Think Disneyland is only for kids? Think again. With high-end roller coasters, fine dining, and a chance to reconnect with your inner child, Disneyland has a lot to offer the “older children.” Do you remember visiting Sleeping Beauty’s castle as a child? Or playing princesses with your friends? Grab those friends-ehm fellow princesses, and head to Sleeping Beauty’s castle again. Yes, you now know that Sleeping Beauty’s castle is fake, and that you are not a princess. But reuniting with memories and friends can offer priceless memories.
Take Disneyland’s roller coasters for a ride. Their rides are generally smoother than the more fast-paced, thrill ride parks around, so you’re less likely to end up with a sore back or a twisted neck. Space Mountain and the Matterhorn are two of the beloved rollercoaster, but the some of the heavier themed rides offer thrills as well. The Indiana Jones ride puts you into an adventure, with illusions, sound effects, and Indiana Jones himself. Disney’s log ride boasts one of the biggest log ride drops around, and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes you through mine shafts, caves, and waterfalls.
After you’ve decided what roller coaster thrills you’re going to seek, be goofy. Ride It’s a Small World and sing along. Wear adult Disney costumes! Really, why not? You’ll have fun walking around as children, who confuse your adult Disney costume for the real thing, come up and ask you for an autograph. The pictures from a to the park dressed up in costumes are priceless. Grab a funnel cake and wear Mickey Mouse ears. Your trip is all about having fun, so don’t hold back from letting your inner child run loose.
If you don’t want to reconnect with your younger days, there’s plenty for the mature crowd as well. Check out the shops along the Main St., go for a boat ride, and check out the shows. Throughout the day there will be a variety of shows going on, and you should get the schedule with your park map. There’s also rides that take you through views of the park, which allows you to sit back and relax. There are also a few attractions that are more of shows than ride, like Honey I Shrunk the Audience, which offers a fun 4-D experience, or Star Wars. These rides stimulate you visually while adding enough other effects to make it feel like you’ve gone on a real adventure. Make sure document your day with video footage of the outdoor shows, pictures, and memoirs.
Don’t forget to eat! If you don’t have little ones coming along, take advantage of some of the nicer restaurants Disneyland has to offer. The Blue Bayou is one such restaurant. It offers all-day moon-lit fine dining, located in an “outside” venue beside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. You may want to make reservations, since seating is limited. The water, stars, and great food make the Blue Bayou a more romantic and magical place to eat. Other great adult restaurants are the Café Orleans, the Plaza Inn, and the Carnation café.
So leave the kids at home and grab your adult Disney costumes and your fellow princes and princesses, and go back to Disneyland. For adults and children alike, it truly is a magical place!