If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, either as a first-timer or a returning visitor, you are probably overwhelmed by the amount of things to do there. Since there are only so many hours in a day, it can be hard to decide which ones you should defiantly see in order to make sure you have very few regrets. To make your Disneyland park planning a little easier, here are some things you should definitely put on your Disneyland bucket list.
Get the Mickey Ears Hat– This has been a thing to do park opened and is still something that you should seriously consider. You can get your name put on the back for a fee and it is something to treasure for years to come.
Drive the Mark Twain River Boat– It isn’t something that they offer right up front, but you can sit in the captain’s chair and steer the boat as it moves down the track. Make sure to sign the guest book.
Look for the Hidden Mickeys– There are at least a hundred of them in the park hidden in signs, on the ground and everywhere and this is a great way to keep kids excited and entertained when you are waiting in lines.
Ride the Teacups– This has been a classic ride since the park opened and it is even better at night when it lights up!
Get a free pin for a special occasion– If it’s your birthday, anniversary or even just your first time at the park, you can go to city hall and get a free pin to remember it by.
Stay for the Fireworks– You won’t believe your eyes when you stay for the closing fireworks. It will definitely be worth the wait.
Ride Splash Mountain– Another classic ride at Disneyland is Splash Mountain. Make sure to do this one and throw your hands in the air. You can purchase the picture they take of you or not, but it’s still fun to see after.
See at least one parade-The park has numerous ones every day and they do special ones for holidays like Christmas and Halloween. Make time to see at least one of these parades.
Try all the weird popcorn flavors for free– The Cozy Cone has a place that sells very strange popcorn flavors and they give out free samples if you ask.
Collect signatures from all the cast members– If you bring a sharpie and a notebook, you can create your own souvenir by collecting signatures from all the cast members in the park.
Try some iconic and newly iconic foods– You just have to eat a Mickey’s ice cream bar and Dole Whip. You won’t regret it.
Did I miss something? Please share!
One of my favorite things to do in the Summertime is go to a good water park and enjoy the rides, slides, and the rush of the cool water with my family. There are hundreds upon hundreds of amazing water parks across the U.S. but today I am going to be talking about just five of my personal favorites. If you’re looking for a great family trip this Summer be sure to check out some of these awesome parks.
If you’re a foodie & libations lover like I am and live in (or close to) New York City, then you’re going to love all of these amazing Food & Drink events that happening this Fall! Fall is the best time of the year to really get out and walk around the NYC to enjoy the sites, the sounds, the food, and the cocktails. With Summer over and done with, you don’t have to worry about sweating through your clothes to get from one place to the next. Here are 20 places you have to visit this Fall for must go to food & drink events in New York City!
21+ over only (seriously, no babies, no dogs). Come in costume! Saturday, October 1st from 12pm–5pm. Tickets include: 2 stages of entertainment featuring 4 bands and 100+ freaktacular performers, your first pint, some souvenir schwag and other things you can’t un-see… A benefit for The Alliance of Coney Island. www.LAGUNITAS.com/beercircus or http://www.allianceforconeyisland.org/
Ticket price: $40
Get ready for an immersive coffee experience when the second annual NYC Craft Coffee Festival kicks off Saturday, October 1, 2016. Twenty specially curated roasters and coffee shops share with you unique beans and flavor profiles with a soundtrack provided by live entertainment at Villain in Williamsburg.
You’ll sample 20 roasters and coffee shops to your heart’s content while live entertainment keeps the party spirited during this one of a kind experience.
For more info check out www.nyccraftcoffeefest.com
Ticket Price: $45
Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Brooklyn’s sizzling showcase of volcanic victuals, featuring tantalizing tastings from 62 artisanal food vendors with 7 amazing bands playing throughout the whole day! If you love a little spice with great libations, then this is the festival for you!
Ticket Price: $15 – $20
— If unlimited oysters and booze sounds like your idea of a perfect day, know that you’re not alone. You’re gonna want to grab tickets to this New York Oyster Week event… and soon.
Ticket Price: $85
— If you can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, it’s all good—Germany is coming to you… and staying for 12 full hours at this waterfront bar.
Ticket Price: FREE! To participate in 2 Hour Beer Tasting: $60
Taste your way around the world and only travel a few blocks! On this tour, you’ll try Chinese liangpi noodles, Middle Eastern falafel, Italian cannolis, and more. Food coma: commence.
Ticket Price: $52
Chocolate lovers, get drunk on all things sweet at the very first event of its kind. Meet chocolatiers from around the world and take part in tastings, classes, and workshops.
Ticket Price: $45
Make and taste all sorts of pickled treats at North Brooklyn Farms’ first ever celebration of the art of pickling. It’s time to get your Pickle Loving vibe on!
Ticket Price: $50-$100
A must for cheese and wine lovers! Reserve your spot at Murray’s Cheese Shop’s latest, greatest wine and cheese sampling night. You’ll get to try red, white, and dessert wines… all paired with their perfect cheesy counterparts.
Ticket Price: $85
If endless amounts of chocolate is your dream come true, mark your calendar for this sweet tour, where samples include only the best chocolate eclairs, donuts, bonbons—and then some. I’m dying and going to heaven y’all!
Ticket Price: $59.99
— This booze-tastic event is back, with 75 breweries pouring out unlimited 2oz tastings. Challenge accepted!
Ticket Price: $45 – $85
Travel around the world without ever leaving NYC! This tasting event features globally-inspired bites prepared locally, and curated by the experts at Edible Manhattan.
Ticket Price: $45 – $75
More than 350 whiskies will be on hand at this awesome fest. Yes, 350. Your ticket gives you access to the grand tasting room, seminars, and your very own commemorative glass.
Ticket Price: $275
When I reflect on our trip to New York City, and our stay at the Embassy Suites, this is one thing that jumps to my mind. This picture pretty much says it all: it is a screenshot of a conversation I had with somebody on the staff of the hotel we were staying yet.
After a long day of travel, we overslept that morning. They checked in to see how we were doing and I told them. Matt turned around and brought us a tray of juice, milk, fruit, and donuts.
Yes, we were “rewards members” but in all my years of traveling, I have never had a hotel staff member go out of the way to make sure that we were taken care of like this.
This isn’t it for the amazing things that the Secaucus New Jersey Hotel of Embassy Suites has to offer! When you check in you get tickets for their breakfast. Besides the standard buffet that you see at other places, as there is a person who is ready to cook to order. Do you want an omelet? Pancakes? She has you covered.
What about in the afternoon? They have coupons for free drinks will they put out a light snack buffet.
Let’s talk about the pool? After a day in the city it was nice to just relax or unwind in a nice pool. Miss Sarah counted it as a daily tradition while I was a little sad that the hot tub was out of order. (sniff).
Security? You needed your key card to activate the elevators. I loved that fact!
This hotel within walking distance from a movie theater to a several dozen restaurants. Everything from Red Lobster to a fun burger joint is there to tempt your taste buds.
While the Embassy Suites Secaucus New Jersey hotel is a tad off the beaten path for a trip to New York City, we enjoyed removing ourselves from the fast and loud pace of life in the the city that never sleeps. It became our haven from heavy traffic, loud noise and the sea of neon lights. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoyed everything we did in the big city, but it was also nice to step away from it and relax.
Next time you are in the neighborhood, seriously, check it out for yourself.
Most amusement parks these days offer a fast pass option where you are able to jump the line on most rides throughout the park and it will save you a good amount of time so you don’t need to wait as long in lines. Pricing and stipulations of the Fast Passes vary so much between different types of parks. At a place like Disney Parks fast passes are free but they are first come first serve so if you don’t sign up in time, then you miss out and you have to wait in the longer lines. However at an amusement park like Cedar Fair parks, you can pay something like $30-$40 and you get a fast pass for all day long. However, at Universal Studios it is an additional fee starting at $85 for both sides of the park. Today I am going to be talking about a few reasons of why I think that you do not need to fork out the extra $85 for the Express Pass at Universal Studios.
These frugal things to do near Disneyland will help keep your family occupied when you aren’t in the park. Sometimes a great trip to Disneyland includes spending only a few days in the park while exploring the area around the park at your leisure. This area of California is full of amazing culture and opportunities to simply relax and enjoy fun things with your family. Many are even free!
7 Frugal Things To Do Near Disneyland
Fullerton Arboretum: Just a few minutes away from Anaheim is the city of Fullerton. Right next to the University of California in Fullerton is the beautiful Fullerton Arboretum. This is a gorgeous location for photos, a nice leisurely stroll and to show your kids some local foliage.
Angel Stadium In Anaheim: Check out the stadium, or take in a game with the family. The giant A on the stadium is iconic in the area, and the games are tons of fun to attend!
Downtown Disney: Just outside the entrance to Disneyland itself is a great shopping mall with stores, restaurants, park benches and even a movie theater. Window shopping here is tons of fun, and of course the Disneyland themed stores offer a great selection of souvenirs if your budget allow. This area has also been known to be a great spot to propose marriage.
Improv Brea: If you enjoy a little comedy, this is a great place to stop in. Adults only for this, but worth the time spent to see some great local talent. Since it is within an hour of Los Angeles, it is also a good chance you’ll be seeing someone who could be an up and coming Hollywood comedian.
Yorba Regional Park: This is a beautiful setting for a romantic picnic, great family photos or a simple stroll with your family. Always a great place to bring a picnic, some games to play and relax with the kids for a few hours.
Downtown Fullerton: The lovely area of downtown Fullerton is a short drive from Anaheim and Disneyland. Coffee shops, a great burger joint and a local dive named Max Bloom’s that often has live poetry readings from local talent. A great choice for finding awesome vintage items in the thrift shops, and enjoying a romantic stroll.
Seal Beach: Located on the coast of Orange County, it is a 30-45 minute drive from Disneyland area depending on traffic. This small beach is a great destination for family fun in the sun. With gorgeous sand, beach and a quiet peaceful area your family will enjoy spending an afternoon in the water.
These frugal things to do near Disneyland are just a handful of ways to spend some time outside the theme parks. Whether you want to take a break from the hustle and bustle inside the park, or simply spend a few more days in the area relaxing these are excellent choices.