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    Top 10 Items For Your Disney Vacation!

    Packing for a Disney vacation can be exciting but also a bit stressful at times. Thankfully you can always count on Amazon to get you everything you need at the last minute! If it wasn’t for Amazon I would be completely lost on how to get everything I needed at the last minute. In fact – for our last trip we ordered groceries from Amazon Prime Now that were delivered to our hotel room while we were out in the parks. We decided to take another trip to Walt Disney World (our second trip ever!) in May so I started to think about all the things I need to get together…

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    Maximizing your MaxPass FastPasses

    In my previous post, I talked a bit about why I think MaxPass is the only Disney Upgrade that’s worth it.  Today, I’ll be sharing some of my tips and tricks to maximize the value you get from your MaxPass purchase.  With that — let’s get onto my tips for getting the most FastPasses out of your day. Start Early This is generally true of Disneyland, but the earlier in the day you start booking your FastPasses, the easier it is to get them.  If you look at 10 AM, you’ll often see return times just an hour or two ahead for almost every ride.  If you wait until mid-afternoon…

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    The Low Down on MaxPass

    About a year ago, Disneyland decided to join the 21st century by letting you book FastPasses online (via their mobile app).  This feature is known as MaxPass and is available as an add-on to any ticket or Annual Pass.  MaxPass has the unique distinction of being the one Disneyland up-charge experience I recommend for ANY visitor to purchase. So what does MaxPass include?  MaxPass includes 2 different, but super useful features.  Let’s take a look at each one. Mobile FastPass Booking The first half of MaxPass is the ability to book FastPass return times from the Disneyland mobile app.  While all Disneyland tickets include the ability to book FastPasses by walking…

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    Disneyland Railroad Tender Ride – Disneyland Hidden Gems

    Are there any Disneyland Railroad fans out there?  I LOVE riding on this opening day attraction every time I get a chance.  I always do the Grand Circle Tour — getting on at Main Street Station and going all the way around the park.  Perhaps the most unique way to experience the Disneyland Railroad is by riding with up front with the engineers.  Yes — you can actually do that — but only on certain runs.  Here are my thoughts on this unique hidden gem of Disneyland. Once you’ve boarded the tender, you’re sitting just a few feet from the fireman and engineer aboard one of the Disneyland’s finest iron…

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    Mark Twain Wheelhouse – Disneyland Hidden Gems

    While it’s hard to miss the Mark Twain, with its signature steam whistle, as you walk through the west side of Disneyland, many people don’t know it houses one of my favorite “hidden gem” experiences at Disneyland.  Like most of the Disneyland’s hidden gems, this one is “hidden” in plain sight. The Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain is a very unique way to experience a Disneyland Attraction: from the vantage of the ride operator!  For most rides at Disneyland, you’re not allowed to peek behind the curtain and see a bit of how the attraction works.  On the Mark Twain, the wheelhouse provides you with not only the opportunity to…

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    All 61 Disneyland Attractions in 1 Day!

    What is Blackout Bingo? Exactly what it sounds like — doing everything in Disneyland in a single day.  For us this means all 61 attractions listed in the park map — if it is listed in the official Disneyland Park Map as an attraction, we have to do it during our Blackout Bingo day.  Randy began attempting this challenge by himself about 12 years ago — before the Disneyland app existed — hence the paper park map being the authoritative list.  There are many different varieties of this challenge people have attempted.  Ours is one of the most complete and difficult challenges. On August 12, 2017, there were 61 attractions…