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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.
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.
Are you familiar with Disney’s PhotoPass+? On our last Walt Disney World trip my family stepped it up and tried out the new PhotoPass+ option. What did we think? PhotoPass+ is a great addition to our Disney trips and worth every penny! There are a ton of benefits of adding PhotoPass+ to your upcoming Disney vacation. Some of the benefits included in Disney’s PhotoPass+ are:
- Preorder the PhotoPass+ package 14 days prior to your trip for $149 versus the $199.95 price tag in the parks! (Plus tax where applicable.)
- Disney PhotoPass+ card and lanyard
We at Chip and Co are your go to Walt Disney World Planning Tips, but we’re more than just Walt Disney World. We are Disneyland, Disney Aulani, and beyond. Stop your searching the web and stick with us for all your Disney Needs. Here and now we’re giving you our Disneyland Pre-Planning Tips.
You may recall we went over some checklist items for a Disneyland Vacation earlier this year. Now we need to choose your Disneyland Airport.
What Airports are there: Disneyland is serviced by many airports. The main three are Long Beach (LGB), Santa Ana (SNA) and Los Angeles (LAX), CA. My personal favorite is Long Beach. It’s a great little airport that is easy to get in and out of. Plus the old school stair ramp exit off your plane is super cool. You could also fly into Burbank, Ontario or even San Diego if you wish.
What joy spring brings! Flowers bloom, empty forests refill with abundant green foliage, forest animals make friends with random princesses…wait a minute…okay so maybe that last one was a stretch (unless you are 100% princess like me. Accept it. Embrace it.) Any rate, with all of these spring things comes the inevitable thunderstorm.
Now, I know that there are loads of articles all over the internet on what to do at Disney in the event of rain; I even wrote one, appropriately titled It’s Raining…Not Pouring! Making the Most of the Parks in the Rain! In this article I’ll give suggestions for making the most of the parks when it rains. Among my suggestions, head for indoor attractions, be prepared with ponchos, and last but not least brave it. Brave it? That is a bold statement, one that should be followed up by some caution, granted, most of us have a generous portion of common sense! Now, I will give my self credit on this article because I did say that if you hear thunder, you should head for safe cover. But recently I watched a news show with a segment on lightning safety and I have to say that I am so glad I watched!
I’ve never been one to play around with lightning! When I was little, my mother would make us shut everything off, we weren’t allowed to stand near windows, we couldn’t use the telephone, we couldn’t go anywhere near water (like even the toilet). Now that I’m grown, I’ve relaxed a lot; pretty much the only of those rules I keep is to get indoors to safety. I thought that all my Mom’s precautions were preposterous. But friends, thanks to some time watching the tube whilst laying on my belly waiting for an allergy panel to react, I got some eye opening information! I was shocked to learn just how dangerous lightning is! So, what does this have to do with Disney? A lot!
Here are some tips for playing it safe in the parks: lightning safety at Disney World.