Disneyland is one of our favorite places to go. I wish I would have kept count of how many times we have gone but we have definitely gone plenty of times. We absolutely love all of the rides at the parks but it’s always fun when we try to seek out fun things we haven’t done before. When Clever Teen and I just went for the Star Wars Half Marathon, we purposely sought out as many things as we could that we hadn’t done before. Below are our favorite suggestions on what to see and do at Disneyland that you probably haven’t done before! If you have done these, tell us which ones are your favorite!
Cool and Unique Things to Do In Disneyland
Explore the Columbia Sailing Ship
Currently the Rivers of America are closed due to the construction of Star Wars land. However, you may be able to still have fun by exploring the Sailing Ship Columbia! On the ship, you can see some of the fun things like cannons but you can also go down below to see the living quarters.
You can ring the bell and yell “The sky is falling the sky is falling!”. At least that is what the Clever Teen found really fun to do on the ship.
Take a Princess Selfie
Sure you could ask someone to take your photo but it’s even more fun to show that you have princess selfies!
Ride a Main Street Vehicle
You have probably seen them traveling down Main Street but have you taken the time to ride in one? There are a few options:
- Horse-Drawn Street Car, an old-fashioned trolley pulled by a horse
- Jitney, an early automobile without a roof
- Fire Engine, a replica of the very first fire trucks
- Omnibus, a gas-powered, open-air 2-story bus
We took some time to ride the omnibus, it takes you to the castle and it’s a fun quick little ride! If you go on it, ride on the top to get a unique view you haven’t seen before of Min Street. I can’t believe we hadn’t done this before!
Watch Mickey and the Magical Map
You may have missed where this show is because it’s tucked away in Fantasyland Theater near Toon Town but it really is too good to miss! Mickey’s Magical Map is a show where you’ll get to travel to fun places with some of your favorite characters that you don’t normally see in the parks. Plus there are bubbles and streamers, it really is a FUN show!
- King Louie from The Jungle Book
- Pocahontas from Pocahontas
- Mulan from Mulan
- Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled
- Tiana from The Princess and the Frog
- Stitch from Lilo and Stitch
TIP: Get there early to get a good seat!
See the Evil Queen
Have you ever stood in the middle of Fantasy Land and thought someone was looking at you? The Evil Queen will occasionally open her curtain to see what is going on below. If you want to see the queen, you’ll need to be patient and look above Snow White’s ride as she reveals herself every few minutes. If you spend some time in Fantasyland, you may also see some other villains.
Enjoy Unique Treats
You’ve probably tried the infamous churros and Dole whips but have you tried some of the hidden treats of Disneyland? Try the Boysen Apple Drink from Maurice’s Treats near the Royal Faire.
You can also try the Cinnamon Apple twists at Maurice’s or at Troubadour near Mickey’s Magical Map. Did you now that the Troubadour also has baked potatoes! I never knew that Disneyland had baked potatoes until our most recent trip!
Play in Toon Town
You’ve been to Toon Town but have you played in Toon Town? Be sure to check out the little signs and play things. Be sure to look for the door shown below, it’s always fun to sit and watch people’s reactions when they pull this door!
See the It’s a Small World Clock
Have you seen the clock go off at Small World? They go off about every 15 minutes and the children of Small World will come out and dance!
In 2016 , the Disneyland Railroad will remain closed so that the park can continue to work on the Star Wars section of the park. However, you can still go into the Main Street station and speak with the conductors of the trains and even check out the Disneyland Railroad train and the presidential Lilly Belle car!
You can also check out the trains at other stations like the one at New Orleans Square!
See the Tangled Show
Did you know that you can see a fun recap of the Tangled story with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder at the Fantasy Faire theater? This is Clever Teen’s favorite character so we actually saw the show, twice! Here’s a tip: if you stay after, you may be able to get a photo with them!
Enjoy Mickey Mouse Belgium Waffles at Disneyland Carnation Cafe
You haven’t completed your trip to Disneyland until you have a big Mickey Belgium Waffle. These are only available at Carnation Cafe and they are as delicious as they look! Here’s a tip: make a reservation before you go as walk-ins are rare. You can make reservations online at Disneyland.com. If you aren’t able to make a reservation, you can grab some mini Mickey waffles at the nearby Story Teller’s Cafe.
Take a Tour of Disneyland
Did you know that you can do tours at Disneyland? You can do the walk in Walt’s footsteps tour where you can see what inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland Park! You can even design your own VIP tour! Check out all the tours here: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/
Disneyland California Adventure
Dance in Cars Land
If you spend time in Cars Land in the late afternoon, you’re in for a few treats! You’ll get to see DJ come out and play some tunes and you and your family can participate in a fun dance right along Route 66! After that, grab a snack and wait for the street to light up! You’ll see all of the neons glow and hear the music from Cars!
Disneyland California Adventure Water Art
When you are in Disney’s California Adventure, have a seat and people watch. You may get to see the cast member’s who do the water art on the ground with just a broom and bucket of water!
Make Your Own Ice Cream Bar
When you are near the Carthay Circle Fountain in California Adventure, you can relax and enjoy your own customized Hand-dipped Ice Cream Bar from Clarabelle’s (right next to Starbucks)! Choose an ice cream bar flavor, a chocolate coating, and a topping. The Mickey-shaped sprinkles were too cute to pass up!
Climb Tarzan’s Treehouse
Want to have a fun adventure and burn off the calories from all of the Disneyland treats? Then you have to climb up to Tarzan’s treehouse near Pirate’s of the Caribbean. The view from the top is amazing!
Have you seen the flowers bloom around the park during Spring time? It’s a beautiful site to see! You can catch a great view of the castle and Tomorrowland.
Dance with Goofy
If you head past the fountains, you may see a line for a Goofy picture opp. If you do, jump in then ask him to dance! Clever Teen had a great time dancing with a dapper Goofy and it made for the cutest photos!
You can also see him dance with the Five and Dime band!
So which of these have you done or do you want to see?
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Fun post! I love all the off-the-beaten-path things to do.
In all my trips to DCA I have never seen the water painter- so cool. I am going to have to stop and look for that next time. 🙂
I didn’t know about the make your own ice cream! Very cool!
Marcie in Mommyland says
What!?! You mean my 3yo can dance in Cars Land? I’m officially adding to our itinerary for our trip in June! I didn’t think Cars Land could get any cooler!
Julie L says
OMG!!!! The water art!!! I’ve never seen that before & would love to see that!
OMG!!!! The water art!!! I’ve never seen that before & would love to see that!
Sandra Caballero says
Love your blog post!!! Great pictures !!!!
The Toontown button is so fun! We’ve done a few of these.
stacy hunter says
Love all the helpful ideas
shannon fowler says
We live really close to disney world, but it has been forever since Ive been to disneyland.They do have their own unique charms. Id love to go back as an adult since its hard for me to remember those things from childhood.
Shannon Collins says
Love doing all of this! The special details, shows, and “unique” fun is what makes Disney so wonderful and great! Always a great break from rides!
Casey Edwards says
I’m 25 and still love Toon Town!
Mary H says
Fun to see all these tips
kristen sowko says
Amazing pictures! Now, I really want to go! Never been! 🙂
Oh my goodness. I didn’t know about a lot of those things. Now I can’t wait to go to the Mickey map show! Thank you!
So cool!! Thanks for sharing! I love the delicious treats!! I would have a great time dancing with Goofy!! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy Spring!
Paula S says
Thanks! I want a princess selfie and apple drink now. lol
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Jason Diehl says
I can’t wait to try to Boysen Apple Drink from Maurice’s Treats!!!!
Marcella Brazelton says
Oh my goodness, cinnamon apple twist? Yummo!
Megan S says
The dance at cars land sounds fun!
Tammi L. says
I love the Goofy tip… I had no idea you could do that! My daughter would have loved that!
M Burrell says
I love all of these! I’ve done several of them, but can’t wait to go back and try some more. Definitely need to find a Boysen Apple Drink to try. That’s looks wonderful!
Yanhua T. says
Thanks for all the helpful ideas
Thanks for the great tips!
Stephanie V. says
fun ideas! Really need to see Mickey and the Magical Map!
Erin G says
We ALWAYS ride the Disneyland Railroad all the way around once per trip, there are so many neat surprises! It’s also a great place to eat a snack * get off your feet for a bit. I hope they haven’t changed the older parts of the train too much.
KATHRYN TEEL says
Oh my gosh I want to make my own ice cream bar! That would be so much fun for the grandkids and even us big kids!
Emily Legendre says
Love these tips! It’s always fun to learn new things to do at Disneyland…I’ve never climbed Tarzan’s treehouse because we’re always on our way somewhere else! Need to make time for that.
Jeane Campbell says
Sometimes the kiddos just need some down time from rides. These ideas are perfect. Gives mom and dad and grandpa and grandma some down time also!
Hannah J. says
Will have to check these out! Thank you!
Kimberley Jansen says
Reading this just makes me miss disneyland that much more!
Tony Cruz says
I will try the Boysen Apple Drink from Maurice’s Treats, the next time I’m in Disneyland. Sounds yummy!!!!!