We’ve been absolutely itching to post about the Happiest Place on Earth, but were waiting for exactly the right writer to come along. And now she has.
Debbie Abrams Kaplan is a journalist, mom of two, and founder Frisco Kids—an online guide to kid-friendly events and trips around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
She’s new to Travel Savvy Mom, and boy does she ever fit right in. Here are a few lessons she learned the hard way at Disneyland.
2. In Astroblasters (the Buzz Lightyear ride), if you continue to shoot a lit-up target, you get 1,000 points instead of 100. This is how you can beat your husband three times and almost get the high score of the day. Not that I’m bragging. (I knocked out my husband twice in Wii boxing twice too).
3. If you are prone to motion sickness, one time on Star Tours is plenty.
5. If your daughter uses a FastPass on Indiana Jones and ultimately sits the ride out (waiting for you in the loading area next to a garbage can), you do NOT get the FastPass back.
6. When you sit in the front of the Splash Mountain log wearing denim shorts, the shorts will stay damp in the crotch all day and you will look like you peed in your pants. Your children will think this is hilarious, as will Grandma.
7. If the Dumbo ride says the wait is only 10 minutes, the sign is lying. It’s 30.
9. If I give my kids $10 to spend at Disneyland, one child will buy the first thing he sees, and the other will shop at every possible store. Come to think of it, each child takes after a different parent. Scary.
10. Sign of the times: The sign for Tom Sawyer’s Island is now covered with a ‘Pirate’s Lair’ sign. But the most popular sign is the one that says “restroom.”
11. Pirates of the Caribbean is a great place to take a nap. Ask my dad.
12. If your husband hates Disneyland before he goes, he’ll hate it after. Especially since you can’t buy beer there.
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