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    Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    When my husband and I visit Disneyland without our 9 year old daughter, it's often NOT all about RIDE RIDE RIDE! We like to relax and just enjoy certain specific yet little not-so-popular or obscure things around the Resort.

    Some include:
    -Getting a drink at the pool bar at the Grand Californian and enjoying it at the White Water Snacks outside seating area, right where the Miner 49ers often play on the other side in DCA. That is pure heaven.

    -Playing with the remote-controlled Jungle Cruise boats over at the Lost Bar at the Disneyland Hotel, then taking a stroll around the rose garden, and going under the waterfalls.

    -Sitting over on Tom Sawyer Island by the Fantasmic! area and watching all the world go by.

    -Walking behind the Harbour Galley.

    -Feeding the ducks by the Hungry Bear bathrooms.

    -Riding the train all the way around the park, disembarking where we started.

    -Taking our sweet time walking through the Haunted Mansion after exiting the stretching room before boarding a Doom Buggy.

    -Watching the Flag Retreat Ceremony.

    -Walking around the Redwood Creek Trail at night.

    -Enjoying the movie clips in the Animation Building; then learning to draw a character at the Animation Academy.

    -Sitting on one of the few little porches or staircases on Main Street eating a raspberry white chocolate chip cookie (drool!).

    -Petting every goat at the Big Thunder Ranch. My husband and Molly have a crush on each other!

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    So, what about you MiceChatters? What silly little things do you like to do when relaxing at the parks?
    Last edited by esmetutu; 07-09-2009 at 02:04 PM. Reason: forgot Molly!

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    -Use the secret restroom.
    -Watch the Flag Ceremony.
    -Go visit the horses/cows, when on display, at the BTR BBQ.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    Yeah, we do lots of the same things that you have listed.

    DL is definitely not all about the rides. In fact, we have gone to the Park quite a few times without ever stepping foot on a ride.

    Our Main St. porch snack is a cup of hot chocolate and sharing a cinnamon roll.

    We like to seek out the crawdads in the pond along BTM Trail as well as just hang out at the Ranch.

    There are tons of things to do at DL without having to worry about the crowds or the long lines associated with them.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    I like taking my daughter to the petting zoo off of BTM trail, relaxing on the Storybook Land ride, watching the koi pond at the Disneyland Hotel and eating a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich over by the Carnation Plaza. It's very relaxing and mellow there in the late afternoons.

    Taking time to explore the backstreets of New Orleans square is always fun and different too.

    I agree with you on Whitewater Snacks. That's quite the hidden gem.
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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    Even though we stay at the DLH quite often, most of our friends are just day-trippers, so when we enjoy the Park with them, we walk them over to the lobby of the DLH and show them around the inside of it and the Grand Ballroom area.

    Lots of sights to take in around the Hotel grounds as well.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    Crawfish(dads) in the pond... the one across from Big Thunder? Never seen those! That sounds awesome! Anything specific to look for, or how to look for them? They look like big shrimp/little lobsters, right?


    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMickey View Post
    Yeah, we do lots of the same things that you have listed.

    DL is definitely not all about the rides. In fact, we have gone to the Park quite a few times without ever stepping foot on a ride.

    Our Main St. porch snack is a cup of hot chocolate and sharing a cinnamon roll.

    We like to seek out the crawdads in the pond along BTM Trail as well as just hang out at the Ranch.

    There are tons of things to do at DL without having to worry about the crowds or the long lines associated with them.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    We LOVE the secret bathroom! So private! Just kidding!


    Quote Originally Posted by WestsideCM99 View Post
    -Use the secret restroom.
    -Watch the Flag Ceremony.
    -Go visit the horses/cows, when on display, at the BTR BBQ.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    White Water Snacks also have the best nachos, and very reasonably priced, too. It's a great little spot over there!


    Quote Originally Posted by Darth Mickey View Post
    I like taking my daughter to the petting zoo off of BTM trail, relaxing on the Storybook Land ride, watching the koi pond at the Disneyland Hotel and eating a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich over by the Carnation Plaza. It's very relaxing and mellow there in the late afternoons.

    Taking time to explore the backstreets of New Orleans square is always fun and different too.

    I agree with you on Whitewater Snacks. That's quite the hidden gem.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by WestsideCM99 View Post
    -Use the secret restroom.
    Where is that?

    Anyway, things I like to do:
    -Sit on the bottom deck of the Hungry Bear before lunchtime and watch the boats, canoes, and ducks go by.
    -Get a Dole Whip then go enjoy it on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
    -Do the Grand Circle tour on the railroad.
    -Get an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland button at City Hall.
    -Watch the Mad Hatter and Alice do crazy stuff at the Coke Corner.
    -Find the Chesire Cat inside the Fantasyland Mad Hatter.
    -Explore the back alleys of New Orleans Square.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    I like to go to Tom Sawyer's Island and just sit and watch the last drop of Splash mountain. Careful though, you're going to hear some bad works...hehehe.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    -Eat lunch at Whitewater like esmetutu said. They have a really good hot dog!
    -Going to the Book Store at the end of Downtown Disney across from the ESPN zone
    -Enjoy a Jalapeno-cheese pretzel from Main Street
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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    The secret bathroom is over by Carnation Plaza Gardens.
    The Secret Restroom of Disneyland (Merged)

    And let's not forget the even more secret bathrooms "inside" the Tiki Room!

    Quote Originally Posted by JungleCruiseFan View Post
    Where is that?

    Anyway, things I like to do:
    -Sit on the bottom deck of the Hungry Bear before lunchtime and watch the boats, canoes, and ducks go by.
    -Get a Dole Whip then go enjoy it on the Mark Twain Riverboat.
    -Do the Grand Circle tour on the railroad.
    -Get an Honorary Citizen of Disneyland button at City Hall.
    -Watch the Mad Hatter and Alice do crazy stuff at the Coke Corner.
    -Find the Chesire Cat inside the Fantasyland Mad Hatter.
    -Explore the back alleys of New Orleans Square.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    Quote Originally Posted by esmetutu View Post
    Crawfish(dads) in the pond... the one across from Big Thunder? Never seen those! That sounds awesome! Anything specific to look for, or how to look for them? They look like big shrimp/little lobsters, right?
    They're right along the edge of the pond.
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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    not me, but my friend likes looking for strawberries to pick and eat at the entrance of tomorrowland next to the rock work, across the Plaza Inn. they're never big, he picks them, washes them off and enjoys them. lol. there's a patch next to Star Tours that grows big ones but they're too far to reach.

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    Re: Disneyland Regulars! - obscure things you do @ the parks?

    ok I enjoy the picnic area. I bring a big lunch, with tablecloth and wine and relax. Its never really crowded. You can hear a well-timed gunshot from JC.
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