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    Question Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    So I'm going to the park in March/April and I'm a huge fanatic but there's still so much I don't know. Like, any secret menus, spots, etc? What are some great places to eat that are often overlooked? Where is the best place to get some dessert? What are some things I should look out for? Like the eeyore in Indy and stuff like that. Post anything about that park that is little known!
    I already know about the mozzarella sticks at the golden horseshoe, though

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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by hollyray View Post
    So I'm going to the park in March/April and I'm a huge fanatic but there's still so much I don't know. Like, any secret menus, spots, etc? What are some great places to eat that are often overlooked? Where is the best place to get some dessert? What are some things I should look out for? Like the eeyore in Indy and stuff like that. Post anything about that park that is little known!
    The corn dogs are always a Disneyland classic (on Main Street and Corn Dog Castle), but so are the Dole Whips near the Tiki Room! Unfortunately, there is a wait for both. For dessert, I'd say that the Gibson Girl has some great ice cream, as does Clarabelle's in DCA.

    Stage Door Café is a nice quick pick-me-up meal if you missed lunch, and the nearby River Belle Terrace has some good sandwiches (but be prepared for shelling out a few bucks). Get lunch at 11 or 2 to avoid the rush, and get dinner around 5 or 8 to do the same. There really is no "secret" place to eat, but Toontown usually has the shorter lines (though it may have its reasons).

    Secrets? Off the top of my head:
    --Look for Melvin, Buff, and Max in Pooh.
    --The Mighty Microscope is in the Death Star scene on Star Tours.
    --Autopia has a nod to the Midget Autopia in the Car Park.
    --There are remnants of Mine Train thru Nature's Wonderland on Big Thunder Trail (i.e. tunnels and rock formations)
    --Walt Disney's own door near the Cinema
    --Walt Disney's own window in Toontown near Toontown City Hall

    Just to name a few.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Cleanest and most overlooked restrooms in the park = Restrooms at the Tiki Room. Not across from it, actually in the wait area for the attraction.

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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    You can ask to ride in the front of the Monorail. Ask the CM when you get to the loading dock.

    You can ask to ride in the steering house of the Mark Twain. Same thing, ask the CM when you arrive at the dock.

    You can ask to ride near the engine of the railroad. You have to load at the Main St station and ride all the way around.

    None of the three is a sure thing. For various reasons you may receive a "no" answer. But we have ridden in the front of the Monorail twice. Once the driver allowed my youngest honk the horn. The second time, there was no honking offer.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett240 View Post
    You can ask to ride in the front of the Monorail. Ask the CM when you get to the loading dock.

    you don't have to ask, the best time for this is first thing in the morning when no one is leaving the Park, just stand at the gate closest to the front of the monrail

    You can ask to ride in the steering house of the Mark Twain. Same thing, ask the CM when you arrive at the dock.

    again, first thing in the morning is best for this, just ask the cast member at the turnstile, usually that's the cast member that will pilot the Mark Twain on the next trip.

    You can ask to ride near the engine of the railroad. You have to load at the Main St station and ride all the way around.

    Tender car rides are at the engineers discretion and there's only enough room for two, good luck!
    when you're done with the jungle cruise ask for a map, they usually have them and they are pretty cool.

    at the Haunted Mansion ask to see the pet cemetery on the west side of the mansion
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Stay until closing for the best lines.


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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by fifthrider View Post
    Cleanest and most overlooked restrooms in the park = Restrooms at the Tiki Room. Not across from it, actually in the wait area for the attraction.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Rub the brass apple at the entrance to Snow White.
    Look for the Queen in the window above Snow White.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomrules1955 View Post
    when you're done with the jungle cruise ask for a map, they usually have them and they are pretty cool.
    I didn't know this. What's the map of?

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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydreamer5 View Post
    I didn't know this. What's the map of?
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Don't forget to get a Tigger Tail at Pooh Corner!!! Not to be confused with the Tiger Tails at the Bengal BBQ which are awesome too.

    The Tigger Tails are Orange colored White Chocolate and Caramel covered marshmellows.

    Tiger Tails are grilled savory breads in the shape of tiger tails.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Annnnnd! Look for all the Hidden Mickey's. Have fun!!!
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    It's funny because I didn't even know about rubbing the apple at the Snow White entrance until last summer. I just happened to put my hand on it and heard a noise.

    And shake the bamboo pole in the queue for Indy, as well as pull on the rope that says something like "Do not pull!"
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    Quote Originally Posted by tomrules1955 View Post
    at the Haunted Mansion ask to see the pet cemetery on the west side of the mansion
    Note: this is only possible if the Mansion has enough staffing to bring you around to the side of the house, as it's in an area that is not normally accessible to guests. As with any of these "secrets" that require asking a cast member (riding in the Wheelhouse of the Mark Twain, etc), make sure you prepare yourself for possibly not seeing/doing it as sometimes cast members are unable to accommodate due to staffing, demand, etc.
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    Re: Secrets and tips of visiting Disneyland and DCA?

    The Black Forest Cupcakes at the Village Haus are delicious. Also, the Jolly Holiday Bakery has many great dessert choices too.

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