Disneyland Castle with Partners Statue of Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

33 Weird (but true) Best Kept Secrets of Disneyland You MUST Know

Are you ready to look out for the best kept secrets of Disneyland for your next vacation?

If you are here, you are probably trying to be challenged to see if you, as a disney adult, can learn something new about Disneyland.

I have reached out to a few locals for their favorite secrets and facts and will combine them with some of my own personal experience and research to put this challenge to the test.

Let’s dive into 33 of the fun hidden Disneyland secrets and facts to find on your Disney adventure!

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Theme Park Outfit to Disneyland

What to Wear to Disneyland in July (These Theme Park Outfits Will Help You Decide)

Are you trying to figure out what to wear to Disneyland in July? Trust me I get it!

Disneyland is the Happiest Place on Earth for almost every child and adult who visits its magical grounds.

Whether you are going to Disneyland or one of the other Disney theme parks, it is important to pack a few essentials in your backpack to make sure you’re prepared for any situation that may arise.

Today, I will be introducing you to the my favorite essentials you should pack and wear to Disneyland in July.

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Disneyland Darth Vader on Stage

Ultimate 3-Day Disneyland Itinerary (2022 Travel Guide)

Are you trying to plan the BEST Disneyland itinerary for your trip?

A trip to Disneyland is always magical, but doing it over the course of three days is even better. Honestly, three days is plenty of time to explore all that the Disneyland Resort has to offer.

We’re breaking down the ultimate 3-day Disneyland itinerary by day, and what you should do, where you should eat, and where you should stay at the Disneyland Resort.

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Disneyland Mickey Beignets Fluffy and with White Sugar Powder

8 Best Places to Eat in Disneyland (Don’t Leave Without Trying These Restaurants)

Are you ready to try all the best places to Eat in Disneyland?

Going solo at the Disneyland Resort means eating whatever you want, whenever you want and not needing to get a group of people to all agree on one place. There are dozens of restaurants across the Disneyland Resort that are worth the time away from the attractions and shows.

In fact, many of the best restaurants at Disneyland are located just steps away from the best attractions in both parks, making it easy to pack up from a meal and get right onto your favorite rides.

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Mickey Mouse Ear Ice Cream Bar in Front of Small World Disneyland

7 BEST Places to Eat at Disneyland on a Budget! (Disney Food Guide)

Where are the best places to eat at Disneyland on a budget? Don’t worry, I got you!

Planning a trip and actually going to the Disneyland Resort is expensive. There are a ton of ways to cut down on costs, like staying at a good neighbor hotel and walking to the parks each morning.

Another easy way to save money is to eat at some of Disneyland’s more budget-friendly restaurants. These locations are scattered around Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure.

They offer a good food, large portions, and sometimes free soda refills at a cheaper cost than some of the other restaurants at the theme parks.

These seven budget-friendly restaurants are all considered quick-service restaurants, but that just means you can take your lunch or dinner with you and find the best spots in the park to dine. (Looking at you patio space near Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe.)

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Fantasmic Disney Company Photo

Fantasmic At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: See The Stars Like Never Before!

One of the Crown Jewels of Hollywood Studios at Disney is its nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic! It’s the best way to end your park day and highly recommended to at least see once.

You will join Mickey Mouse as he faces off with some familiar Disney villains such as Scar, Ursula, Jafar and Maleficent.

His dreams turn into an overwhelming nightmare and you will dive in with him as he goes through the laughs, romance and adventure that we have seen in some beloved Disney classic films.

But how did such a nighttime spectacular come to be? Is it one of its kind or one of many?

We will answer these questions and share the history of the show. We’re also going to share some tips and tricks on how to best navigate your journey into Mickey Mouse’s dreams.

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Howard Johnson Inn Near Disneyland Hotel Review with Victoria Wade

REVIEW: Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Waterpark (Hotels Near Disneyland)

During a recent solo trip out to Disneyland Resort to later meet with a friend, I was given a chance to stay at the Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Waterpark right down the street from the Resort!

The Disneyland Resort suffers from being surrounded by off property resorts, highways, restaurants and tourist traps.

Walt despised the fact that Disneyland’s success caused businesses to flock to the area and essentially entrap them, not to mention the ongoing battle with the city of Anaheim to expand isn’t helping.

At the same time, over the years, Disneyland has made it a premium or lower/middle class families and solo travelers alike and so some have had to make the choice to go to good neighbor hotels nearby.

There are so many options in the area to choose from though, how do you decide?

Disney made it a bit easier with their “Good Neighbor ” hotel program that features hotels vetted and approved by Disney themselves to stay with based on a specific criterion.

Fortunately, Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground is among the Good Neighbor Hotel list and I’m excited to share what they offer and my experience.

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Disneyland Monorail Mark 7 in 2014 passing by in California Sun

Disneyland Monorail Stops: All Aboard the MAGIC!

You know it and I am sure you love it! It’s the Disney Monorail. This marvel can be found at several Disney Parks, and some consider it to be an attraction in itself.

The monorail’s connection to Disney Parks is pretty special and fascinating to learn about. Unlike its Disney World counterpart, you don’t necessarily need it to get around Disneyland Resort. But you could be treated to some fun experiences and amazing views.

The Disneyland Monorail is unique in which its great for all ages, perfectly ADA accessible and truly a credit to Walt and his people at Walt Disney Imagineering.

You can the variety of monorail skins, but let’s get into the business of what makes it so special and how you can use it for your upcoming Disneyland Resort visit!

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Ralph Brennans Jazz Kitchen Downtown Disney

5 Best Restaurants in Downtown Disney You MUST Try (Anaheim)

Do you want to try food from some of the BEST restaurants in Downtown Disney? Well look no further!

When it comes to dining at the Disneyland Resort everyone knows about the restaurants inside the park, but there are also some fantastic places to grab a bite to eat at the Downtown Disney District.

In fact, you likely walked by some of them on your way to the theme parks if you’re staying at one of the official Disneyland Resort hotels.

The Downtown Disney District is a small shopping, dining and entertainment complex the connects the main theme park plaza to the resort hotels.

While it’s not nearly as large as its Orlando counterpart, Disney Springs, it does still pack a punch in the dining department. These are our top five best restaurants at the Downtown Disney District.

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Mr Toad's Wild Ride Attraction Entrance at Disneyland

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride at Disneyland: The History You DIDN’T KNOW

Let me preface this article by stating that Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is one of my all-time favorite Fantasyland attractions! I was very excited to rewatch the film for the purpose of this article.

This classic attraction at Disneyland is the only one of its kind in any Disney Park. Originally, there was a second incarnation located in Magic Kingdom and was closed in 1998.

Currently, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh sits on the grave. It was an opening day attraction when Disneyland opened in 1955. Today, it’s not the same as it once was.

Are you familiar with the ride? Some people like to joke and call it “The Hell Ride” because of the….ending. Don’t worry, it will all make sense as you read on!

Today, we will be touching on the following about the ride:

  • Storyline and film
  • Magic Kingdom Version
  • Changes Over the Years
  • Tips and Fun Facts

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