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Walt Disney World. Just the name of this magical place evokes images of little girls in princess dresses, young pirates with their swords, and little faces lighting up with joy from a hug from the main man himself-Mickey Mouse. Sometimes people might think that there isn’t as much for teenagers to enjoy at Disney. After all, a ride on Small World may not be quite as exciting to a teenager as it is to a younger child. (Unless your teenager is like me at that age-I loved it then and I still love it!) But don’t worry, I have consulted my very own teenage Disney Addict to help me show that there are rides that are fun for teens too.
Here are our recommendations for rides that are sure to make any teen smile:
Space Mountain: A true Disney classic, this is a must-do on any teen’s list. While it might be considered tamer than other roller coasters, hurtling through the dark, dodging asteroids and planets add a whole different level of fun to this ever- popular ride.
- Fastpass is available and can save you a very long wait in the stand-by line
- Ride in the front of the car for the best ride
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Is your Disney vacation not close enough? Not sure what to do with all of your pre-vacation excitement? You are not alone!
Here are 5 ideas that my family and I use to get us through until our next vacation with Mickey and the gang…
- Join a Disney discussion forum to commiserate and post on Disney discussions regularly. Where can you find a forum? There are several on the net such as DVC News and DisBoards or pages on Facebook like You Might Be A Disney Addict If…. Belonging to both discussion forums and Facebook groups will get you exposed to a wide range of people from newbies to Disney Addicts. What better way to share your excitement or get advice but from other Disney loving friends?
- Go over your Disney reservations and park plans. Did you download the My Disney Experience app for your iPhone yet? You love your smart phone and want to access Disney on the go. What better way to store all your Disney plans and check out park layouts before you go and still access them once you get to Disney?
- Stream Disney music. Have you tried Sorcerer Radio? Music gets people in the mood for all kinds of things. Disney music is no different! Whether you are listening to the music from your favorite Disney attraction or resort, it is sure to soothe and relax.
Chances are if you read Chip and Co., you are already a Disney fan. That also most likely means that you’ve been to Walt Disney World or Disneyland or even both. You’ve probably made your own resort reservations, dining reservations, and done just fine, right? Well, what if you could just tell someone where you wanted to stay and eat on your next vacation, but not have to do any work- no time searching for dining reservations or waiting on hold? You can have all of that at no cost to you when you book your vacation with a Disney travel agent!
As authorized Disney vacation planners, we are paid by Disney to help you plan your vacation! Your cost is the same whether you book your vacation with Disney directly or with a Disney travel agent. Most of time, it will actually be CHEAPER to book with a Disney travel agent because there is generally some type of incentive when you book with them.
So you want to go to Disneyland but aren’t sure where to start or how to pay for it? Luckily we are here to help you with the best ways to Plan and Pay for Disneyland!
Let’s start at the beginning. Obviously, we need to plan before we can actually head to Disneyland, right? Let’s start with the biggest piece, where to stay, and how to stay at a clean comfortable but inexpensive hotel. Disneyland is fortunately surrounded by a plethora of “Good Neighbor Hotels”. These hotels range from 1 Star to 5 Star. In addition to the wide range of hotel choices, there are a number of studio, 1 bedroom and larger suites available at many of the hotels.
My favorite Good Neighbor Hotel recommendation for a basic, clean, comfortable hotel is the Howard Johnson Hotel. At approximately 3000 feet from Disneyland, it’s one of the closest. However, having personally grown up in the Midwest I had many memories of the “HoJo” from my childhood. Thank goodness those days are gone for this Anaheim hotel. It’s a great value resort for the family looking for a budget friendly hotel with a great water park too. Kid’s and Adult’s will love the close distance to Disneyland, the hotel’s water park and having a clean and comfortable room to return to at night.