Sunday, September 29, 2013

How to enjoy Halloween time at the Disneyland resort

disney halloween window clings-300x200.png">Denise Cortes
posted: September 27, 2013, 5:51 am

As a native of Southern California, I've been visiting Disneyland ever since I was a little girl. I have very fond memories of not being able to sleep the night before, my body positively buzzing from excitement-Disneyland! The drive to the park was almost unbearable too, especially when I caught sight of the snow-capped mountain of the Matterhorn. That meant we were almost there!

I have to admit, now that I'm an adult, I still experience the same excitement knowing I'll be spending the day at Disneyland. They are brilliant at making the experience feel magical.

My niece Stella enjoying the Mad Tea Party ride for the first time.

Planning on visiting the parks soon? I thought I'd share a few of my favorite tips and tricks for an awesome day at the Disneyland Resort with your family.

    If the budget allows, invest in an annual pass. As a passholder, you can come and go to the park at your own leisure. If you don't get to see a show or hop on your favorite ride, no biggie. You can always come back. My family just got our annual passes renewed and we are stoked.
    Bring your own snacks. This is what saves my wallet. Yes, I love pineapple Dole whips, corn dogs, chowder in a bread bowl and those infamous turkey legs just as much as the next person. Mmmmm! We still manage to eat our favorites at the park, but I also bring my own snacks too (candy, chips, crackers, fruit, water, etc.) because my kids are grazers and will munch all day long.
    Be strategic when it comes to planning your day. I always make time to sit down and see a fun show (Alladin is my favorite!) just when my feet need a break.
    The last tip leads me to this very point important point: wear comfortable shoes. Needless to say, you'll do a ton of walking and there is nothing worse than wearing ill-fitting shoes.
    Don't forget a fast pass for World of Color. You don't want to miss it.
    Try to get on the biggest attraction rides (Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Radiator Springs Racers) first thing-lines can get long throughout the day.
    Don't forget your margarita from Rita's Baja Blenders in Disney's California Adventure. It has turned my grouchy, tired, frown upside down on many occasions. You will thank me later!
    The holidays are the best time to visit Disneyland-especially Halloween.

It's true, Halloween time is the best time of year to visit the park. Most of the summer crowds have left, the air is cool and crisp and both Disneyland parks are all decked out for spooky fun. The season has already begun and it continues until October 31. So many cool things happen at this time of year-dance parties with Disney characters, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, trick-or-treat trails with candy and healthy treats, Haunted Mansion holiday, "Halloween Screams" fireworks, pumpkin beignets and fritters and Mickey's Costume Party Cavalcade. There is so much to see and do (and eat)!

Have you ever been to Disneyland during Halloween time? What is your favorite ride? Mine has to Pirate's of the Caribbean (Disneyland) and Hollywood Tower of Terror (DCA). Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post; however, I did receive complimentary entry into the park. All opinions are 100% my own.

I'll be heading to Disneyland tonight for Mickey's Halloween Party and my daughters have been counting down the hours. This is a separate ticket event during the Halloween Time season so hurry and get your tickets!

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