Saturday, April 30, 2011

May 2011: Monthly Disneyland Photo Scavenger Hunt List

Hello everyone!  I’m posting this list one day early but moving forward you can expect this list to be posted at the beginning of each month. 

Need to find the rules to the Photo Scavenger Hunt?  Visit the tab at the top of this blog for a printable Rules page.

Now, print out your list and go hunting for the items on your next Disneyland/California Adventure visit.  Several clues to items will be posted throughout the month but if you’re stuck on something, comment below and I’ll be happy to provide a clue.

Don’t forget to subscribe to this blog by providing your email address.  You’ll be notified when new lists, clues, and bonus lists will be posted.

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Disneyland and California Adventure Height Restrictions

Walt Disney dreamed of Disneyland as a place that the entire family could enjoy.  And the park really lives up to that.  As you go through the list below, you can see that there are more attractions available for babies, toddlers, and kids than there are height-restricted attractions. 
The first height-restricted ride your toddler can grow into is Autopia (must be 32” tall) and then graduate to Gadget’s Go Coaster and the Matterhorn Bobsleds (both must be 35” tall).

Attractions for Any Height:
·         Disneyland Railroad
·         Main Street Vehicles
·         Main Street Cinema (cartoon room)
·         Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln (show)
·         Haunted Mansion
·         Pirates of the Caribbean
·         Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island (play area)
·         Mark Twain Riverboat
·         Sailing Ship Columbia
·         Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes
·         The Golden Horseshoe Stage (show)
·         The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
·         Enchanted Tiki Room (show)
·         Jungle Cruise
·         Tarzan’s Treehouse (play area requires climbing)
·         Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin
·         Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse (play area)
·         Donald’s Boat (play area)
·         Goofy’s Playhouse (play area)
·         Alice in Wonderland
·         Casey Jr. Circus Train
·         Dumbo the Flying Elephant
·         It’s a Small World
·         King Arthur Carrousel
·         Mad Tea Party
·         Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
·         Peter Pan’s Flight
·         Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure
·         Snow White’s Scaring Adventure
·         Storybook Canal Boats
·         Astro Orbitor
·         Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
·         Innoventions (exhibit)
·         Disneyland Monorail
·         Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
·         Captain EO (show)
·         Fantasmic (night show)

·         Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!
·         Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular (show)
·         Disney Junior (show)
·         Muppet Vision 3D (show)
·         Turtle Talk with Crush (show)
·         Animation Academy (exhibits/shows)
·         It’s Tough to be a Bug! (show)
·         Flik’s Flyers
·         Francis’ Ladybug Boogie
·         Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
·         Princess Dot Puddle Park (play area)
·         Toy Story Midway Mania!
·         Mickey’s Fun Wheel
·         Golden Zephyr
·         King Triton’s Carousel
·         Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (play area)
·         World of Color (night show)

Rides with Height Restriction
·         Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (must be 40” tall)
·         Splash Mountain (must be 40” tall)
·         Indiana Jones Adventure (must be 46” tall)
·         Gadget’s Go Coaster (must be 35” tall)
·         Matterhorn Bobsleds (must be 35” tall)
·         Autopia (must be 32” tall)
·         Star Tours (must be 40” tall)
·         Space Mountain (must be 40” tall)

·         The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (must be 40” tall)
·         Tuck and Roll’s Drive ‘Em Buggies (must be 36” tall)
·         California Screamin (must be 48” tall)
·         Goofy’s Sky School (COMING SUMMER 2011, must be 42” tall)
·         Silly Symphony Swings (must be 40” tall)
·         Jumpin’ Jellyfish (must be 40” tall)
·         Soarin’ Over California (must be 40” tall)
·         Grizzly River Run (must be 42” tall)

Enjoying the Haunted Mansion at 16 months old

Pointing at the dolls in It's a Small World at 19 months old

Best Age to Bring a Child to Disneyland

This seems to be a popular topic amongst people.  Everyone has a different opinion about the best age to bring their child for the first time.  There’s no right answer but I can share my experience and thoughts on the subject.
My Opinion
  1. Bring your child when they can confidently walk on their own.  They can experience the park in their own way and make it a little easier on you by not having to carry him/her the entire time. 
  2. Kids 3 and under are FREE.  That’s right.  You don’t have to buy a ticket for them and they can eat off your plates.
  3. Even if you kid is under 3 and may not remember everything, you have a camera to capture those magical memories.  And those photos are priceless!
My Story
When my husband and I honeymooned at Walt Disney World, we were so annoyed with the amount of strollers and babies at the parks.  We could not believe how many people would bring babies and toddlers to a park they couldn’t fully enjoy and couldn’t believe how much work was involved for the parents lugging the stroller full of baby stuff.  I remember telling him that I didn’t want to bring our kids until they were at least 5 in order to make the trip worth it for everyone.
My, how times have changed.  Our daughter is now 2 years old and has been to Disneyland more than 10 times!
Once I had my daughter, I had so much fun introducing her to Disney in the form of her blankets, clothes, toys and books.  She quickly caught on to the characters and before she was 1, she could point out Mickey, Nemo, and Tinker Bell.  After her 1st birthday in 2009 I was itching to go back to Disneyland and it happened to be during the “What Will You Celebrate?” campaign where they gave you a 1-Day admission to the park on your birthday.  I sold my husband on the idea of going for my birthday in October when our daughter would be 14 months old.  Since my ticket would be free, I was excited about bringing her to Disneyland since it wouldn’t be a huge cost to me. 
At 14 months, she could confidently walk on her own, say a few words, and could react to the Mickey cartoons I was showing her at home.  I figured, if we were going to bring her at any age, it would be then since I wouldn’t have to breast feed, mix formula or carry her the entire time.  Plus, kids under 3 are FREE, I would be free and would only have to pay for my husband’s ticket.
I’ll admit that I was nervous about taking her at that age and did a bunch of research online.  I wanted to know what rides she could go on, what kid meals were available, what to pack, etc.  I came to the park fully prepared but was caught off guard by how magical it would be.
It turns out that toddlers, even babies, can pretty much ride anything at Disneyland.  The only exceptions are the height-restricted rides like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and even Autopia (see Height Restrictions post). 
Her favorite attraction ended up being the Princess Dot Puddle Park at California Adventure.  It’s a shaded water play area in A Bug’s Land where water comes squirting up from the floor.  She loved chasing the water and waiting for it to pop up.  We had the best time there!  Just seeing the joy on her face melted my heart. 

I have since made a trip to Disneyland with her every 2 months since her first visit and every time she enjoys it more, recognizes and hugs all the characters, sings the songs on the rides, talks about the pirates, the ghosts, the fireworks, and of course seeing Mickey! 
Now that she’s 2, her memory is impeccable and she recounts her visits to me.  She even asks to listen to the Disneyland park music in the car!  Taking her at 14 months was definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made.  Otherwise, I’d still be at home waiting until she’s 5 years old waiting to make these memories.  I already have 2 years of Disney memories with her and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

To All Who Come To This Happy Place…Welcome!

400 Miles to Disneyland is officially open for posting!  I’ll keep this brief and move on with the postings, but here’s what you can expect to find at this happy blog:
1.       Printable Monthly Photo Scavenger Hunt Lists
2.       Weekly Photo Scavenger Hunt clues
3.       Disney info and updates
4.       Travel info and packing tips
5.       Tips on experiencing the park
6.       Reviews of hotels, dining, attractions, shows, etc.
7.       New on discounts and promotions

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