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Delving Deep into Disneyland - A Local Perspective

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An October 2006 trip to Los Angeles by AgedToPerfection

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Delving Deep into Disneyland - A Local Perspective

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Overview

Disneyland Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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A friend once told me he would never visit a Disney theme park without my husband and me. He felt our inside knowledge as locals helped save time and frustration during a visit to Disneyland. As former employees, also known as Cast Members, my husband and I enjoy sharing tips on how to best enjoy one of our favorite pastimes.Disneyland can easily intimidate a first time visitor and the lack of planning or knowledge to navigate its many attractions can put a damper on what should be the happiest vacation on earth. So from a local’s standpoint, here are some of our tips on how to make the most of your Disneyland visit. Because of the constant additions and changes to Disneyland’s attractions off...Read More

Cafe Orleans

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Restaurant

Cafe Orleans Photo, Anaheim, California
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I craved Café Orleans. I wasn’t sure if it was the atmosphere – a sidewalk-café-style restaurant that put us in the middle of bustling New Orleans Square, or the menu which seems to have stolen from the famed Blue Bayou. Nevertheless, we ended up at Café Orleans one busy Saturday night.Due to the crowds, I had called ahead to Disney Dining to put in a priority seating reservation. We arrived a few minutes early but because of our priority seating, we only waited five minutes for our table. I overheard the hostess tell another guest that they were not accepting any walk ins that evening due to the crowds. Lucky for us we did not have to worry.As our server led us to a table outside, I n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2007

Cafe Orleans
1313 S. Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-3463

Carnation Main Street Cafe

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Restaurant

Carnation Main Street Cafe Photo, Anaheim, California
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After a day of playing in Disneyland, my family and I found our stomachs growling. Due to the weekend crowds, I had placed a priority seating request at the Carnation Main Street Café to ensure us a shorter wait time for a table. Guests can call (714) 781-3463 or (714) 781-DINE to place a priority seating reservation at any full service restaurant in the resort, with the exception of the Rainforest Café. This does not guarantee an exact seating time but it does save a place in line for you, which comes in handy during crowded times.The Carnation Main Street Café is tucked in a small alley between the Emporium/New Century Timepieces and the Blue Ribbon Bakery on Main Street. It has very...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 25, 2007

Carnation Main Street Cafe
1313 S. Harbor Boulevard
Anaheim, California
(714) 781-3463

Disneyland Park

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Attraction | "Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters"

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The Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin debuted in November 1998 at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Since then, Buzz Lightyear attractions have popped up in almost every other Disney theme park around the world. Disneyland is no exception as Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters opened in March 2005.This entertaining dark ride moves slowly through a toy-dominated world. Walt Disney Imagineering based this attraction on Pixar’s “Toy Story,” resurrecting Buzz Lightyear, Emperor Zurg, and the three-eyed aliens. As you wind through the queue, Buzz briefs you on the situation of how Emperor Zurg has stolen all the world’s batteries. To help conquer this nefarious villain, you, a new space cadet recr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

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Attraction | "Fastpass - Disneyland"

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If my memory serves, Disneyland won several awards for its Fastpass system. This ingenious invention allows guests to obtain a ticket with a printed time on it. Later, when the guest returns to the attraction during the one-hour window, they can bypass the majority of the queue and proceed to almost the front of the line. This process allows guests to more thoroughly enjoy their visit to Disneyland in that one does not need to stand in line for hours, waiting to board their favorite attraction. While the computer saves the guest’s place in line, the guest can explore other attractions. This allows guests to discover attractions, which would not normally get as much traffic.K...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 25, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

Disneyland Park

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Attraction | "It's a Small World"

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Yes, the song can annoy. But it’s reportedly the second most recognized song worldwide, behind “Happy Birthday.” Yes, it can be tame without dips, flumes, and monsters popping out. But it will entertain the most timid toddler. Yes, it has been at Disneyland for a long time. But remember that Disney made this in 1964 and it still entertains today as the “happiest cruise that ever set sail.” Disneyland’s It’s A Small World is the original from the 1964 World’s Fair and features a recognizable facade. Every fifteen minutes, the clock chimes and presents a mini parade of dolls of the world. Panels with toy soldiers open to reveal the time.Nowhere else in Disneyland does the Horticulture De...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

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Attraction | "Storybookland Canal Boats"

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Why do I like this attraction? Only Disneyland Paris has a version of this boat ride so Storybookland is not too well known. The misleadingly fierce giant Monstro the Whale guarding the gateway is a landmark. But I enjoy the fairytale-like quality the attraction possesses and how it stirs awake the inner child. Recently, I experienced Storybookland through my year old daughter’s eyes. She gazed at the miniaturized scenes, pointed and ogled at the seemingly giant duck nestled in the tiny London Park, and rocked to the melodies she heard from each vignette.Storybookland begins at the loading dock, when guests step into a small canal boat. The skipper pilots the slowly moving vessel throu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 26, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

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Attraction | "Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams"

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Disneyland is known for their high-quality entertainment. Where else do you see grown men and women stop in their tracks to gape at a colorful parade float passing by? Adults fight over whose space you’re standing in, and will sit for hours to save a seat for Disneyland’s shows.So for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary, Disneyland Entertainment introduced Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams. After a few nondescript parades, which failed to capture the attention and devotion of guests, the Parade of Dreams seemed to draw from past successes, such as the wildly popular Lion King Parade, and the traditional formula of animated feature-themed float units.Like the Lion King Parade, the Parade of Drea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 1, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

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Attraction | "Matterhorn Bobsleds"

Disneyland Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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These days, guests will not find many one-of-a-kind Disney theme park attractions. Disney has been installing attractions proven successful in other Disney theme parks. Called a "lift," Walt Disney Imagineering lifted several attractions from existing theme parks and built Hong Kong Disneyland. At EPCOT, Imagineering also installed Soarin’, the ultra-popular attraction that exists at Disney’s California Adventure.With that said, the Matterhorn Bobsleds holds much significance as the only one in the world. Only Disneyland features it in its attractions menu. The Matterhorn is also rumored to be the oldest tubular roller coaster west of the Mississippi. Built in 1965, Walt Dis...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 4, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000

Disneyland Park

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Attraction | "King Arthur's Carrousel"

Disneyland Park Photo, Anaheim, California
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I admit, I never found much entertainment on the King Arthur’s Carrousel until I became a parent. Seen through the eyes of my toddler-aged daughter, this beautifully decorated carrousel provides much enjoyment for young kids. My daughter’s favorite pastime while riding the carrousel? She enjoys waving at everyone as she holds court on her white, prancing pony during the 2 minute ride.It is rumored that Walt Disney wanted every horse on the carrousel to be white. This way, every child got to ride on the white horse, which is the most enviable steed around. However, historians claim that the originally multi-colored horses received their white coats in 1975. Bejeweled, with reins painted in vibr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 4, 2007

Disneyland Park
1313 South Harbor Blvd.
Anaheim, California 92802
(714) 781-4000