy, there are motion sickness bags inside each car.

This is also a great ride if you have multiple people in your group. The cars are spacious, and can accommodate up to six people at a time. Whether you pick the swinging or stationary car, riding Mickey’s Fun Wheel will get you a great view of Paradise Pier, the rest of the park, and even some of nearby Anaheim. It’s a view not to be missed.

Where are the Disney characters?

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Years ago, you could walk around Disneyland and randomly encounter Disney Characters throughout the park. As the parks get more popular, those times seem long gone. Now, you need to seek them out at designated meet-n-greet locations and times. It may seem like you keep missing your favorite Character by a few seconds as they get whisked away to their next location. You might be looking for a specific photo opportunity with your child’s favorite Character. (Or maybe your favorite Character.) continued

The Monte Cristo

Monte Cristo

One of the must-eats at Disneyland is the Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s on the menu at Blue Bayou and at Cafe Orleans. If you’ve never had a Monte Cristo before, it’s a richer variation of the already rich French sandwich, the croque monsieur. Disney’s Monte Cristo is turkey, ham, and swiss, deep-fried in batter, and dusted with powdered sugar. continued

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