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2018 Disney Gift Guide: Small Shops

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It’s time for this year’s gift guide!

This year I’m focusing solely on featuring small shops. Since we happen to run one, we know how important it is to support the lil creative makers. Plus! The money spent in small shops goes directly towards making even more cool things. Also there’s something really special about wearing small-shops merch in the parks. You feel like you’re part of some exclusive club, which you are! But everyone’s invited. ANYWAY go check out these REALLY COOL THINGS!


Lost Weekenders

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Sorry not sorry. I’m just so in love with everything we’ve made, y’all. Everything is true to size, with a little give, made from super soft material, and there’s a choice of colors for every shirt and sweatshirt! We just released FIVE new designs which are christmassy but can be worn year round.


Foolish Mortals

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I’m gonna not get all sappy but Foolish Mortals is what inspired us to create our own line. I’ve ordered a whole lot from them, and I’m never disappointed. Their designs are the COOLEST. The shirts are unbelievable soft, they fit amazing, are super comfy, and I get unending complements when I wear them in the parks. Also they have A Goofy Movie shirt so you KNOW they’re legit. Check them out!


Adventureland Ears Co.

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These ears are the coolest! Lizzy 3D prints her ears WHICH IS SO DOPE. The ears are perfect quality and really easy to wear all day. Plus there are tons of ways for you to customize your ears because she makes each pair (including bow) herself. Go support her and get some rad ears!



Big Thunder Designs

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I JUST found this shop and I’m so bummed it took me so long. All of their designs are so friggin clever, but I especially love their neon series. There are tons of designs and you can pick your shirt color, too (which I love). Go look!


Lillian and Co.

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Ugh their braceletes are the sweetest. They don’t just do Disney, either, so there’s definitely something for everyone on your gifting list no matter their interests. My favorites are the Up and the Toy Story designs, but everything they do is really lovely and simple. Plus, they do lots of afflilate codes, so keep an eye on your favorite Disney instagrammers for a code. Also while you’re at it you might as well follow us.


Magical Thunder Press

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They just wrapped up their latest kickstarter campaign (which I backed and am very pumped about) but you gotta check out their awesome pins! I love all the enamel pins in Disneyland, so you can imagine how stoked I was to find a small shop that made their own enamel pins. I’ve been eyeing that Hercules pin for a while…


Lost Bros

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I just ordered the snack keychain set and I’m dying they’re so cute. They’ve got so much stuff you could probably outfit your entire next Disney trip (and life) solely from their shop.


Kreative Kingdoms

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They make super cute sweatshirts and beanies (called something else in Canada???) and they’re Canadian so you KNOW they’re actually warm and comfy.



What are some other small shops you love? I’d like to keep adding to this list and eventually create a long lasting resource for Disney small shops.

Five Things You NEED For Your Disney Trip

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What are the best shoes for disneyland? Or pants? How do you make sure you’re comfortable for a 16 hour day walking around in changing weather and/or eating your weight in pretzels?

Y’all, I’ve been doing a years-long test-run to find an A+ collection of things to help get me through the day at the Land comfortably and also not looking like I’m going to run a marathon. Which is fine if it’s your thing! But when I’ve searched for recommendations in the past, athletic wear is usually what takes up ALL the lists, which can get frustrating for a person who doesn’t really love to live in athleisure wear.

This list isn’t very long because these are my absolute saviors. There’s no fluff on this list. So if you want to know what I NEED to be comfortable in Disneyland, read on!

FYI all the links below open into new windows. I’m lookin out.


Vaserette Slip Shorts

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If you ignore everything else pay attention to this one. If you’re a dress wearer these are a MUST. My thighs touch and I have a bad habit of not paying attention to whether or not the skirt portion of my dress is all the way down so these shorts are a lifesaver. They keep your thighs from rubbing and if your dress flies up WHO CARES, you’re covered.



I’ve always worn shorts under dresses, but it took me a while to find the perfect ones. I used to wear jean shorts (what was I thinking), and then I moved to bike shorts. The problem with bike shorts is they’re usually made out of a thick material that tends to cause static and makes your dress cling. The Vaserette shorts are made out of slip material, so they’re thinner, SUPER comfy, and your dress just glides over. They’re a little long so sometimes I have to fold them up BUT they don’t roll up the thigh and they don’t roll down on the stomach. I’M TELLING YOU THESE ARE A GODSEND. TRUST ME.


Old Navy Rockstar Jeggings

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Yes. Jeggings. You can scoff all you want but let me tell you. These stay up, have amazing stretch, and are on the thicker side so they look like regular ole jeans. They also hold their shape really well so there’s no weird diaper butt situation. I don’t know how people wear regular jeans in Disneyland. These are so ungodly comfortable you could probably sleep in them. They run pretty true to size but I usually go up a size for MAXIMUM comfort and to allow for that Disneyland expansion from all those churros ya know.

It’s probably best to try these on in-store, because they make a few different versions but they all have the same name (which is an Old Navy classic, pls stop Old Navy we are begging you). The ones I get are the ones in the picture. They don’t have a button or zipper, and I always opt for black.




Jack Black Lip Balm

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The SPF is the important part. If your lips burn they’re gonna be chapped and flaky for a while and it sucks and you probably don’t even realize they’re nonstop chapped because they’re burned. I always carry this kind because it actually moisturizes unlike a lot of SPF lip balms I’ve tried. It’s also in a squeezy tube, not a stick. So it won’t melt all over the place like a stick will. Plus they all smell really good. I just generally stay away from minty balms because I feel like they dry my lips out and they can BURN if your lips are already chapped.

But honestly, the best SPF is the one you use so I would say find your favorite balm with an SPF and use it!

Supergoop Powder Sunscreen

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I don’t care who you are you need to reapply sunscreen every two hours. I’m militant about this because 29 year old Kelsey doesn’t want wrinkles but I’m sure 65 year old Kelsey will also be pleased with the lack of skin cancer.


I’m a makeup wearer and I have very oily skin. This stuff is great because it’s a self contained brush-powder combo that has SPF. So you just shake it a little so the brush gets some of the SPF powder in it, and buff over your face. It will take down shine, make your makeup last longer, and provide SPF. I usually do this whenever I’m in line for a ride. This stuff doesn’t break me out, and it makes my makeup last. Plus I never burn with it on. Even after a long day in the sun, my red-prone skin looks nice when I take my makeup off.


These Sketchers Shoes

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This has been a journey, y’all. Shoes are a very personal thing. It all depends on what you need with support and arches and blah blah blah.

However, if you’re like me and you don’t need specific orthodics or shoes, these are your new love. They look like regular van slip ons, but they’re VERY cushy on the inside with some memory foam gel thing going on, and it’s got a good amount of sole as well so you got double the cushion.

I can go a REALLY long time with these on which is a huge deal because I used to be in a lot of pain walking around, it would often prohibit me from doing a lot. I can go so much further in these and be fine. Highly recommend checking them out!

I really hope this helped! These are truly my tried and true products I’ve been searching for and using for years, and I genuinely take with me on every Disney trip. Let me know if you try any of these things!






Hidden Gems of Cars Land

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1. The Third Blink

If you’ve seen Cars, you’re familiar with Fillmore dazedly trying to explain that the third blink of the stoplight in town is just slightly longer than the other two. Maybe it’s just his imagination, but next time you find yourself outside of Flo’s V8 Cafe, take a look for yourself - the third blink might be longer afterall.

2. New Pavement

Though it’s faded a bit in the California sun, if you pay attention to where you’re walking in Cars Land, you can tell that the pavement on the main road is much flatter and looks newer than the roads leading up to it - thanks to Lightning McQueen’s paving job.

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3. Lighting At Night

Do yourself a favor and get to Cars Land right as the sun is going down (check your daily schedule for the exact time of the neon lighting). Radiator Springs undergoes a transformation just like in the movie, and being there for it is a magical experience - and one that is very easy to miss.

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4. Luigi's Souvenirs

The next time you’re in line for Luigi’s Festival of the Dance, be sure to check out the giant shadowbox frames filled with Luigi’s souvenirs!

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5. Toy Story Toys Hidden in Cozy Cone Lobby

Easy to miss unless you’re looking for them, be sure to keep your eyes out for a nod to Toy Story 2 in the lobby of the Cozy Cone.

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6. Cars Land Model

In the back of Sarge’s Surplus Hut, be sure to check out the full model of Cars Land, complete with the cars you know and love.

Hidden Gems of Main Street, USA

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Main Street, USA isn’t just a bunch of shops – it’s home to all kinds of hidden gems that are way too easy to miss, especially if you're hustling to get to Space Mountain or Indiana Jones. The next time you find yourself walking down Main Street, keep an eye out for these little surprises:

1.     Walt’s Bench

In the entrance to Great Moments with Mr Lincoln, you’ll see a small green bench – the same bench that Walt Disney sat on in Griffith Park while watching his daughters play and came up with the idea for Disneyland.

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2.     Main Street Residents

Hang out in the small alleys of Main Street, especially between Disney Clothiers and Market House (Starbucks), and listen to the residents of Main Street, USA.

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3.     Penny Films

These are hidden in plain sight, but in the Penny Arcade, you can actually watch the variety of films in the entrance for 1 cent.

4.     Tilly

The ticket agent of Main Street Cinema, Tilly, happens to be from Marceline, MO (as stated on her ID badge) – Walt Disney’s hometown.

5.     Walt’s Light

The light in Walt Disney’s apartment (over the fire station in Town Square) is always kept on, as a symbol of Walt’s presence in the park.

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6.     Music Machine

That giant organ-looking machine in the Penny Arcade shop is actually a Welte Orchestrion, and it is older than the park itself. 

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7. Houdini on the Phone

In the Magic Shop on Main Street, you can pick up the vintage phone next to the poster of Houdini and listen in on a recording of Harry Houdini himself.

8. Victorian Era Party Line

Speaking of listening in on phone conversations, the next time you're waiting for your latte in Market House, pick up a vintage phone receiver and observe a Victorian-era party line.

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9. Disneyland Railroad Miniature

The next time you find yourself in Emporium, be sure to look up. There are tons of easily-missed decorations throughout Disneyland's shops, but this one is one of the best - a miniature Disneyland Railroad. Be sure to watch the whole loop to see all of the interactions.

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10. The Painted Lightbulb

The story goes that Walt Disney noticed two lightbulbs painted the same color next to each other over the doorway to Coke Corner and couldn't accept the break in the alternating pattern - the best compromise was to paint one lightbulb half white and half red. While you're checking out the lightbulb, be sure to take a gander at the vintage coke bottle museum surrounding the door. 

The Best Places for a Coffee in Disneyland

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Y’all, I am a huge coffee drinker. We’re talking 4+ cups a day coffee drinker. So when I’m in the Disneyland Resort running around through super long days on way-too-little sleep, I’m frequently thinking about when and where I can get my next iced americano, or at least a boring non-espresso cup of coffee to keep me going until I get some more carbs and sugar. Thankfully, there are tons of places throughout the Resort to caffeine up - maybe even some you wouldn’t expect.

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1. Starbucks

Obviously, Starbucks is the easiest and most recognizable spot for some quick caffeine. There’s the big Starbucks in Downtown Disney (which we love mobile ordering from), and two cleverly-themed Starbucks in the parks: the Market House on Main Street, and the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe on Buena Vista in DCA. The good side of Starbucks is you know what you’re getting, the lines are pretty predictable, and you can get a snazzy Starbucks drink if that’s what your heart desires. The bad side is that the lines are predictably long, it seems kindof weird to get a snazzy Starbucks drink that you could get anywhere else on Earth when you’re in Disneyland, and, let’s be real, Starbucks coffee isn’t all that great.

2. Espresso Stands

There are a few carts throughout the parks (one on Main Street in Disneyland by the Partners statue of Walt and Mickey, and one by the entrance to Pacific Wharf in DCA, to name a few) where you can get coffee, tea or iced espresso drinks. The one on Main Street is usually where you can find those social-media-famous doughnuts (like the dole whip donut everyone’s always talking about), so the line can sometimes be long, but the one in DCA almost never has a line, and the service is fast and easy. Downside is, you don’t get your AP discount at the cart.

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3. Ghirardelli Soda Fountain

Yes, Ghirardelli’s in DCA serves a ton of ice cream delicacies, but it also serves a ton of espresso beverages, including a frozen caffe latte and individual espresso shots. Pour some shots over some ice cream scoops and hey, you’ve got yourself basically an affogato - can’t go wrong there.

4. Restaurants

Most restaurants in the parks serve coffee, though a vast majority don’t offer iced coffee (and I have no idea why anyone would want hot coffee on a hot SoCal day but WHAT DO I KNOW) so you can either have a hot coffee, or buy a cup of hot coffee and pour it over a free cup of ice, which is what we usually do.

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5. Carthay Circle Lounge

Carthay has a huge selection of non-alcoholic black teas for a little kick to your afternoon, but they also serve up a few boozy coffee cocktails and what more can you really ask for?

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6. Schmoozies

Schmoozies has a whole section of their menu titled ‘Epic Coffees’ including additional flavor shots you can add in, so yeah, there’s a selection of caffeination here.

7. Hungry Bear

The only place in the park you can get the Honey Bear Cold Brew Coffee, with honey, vanilla syrup and cream. Plus it’s a great place to sit and chill out with a view of the Mark Twain as it drifts by on the Rivers of America.

8. Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe

A full espresso drink menu, plus a huge assortment of fun sweet treats, including the amazing Matterhorn Macaroon and various seasonal snacks. You can also get breakfast sandwiches here, making it one of the few places in the park that offers fast breakfast options!

We Opened a Shop!

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This is an unbelievably exciting time for us! As you can tell from the title...we opened our very own Disney inspired shop (AHHHHHH!!!).

Opening our own shop is something we’ve wanted to do since before we even started the blog. We all work in different creative industries, but none of us have been in the position where what we made is our idea to begin with. Our careers are usually carrying out someone else’s vision (which is fine! But ya know...sometimes you want to create something from your own brain).

Wanting to embark on our own creative endeavour mixed with our love for Disneyland has made this whole process the perfect (most fun ever) project. And while we have SO MANY ideas and designs for down the line, we’ve decided to open with two designs to make sure we get everything perfect.

We went through a pretty intense sample process! We wanted to make sure the fabric was nice and soft and had a good stretch, as well as make sure the fit was true to size and the color of the ink was exactly what we wanted and it washed and dried well. We went through a lot of QA to get these right! And we really think you’ll love them.

The first design is in honor of our beloved fallen Bug’s Land in Disney California Adventure. Kat designed this amazing, truly fitting, ode to Heimlich’s Chew Chew. The most intense thrill ride in the park. Memorialized by knuckle tats. Naturally. Heimlich is so hardcore.

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The second design is because Madame Leota is bae and who doesn’t love a good moon phase? Plus we got a lil ghost host action on the front. Fun fact! I have a Madame Leota tattoo, also designed by Kat, with the same words that are on the sweatshirt: “send us a message from somewhere beyond.” We love Leota and we have no shame.

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What I love most about both of these is that neither are super obvious, but when people walking by get it, they GET IT. And love it.


We’re honestly all feeling so excited and mushy at the same time because this has been a huge goal for us! When we started our lil instagram and blog, we had a long list of goals and this was right at the top. It’s a dream come true! And we really hope y’all love them and keep an eye out for what we have down the line. Cuz they might be Christmas themed.


Shop all styles at shop.lostweekenders.com and let us know what you think!





Adventureland Tropical Hideaway

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I’m very excited about this portion of Adventureland being used again. It’s been used sporadically and for different purposes over the years and it’s amazing to have a future.

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When I was young, coming to Disneyland with my family, I remember having reservations at Aladdin’s Oasis. It was a small stage show with actors coming out of the Cave of Wonders, included lunch in its exotic tiered outdoor patio and even had a magic lamp built into every table that when you rubbed, had smoke come out. 

In 2008, to coincide with the release of the Crystal Skull, they had a small, short lived, Indiana Jones Stunt Show.

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The personal excitement for this new space comes mostly from it being located in Adventureland. The feeling of the area and theming of Adventureland totally embodies all that makes Disneyland so special. Looking forward to something more in this amazing land is truly exciting and I anticipate how totally reimagined this longtime abandoned area . Its also very sad as a longtime visitor to Disneyland to see a part of the park that was magical for me lay dormant for so many years.

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Based on the official information from Disney about what this space will offer, it’s going to be unique and fun to hang out. My favorite element is seating that overlooks Jungle Cruise and on a portion of the porch of the Tiki Room. 

On the surface, it’s just seating and snacks, but by expanding the land into a previously unused corner, it’s going to make a big difference for the better!

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Halloween Time is Coming to Disneyland Resort!

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On September 7th, Disneyland Resort is changing over to Halloween time – one of our favorite times of year. If you’ve never experienced the Disneyland Resort during this special season, we HIGHLY recommend it. And just to entice you further, here’s what to expect from Halloween Time this year:

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1.     Decorations

Main Street USA will be lined with carved jack-o-lanterns and themed buntings. A giant Mickey lantern will sit by the flag pole for photos. Everywhere you look there will be spooky touches, especially in Cars Land (where they really go all-out), New Orleans Square (more on that later), and Buena Vista Street. Also keep an eye out for your favorite Disney characters in their Halloween costumes!

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2.     FOOD

If you thought Disneyland had a huge array of snacks and treats before, just wait until Halloweentime. Special flavors will be offered for churros, pumpkin beignets from New Orleans Square, new ice cream offerings, and all kinds of new treats at the Jolly Holiday café and Buena Vista street. We’re especially excited about the new pumpkin shake coming to Flo’s V8 Café.

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3.     Haunted Mansion Holiday

Starting in the Halloween season and running through the Holidays, the Haunted Mansion is transformed into Jack Skellington’s Halloweentown, and the difference between this new ride overlay and the original Haunted Mansion is pretty staggering. You’ll definitely have to enjoy this attraction more than once to take in the whole thing.

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4.     Cars Land

Cars Land decorated for Halloween for the first time last year and no expense was spared. There are themed jack-o-lanterns everywhere you turn, a giant spider tractor, and even Mater’s Tow Truck Jamboree and Luigi’s Festival of the Dance get a Halloween-themed overlay.

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5.      Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy

Space Mountain is an already great ride, but when Halloween Time comes around, they add in an overlay that is legitimately kindof scary that makes the ride that much more fun. Definitely don’t miss this one.

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6.     Mickey’s Halloween Party

Mickey’s Halloween Party is a separately-ticketed event that you’ll need to reserve tickets for (and good luck if you haven’t yet, because those go FAST). The up side is there are fun activities that Disneyland only has on these select nights, but the down side is that the parks close early for regular visitors, and you have to deal with the Halloween Party crowds.

If you couldn’t tell, we’re super excited for Halloween Time to get here as fast as possible, and we highly recommend everyone visiting the parks during this great time of year!

Things We'll Miss about A Bug's Land

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A Bug’s Land is closing forever very soon (September 4th in fact), and with that closing, we’d like to take a moment to remember all of the things we loved about this underrated little land.

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1.     Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train

Heimlich’s Chew Chew was such a stupid ride that it became legendary (we’re going to miss it so much that we made a shirt to remember it forever). It hardly ever had a line (because it lasted approximately 2 seconds), but was a delightful train ride aboard everyone’s favorite caterpillar through the scents and aromas of quickly-designed giant food props. The smell of the animal crackers will be in our hearts forever!

2.     The Talking Bathrooms

The first time we used the restroom and randomly heard Heimlich and Flik talking over the soundsystem, we were surprised. It was such a miniscule Disney touch that made a huge difference (even though those bathrooms were always a hot mess).

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3.     It’s Tough to Be a Bug

We sing ‘We’re Pollinators’ at least once a week, and the Bug’s Life Theater was a great way to beat the heat on a hot summer day – a long show in a dark theater with plenty of air conditioning and fun visual effects? Yes please. Not having this show around is going to force us to seriously re-evaluate our summer day DCA break options.

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4.     Shade

Speaking of hot summer days,  one of the things that made Bug’s Land great was the fact that it had plenty of shade! Those giant clover leaves made the whole land feel less hot than the rest of the park – especially CarsLand, cause wow, that land is SWELTERING. Shade is always a bit tough to come by in DCA, so it was great that Bug’s Land had so much of it.

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5.     The Theming

The little bugs that lit up at night, the old popsicle stick benches, the lights that looked like little smiling worms, the exit through an old cereal box – Bug’s Land was a great example of the theming that Disneyland Resort is known for.

So so long, Bug’s Land! We’ll miss you! 

A Better Trip with the Disneyland App

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I’m sure there was a time in my Disneyland trip history where I would only pull out my phone to snap a few pictures then put it away and forget about it.

Ah, how far we’ve come.

When Disneyland first launched their parks app, it wasn’t too impressive. They might have had wait times, but honestly MouseWait was a better crowd sourced option. Disneyland recently completely overhauled their app, and now I can’t imagine going to a Disney park without it.

And while I don't advocate having your phone out at all times, using the app strategically can help give you a leg up on accomplishing all your Disneyland goals. 

I’ll be giving you the whole rundown from downloading and installing to utilizing all the different features so you’re having the best possible trip. Let’s get into it!

You can download the Disneyland Mobile app on both the Apple app store, and the Google Play store. And I’m happy to report it has thousands of nearly five-star reviews on both sites, meaning they didn’t skimp on Android, which can tend to happen.

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You know how I’m always harping on you to buy your ticket ahead of time? Good news! You can buy park tickets and annual passes right from the app. On our last trip, Stephen renewed his annual pass on the tram from the parking lot to the park. It was super easy and way faster and more convenient than waiting in the ticket line which is NO JOKE PEOPLE.

You can also add the tickets of everyone in your group and create a “party” in case you have a forgetful person who’s prone to losing things, or if you don’t want to dig around for everyone’s tickets every time you want a fastpass or switch parks.

When you’re added to a party, anyone who has the Disneyland app installed on their phone can see all the tickets in the party and any reservations made. Which is super helpful if you’ve been in charge of dealing with the tickets all day and want to pass off the responsibility to someone else.

To add other tickets, open the app and go to “My Tickets”.You’ll see your pass and everyone else in your party.

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Maxpass

Are you sick of me talking about Maxpass. Y’all- seriously. For ten bucks extra you can elevate your entire trip. You don’t have to go tracking down fastpasses that typically run out fast (Radiator Springs Racer fastpass kiosks have lines no joke, skip that nonsense).

Plus with Maxpass you get photopass included, meaning you can have the professional photographers all around Disneyland take your picture and download them for free. You also get free downloads of all the ride pictures. Just do it.

I wrote an entire post all about using maxpass, I recommend giving it a read! 

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Photopass

Speaking of photopass, you can access your photopass photos right from the app.

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Reservations

You can check out all the restaurants menus in the park regardless of whether or not they take reservations but you can also book all your dining reservations right from the app. Which is so much easier than when you used to have to call.

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Map with wait times

The paper Disneyland maps make great free souvineers and they’re super cute, but for quick access to check out what’s around you or where you want to go, there’s a map built right into the app.

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Mobile Order

I tried out mobile order for the first time on my last trip and it’s a life-saver (post on that coming up soon). On a hot day that ice cream line can get intense and now you don’t have to wait. You can mobile order and have your food and drinks and treats ready for you from some of your favorite places in the parks.

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Times Guide

When you enter the park, right next to the maps are another little pamphlet you’ve probably ignored (unless you go with Stephen who always gets one). The times guide!

Seems kinda boring but it legit gives you a rundown of allllll the different shows and character meet and greets in the entire park. We can’t survive a trip without one, and now you don’t have to remember to grab one. All of that day’s show times and character meet and greet times are in the app, ready for you.

 

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Hours (calendar, with blockout dates)

Super handy to have at a glance. If you’re an annual passholder you can see any blockout dates, and if you’re there for a few days you can check open and close times. There’s nothing worse than getting to the park at 8am and realizing you could have slept in for another hour.

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See? The app is so helpful. I’m sure Disneyland without the app can be done, because for a while it was the only choice. But if there’s a new tool to help make your trip more magical and less frustrating, you might as well give it a try. And once you’re in line for that ride you maxpassed, check out the Disneyland Play App, for fun games and trivia.

 

 

 

Best Ride Order of Toontown

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Welcome to the next post in the series where I give you the rundown of a pretty perfect ride order of each Land. Check out parts one, two, three, and four for complete Land domination tips and tricks plus the reasoning behind every decision so you can make informed choices should anything happen.

And here we are! The last in the series tackling Disneyland proper: Toontown.

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Oh, Toontown. You really are...something.

I’ll start off by being very honest, I don’t care much for Toontown. When Disney first introduced the concept of Galaxy’s Edge, I was hoping they’d raze Toontown to the ground and start anew, which, perhaps, is an unpopular opinion.

Alas, people lose their damn minds for Toontown. And I suppose this series wouldn’t be complete without a rundown of the washed out, useless stretch of land others so lovingly flock to.

I’ll stop being cynical now.

Like Critter Country, Toontown is a dead end, and it only has two rides. It does however host a bunch of other experiences, and the entire land is more interactive than any other at the resort. I’ll give you some sweet tips so you can enjoy and explore the land as a whole. Let’s get to it!

***PSA: This order works best if you’re at Toontown when it first opens.***

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RIde Order

Toontown doesn’t operate like every other land in the park. It’s at the very northern tip of the park, just past Small World. It opens late, usually an hour or two after regular park open, so you can tackle another land first thing in the morning and still get to Toontown at its open. On the flip side, Toontown also closes early for fireworks, usually around 8:30 pm, since they launch the majority of the fireworks from there.

1. Beeline for Gadget’s Go Coaster, fastpass Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin on the way or maxpass in line.

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Since Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin is at the opening of Toontown, it’s just as easy to grab a fastpass on your way to Gadget’s, which is at the very furthest edge of Toontown.

Depending on Gadget’s return time, explore. There’s lots to see!

2. Ride Roger, maxpass your next ride.

Duh, always maxpass your next ride. 

 

Annnnnd you did it! Whether or not you got to explore in between rides, there’s probably a lot more to see. One charming aspect to Toontown is the ability to tour the houses of the classic Disney characters.

Minnie and Mickey’s houses can stack up the wait since they’re a walkthrough and a character meet and greet. So if the wait is long, you can still explore the houses (recommended, they’re pretty cool), and then check the times guide to see when Mickey and Minnie appear for photo opportunities throughout the park (which is frequently).

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Chip and Dale, Donald Duck, and Goofy also all have their own houses you can play in and explore, however they don’t offer character meet and greets.

 

Toontown is also super interactive. When exploring make sure to push every button, step on every bit of ground that looks different, and pull every lever. It’s a fun place to explore and create some magical moments without having to wait in lines.

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If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat, Toontown is the only place in the entire Disneyland Resort that offers frozen yogurt, so be sure to check out Clarabelle’s.

 

Also! Right outside Toontown is the Fantasyland Theater. Make sure to catch a showing of Mickey and the Magical Map; we generally view on the tipsy side and I have to say I recommend a few drinks beforehand. The Fantasyland Theater also has some of our favorite snacks in the park (hellllllo bratwurst), so it’s definitely worth a visit.

 

Right next to the Fantasyland Theater you’ll find the Disneyland Railroad station, so duh now’s the time to hop on for a full circle tour.

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And that’s it! We’ve covered the best ride orders for EVERY land in Disneyland. I’m so excited by this series, it’s been a really fun puzzle to piece together. I’ve got lots of ideas for more series but let me know if you’d want a guide series for California Adventure.

 

Happy riding!