14 July 2016
When is the best time to visit the “Happiest place on Earth”? Well, when it comes to Disneyland® Park every day is a good day, but admittedly some days are easier than others. The shoulder seasons for Disneyland® Park are late August through October and January till May. But Disneyland® Park and summer have gone together hand in hand, like peanut butter and jelly, since the park opened in July 1955. A summer trip to Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is a beloved family tradition for many, so here are some common sense tips to beat the crowd rush.
Weekends are generally busier at Disneyland Resort than midweek.
If you are staying at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel through a weekend, Saturday and Sunday might be a good time to hit the beach and take a theme park break. There are several Southern California beaches that are just a short drive from Anaheim. Newport Beach is located 18 miles from the hotel.
The early bird and all.
Even though your family might grumble, the rule for a visit to Disneyland® Resort is the earlier the better. Both Disneyland® Park and Disneyland® Resort California Adventure are least crowded from opening until about 11:30 a.m. As a Disneyland Good Neighbor® Hotel our guests with a Disneyland Resort 3-day passes or more can also enjoy Disneyland® Resort’s Magic Mornings, which gets you in an hour before the official opening time. You can skip the ticket lines all together and purchase your Disneyland® Tickets at the hotel’s Disney Desk when you check in. Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is one of the only Anaheim hotels that is an authorized Disney ticket seller. Feel free to purchase your Disneyland®Tickets online before you arrive.
Fastpass or bust.
These magical passes allow you to come back at your appointed time and breeze through the long lines to ride the Disneyland® Park’s most popular attractions. Try not to smile too big as you pass the visitors stuck waiting in the standby line. Caveat, your entry ticket can only generate one Fastpass at a time, and some rides run out of Fastpass tickets early in the day so plan accordingly for your must-do experiences.
Your “Dream Machine” awaits.
Disneyland® Resort gets a bit more crowded from noon through the afternoon so hop on Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel’s Dream Machine shuttle and head
back to the hotel for a relaxing lunch in our Garden Court Bistro, a dip in the pool, and a bit of relaxation. It might also be the perfect time for a nap. Then you will be rested and ready to take on the park at night and enjoy Disneyland® Resort’s spectacular nightly fireworks show.
Disneyland Resort is a world of entertainment.
When the lines are just too long, plan to catch one of the fabulous parades or shows with your friends and family. These mega spectaculars, like Disneyland® Resort California Adventure Park’s Frozen in the Hyperion Theatre, are incredible and are the perfect respite on a hot summer day.
Light up the night. Summer brings longer nights.
Disneyland® Resort stays open until midnight and Disneyland® Resort California Adventure Park is open until 10 p.m. The new shows for the 60th anniversary are definitely worth a late night.
There is still time to take your perfect family summer vacation at Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel and these tips should get you plenty of Disneyland® Resort play-time! If you have questions regarding how to book a room with us, call our reservationist at 844.227.8535 for more information and special rates!
23 February 2016
A Disneyland® Park Resort Date Night
Romance may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Disneyland® Resort, but romance can be found all over the Disneyland® Park if that is something that you are looking for during your visit in California.
There are several ways to be romantic at the Disneyland® Resort.
First up, let’s talk dining!
The three Disneyland® Resort Hotels in Anaheim, California each have great dining options within them. Let’s review those before we move into the actual parks.
Recommendations for within the Resort hotels are:
Steakhouse 55– The Disneyland® Hotel
Napa Rose– The Grand Californian Hotel
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar– The Disneyland® Hotel - Poolside (This is not so much “romantic”, but a ton of fun. And, the cocktails are excellent)
My recommendations for within Disneyland® Park:
French Market Restaurant– So much about New Orleans Square feels romantic to me and this outdoor patio dining option is great. Try to grab a table on the out skirts, near the railing for people watching and prepare for live music, too. (Counter Service)
Harbor Galley– I didn’t pay much attention to this restaurant for several visits. It blends in with the theme of this area and is easy to miss. And, while the menu is small, the lobster roll is yummy and so are the soup bread bowls. There are a few bistro tables near the walk up windows, but if you walk further around to the right of the building, you’ll find a “secret path” (Counter Service)
Blue Bayou– Disneyland® Park’s premier dining can be found at Blue Bayou. For decades, people have loved this restaurant. Many years ago, you’d find people in suits and dresses enjoying the ambiance. It’s more laid back today but it’s still very popular. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation time to request a “water front” table. This restaurant is housed inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, so you can see the boats float by as you dine. (Table Service)
Cafe Orleans– This restaurant has indoor and outdoor dining. I like both versions, but on a pretty day, ask for a table outside. The pomme frites are divine, as is the Monte Cristo. (Table Service)
The Carnation Cafe – Just off Main Street, this place was one of Walt’s favorites. It doesn’t appear to be entirely romantic, but a table outside, under the red & white umbrellas just feels so cute to me. (Table Service)
Romantic Spots to Escape the Crowds
Take a look at some ideas for finding little escapes at one of the busiest places on earth.
There are so many more than this….these are just a sample.
1. Main Street.
2. Jolly Holiday Bakery.
3. Snow White’s Grotto – and a great photo op.
4. The patio behind Edelweiss Snacks in Fantasyland.
5. Little nooks in Fantasyland, near the castle.
6. Around the fountain in New Orleans Square.
7. Within the shops of New Orleans Square.
8. On a bench overlooking the Rivers of America.
9. A little nook in Frontierland, near River Belle Terrace Restaurant.
10. Any bench around the “hub”, in front of the castle and near the Walt and Mickey Mouse statue
I love these cute souvenirs for a date night to remember at Disneyland® Park:
Wedding Ears – The cutest for you Disneyland Honeymooners! Find them at the Mad Hatter on Main Street or in Fantasyland or online for men and women.
Caricature – Artists depiction of you and your sweetheart can be a fun gift to take home. Find artists to make these in New Orleans Square.
Try dressing up together. Matching T-shirts, Funny sayings or as your favorite Disney Fairytale Couple! Enjoy!
Matt Hale has worked in the Anaheim hospitality industry for 20 years. He has been involved with Disneyland® Resort, both as a cast member and as an enthusiastic guest for 35 years. Matt has provided endless ideas and itinerary suggestions to Disneyland® Resort guests and has worked as a personal guide for many visiting guests.