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So as Spring Break approaches and with summer vacations not far behind, I thought I would share a few tips for your next Disneyland vacation that we plan together!

1.   Mark your stroller with a brightly colored scarf, ribbon or bandana, so you can spot your stroller in the sea of strollers.   Since all of you out there in cyberland registered at Babies ‘R Us when you were having little Janie or Johnny… Guess what?  You have the same looking stroller as everyone else.  (Except for Audra & Jon they have the stretch limo)  Even worse, if you rent a stroller at Disneyland, they are all the same color and type!!!  So unless you want to spend hours looking for yours…this is a great tip!

2.  Visit the Baby Care Center. They provide moms a place to breast feed and there are even training toilets for toddlers.  (No reason to stop the training during vacation, right?)  There are also supplies available for purchase. 

3.  If you need a break from walking, take the train. It begins on Main Street, U.S.A. and stops in Mickey’s Toontown, Tomorrowland and New Orleans Square.

4.  Fastpass, Fastpass, Fastpass!!
Take advantage of this feature whenever possible – Grab your first Fastpass & wait until the scheduled time.  It is not unusual to arrive at the attraction at 10 am to find the Fastpass time for your return is mid to late afternoon.  In some cases all of them are gone by mid-afternoon!  So try to get to the “hot” rides early & often. 😉

 These rides usually have Fastpasses available:

 Disneyland 

  • Autopia
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
  • Haunted Mansion (from late September through early January)
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain

 Disney’s California Adventure  

  • California Screamin’
  • Grizzly River Run
  • Mulholland Madness
  • Soarin’ Over California
  • Tower of Terror

5.  Check the height requirements before you visit the park. This will prevent any surprise meltdowns because little Johnny had his heart set on riding Space Mountain but, oops, too short.

6.  The park sweepers dressed in white almost always have maps and show times and parade information.  Who knew?  I thought they just swept…

7.  Having a birthday at Disneyland?  Go to City Hall on your way in. They’ll give you a personalized sticker to wear which may earn you some special recognition by characters and cast members around the park.

8.  Visit the Animation Academy at Disney’s California Adventure park.  This hidden gem is a lot of fun and you and your children can learn how to draw a Disney character every half hour.

9.  If your rowdy bunch needs to blow off some steam, take them to visit Tom’s Sawyer Island.  It’s a great place for the under 12 crowd to run around and yell, while Mom and Dad enjoy a nice sit down.

10.  Finally, if you need to relax with a glass of wine after a long day in the park, visit the wine bar near Wine Country Trattoria in Disney’s California Adventure park.  For me personally, I might not wait for the end of the day…

Ahhh Disneyland…My true childhood play-land.  Growing up in Southern California, Disneyland was the “Main Attraction” for us kids.  Yeah, we had Knott’s Berry Farm, Magic Mountain & Universal Studios, but none of them can compare to the magic of when will we got to see Mickey or Goofy or even those chipmunks.  (I can never remember their names????)

Now not to date myself, but when I was a kid and you went to Disneyland, you were given the Ticket Booklet.  The tickets came in different denominations, from A through E, with E tickets being the most expensive and reserved for the newest, most expensive or popular rides and attractions.  Of course all of the great rides such as the Matterhorn and Space Mountain were “E” tickets and we never seemed to have enough! 

WOW!  This brings back memories!

WOW! This brings back memories!

However, I do remember the abundance of those “A” tickets we never used!  Really?  You don’t get the opportunity everyday to go to Disneyland, so what kid wants to waste his/her time on King Arthur’s Carousel!

Now let’s leave Never, Neverland and talk about present day – Today you have 2 parks to choose from – Disneyland & California Adventure!  No more of those pesky tickets – now there are Park Hoppers!  Visit both parks in the same day – very cool!   Far more characters to look out for and you can even go to a restaurant where you are guaranteed to see them!

So those of you big & small kids alike, if you missed out this summer, there is a Fall Special in place!  Check it out and give me a call to get in your Disney fix before we enter 2010!

Now through Dec. 20, 2009, you can save $400* when they buy a 4-day/4-night Disneyland® Resort vacation package. That’s as little as $87, per person, per day.

Booking and Travel Window:
Booking Window: Aug. 12 – Dec. 19, 2009
Travel Window: Aug. 23, 2009 – Dec. 20, 2009

Each Package Includes:

  • 4-Night accommodations at one of the Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort
  • 4-Day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® souvenir ticket

Plus, These Special Benefits:

  • Mickey’s Toontown Morning Madness** – An extra hour in Mickey’s Toontown with everyone’s favorite Disney Characters
  • Preferred Seating – Available at select attractions in Disney’s California Adventure® Park
  • EXCLUSIVE! Collectible pin, lanyard and luggage tag (one per person)
  • Disney Character Calls – Get a complimentary phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Goofy. (This is an extra benefit for online bookings only)
  • Plus More!

*Ask me about the additional details…

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Lauren Liebert

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