February 28, 2012 |
I've been to Disneyland hundreds of times over the last two decades and have been writing the Funland theme park blog for about four years now. As a result, people are always asking me how to do everything at Disneyland in a single day. The short answer is you probably can't. It can be a struggle for even hard-core fans with military assault-like strategies. The longer answer is there's lots of ways to maximize your time in the park and get on the most rides possible. PHOTOS: How to do Disneyland in a day So in honor of Disneyland's 24-hour Leap Day celebration , here are my seven tips for tackling Disneyland in a day: Tip 1: If you're trying to get the most out of your day at Disneyland , I always recommend arriving just before the park opens in the morning, staying until the park closes at night and taking a long break in the heat of the afternoon at your hotel pool or cocktail bar. It may sound like a long day, but you'll get more done in the first two hours and the last two hours of your day than if you spent 15 hours straight at the park.
May 2, 2010 |
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
October 26, 2004
As director of park operations at the Disneyland Resort, I oversee the attractions throughout the resort, including the Jungle Cruise. After reading a letter (Oct. 21), I feel compelled to correct misinformation about the return of guns to the attraction. The guns, which are modified to shoot only blanks, are used in a fun and entertaining way to scare away mechanical hippos. At all times, the boat skippers are required to point their guns in the air, not at the hippos as the letter incorrectly stated.
October 21, 2004
I took my two kids to Disneyland for the first time two years ago, and they loved it. The Jungle Cruise was one of their favorites, and we were looking forward to a return voyage. But now I read that the Jungle Cruise captains are once again pretending to shoot the hippos ("Minor Disneyland Changes Make It More of a Jungle Out There," Oct. 18), and I guess we'll be skipping that ride next time, or perhaps the whole park. It's important that my kids learn kindness to animals, and even pretending to shoot wildlife makes them cringe, not smile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2004 |
Hippos beware: The Jungle Cruise skippers are packing heat again. And a caution to humans: Disneyland engineers are devising a safe way to return the stomach-churning spins to the teacups in the Mad Tea Party ride.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2001
Re "Disneyland Hanging Up Its Gun Belt," Sept. 3: I read where Disneyland is caving in to the politically correct crowd--again--this time by removing guns from skippers on the Jungle Cruise. I say we find out who these measly few, weak-kneed, lily-livered, scalawag PC types are, and after making them walk the plank, use them for alligator bait, then string them up from the highest yardarm. Bob Franz Placentia