No, Disneyland is not just for kids! But yes, Disneyland is for kids . . . Let me explain: Disneyland is meant for all ages but one of the best parts about it is that you can feel free to let your inner child out no matter how old you are. There are certain things you can only do or truly appreciate when you're older, but one of my favourite parts of any Disneyland trip is being able to do things that make me feel like a kid! They're not embarrassing and they're super fun so go ahead and give them a try next time you're there!
- ENJOY FANTASYLAND - My favourite part when I was little was going to Fantasyland and riding Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Tea Party. Guess what? I still love doing that! When we visit we make sure we do everything in Fantasyland even when there aren't kids with us because it's super fun to goof off and just be silly for a while! Fantasyland isn't just for kids so go ahead and jump on Mr Toad's Wild Ride - I won't judge. ;)
- PLAY AROUND IN TOONTOWN - Mickey's Toontown is the most interactive land in all of the Disneyland Resort. You can run through the post office, the gym, an apartment building, play around the electric factory or listen to some conversations on a public telephone. Kids may have an easier time in the buildings, but take some time and laugh at the zaniness. Adults designed it and they didn't just have little kids in mind!
- GET MOUSE EARS - Go on, get some! Wear them around the parks! If you think you're a little old for some of them, they come in all kinds now: conductor ears, Oswald ears, headbands, woven caps, beanies. You name it and they probably make it. You're in a Disney park, no one's going to think you're weird for letting your Disney flag fly!
- SEE "MICKEY & THE MAGICAL MAP" - Stupid title - cool show! It's usually populated by a bunch of small children, but anyone can find something to love in the show. I once brought a friend for her first visit to Disneyland and this show was a highlight for her because her two favourite Disney princesses were in it: Pocahontas and Mulan. She literally shrieked with glee and that's the sort of reaction I'm talking about! Go see it, it's awesome and totally fun!
- TAKE TIME FOR "TURTLE TALK WITH CRUSH" - I still love seeing a show of "Turtle Talk" at DCA. Sure, I may not be allowed down where the action is with the kiddos, but they sometimes take questions from the adults as well and no two shows are exactly the same! In fact, Crush often makes jokes that go right over the kids' heads while all the parents are laughing! You should totally drop in (see what I did there?).
- MEET YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS - Whether you love Alice, Mary Poppins, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Captain America, Chewbacca or Mickey you should always go and meet your favourite character! And I'm including both standard meet-and-greets and character dining in this. I've gone to Goofy's Kitchen and Ariel's Grotto without children before and just had a fun time meeting the characters and princesses. If anything it becomes more fun as an adult to interact with them because you get to play around with them a bit more. I once had a discussion with Rapunzel about how much pixie dust it took to get to Disneyland and later got loves and kisses from Pooh Bear. I love it!
You know what can sometimes make these suggestions even better? If you're traveling with kids, do some of these with them because you want to as much as they do! They think it's so fun that the adults are as excited as they are about something like this! If you haven't done so, add these to your itinerary next time you're there. If these are already some of your favourite things to do - share your memories!