Disney Sunday: Making the Most of your Disneyland Resort Visit

Goofing around

Our family loves the Disneyland Resort. It truly is the happiest place on earth, in our eyes.  I’ve been an annual pass holder for almost 15 years. My husband and his family have been pass holders since the annual passes first were available, for almost 29 years.

We love visiting whenever we have the opportunity. It’s been a little tough for us to make weekly visits since my husband and I have been in school for the past couple of years and we just recently moved away a couple of miles south and are now forty five minutes away, instead of fifteen. However, whenever we have the time we pack a bag and head there for hours of family adventure and memory making.

We love to make the best of our time at the Resort and always have a plan before we hit both parks. Here are my top picks for making the best out of your visit.


  1. 1. Plan, plan, and plan. We make sure to have a plan before we hit the resort. We make sure to check out either Mobile Magic or Mouse Wait, two smart phone apps, that have great information on waiting times. If the park is busy and the rides have long wait lines, we usually either grab fast passes to our favorite attractions or we tend to head to the shows, parade, etc. and take advantage of not having to wait in line.
  2. 2. Take advantage of Single Rider lines. I love the Single Rider lines.  If you are willing to split up your party a bit and ride alone, you can drastically cut your waiting times. It’s not ideal for families with younger children, but if you have older kiddos or teens, this might really work for you. Single Rider lines are available at Goofy’s Sky School, Grizzly River Run, Indiana Jones, Radiator Springs Racers, Soaring over California, Splash Mountain and California Screamin.
  3. 3. Make sure to hit Cars Land as early as Possible! Cars Land is my family’s and I’m sure many other families’ new favorite land. It’s extremely popular and if you’re planning on making it a part of your visit (and I highly suggest it!), make sure to visit as early as you can in the day because it gets busy!
  4. 4. Hit lunch/dinner during park peak hours and attractions with short lines. We like to plan our day and make sure to plan accordingly. Peak times are from 2-4pm at both parks. This is the best time to grab a bite to eat and not have to fight for a table. We also try to hit attractions with the least wait line, which usually means heading to Adventureland/New Orleans Square and riding, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, taking a ride on the Mark Twain and of course a ride on the Disneyland train.
  5. 5. Rainy Days can be some of the best times to visit the Disneyland Resort. If you don’t mind getting wet, a visit to Disneyland Resort can be so much fun in the rain. The crowds are very minimal and that means the feel of having the park all to yourself! We bought ponchos a few years back and love putting them to good use. The kids’ love splashing in the rain and riding their favorite rides without having to wait. I can’t recommend it enough!

Shopping at The Brea Mall this holiday season


A must visit every time we visit the Brea Mall

The first place I visited during my holiday shopping adventure was the Brea Mall. It’s one of my favorite places to visit, because it has every store that I love, plenty of parking, including valet,  and is easily accessible off the 57 freeway.

I took my kiddos holiday shopping at the Brea Mall and the first place we hit is the Apple Store. It is a must visit when we head there. It’s located on the first floor and for my kiddos it’s better than a trip to the park. They love exploring the iPhones and iPads and it can keep them busy for quite a while.

We also took advantage of Gymbucks and made sure to hit Gymboree, Crazy 8 and the Chidlren’s Place.  We also hit Stride Rite and Macy’s. We ended our day with a stop in the food court for a late lunch and some Jamba Juice.

The Brea Mall will have special holiday hours tomorrow, Christmas Eve and 12/26. The mall will open at 7 am to accommodate last minute shoppers and those seeking some great deals the day after Christmas. For additional info and store deals head here.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I was given a gift card for review purposes.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Review and Giveaway

Since the moment, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,  hit the market, my son has been asking for the game. He has finally been able to get his hands on a copy and this little guy is in gaming heaven.

My son is about to turn six and this game was right up his family, as well as my daughter. We enjoyed playing it as a family. We played it on Family Night and we had a blast playing along as a family. It’s easy to play and follow along and very fun to play along with. It’s a great co-op game!

The graphics are fantastic and if you are a Disney fan, you will fall in love with the storyline and the games. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is available on major gaming platforms and would be an excellent stocking stuffer! For additional info head here.

We have one copy to giveaway! All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite Disney Character. That’s it! Giveaway ends on December 31st at 11:59 pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!


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Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A copy of the game was provided for review purposes.