When you think about a visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, Califorinia, what's the first thing that comes to mind for you. The characters? The lines? The food (oohhh the food!)? For a lot of park visitors, rides are the desire at the top of their list. The Dinsey Imagineers put so much creativity and thought behind their attractions, it would be silly to miss out on these if it's something you enjoy. But what if you visit the park with someone who isn't really into rides?
What else is there to do? Well the answer is... a lot! I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces to Disneyland and California Adventures that everyone should visit- whether you're a thrill seeker or not! These tips work great for the kids at heart who just aren't a fan of the rides, or even actual kiddos who can't quite stand on their tippy toes enough to go on the big kid rides just yet.
Animation Academy in DCA
I know I've spoken about this gem in other blog posts before, but it's certainly worth mentioning again. You wouldn't believe how many frequent Disneyland Resort goers have passed this place by without going in! It is one of my favorite spots in the entire park and the perfect place to bring someone who isn't into rides. The area is constantly adjusting it's attractions, but a few things remain the same. Our must-do is the Character Drawings where a live Disney artists gives a mini class on how to sketch some popular characters. You can even view a schedule of which character will be drawn at what times and come back when you desire. The main animation room is also a nice, cool place to escape the crowded streets of California Adventures. They have Disney music and beautiful videos on loop and there is nothing more relaxing than to just sit inside the huge main "living room" and be surrounded by melodies of movies new and old.
Not sure where to go or just want more info? You can ask the Disney Cast Members at the Ride and Information stands at each park and they can tell you where/when to go, and which characters are being featured.
The absolute guide to all the Hidden Mickeys you could ever live long enough to search for can be found here! The owners of the site (and authors of some physical book copies you can buy on Amazon and other retailers) keep it very up to date.
One last tip!
If you're like me and DO live for the rides, going with someone who isn't so hot on them has other perks. For example, you can use both your ticket and their ticket to get Fast Passes. Two for the price of one! This is huge since the parks only allow one fast pass per ticket holder within selected time slots (usually 2 hours). And of course, don't forget to take advantage of the single rider lines.
When visiting the park with my aunt, I went on more rides in a specific amount of time than I've ever gone on before! And she never had to wait very long since it was either with a Fast Pass or using the Single Riders line. Let's just say she was more than happy to shop around while I waited. It was a lovely trip with good company, great rides, and many non-ride adventures together.