Unlike Walt Disney World on the east coast, Disneyland (DL) doesn’t have a whole heck of a lot of hotels on its property. Nope, just three. You’ve got the iconic Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. That’s it. All three hotels are perfectly nice, but they’re definitely not cheap and you can expect to pay several hundred dollars per night to stay at any of them…if they’re not sold out.
Fortunately, Disneyland is surrounded by lots and LOTS of hotels that can fit nearly every need a person would have, varying from price, to whether or not you want a suite, closeness to Disneyland’s main gate, whether or not you want to use points, etc. But with so many choices, how do you decide?
If you do a search on the ‘net, you can find bunches of pages with “The Best 7 (or 8, or 10 or 15) Hotels Near Disneyland,” but that only gives you a handful in relation to how many hotels there are surrounding The Happiest Place on Earth.
We found a website that can help a whole lot more.
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FuelRod is a reusable, portable charging system that allows you to fuel (charge) your mobile device on the go, and then recharge or swap for a fresh one at any FuelRod kiosk. After a relatively slow expansion, they came into the reality of millions of people when they were introduced at Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2016.
When we first wrote about FuelRods a while back, we made it no secret that we had a very “ho hum” attitude about them. Besides a FuelRod’s inability to fully charge a modern smart phone, there were very few places to swap batteries outside the Disney parks, which made its convenience pretty limited.
Well, one of those things has changed, which is why our opinion of FuelRods has altered a little.
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The Haunted Mansion is one of the most popular attractions at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The original concept for the attraction was developed in the early 1950s and after multiple changes and updates, handbills announcing a 1963 opening at Disneyland were given out at the park in 1961. The attraction’s exterior, in the theme of a New Orleans style manor house to fit in with the newly constructed New Orleans Square area of the park, was built by 1963 but due to various delays including work on the 4 Disney attractions for the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, the attraction didn’t actually open until 1969. When it finally did, the attraction was so popular that when Walt Disney World opened in 1971, their own version of the Haunted Mansion was included in the Liberty Square area.
The first room you enter in the Haunted Mansion is the stretching room – a room that appears to get taller and taller as you’re in it. The ceiling of the stretching room in the WDW version goes up, whereas the DL version is actually a working elevator. The reason for that, as well as some other not-well-known facts about the technology of the stretching room of the Haunted Mansion, are covered in this video:
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Vacations to Disneyland (DL) and Walt Disney World (WDW) are meant to be special and they usually are. A lot of what makes those times special are the Cast Members (Disneyspeak for “employees”) who do everything and work everywhere – hotels, attractions, housekeeping (they call it Mousekeeping, LOL!), internal transportation, custodial services, guest services, entertainment, food & beverage, reservations, photographers, plus many, many more areas. That’s on top of all the Cast Members (CMs) who do stuff behind the scenes that you may not even know about.
Joe and I have been Disney fans for pretty much our whole lives (and that’s a LONG time, people!) and know a lot of CMs and former CMs who work or have worked at Disneyland and Walt Disney World (and sometimes one and then the other!). And just as we’ve sometimes heard Disney Guests (Disneyspeak for “customers”) say how they wished things could be different with this or that at DL or WDW, we’ve occasionally hear our CM friends and acquaintances mention ways they wished some situations could be better, as well. It got us to thinking, “We know what makes a good CM but what makes a good Guest? What can Guests do to make their visit to Disney, and the CMs’ job more positive experiences?” So we asked them:
If you could tell Guests anything you wanted that would make their vacation and your job better, all at the same time, what would you tell them?
Here’s what they had to say.
Continue reading “DL & WDW Disney Cast Members Speak Out: How To Be A Good Guest (Part 1)”