Disneyland For Parkies







Pay attention to ride restrictions; when in doubt ask a Cast Member
Disneyland is one of my favorite places in the world.  My husband and I have been going there for many years and I thought I'd share some of the tips that we have found helpful to people with disabilities and people without.  There are 2 parks; Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure.  Make sure you get "Park Hopper" passes if you want to go to both in one day.
If you find a cane useful, get a collapsible one.  You can fold it up quickly when you get on the ride and stow it with your other stuff, then pop it out when you get off the ride (always remembering to stand aside and not in the middle of foot traffic while you do this).  Alternatively, you can ask a cast member to hold it for you while you ride.


Don't rush, even if others do.  There's plenty of time, and people can just go around you.


Take breaks.  One of our favorite places for this is the Cove Bar in Disney's California Adventure.  If you like gin, try the Scottish Raspberry Lemon Drop.  Best drink ever!  The Pacific Wharf area near the California Screamin' roller coaster has essentially a food court where you can also get a beer or a margarita and a seat in the shade.  You can have a Jalapeno cheese filled soft pretzel, rest your feet and listen to the Mariachas (an all-girl mariachi band)

If you want to ride the Radiator Springs Racers in DCA, wait in line for a fast pass first thing in the morning and MAYBE you can get a reservation before they hand them all out.  It's that popular.  The wait times are usually over an hour, sometimes over 2.


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