This Traveling Mom has Gone Around the World!

I have been writing for Traveling Mom for the last few months and love being able to write about my experiences. I don’t nearly travel as much as I’d like but because I live in a tourist city, I can satisfy my travel itch with day trips. That’s why my niche is as the Day Trips Traveling Mom! Here are a few of my articles. I’d love if you stopped by and shared or pinned.


Walt Disney World Magical Express Bus – What I Loved (and my $80 mistake)

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Avoid August and 21 Other Surprises Discovered on an Adventure Abroad

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How to Encourage Shy Kids to be Brave at Disney

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Wonderment Abounds at Medieval Times in Buena Park, CA

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What to Eat at Pike Place Market in Seattle if You Don’t Like Seafood

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Jamberry Mystery Hostess Party

Would you like to earn all of the rewards of a Jamberry party? Who will be the winner of the hostess rewards? The Mystery Hostess will be revealed on July 31st…it could be YOU! Join the event to earn points towards winning all of the hostess rewards. We’ll also have a few games & prizes along the way for those who participate.

Who will be the winner of the hostess rewards? The Mystery Hostess will be revealed on July 31st...it could be YOU! Join the event to earn points towards winning all of the hostess rewards. We'll also have a few games & prizes along the way for those who participate.

Thrill-Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Disneyland has something for everyone, thrill seekers included! The thrills here are just as visual and cerebral as they are tummy-tickling which makes them great for a wide variety of ages. I’ve included big thrills as well as mini-thrills for thrill seekers in training.


Big Thrills at Disneyland Park 

When looking for thrills at Disneyland, look no further than the mountains…namely Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, the Matterhorn and Space Mountain.

Splash Mountain is a mostly tame log ride that takes you through the story of Song of the South inside Critter Country. However the sweet fun inside culminates in a five story drop down a waterfall that will tickle your tummy. Many kids will balk at riding this one because you can’t miss seeing guests being hurtled down the flume at the ride’s entrance. And you will get wet (possibly soaked), so keep that in mind and switch your walking shoes out for plastic flip-flops. (40″ or taller)

Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland is one of my favorites, but you’d never have guessed when I was younger. My parents quite literally dragged me on, crying! This is one of the rides that I like to go on twice; Once in the daytime and again at night because the experience changes. You’ll sit inside a train car and be treated to fast speeds and dips as the runaway train blasts through this “wildest ride in the wilderness”. Watch out for that dynamite! (40″ or taller)

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The Matterhorn Bobsleds, the ride many guests love to hate. I will confess that this was a favorite when I was younger and my dad would encourage us to lean into the curves to make our bobsled zip faster. It’s another ride that is great to ride in the day and at night. Unfortunately since the bobsleds have been redesigned, I’m not a fan and the Matterhorn ride is extremely uncomfortable and painful to my back. Those bobsleds definitely need more padding! With the addition of new Abominable Snowman, I’m excited to give this Fantasyland ride another try on our next visit. (42″ or taller)

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Space Mountain, the fastest of all coasters inside the Disneyland Park will take you to the edges of the universe on a high-speed adventure. Guests board what looks like a rocket inside this Tomorrowland thrill ride that combines darkness, planetary lights and stars and a rockin’ soundtrack. If you’ve never ridden this one before you might find yourself feeling a bit dizzy after the many swirling circles that your rocket takes. (40″ or taller)

Indiana Jones Adventure inside Adventureland is dark, mysterious and not for the faint of heart. You’ll board a 12-person vehicle that takes you on a bumpy journey akin to what Indiana Jones would experience (snakes, booby traps, lava, mummies, etc). Pay attention to the ride warnings on this one as the ride is very rocky (secure your possessions!) (46″ or taller)

It’s a race through the universe in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, a thrilling motion-simulator ride. Don your 3-D glasses and step inside the “Starspeeder 1000″ for a trip to one of six planets in one of fifty possible scenarios. This exciting flight simulator also includes animatronic characters and adventure to the far reaches of the galaxy. (40” or taller)

Mini-thrills at Disneyland Park

A great warm-up for the bigger thrill rides, these mini-thrills will give you a little tummy tickle but would be unlikely to cause any fears or upset stomachs.

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Astro Orbitor – this is Dumbo the Flying Elephant for the big kid set. Board a rocket that spins you around in a circle and use the joystick to raise and lower. This one is especially cool at night with the lights of Tomorrowland twinkling around you.

Gadget’s Go Coaster – a great beginner’s coaster set inside the whimsical Toontown. Guests only need to be 35″ so many three-year olds are old enough to ride. It’s only one minute long (just a climb, drop and a few quick dips and it’s over), so the ride is over quickly. Perfect for first time thrill-seekers!

Pirates of the Caribbean – it’s dark and somewhat spooky in here! With realistic animatronic pirates, skeletons and a short water drop your little one might be trembling a bit but it’s all a yo-ho good time in the end.


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Across the esplanade at Disney’s California Adventure Park, there are thrills of another kind.

Big Thrills at Disney’s California Adventure Park

Drop in for a scream of a time at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror! I will confess that this ride is the only attraction I’ve never set foot on. I’m always worried it’s going to induce a headache with those random drops. It’s also a bit spooky, as I’ve gleaned from the images online. My stepdaughter has walked in and walked out in the past, saying she’s too scared to ride. Perhaps next time I’ll gain the courage? (40″ or taller)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

There is one ride at the Disneyland Resort that will literally turn you head over heels and that’s California Screamin’! Set back in the Paradise Pier area, you can’t miss this one…just follow the screams! Though it looks like a rickety coaster of old, it’s actually a very smooth ride, full of dips and twists and one big loop-de-loop! (48″ or taller)

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Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Paradise Pier has two sections; one is a stationary gondola that turns just as any ordinary Ferris wheel. Choose the second gondola and you’ll enjoy a perilous swing each time the Ferris wheel rotates. Neither of them are appropriate if you’re afraid of heights (myself included!). Try it at night when the wheel is lit. (No height requirements)

Thrill Seekers Guide to the Disneyland Resort - What are the most thrilling rides for the most seasoned as well as beginning thrill seekers? Follow this guide to the Disneyland resort.

Race into Cars Land for a turn on the high-speed Radiator Springs Racers! Part slow dark ride, part roller coaster, this one is 100% can’t miss. Six guests ride inside their race car which competes against other car in a race to the finish through the Ornament Valley. (40″ or taller)

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Mini-Thrills at Disney’s California Adventure Park

Goofy’s Sky School – This one in Paradise Pier is zippier than it first appears. The tiny cars quickly cruise across the track, blindly turning sharply and dipping up and down. (42″ or taller)

Grizzly River Run – What seems at first like a float down a lazy river soon becomes a spinning trip down the Grizzly River, full of dips, drops and a good soaking! This is another one where I’d recommend changing your shoes and socks for flip-flops before. (42″ or taller)

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Jumpin’ Jellyfish – Float up and down gently 40″ high in your two-seater jellyfish bench. Not scary unless you’re afraid of heights (ahem!) (40″ or taller)

Silly Symphony Swings – Sit in an individual swinging chair, which raises and lowers, dipping up and down while simultaneously spinning. It’s a classic and great for young ones (you can even choose a side-by-side double swing). (40″ or taller)


Thrill-Seekers Must Haves

Thrill-seekers are used to be turned head over heels! Nothing kills the thrill-buzz though like losing your car keys in the upside-down loop of California Screamin’. Girls should secure everything in a zippered bag like the LeSportsac Tink Hobo Bag and guys can store it all in a Star Wars Force Awakens BB-8 Backpack.

Capture your thrills for all time with a cool camera that goes anywhere like the Panasonic HX-A500 4K Point-of-View Wearable Action Camera Camcorder  or the Nikon COOLPIX S33 Waterproof Digital Camera.

Kick start your day bright and early by being ready with Park tickets in hand before you arrive. I recommend purchasing Park tickets through Park Savers to save a few dollars and time in line at the gate.


If thrills are your thing but your body doesn’t always cooperate, make sure to take a peek at my post with Top Tips for Avoiding Nausea at Disneyland so you’ll know how to deal with any motion sickness ailments.

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What’s your favorite Disneyland thrill ride?

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Disney-inspired Jamberry Giveaway Sweepstakes!

CONGRATULATIONS TO MY WINNER. If you didn’t win this giveaway, please make sure to stop by my event and join in on the Mystery Hostess Party for your chance to win even MORE prizes!

Who will be the winner of the hostess rewards? The Mystery Hostess will be revealed on July 31st…it could be YOU! Join the event to earn points towards winning all of the hostess rewards. We’ll also have a few games & prizes along the way for those who participate.

Who will be the winner of the hostess rewards? The Mystery Hostess will be revealed on July 31st...it could be YOU! Join the event to earn points towards winning all of the hostess rewards. We'll also have a few games & prizes along the way for those who participate.


Disneyland is celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year with a Diamond Celebration. So I’m celebrating the event myself, down to my shimmering fingertips!

Disney-inspired Jamberry Sweepstakes Giveaway! Do you love nail art? Enter to win this fantastic Jamberry nail wrap prize package!

I love Jamberry for two reasons: 1. I love my gorgeous nails that last up to two weeks. 2. I love being a Jamberry Independent Consultant, which helps me earn money for my family and vacations. If you’re looking for a fun way to earn extra money, definitely consider joining my Jamberry team. We have a great support group online that makes selling sweet and very profitable.

What’s a Jamberry?

Jamberry is a heat-activated adhesive nail wrap. They come in fun and colorful designs. I change mine out every 10 days usually because my nails start growing out. There are handy video application tutorials on the Jamberry website. You can also find countless images and advice links for Jamberry on Pinterest on learning how to apply the wraps. I have found that after the heat application, trimming my wrap closely to the nail edge and using the “plastic baggie” method works perfectly for me!

Make Extra Money (in Little Ways that Really Add Up!) . Being a Jamberry Independent Consultant is a great way to earn money & have pretty nails while you work! Enter the Disney-inspired Jamberry Giveaway Sweepstakes on my website.

My colorful Disney-inspired Jamberry wraps for a trip to Walt Disney World!

I use Jamberry wraps on my toes as well and they last an astonishing 5 weeks! In fact I only have to take them off because my toenails had grown so much. Jamberry are easy to remove; Simply rub with coconut oil and use a cuticle stick to break the seal to remove. Sliding a dental floss pick under and gently working the wrap off with the coconut oil perfectly removes the wraps without any damage to your nail.

One sheet of Jamberry nails wraps gives you two manicures, two pedicures and extra for accents. You can't get that many salon treatments for such a wonderfully love price! Enter the Disney-inspired Jamberry Giveaway Sweepstakes! on my website.

One regular sheet of nail wraps can be used for two manicure applications and two pedicures. You’ll also have a few nail wraps left to use as accent nails. Jamberry wraps are longer lasting and less expensive than nails done at the salon, so they are extremely budget friendly. You can also mix and match coordinating wraps to create your own unique style!

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The Prize!

This giveaway includes a Jamberry mini-heater which makes the application process so easy. There is also a Jamberry application kit which includes everything you’ll need to apply your Jamberry wraps.  Last but not least, I’ve included three half-sheets of Jamberry wraps to get the addiction started! I will include Poppy & White Polka and Black & White Chevron for the perfect Minnie and Mickey-look. And there’s Diamond Dust Sparkle, which is perfectly in keeping Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration!

Disney-inspired Jamberry Sweepstakes Giveaway! Do you love nail art? Enter to win this fantastic Jamberry nail wrap prize package!

If you place an order through this link, you’ll receive one FREE wrap for each three that are purchased (custom, collegiate and sorority wraps excluded). You’ll also receive BONUS ENTRIES into the giveaway when you order through my website.

Stop by my Facebook page for more games, giveaways and fun! Feel free to invite friends you think might be interesting in trying Jamberry and consider hosting your own party. Or perhaps you’re looking for a way to “save up for Disney” too? Becoming a Jamberry consultant is a great way to pad your vacation bank (ask me how!)

And while you wait for your Jamberry order to arrive, please enter below for this amazing Jamberry giveaway!

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Happy Birthday Disneyland! #Disneyland60

You’re shining like a diamond today, your 60th birthday! Thank you Disneyland for bringing so much joy to our family over all your sixty years.

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From my dad’s first visit in 1955 (here with his brother & sisters in 1957), the spark was ignited with a love for Disneyland. Disneyland even helped me work through my grief when my dad passed away (How Disney Helped Me Deal with the Loss of My Father). This was my dad’s favorite place and just knowing that he sat in this spot in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle just as I’ve done and just as my children have done makes me hopeful that someday my grandchildren will have the same opportunity.

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My family set the flame into my heart as well, taking me to Disneyland for the very first time at one year old, documented in my post 60 Days to 60 Years – My First Trip to Disneyland -1974. Be sure to click that link and read up on all sixty stories from the point of view of 60 total Disneyland fans. Keep a box of tissues handy!

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Disneyland has been a part of my growing up and now a place of joy for my children, as well. We know that when we experience a Disneyland day, we’ll be treated to a Park that’s not only rich in history but aims to create amazing memories for our family each and every visit.

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Bless you Disneyland for being a wholesome, safe and happy place for young and young at heart. Thank you for gifting us with the greatest memories. We wish you all the best for another 60 amazing years!

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Magical DIStractions Post – Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land

I have a post up at Magical DIStractions today, stop over and share it.

Radiator Springs Racers – Why a Trip to Cars Land is a Must!

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Make Extra Money (in Little Ways that Really Add Up!)

Check out these 6 ways to earn extra money (several of these are no-brainers!)

Looking for a side-hustle? Do you think that because you don’t have a full time job that there aren’t ways of bringing in some income? There’s no need to lock yourself into just what you earn in a 9 to 5 salary either. There are hundreds of ways for you to make extra money on the side! These are 6 ways I make extra money for my family!

Make Extra Money

Ever since I was about 6 years old, I had plans & ideas on how to make extra money. I started designing birthday cards and selling them to my family. I sewed sachets filled with potpourri. I made bunny rabbit stuffed animals and convinced my manicurist aunt to sell them at her station. I gathered up unused items and sold them at my own make-shift garage sale. I was an entrepreneur from a very young age!

Even though I’m much older, nothing much has changed. I still work full time and continue to try little ways to make extra money. I teach tumbling at a local rec center and have been doing this for 18 years. I have my blog, of course and sometimes receive a compensation for a sponsored post. I sew clothing on my own Etsy shop and sell personalized appliqued tees for children. When I had a little more time, I used to enter more contests (especially ones with cash prizes). And I’m a Jamberry independent consultant, selling nail wraps. I like having the extra income or “fun money” to play with.

What do you want to make extra money for?

  • Use the money to support your family.
  • Pay off some debt.
  • Keep it solely to pad your savings account.
  • Save up and spend it on a fantastic dream vacation!

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Here are six ideas on how you can earn extra money in little ways that really add up!

Make Extra Money (in Little Ways that Really Add Up!)

My son in his gently used clothes from thredUP

1. Trash to Treasure

It’s laying around and you just don’t need it anymore. Consider selling your things online to someone who will treasure them (and pay you for them).

  • Sell valuables on Ebay or vintage goods and excess craft supplies on Etsy.
  • Large sized items can be sold on Craigslist or at a garage sale.
  • I love thredUp to sell my gently worn or new clothes (and my kid’s outgrown clothing, as well). You can receive cash back for what’s accepted or use it as a credit on a future purchase. I’ve been selling and shopping thredUP for years and have always been happy with the process.

MONEY SAVING TIP: Clean up and clear it out. Go through drawers, cabinets & closets and see what you have and don’t use that you could sell for extra cash.

2. Teach What You Know

Do you have a skill that others would like to learn? Teach others how to do it and earn extra cash.

  • You could go into a professional setting, like I do, teaching tumbling classes to children at a local rec center.
  • set up a teaching lesson (like a specific craft, cooking lesson or DIY skill) at home with a group of people that you charge a flat rate.
  • Put it out there (like via email to friends or a post on Facebook) and see how many people are interested.
  • Could you tutor children? Are you a good teacher in a one-on-one setting? This might be something you could do for an hour a few times a week, guiding them in a specific subject or even musical instrument lessons.

MONEY SAVING TIP: Figure out any upfront costs you’ll be putting out and your expected earnings before setting the price and committing the time.

Make Extra Money (in Little Ways that Really Add Up!)

Appliqued Jack tee sold in my Etsy shop

3. Sell Your Experience

What can you do or make that someone will pay your services for?

  • Do you have an eye for photography? Put your portfolio online and set up your portrait fees. Try booking something fun, like “First Day of School” pictures.
  • Can you sew? Put it out there to your friends and family sometime in the summer that you are available to make Halloween costumes.
  • With Etsy, it’s so easy now to sell your handcrafted goods. Do you have a knack for paper crafting, sewing, soap or candle making? How about digital invites, jewelry making or pattern drafting? Start up your own shop, read up on the Etsy rules and start selling! Good photos make all the difference so figure out the look of your shop before you start, as that will really draw customers in. I’ve been selling appliqued tees on Etsy for years. My most popular design? Jack!

MONEY SAVING TIP: Make sure to calculate your time and expenses to figure out how much you can charge and make a decent profit.

4. Independent, but Part of a Team

It can be hard to sell yourself, especially on-line when it’s so easy for people to push “delete” or ignore posts or event requests. However if you can really get a niche of customers or can work out getting samples or at-home demonstrations, your enthusiasm will be hard for your guests to ignore.  I know everyone says this, but I really love being a Jamberry Independent Consultant. There is a great camaraderie and support on my Team. Benefits with Jamberry are fantastic and I really believe in the product (that’s important when you’re trying to get others to purchase from you). Looking for commissions of 30%+ and amazing bonuses? Please consider joining my Jamberry team, I’m having a great time with it and I know you would too!

MONEY SAVING TIP: Find a direct sales product that you love and look into becoming a consultant.

Make Extra Money (in Little Ways that Really Add Up!)

My colorful Jamberry manicure, just before boarding a plane to Walt Disney World

5. Enter Contests

Yeah, no guarantee you’ll make money on this one but for a bit of time and patience, your efforts might pay off. Before I started blogging and writing more for other sites, I was a die-hard sweepstaker, entering up to 100 a day. It was time consuming (I was sometimes entering for about 2 hours or more a night) but the pay off was worth the efforts. One year, I won several trips and cash so it was quite worth it to me. I have a brief overview in this post, My Secrets on How to Enter Contests…and Win!

MONEY SAVING TIP: If the contest allows daily entries, make sure to get your entry in each and every day for the best odds.

6. Get Paid for Shopping Online

You’re already shopping, you might as well make some extra cash too, right? Ebates pays you what they call the “Big Fat Check” just for shopping through their site. They even offer specials and coupons through the site and they are applied when you click the link. Want to earn more money? You can refer others to the site (just like I’m doing here!) and when they sign up and shop, you earn a bonus. Easy as that (really, I’ve already earned over $120).

MONEY SAVING TIP: Install Ebates onto your computer and you’ll receive a pop up reminding you to activate their cash back rebate…couldn’t be easier!

What ways do you have of earning extra money on the side? Share with me in the comments!

 

Spending an Off-Day at the Disneyland Resort

 

How do you spend an "off-day" at the Disneyland Resort? Here are a few fun ideas that won't take you off the property!

Welcome to this month’s Magical Blogorail Red loop. Today we are discussing fun things to do on your summer vacation outside of the Disney Parks.

Multi-day trips to the Disneyland Resort often include one or more “off-days” built in so you can rest up, relax and enjoy the Resort without venturing into the Parks. I’ve included my favorite day-off ideas which you can actually do in one day or stretch them out over several days.

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

Surf’s Up! Mickey & Friends Breakfast

Dine with a Character

You do not need to go into the Parks to enjoy a Character meal! Each of the three hotels in the Disneyland Resort feature their own unique Character meals. Start off the day with breakfast at Disney’s PCH Grill (Paradise Pier Hotel) for Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey and Friends. Or choose Storyteller’s Cafe (Disney Grand Californian) Chip ’n Dale Critter Breakfast or Goofy’s Kitchen (Disneyland Hotel). Goofy’s Kitchen also offers a Character Meal for dinner as well. This is a great way to get in a Character Meet n’ Greet without using up precious Park time.

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Go for a Swim

Nearly all of the time in Anaheim, the weather will be appropriate for swimming. It’s so easy to take one of your “off-days” poolside, especially if you are staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel. The pools are fantastic and there is definitely enough here for a day’s worth of entertainment.

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

Disneyland Hotel pool

I have an entire post on the subject, Disneyland Resort Hotel Swimming Pools – What to Expect of Your Fun in the Sun!  In short, you can rent a cabana, receive poolside drinks and meal service, slip down a water slide, play organized games with resort cast members, relax in a whirlpool hot tub or lounge on a chaise and catch some rays. The pools are ideal for down time and we make sure to reserve a day of our trip for plenty of water play!

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Work Out

Feeling a little sluggish after the Park food? Get up and get moving. I’ve outlined all of the fitness options in my post Exercise on Vacation?! Getting a Workout, Disney-style at the Disneyland Resort Hotels. There is even a guided morning walk through the Park!

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

Explore the Resorts

Make sure to take the time to explore the three different hotels of the Disneyland Resort. There are restaurants and gift shops and you don’t have to be a Resort guest to visit. I adore the Disneyland Hotel and have stayed here many times. Be sure to walk inside each of the towers and check out the unique theming inside the lobbies. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is breathtaking inside. I’ve yet to stay here but I’ve still walked through it several times just to admire the beautiful lobby. The Paradise Pier is fun…and Goofy (there is a Goofy statue inside, perfect for selfies).

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

If you are a Resort guest you can sign up to take a tour of the hotels. At the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa there is an Art of Craft Tour. Or try the Grand Quest, a scavenger hunt through the Resort hotel. Over at the Disneyland Hotel, try the Happiest Hotel on Earth Tour. There are several other offerings, just check with Guest Services on the days and times (some require advanced registration to participate).

From the Disney website:

  • Tales from the Hearth Nestle in for an intimate storytelling experience starring California wildlife at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
  • Disney’s Princess Story Time This enchanting experience invites little princes and princesses to view classic Disney animation and enjoy story time with one of the Disney Princesses.
  • Learn to Draw Mickey Class It’s your chance to be an animator! Learn to draw one of Disney’s most famous characters—Mickey!
  • Washcloth Creations Our in-house experts will show you how to make your very own magical creations out of a simple washcloth.

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

A Day at the Spa

The Mandara Spa at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a heavenly way to recharge on your off-day. Enjoy a massage, facial, mani-pedi or a cleansing sweat in the sauna. There are dozens of special treatments to choose from that will have you rested, relaxed and ready for your next Park day.

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

Downtown Disney District

Shopping, dining and entertainment;  you could spend a lot of time (and money) at Downtown Disney. We always stop in at the LEGO Store where there are plenty of blocks to play and build with. The movie theater is a great place for soaking up the a/c for a few hours. And of course, World of Disney. You can’t miss this enormous store that includes hundreds of fantastic Disney souvenirs. I highly suggest doing your shopping on an “off-day” if you can.

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Movies Under the Stars

On select nights the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa and Disneyland Hotel host a Disney movie outside for their Resort Guests. Bring your own food and drinks to enjoy during the show.

A Night on Town

Check the kids in at Pinocchio’s Workshop for the night and hit the town…Downtown Disney, that is. While the kids play games and make crafts, you can take in the nightlight in the Downtown Disney District. Book reservations for the House of Blues in advance and take in a show. Or enjoy dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and enjoy the live entertainment during your meal.

Things to Do on an Off-Day at Disneyland Without Leaving the Resort

Wide open esplanade between the Parks is perfect for viewing fireworks at night.

Fireworks

If you just want to soak in a bit of the Disney atmosphere at the end of the night but don’t have a Park ticket for the day, stroll into the esplanade. This is the wide open space between the two Parks. Just before the fireworks show starts at Disneyland, other Guests will gather in this area and sit down to enjoy the show. Even though you can’t catch all of the action like you would from inside the Park, it’s still quite magical and a great way to close out your off-day before heading back in to the Parks.


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