There’s more to Disneyland besides rides
I have had several readers ask if it is worth the expense to go to Disneyland if they don’t like or plan on going on rides. My answer is YES!! There is so much more to Disneyland besides the rides. It is entirely possible to spend many days in the parks without ever going on one ride. I know this from experience. As someone who suffers from several chronic conditions, there are days when I avoid rides. Then there was the time when I had an emergency appendectomy on the second day of a weeklong stay at Disneyland. Instead of cutting our vacation short, we extended it to make up for my days in the hospital and I enjoyed four days in a row without going on rides.
Wondering what there is to do besides the rides?
Here are a few of my favorite things to do
when I need to take it easy.
- Watch all the parades. Typically guests who wish to have a front row view of the parades must camp out in the area of their choice an hour or more prior to show time. This not only kills a lot of time, it also gives you an opportunity to people watch and enjoy the sites. I prefer to watch parades from Main Street. One of the reasons for this is because it provides entertainment while I wait for the parade to start. I love watching the horse drawn trolleys and other vehicles make their way up and down the street. I also enjoy the musical offerings that the Dapper Dan’s and the Disneyland Marching Band provide. A little tip for those who want to see the Paint the Night Parade, but don’t want to spend hours sitting on Main Street beforehand, is to reserve a Paint the Night dining package. With these packages you not only get to enjoy a wonderful meal, but you also receive a pass that guarantees you a seat in special reserved viewing sections.
- Take in all the shows. Disneyland offers many theatrical performances throughout the day. There is the comic hilarity of The Laughing Stock Co. inside the Golden Horseshoe or the Fantasy Faire productions. The Fantasyland Theatre always has a fabulous show. I have never been disappointed by any of the productions that I have seen throughout the years. Currently playing is Mickey and the Magical Map. I have seen this production 5 times and plan to see it more! While only guests who are between the ages of 4-12 can participate, guests of all ages are able to enjoy watching the Jedi Training. And let’s not forget the newest production Frozen live at the Hyperion!
- Meet and have your picture taken with characters. All day long there are characters out and about ready to make your acquaintance. Some have a hug for you, while others chat and go out of their way to being a smile to your face.
- Spend hours in the Animation Academy. I have spent many hours in this attraction. There are movie clips to watch and drawing classes to attend. You can also visit the Beast’s library and talk with Crush.
- Take time to stroll through the galleries. I love taking time to look at the ever changing artwork that hangs in the galleries.
- Check out attractions that you may not have made time for in the past, such as Great moments with Mr. Lincoln, Mickey’s cinema; It’s tough to be a Bug, and more.
- Depending upon what time of year you are planning to visit, there may also be holiday related experiences and activities to attend. One example is during the spring when Disneyland and California Adventure have Easter egg hunts!
- Become the family photographer and take photos or video of your friends and family while they are riding outdoor attractions.
- Eat your way through the parks. Take in the sights as you make your way through the parks by eating all meals and snacks inside them. The food is outstanding and the ambiance of most restaurants is magical!
- End your day with a bang by watching the nightly fireworks. To see the display in its entirety, you will want to secure a viewing area on the parade route. However, the fireworks themselves can be viewed from almost anywhere in the Disneyland park. There are also locations within California Adventure that offer a great view!
The Disabled Diva’s Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Planning Guide gives details about these attractions and more! The magic of Disney is everywhere in the parks, not just on the rides!
Wishing you a magical day filled with many reasons to smile!