This Tuesday’s terrific tip comes to Babes in Disneyland readers from John Addis, senior show director at the Disneyland Resort. In the video below, you will not only get a FANTASTIC tip about an often overlooked place to watch the Disneyland fireworks, but you will also hear from Eden Espinoza and her feelings about being part of Disneyland history and singing the song for the fireworks presentation.
Here in southern California, it’s hard to believe that the dog days of summer are almost here when you look outside and see dreary June gloom all around us. Nonetheless, before you know it we’ll soon be dealing with sweltering hot days and blackout days with the So Cal annual passes. Anticipating my seven-week hiatus away from the Happiest Place on Earth, I am trying to pack in as much time as possible in Disneyland now through June 26.
Have you ever walked by the Candy Palace and felt sucked in by the delicious aroma of the candy inside? The smell is almost intoxicating. The truth of the matter is that the sweet vanilla smell you get a whiff of is not the smell of the candy from inside at all. If you look just below the candy makers’ windows you will see what looks like small green decorations worked into the architecture. Those little green circles are actually vents that pump out a sweet vanilla scent (think one of those Glade Plug-ins on steroids). Genius, right?!
As a child and even a teenager, I had one very favorite Disney cartoon. It was the short with the bears picking up the trash in Brownstone Park. The had a hilarious dance and song that always made me grin. I’ve been searching for it for years…a lot of years. I knew it still existed because when I was talking to a friend about it ten years ago, a couple of men poked their heads into the conversation to say that they worked for Disney and had helped to remaster the short.
Recently, we visited California Adventure and I played the games in the Boardwalk area of the park with my family. This is something I’ve never let the kids do. In fact, my kids didn’t even know there were games to play anywhere at the resort. Up until this particular day I was always quite “bah-hum-bug” about the games. “We come here to go on rides and see the shows,” I would say. “I don’t want to spend our money on carnival games.” My husband and I would quickly avert the children’s attention toward some other landmark as we briskly walked them through the boardwalk area.
Truth be told, as a member of the press, we were given gift cards to play the games, otherwise this would have never happened. I guess I’m just way too cheap. As it turns out, the games were a lot of fun and one (maybe two–I can’t remember) even GUARANTEED a prize. And furthermore, the prizes weren’t that bad. Unlike a carnival or fair, the stuffed toys were a decent quality toy that I feel fine letting my kids play with. And…wait for it…I may let the boys do it again some time! They got a real kick out of it.
The boardwalk area is also home to the Toy Story Mania attraction. This is a very popular attraction with a very long wait. I will be honest in saying that I’m not this attraction’s biggest fan. I just don’t get it. My four year old really likes it, which is what it’s all about. I guess that it’s lost on me because I’m not into video games. Basically, guests ride through this attraction shooting at targets in different 3-D scenes along the ride. If you are competitive, you’ll love it. Unfortunately, the 3-D glasses gave me a little bit of a headache. It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Worth a 10 minute wait? Yes. Worth a 45 minute wait? Not in my book.
If you are looking for some really unique Toy Story merchandise, this area of the park has got it.