Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Where to Cut Costs)

Disneyland splurges can really add a certain magic to your vacation. From tiny sweets to full-blown boutique make-overs, there’s a Disneyland splurge for kids of all ages (and every budget)! With four kids in our family we don’t tend to go “all out” but it certainly adds joy to our trip to surprise the kids with a few little splurges. I have some suggestions of Disneyland splurges for kids, plus some money saving ideas that still allow for special treats!

Disneyland Splurges for Kids

Yes, Disneyland is already a magical place. Throwing in a few splurges here and there on your trip will really put a twinkle in your child’s eye! These are some of the Disneyland splurges for kids that they’ll love, with a range to fit any budget.

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1. Sweet Disneyland Treats

When I think of Disneyland splurges, I think dessert! All those sweet treats to indulge in, with many of them perfectly designed for the delight of children. There are character-themed marshmallows on a stick sold all over the Park, sundaes from Gibson Girl, milk shakes from Flo’s V-8 Cafe and adorable cookies we found at Jolly Holiday Bakery & Cafe (check out the Cheshire Cat cookie! It matched my daughter’s leggings!)

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

And of course there are some amazing caramel apples sold throughout the Parks. We love watching them create the apples at Marceline’s in Downtown Disney District. Each apple is painstakingly dipped and decorated by hand. Many of the sweet shops throughout the Disneyland parks have windows where you can watch the treats being crafted.

 *Money Saving Splurge* – Buy a caramel apple and request to have it cut into slices. Then everyone can indulge and share the treat!

Watch the video of how caramel apples are made at Disneyland on my YouTube channel.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

2. Portrait Drawing

Older kids may appreciate this more than youngsters but having your portrait done (in the streets of New Orleans Square, just down from the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean) is a souvenir worth framing. Choose from silly caricatures or more serious pastel drawings. The simple one color designs are a less expensive Disneyland splurge.

3. Handheld Disneyland Souvenir Splurge

Handheld goodies will put a smile on a child’s face! Items like balloons, light-up toys, spinners, Princess wands, swords and bubble blowers add to the Disney joy and are a nice souvenir too.

*Money Saving Splurge* – If you buy a balloon and it pops, return the remnants (along with the original receipt) to any balloon vendor in the Park for a replacement.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)


4. Splurge on Disneyland Dining

Looking for a Disneyland dining splurge you’ll never forget? Consider a meal at The Blue Bayou Restaurant. Not only do they have a location to die for inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction (it’s the only restaurant at Disneyland inside of an attraction!) but they have a menu that’s kid-friendly.

There are simple dishes like mac and cheese with veggies or more sophisticated options like salmon and beef strip loin. Kids will get a kick out of watching the ride boats float by and in the decor, which looks like you’re dining outside (complete with chirping crickets!) Just be sure to a get an Advance Dining Reservation because this is a very popular dining location.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Dine for lunch instead of dinner to save on the cost of adult meals.

Looking for Discounted Disneyland Dining?

My partner Get Away Today offers discounted Character Dining vouchers for Chip ‘n Dale’s Critter Breakfast, Breakfast with Minnie & Friends at the Plaza Inn, Surf’s Up Breakfast with Mickey and Friends at the PCH Grill and Goofy’s Kitchen for breakfast or dinner inside the Disneyland Hotel.

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5. Splurge-Worthy Special Events

There are several special events and packages available at Disneyland if you’re wanting to splurge! Check out the World of Color Dessert Party that gives guests reserved seating as well as dessert and drinks. Or purchase the Paint the Night  parade or Fantasmic! show Dinner Packages, which gives you reserved seating for the evening show after your meal.

Visiting Disneyland during the fall? A ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party is a must so that kids can dress in costume and trick or treat through the Park at night!

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

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6. Disneyland Resort is a Stay On-Site Splurge

From the themed rooms, Extra Magic Hour, and the amazing pools, staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel is a splurge worth making. I’ve stayed in all three of the Disneyland Resort hotels and each offers their own magic.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Naturally weekends, holidays and peak season dates will have higher prices. Stay mid-week and in the off-season to save on a Resort room. Sign up for offers and you may be sent a discount code in the mail or via email.


Be sure to check out my partner Get Away Today to purchase discount tickets and vacation packages! Use the Promo Code REWRITTEN and receive an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount).  

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

7. In-Room Disney Decor

Want to give your kids a magical impression from the moment they enter the hotel room? Contact Disney Floral & Gifts for an in-room celebration that includes decorations, goodies, treats and personalized souvenirs laid out for them when they arrive.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Bring your own store-bought treats like bubbles and glow necklaces. Put them on your kid’s pillows and say that Tinker Bell delivered them!

8. Buffet Disneyland Character Dining

Do your littles have a hearty appetite? Consider a character dining experience with an unlimited buffet. You’ll not only meet n’ greet with characters who come to your table for one-on-one time (photos and autographs too), you’ll also have some great options for dining that will please everyone in your group. Goofy’s Kitchen is a favorite, with an expansive buffet that includes pb & j pizza as well as freshly carved meats.

Disney’s PCH Grill is our breakfast buffet go-to with made-to-order omelettes. The Plaza Inn hosts Minnie in the mornings with a vast breakfast spread that kids will love (in between photo ops with a wide range of characters).

*Money Saving Splurge* – Choose breakfast instead of lunch or dinner to save on the cost. Purchase discounted Disneyland Character Dining Vouchers from Get Away Today.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

Donald nabbing a strawberry at Minnie’s Breakfast at the Plaza Inn

9. Take a Disneyland Guided Tour

Older kids may enjoy the in-depth tour like “Walk in Walt’s Footsteps”. For a major splurge, reserve a “Plaid” for a VIP tour that will allow you priority access, reserved seating and a personal guide for the day.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Instead of splurging on a Disneyland guided tour, purchase a book pre-trip that will allow you insider access and secrets to the Park! Things like Hidden Mickey hunting and scavenger hunts are perfect for kids who like to explore more.

10. Splurge-Worthy Disney Souvenirs

If there’s one thing that Disney does well, it’s creating some amazing take-home treats that get kids excited! Build-your-own light saber inside The Star Trader. There’s a large station with bits and parts to make it your own design. This area is usually crowded and you’ll be carrying around a big light saber so consider this a late stop in the day.

If your kiddo is more the soft and cuddly type, they might prefer a Disney-themed Duffy Bear! These adorable bears have some amazing costumes that resemble other Disney characters (my daughter has her Duffy wearing a Monsters Inc. Sully outfit).

Start your daughter’s first Pandora charm bracelet and purchase a Disney themed charm.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Have a teddy at home? Shop the a la carte teddy bear outfits at World of Disney.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

11. Afternoon Tea, Disney-Princess Style

Do you have a sophisticated little lady who would enjoy an elegant snack of scones, tiny sandwiches and sips of tea? The afternoon tea held at the Disneyland Hotel has three options (classic, premium or kid’s tea party) and takes place in the elegant Steakhouse 55 restaurant. Dress to impress!

*Money Saving Splurge* – If this upscale experience is too much, consider a stop at the more casual Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe inside Disneyland. You can still indulge in treats, sandwiches and Very Berry Diamond Tea. You might even see Mary Poppins and Bert!

12. Sip and Splurge

Yes, even your beverages can be a splurge when you indulge in some of the fun that Disney offers. There are souvenir sippers, glow ice cubes and silly straws that can “upgrade” your drink. Check out the restaurant menu for other child-friendly beverage treats like mint julep at French Market, Louisiana Lemonade at Blue Bayou or Red’s Apple Freeze at the Cozy Cone Motel.

*Money Saving Splurge* – Ask for a “Shirley Temple” at some full-service restaurants. We were able to get this sweet drink (Sprite mixed with cherry juice) at the same cost as a fountain drink at the River Belle Terrace Restaurant.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

A cool Olaf sipper

13. Birthday Celebrations

No better time to splurge than for a birthday! Parents can pre-order a custom birthday cake to be served at select Disneyland Resort restaurants. Contact Disney Floral & Gifts for a birthday themed in-room celebration that includes room decoration and special gifts. The Build-a-Bear Workshop hosts birthday parties as well.

10. *Money Saving Splurge* – Pick up a complimentary personalized birthday button from guest services when you enter either of the Parks. See this post for more ways to celebrate a birthday at Disneyland.

14. A Snack & a Splurge

Many of the snacks sold throughout the Disneyland Resort have an upgrade option. Choose to have your popcorn sold in a regular carton or splurge on a whimsical souvenir bucket. When ordering a kid’s meal at Flo’s V-8 Cafe you can opt for a Lightning McQueen keepsake. Order the “Kitchen Sink” like we did at Clarabelle’s and receive a souvenir Mickey-themed sink (mine holds desk supplies at home!)

*Money Saving Splurge* – The Kitchen Sink is definitely big enough to share. Order ice cream cones separately if you want to fill them with the sundae from the “sink”.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

15. A Magical Make-Over

What little princess wouldn’t love a head-to-toe fairy tale make-over from Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique? Sparkling new gown, glittered up-do, make-up, nail polish and more! Even your little prince can get in on the action with a Knight’s Package. For the over-the-top splurge, Disney PhotoPass photographers will capture the moment for you with a customized portrait package.

Disneyland Splurges for Kids (and Money-Saving Splurges You MUST make!)

*Money Saving Splurge* – Purchase your own princess costume from DisneyStore online before your trip and wear it into the Park. Instead of going for the full-out make-over, you can still choose the hairstyle and make-up but save on the (very expensive) dress.

What are YOUR favorite Disneyland splurges? Share them in the comments (and be sure to check out the other Blogorail posts!)

Disneyland Splurges for kids (and Money-Saving tips that still feel like a splurge!)

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Catch a Chill! – Join in the Frozen Fun at the Disneyland Resort

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Can’t get enough of the Frozen stuff? There’s a chill in the air all over the Disneyland Resort! There’s ice skating in Downtown Disney, a Frozen-themed show at Disneyland’s Fantasy Faire along with Anna & Elsa’s pre-parade float. The frosting on top is a fantastic new Frozen Fun event taking place at Disney California Adventure Park. Grab your coat and mittens, it’s going to be an icy-good time!


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Olaf’s Frozen Ice Rink in the Downtown Disney Winter Village- now through February 22, 2015. The 50-by-90-foot ice rink offers sixty-minute skate sessions (scheduled between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursday, and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays). Chalets around the rink offer a variety of food, clothing and gift items.



On Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 a new “Frozen”-themed show opens in Disneyland at Fantasy FaireThe team of Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones will put their unique spin on the “Frozen” story as they adapt it for the Royal Theatre. It’s expected to be a fast-paced and wacky show as they play alongside Anna, Elsa and the other Faire Princesses.

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade will resume daily performances starting this day as well. Anna, Elsa and Olaf will once again make a “pre-parade” appearance on their own special float.

Frozen Pre-parade float at Disneyland


Officially starting Wednesday, Jan. 7th, 2015, Frozen Fun kicks off at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests can sing along with the “Frozen” soundtrack, play in snow, meet Olaf, Anna and Elsa, and warm up at a nighttime, family dance party. And of course, that’s just the tip of the iceburg…read on!

“For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”housed in the Muppet*Vision 3D Theatre, this is now the newly transformed Crown Jewel Theatre of Arendelle. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff take part in a comedic retelling of their story that features popular songs from the film. Two hosts lead the festivities, with the “Frozen” characters making memorable appearances throughout. Some of the favorite musical sequences and lyrics are shown on large screens so the audience can sing along. Who could resist?!


“Olaf’s Snow Fest” -next door to the Crown Jewel Theatre in Stage 17. It will become a charming castle courtyard reminiscent of Arendelle. Do you like warm hugs? Meet and greet with Olaf for a photo. Kids of all ages can play with real snow and zip down a snow slide. There is a viewing area nearby if you just want to watch. The Tubadors and The Frolicking Fjords offer musical entertainment. Guests may enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and decorate their own Olaf cookie.

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Stock up on Arendelle essentials at Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and shop for apparel, keepsakes, treasures & toys.

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Anna & Elsa’s Royal Welcome – Anna and Elsa will now receive visitors in the Disney Animation building in Hollywood Land. (This means they are no longer available at the previous meet & greet location at Disneyland Park). As they did in the previous location in Fantasyland, guests will utilize the Return Time Ticket to meet the characters, avoiding long wait times by securing a reservation time to return to the Royal Welcome. Also inside the Disney Animation building, guests visiting the Animation Academy will be asked “Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?” – an Olaf drawing experience with an added Marshmallow-drawing class.

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“Freeze the Night! A Family Dance Party”  in front of Monster’s Inc. Mike & Sully to the Rescue in Hollywood Land (where the Mad T Party previously took place). “Chill out” in a family friendly setting inspired by the icy environment of “Frozen.” Created for all ages, this interactive party offers exciting music from DJ Chill, games, photo opportunities, drinks and snacks, an ice sculptor, and plenty of fun at the Ice House.



How to Avoid the Disneyland Meltdown

We’ve all seen the videos online of kids at Disney having temper tantrums, right? These poor kids will lay right down on Main Street U.S.A. and have an epic meltdown! Did you know that the Disneyland meltdown can be avoided? You can potentially avoid the tantrums, with just a little pre-planning and my tried-and-tested tips. I’ve even included a list of quiet areas throughout the Disneyland Parks where kids & adults alike can rest.

Avoiding the Disneyland Meltdown

With a 14-year old child on the Autism spectrum (as well as another 14-year old, a six-year old and a toddler), our family goal when going to amusement parks is to completely eliminate the dreaded meltdown. For the most part, we’ve done pretty well when we follow this plan. But as you can see from this picture, sometimes tantrums happen! Keep reading for my best tips on avoiding the Disneyland meltdown.

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

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1. Be Prepared By Doing Your Pre-Vacation Homework

Kids who don’t know what to expect are more likely to meltdown. I highly discourage the “surprise” vacation! Prep your children ahead of your Disneyland vacation by showing them YouTube videos of rides and attractions and the free Disney Parks vacation planning guide (see below how to get one). Some families don’t want to watch anything or know too much about what they’re going to experience in person. But if you have a child who is prone to meltdowns, this planning is imperative. Don’t think of this pre-vacation planning as “spoiling” your trip – consider it preparation that builds excitement for the real thing!


Be sure to read my tips for the best way to surprise your kids with a Disneyland vacation.

2. Book Your Trip in the Off-Season

Nothing will induce a family to tears faster than long waits for everything! Tight, loud crowds tend to increase my blood pressure so you can only imagine how stressful it can be for a child. Try to plan your trip during a less busy off-season. How to know when the Parks will be busy and when it’s the best time to plan your vacation? See my posts about the Best Times of the Year to Visit Disneyland (and Why) as well as the Dates to Avoid Disneyland When Planning Your Vacation.

I recommend my partner Get Away Today when purchasing your vacation package. You’ll receive your tickets in advance and save time in line as well. Use the Promo Code REWRITTEN and receive an extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package. (Hotel and 2 ticket minimum purchase to qualify for the discount).

3. Bring Back-Up

An extra set of hands (or two) can be vital towards keeping everyone happy. Consider having additional family, friends or even the babysitter come with you to Disneyland to help with the kids. Having people there to take turns holding toddlers in line and entertaining youngsters while you wait for a meal is invaluable to your own sanity!

4. Have a Flexible Schedule

Having a loose schedule is important when planning out your Disneyland day. Before your trip you should know what attractions are must-do, where you’ll eat your meals and what shows you want to watch. Having a plan will help you pace yourself and make sure you can really fit it all in.

That being said, you’re schedule should allow for some flexibility. Plan in plenty of downtime. Alternate activities between rides, character greetings, meals and shows or parades. And don’t be stressed out if you need to change up the schedule. Do what you need to do to avoid the meltdown rather than push the schedule at all costs.

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

5. Tired Legs = Cranky Kids

If your child gets cranky with excessive walking consider bringing your stroller or renting one at the Park. Even bigger kids (who don’t usually nap) might find they appreciate reserving their energy or will take a cat nap if they are able to ride in a stroller.

6. Feed Me

Ever been “hangry”? Then you know what I’m talking about with the borderline anger that swells up when you’re overly hungry. You can bring food into the Disneyland Parks so pack a bag with healthy snacks. Hand them out frequently to keep blood-sugars level.

And while it’s great to indulge in some of the sweet treats available at the Disneyland Parks, know that a diet of sugar-sprinkles and carb-overload isn’t ideal all day. Check out my tips on How to Eat Healthfully at Disneyland (and Still Treat Yourself!).

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

We walked over the Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel for lunch & a break from the parks.

7. Take It Easy By Taking a Break

Take the day at an easy pace and by adding in plenty of breaks. This might mean that you leave the Parks mid-day to recoup at the hotel for a swim or a nap. If you have kids that are prone to meltdown you need to go at their pace and not the schedule you have set for the day. You just can’t cram too much activity into the day because that is a recipe for meltdown.

8. Avoid Pressure

Does this sound familiar – When you push, your kid pushes back? You know your kid. If they really don’t want to do something and you press too much, you’re going to find yourself facing an epic Disneyland temper tantrum! Some kids who are scared or nervous lash out with a meltdown in a show of frustration. If you’re concerned that your child might not hold up well with new experiences, read these 5 Helpful Tips for Calming Scared and Anxious Kids at Disney.

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

No pressure…Mickey’s cool!

9. Don’t Skip Naps

If your child always takes a nap mid-day, be sure to make a point of sticking to that schedule. If you don’t want to leave the Park, head for one of the quiet resting spots so they can sleep. Naps in an amusement park are never quite as refreshing as one in a bed though, so you might want to get them back to the hotel for a more restful sleep.

Looking for more tips on Disneyland with toddlers? Read One Day Itinerary – Insider Tips for Disneyland with a Toddler.

10. Avoid the Shops

For my youngest son, he is great with all things Disney. But get him inside of a shop and the temptation for souvenirs can bring him to tears. For my family, we tend to avoid the souvenir shops. We usually pre-purchase souvenirs using the ideas in this post, Disney Souvenirs To Buy BEFORE Your Disney Vacation.

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

However if you do want to purchase souvenirs inside the Parks, here are a few words of advice. Go into the shops with a plan. Does your child want a t-shirt or a hat? Are they going to buy a lollipop or a candied apple? Knowing ahead of time what they are specifically looking for will help them narrow things down. Kids can get so overwhelmed with the plethora of choices that trying to make a decision can really stress them out.

I’d also recommend waiting until the last day of your trip to buy souvenirs. Let kids look in the shops at a casual pace during one day of your trip so they can get an idea of what things they’d like to purchase.

11. Consider DAS for Special Needs

Is your special needs child having a challenging time with the extensive queue waiting? Consider requesting a DAS (Disability Access Service) pass. See this post about Disneyland’s DAS with tips on making it work for you.

12. Find Other Things to Do

The distraction method is a great way to divert from a meltdown. Have a special stash of things just for this purpose. This fun World of Disney Eye Found It Card Game is perfect for waiting in line or at a restaurant. Small toy cars or bubbles are another treat that you can use for distraction before a meltdown.13. Be On Alert for An Oncoming Disneyland Meltdown

There tends to be a build up of bad moods before the big meltdown occurs. Stopping and redirecting immediately if you see a change in attitude or if you sense that a meltdown is developing is crucial. There is no attempt to try and squeeze in “one more” event – bail out of your schedule and seek out a restful spot.

Want to avoid the Disneyland meltdown on your vacation? Temper tantrums at Disney can be avoided by following these tested tips with advice for a happier kids. Includes a list of quiet places to rest inside the Parks and tips for kids with special needs.

Disneyland Resort Spots to Rest and Recollect

When your kid is headed for a meltdown, go immediately to one of these quiet spots at the Disneyland Resort for a little decompressing. These would also be great places to sit with a child who is sleeping in their stroller!


  • Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island has many shaded areas to sit, relax and people-watch from across the Rivers of America.
  • On the right hand side of Sleeping Beauty Castle is Snow White’s Grotto. The water-feature with the twirling fish is rather hypnotic! Toss some change into the Wishing Well.
  • Our daughter wanted to meet Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow. We requested an alternative waiting area (instead of the noisy line in the sun). We waited as long as everyone else (about 30 minutes that day) but were given a shaded area where she could spread out and not have the noise or crowd.
  • The waiting areas at each Train Station have covered seating. Except for when the train pulls in, these are fairly quiet places to rest. The train is also a great distraction!
  • At the exit to the Jungle Cruise, just outside of Aladdin’s Oasis is a quiet spot to sit and have a snack. I like to pick up a beef skewer from Bengal Barbeque and sit here to enjoy it.
  • On the lower deck of the Hungry Bear Restaurant, tucked all the way in the back is a sweetly shaded resting spot overlooking the Rivers of America. It’s also where the ducks gather so toss them a few bread crumbs!

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  • Next to the entrance of Rancho Del Zocalo Restaurante is a covered walkway with tiled seating and a restroom nearby. It’s particularly pretty here in the evenings.
  • Take a slow walk inside the coolness of Sleeping Beauty. If your child doesn’t like tight quarters or can’t handle the stairs, there is an accessible space to view the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough on a high-definition screen. It’s a quiet location with little trinkets on display.
  • Take a trip around the Rivers of America on the Mark Twain Riverboat. Lots of benches in the shade and you’ll get a cool breeze across the water.

Walk behind Harbour Galley for a view of the Rivers of America – Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

  • Around the side of Harbour Galley is a quiet and shady dining area.
  • Between “it’s a small world” and the Matterhorn (next to Edelweiss Snacks) is a quiet boat pier overlooking a lovely water feature. It has a covered awning and bench seating and is a perfect place to rest between rides.


  • In Hollywood Land, just outside of Monsters Inc. are benches under shade.
  • Stop over at Sonoma Terrace for a snack in the covered patio that overlooks the Pier.

How to Avoid the dreaded Disneyland Meltdown! - A List of Quiet Spots in the Parks {Saving Up for Disney}

  • The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail offers not only busy-body activities like rope swings and rock climbing walls but a few restful benches under the trees.
  • Rest yourself on one of the benches around the covered promenade underneath the Silly Symphony Swings. You’ll get a nice overview of the water (though this area isn’t exactly the most quiet it does not have much foot-traffic).
  • In front of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! there are places to sit in the shade. Even better, in front of the shop by the exit of  the ride there is an out of the way bench. After a while, you won’t even notice the screams!
  • Walk Grizzly Trail behind Grizzly River Run for a quiet and cool pace and perhaps a refreshing mist from the water ride!

Photo Credit: Jeff Holz

  • The umbrella-covered tables in Paradise Garden Grill are an out-of-the-way locale for lunch.
  • There is a relatively quiet path between Cars Land and “a bug’s land”. It’s a peaceful walk and transition between Lands.
  • Just as you pass under the rock formation in Cars Land into the Pacific Wharf area there is a quiet shady space. You can rest here against the guard rails or pull up a chair outside at Flo’s V-8 (you don’t have to dine here to sit).

How to Avoid the dreaded Disneyland Meltdown! - A List of Quiet Spots in the Parks {Saving Up for Disney}

Even the Best Laid Plans May Not Avoid Disneyland Meltdown 

Sometimes despite our best efforts our kids sometimes do have a mini-meltdown. Fortunately we’ve been able to avoid anything catastrophic at the Happiest Place on Earth but we live and learn through each situation.

Tips for avoiding the dreaded Disneyland Meltdown

The last time we had anyone in our group upset was because we didn’t plan our fireworks viewing area properly. When the lights went out and Guests rushed into our area to see the show, our daughter was pushed out of her spot and under a tree where she completely missed seeing Tinker Bell fly across the sky. She didn’t appreciate the tight quarters, the jostling or the blocked view. As you can see in the photo above she was very upset and had been crying. After the show, we were able to stay tight in our spot until the crowd cleared and we regrouped. After a rest she was ready for a few more rides before we ended our evening.

Having learned our lesson on that trip, we were able to choose a better fireworks location on our last visit where she had more space around her and an open view. Making your Disney day enjoyable is as much about doing your Park research as it is about knowing, listening and watching your child for potential break-down.

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