Top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney

When we first went to Disneyland we never realised how amazing the shopping precinct at Downtown Disney is. There are over twenty shops and countless dining opportunities just outside the entrance of the Disneyland park.

Our children (and us) loved downtown Disney, we often grabbed breakfast in the bakery, we had dinner at rainforest cafe, we bought replacement flip-flops from Sanuk, got coffee from Starbucks.

Most mornings we walked to the entrance of Disneyland from our hotel through Downtown Disney, and we have put together our top five things to do in Downtown Disney.

Find the Hidden Mickeys in Downtown Disney

The Disney parks are full of hidden Mickeys, located in the furnishings of the hotels, the parks and Downtown Disney. We had great fun searching for Hidden Mickeys.

Our children were very excited when they found one hidden in the brickwork.

Check out the Lego store

There is something amazing about walking into the second largest Lego shop in America. (Orlando is the largest). The Lego store is an amazing shop with so many different LEGO sets to buy, you can select specific LEGO bricks. There is an interactive play space, there are large models all around the shop.

Build a bear in Downtown Disney

Take a wander into Build a bear and create your own Bear. There are some limited edition Disney designs that you won’t find in a normal Build a bear shop.

This is also a great activity to keep the kids amused when you want a break from the park.

Mickey mouse Build a bear

Have a smoothie at Rainforest Cafe

Every time we head to Disneyland we have multiple smoothies, dinners, and late night snacks at the Rainforest Cafe. Whilst we were excited to hear about the new hotel that will be opening. We were heartbroken to hear that the Rainforest cafe would be closing down to make room for it.

I strongly recommend visiting before it closes to see the huge fish tank, giant animatronic animals, and have one of their amazing smoothies.

Rainforest Cafe - Disneyland Rainforest Cafe - Disneyland

Visit Marceline’s Confectionery

The first thing that hits you as you Walk past Marcelines Confectionery is the amazing smell of fresh confectionery, chocolates, candy apples, flavoured popcorn.

Marceline’s confectionery is the perfect place to pick up a sweet treat for morning tea, afternoon tea or just because.


What are your favourite places in Downtown Disney?

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Disney youtube channels to watch

Planning your trip to a Disney resort?

What Disney youtube channels should you be watching?

We love Disney in our house, ever since we took our oldest two to Disneyland 7 years ago it seems like we have two moods in our house.

1 – We are at a Disney resort or

2 – We are planning our next Disney trip.

Each time we go, the distance between our trips seem to get smaller. There is something addictive about the magic of Disney. Once you go and take your children and see the magic in their eyes, whether they are 2 or 12 you just want to keep going back.

We have a travel goal which is to go to each of the parks around the world, a Disney cruise and stay at Disney Aulani resort. We have managed to tick off the Disney Aulani resort, and we have gone back to Disneyland multiple times and each time we are researching our trip whether for the first time or the third we jump on youtube and begin watching Disney vlogs, we begin researching the rides, the food, the hotels, the merchandise, the wait times. We look through blogs, head to travel agents and get up to date brochures.

The planning is often half the fun.

In further posts, I will explain in detail some of the other ways we research Disney but today I am focusing on our favourite Channels and videos to watch.

Our Favorite Disney Vlogs to watch on youtube

Disneyland Planning Video on youtube (2017)

Disneyworld Planning video on youtube (2017) 

Disneyland and Disneyworld have a brilliant DVD that you can watch on youtube that is a comprehensive planning guide for your trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld. The Disneyland video is 35 minutes long, and the Disneyworld is just over an hour long. Found on the channel ResortTV1 it is a

The Disneyland video showcases both Disneyland and California Adventure Park, all the hotels in the Disneyland park, and downtown Disney. Whilst it doesn’t include prices, it shows you enough information so you can begin to dream “Disney”.

The Disneyworld video showcases the four different theme parks of Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood studios, Disney Animal Kingdoms. It also showcases the Disney Water Parks. Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park. There is also a section on Disney Springs.

Disney youtube channels to follow

Disney Parks

Disney parks is the official YouTube channel for all of the Disney Parks. It’s an official Disney vlog so a great channel to watch exclusive videos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani Resort & Spa, Disney Vacation Club.

Another favourite playlist is the animation academy where you can learn how to draw your favourite Disney characters.

If you are not sure whether you want to go to Aulani, to Disneyland or Disneyworld. Choose a playlist and imagine being there.


If you know that you are heading to Disneyland then head across to official YouTube channel for the whole Disneyland Resort! More than just the parks, it showcases the whole Disneyland Park, from Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park, the Downtown Disney District and all the hotels.

We love looking at the Disneyland – Food and Beverage playlist, the Frozen desert video makes us want to go back and get another Dole-whip every time.

Mickey's Fun wheel


For the last two and a half years our children and I have been following the Thingamavlogs page, they were four Disney fans Patrick, Sarah, Leo & Tiff that posted daily posts about Disney. Most of their videos are Disneyland related as they are all live near California. Whilst their site finished up in October 2017, there is a wealth of information on the page, from foods, information on Disney bounding, dapper days.

Our kids loved the Mickey shaped food day when they ate all the Mickey shaped foods they could find in the park.

Mickey pretzel at Disney Aulani resort

The bucket list family 

Now the bucket list family are not just Disney vloggers, they are a family of four (almost 5) that have been travelling for the last 90+ weeks around the world, they decided to sell everything and adventure together around the world. All the family is involved in the vlog and they have been to Disneyland, Disneyworld and Disney Aulani resort and they have some great videos showcasing it.

Recently they participated in 30 resorts in 30 days at Disneyworld, where they stayed in Disneyworld for 30 days and stayed at a different resort every night.

Disney Food Blog

One of our favourite things about Disney is the food, from the amazing character experiences, the delicious foods, churros, Mickey-shaped pretzels, waffles, ice creams. The Disney Food Blog showcases all things edible at Disney parks, resorts, and cruise ships. If you love food then Disney Food blog is the Disney youtube channel for you.

Mickey mouse waffle

Fresh baked Disney

Is a great Disney youtube channel that has a mix of fun facts, history of Disneyland, ride-throughs.

Adventures from where you want to be

I have also uploaded a few of my Disney videos, with more to follow from Disneyland and Disney Aulani. Head across to our channel and subscribe.

What are your favourite Disney youtube channels?

How do you research your trips? Or are you more spontaneous? Tell us in the comments below.


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Travel with children, Should you do it?

4 Reasons you should travel with your children.

“Wanderlust: n. a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.”

Since I took my first overseas trip as a teenager to the islands of Santa Cruz, in the Solomon Islands, I have had a desire to travel and see the world. My childhood was not one of travel. Our childhood holidays could be counted on one hand. But I have made sure that my adult life has been different.

When we had children, we didn’t want that to change. So at only ten days old, we packed up our car, and took our first holiday with our young daughter, driving from Melbourne to Batemans Bay. Three children later we have continued to travel and continued to try and install that same “wanderlust” in our children.

So many of friends have questioned our trips? Will they remember the trips? Is it worth taking your preschool children to Disneyland, to Athabasca Falls, across the Nullarbor, to Uluru, Cape York? They have told us, we should wait until they are older. We should go when they can appreciate it. But we don’t Wait, we Travel.

But why do we Travel with our children?

1 – It’s fun.

I would be remiss not to say My number one reason for travelling with our children. It’s fun. Nothing can describe the pure joy and excitement on our children’s face when they first walked through the Gates of Disneyland. The joy I felt when we took our children snorkelling at Hamilton Island. How proud I am as I watch our children make new friends as we travel around.

3 reasons why you should Travel with your children

2. They learn so much about themselves, about others.

Not all classrooms have four walls.

Our children have travelled overseas, and extensively through Australia. They have grown up through our travels, they have learned so much.

They have learned about different cultures. They have learned patience, they have learned about our history (and didn’t realise it at the time). They have learned about peace, and about war. They have learned to adapt when things don’t go to plan. From Delayed flights to incorrect hotel rooms. Through missed transfers that ended up in missed activities. Life does not always go to plan, but that’s ok.

On long road trips, they have relearned to use their imagination, with no TV or Ipads to amuse them. They have learned to be alert and be aware of their surroundings, Playing fun games while they are doing it.

In travel, often the journey is part of the fun. We are teaching our children that it is not all about where you are in life, but how you got there.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson

3. Our Children add to our lives.

When we were pregnant with our first Child, A wise mum said to us. Your children should come into your life and fit into your life. They add to it. Make sure that they fit in with your routine, not the other way around.

We love to travel, we love to take holidays, we love to go out for Brunch on the weekends. We love to walk around our Local Lake, we love to go to the beach. So we have always made sure that our children are involved in it. So they to love it.

People always mention how well behaved our children are out at restaurants, how well behaved they are when travelling. That is because it is second nature to them.

Over time we have had to adapt our travel plans, there are some trips that they are not ready for. We couldn’t expect them to walk the 6 day Overland trail track, but they can wander through the Otways with us. They are not ready for a 3-day Whitsunday Fishing Charter, however, they will happily go fishing off the jetty on the way to Cape York.

4 – Making Memories

We want our children’s memories of their childhood to be treasured. We want them to look back on their childhood with love and joy. We feel they get that through travel. When you travel with your children you get away from the normal day to day rush of life. There is no Tae kwon do to rush to, no work, no school. Instead, there is time to create memories as a Family.

Yes, those things are important, but when you are on holidays you can forget about the normal business of life and spend quality time together. It might just be a quick day trip to Lorne or a longer month long holiday to the states. The time itself is not the important part. It’s the quality, not the quantity that matters. It’s the memories.

So why do you travel with children? Why don’t you? Tell us below in the comments.

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Disneylands California Adventure Park – Top 5 Activities for Children.

A visit to Disneyland in Anaheim would not be complete without hopping next door and visiting Disney’s California Adventure Park. this park focuses more on California and the Disney Pixar characters than Disneyland and has a much more Carnival feel than Disneyland next door. We found on our trips to Anaheim about 40 % was spent in California Adventure Park and 60 % at Disneyland. So it’s well worth a visit.

I asked my four children what their highlights were from California Adventure Park and I have compiled a list of the Top 5.

Twelve yr olds Top 5

1- Toy Story Midway Mania (Fastpass) 

This ride located at the back of the park at Paradise Pier was a favorite with our children and adults alike. You climb into a Carnival Car in Andy’s room and aim at various objects in a carnival-inspired 4D game. The great thing about Toy Story Midway Mania, is it tallies up your score so you can see how well you went.

Whilst there are no height restrictions, Children 7 and under must be supervised by someone 14 years or older.

2- Soarin around the world (Fastpass) Located in Grizzly Peak

Children 102cm or taller that don’t mind heights will love Soarin around the world. This ride is one that is hard to explain as really there is no other ride quite like it. You feel like you are hang gliding over amazing sights and really feel like you are there. All your senses are included, you feel the wind in your hair, you smell things, the music surrounds you.

3- World of color

World of color is a magical presentation of songs, music, Disney animation, lights, fire through their projection onto the water. It is an amazing experience that really brings the Disney Magic alive. The show goes for about 25 minutes, but you are drawn into every minute, every moment. Your children will love seeing their favorite characters from Pixar as well the Traditional Disney characters

It starts with a fun wheel challenge, fifteen minutes before the show, and continues through the presentation.

*We always book a Disney Dining package through Ariel’s grotto, to ensure we get a great seat, in the world of Colour preferred viewing area.

4- Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land) Fastpass

Children 102cm will love racing in radiator springs. There is always a long line so make sure you head here first to grab a FastPass ticket. The level of detail even in the waiting area is great. You really feel like you are visiting Radiator springs. The ride itself takes you on a journey with Mater to help him participate in tractor tipping, on your way to the big race.

You are in a 6 man vehicle, and empty seats are filled up with the single rider line. The first half of the ride is inside, but the final race is outside and you race another car. You don’t know who is going to win. Every time is different.

Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land)

Radiator Springs Racing (Cars Land)

5- Silly symphony swings (Paradise Pier)

A great fun classic carnival style ride. Swing high above Paradise Bay to the sounds of William Tell Overture. You must be over 102cms tall. Probably some of the best views of the water and Paradise Pier

Silly Symphony Swings

Animation Academy

HONOURABLE MENTION – Animation Academy

Fun for all ages and experiences, the animation academy teaches children and adults alike how to draw some of Disney favorite characters, you are taught by a Disney animator.

It’s an interactive step by step process. You get to take home your artwork at the end.


disney animation academy

Ten-Year-olds Top 5 Activities for Children at Disney California Adventure Park.

It’s always interesting to see how my two older children’s favorites often overlap. 

1- Toy Story Mania

(As above)

2- Goofy Sky school (FastPass, max pass, rider switch, single rider line)

Children 107cm or taller will love this roller coaster ride, that zigs and zags around corners. Children under 7 need to be supervised by someone 14 years or older. The rollercoaster is not for children afraid of heights as it goes 3 stories high in the air.

3- Mickey’s Fun Wheel

Not just an amazing photo opportunity the iconic Mickey’s fun wheel is the perfect way to see a great view of the Park. There are 8 traditional carriages, then 16 more daring carriages that move around. We had a turn on the ones that move around (Normally half the wait time) and whilst it was a little scarier it was a great way to see the park.

Each of the Carriages has a Disney face either Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, Donald.

Mickey's Fun wheel

4- Grizzle river run (FastPass, MaxPass, Single Rider line, Rider switch)

You will get wet, very wet when you take a ride on the Grizzly River Run, Jump onboard a whitewater rafting journey as you plunge down the rapids of grizzly peak.

5- Soarin over the world

(As above)

Five-year-old Top 5 list for California Disney Adventure Park.

1- The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Disneyland Ariels

The Little mermaid ride contains scenes, music and characters from The little mermaid. The line moves quickly as the clam shell carriages are always moving.  

2- Golden Zephyr Paradise Pier

Soar high with the Golden Zephyr ride, located at Paradise Pier, this ride is perfect for Children of all heights. The ride goes for 90 seconds, and you soar around in 14 man silver carriages, inspired by the 1920’s.

It allows for a great view of the Paradise Pier area. However does close early due to the World of Colour. 

3- Flik’s Flyers A Bug’s Life

Fliks Flyers

Fly high like a bug, in bug’s hot air balloon. Great ride for children and adults alike, with no height restrictions. You get a great view of all the surronding Bug’s life attractions.

4- Princess Puddle park (Bug’s life)

There is nothing better on a hot Californian day in the park to have a little splash in Princess Puddle Park. 

5- Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree

Twirl with Mater in his Junkyard Jamboree, to some great country music. you need to be 81cm tall to ride, and children under 7 must be supervised by someone 14 years or older. There are 22 different tractor trailers, that go around in a figure 8. I don’t know if its the original country tunes sung by mater, or the unpredictability of the ride, but you can’t help but smile as you spin around.

Four Year old’s favorite rides.

1- Flik’s Flyers (As Above)

2- Princess Puddle park (As above)

3- Heimlich Chew Chew Train (A bugs life)

Ride on top of Heimlich as you tour through the gardens in search of food. This is a gorgeous ride where everything around you looks huge as you navigate on a bug. Heimlich chews through treats both healthy like Watermelon, to the unhealthy candy corn. 

Caterpillar carriages seat ten, with 5 seats of 2. Great for all ages but especially pre-schoolers.

4- Francis Ladybug boogie (A Bug’s life)

Your child will love going for a spin on a ladybugs back in Francis Ladybug Boogie. Similar to a tea cup ride, you move along to a swinging beat.

5- Turtle talk with Crush (Hollywood Land)

This great interactive experiences, allows children to have an interactive chat with Crush and learn about many of the Disney Pixar, Finding  Nemo and Finding Dory characters. 
California Disney Adventure Park has so many great experiences for the kids, its well worth a visit. Children and Adults alike will marvel at all the great experiences. So if you are booking your tickets to Disneyland. Make sure you grab a Park Hopper pass.

Have you been to Disney’s California Adventure park? What was your favorite ride? Tell us in the comets below.

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Do you want to know one of the most magical places in Disneyland? Somewhere sure to delight, make your child feel extra special. Then you need to book into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique located in Fantasyland.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

1- Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a popular experience at Disneyland for girls and boys aged 3 – 12. A Fairy Godmother in Training will transform your child into a royal princess or knight at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

There are seven packages on offer.

1- The crown package. $64.95 US plus Tax (and tip)

If you have your own costume, this is a great entry level package to make your child feel special and pampered. This package includes hair, (Princess, Disney Diva, Color star) makeup, Princess sash and a take-home Princess Cinch bag and nail polish.

2- The next level is the courtyard Package, this is $109.95 (Plus tax) (And tip)

This includes the same as a crown package and a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique T-shirt, and a tutu.

3 – The next Package is the Castle Package, starting at $199.95 US

  • (depends on your child’s choice of costume and extra accessories) (Plus Tax and tip). You would have to put aside at least $250 US.

It includes everything from the Crown package, a Princess gown of your choice, all to take home in their Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique cinch bag. The thing that sets it apart is the portrait package where they take gorgeous professional photos near Cinderella’s carriage.

Then the child and four of their family members get priority entrance into Fantasy Faire to meet three of the Disney princesses. No waiting in line.

4 – The Disney Frozen Package, at $164.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

This package is for the frozen fan. It comes with an Anna or Elsa Hairstyle and an Anna or Elsa Costume. The children also receive makeup, nail polish, Sparkling snowflake Accessories, Face gem, Princess gem and get to take home a 12 inch Olaf plush toy.

5 – The Disney Frozen crown package at $114.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

Like the Disney Frozen package just without the Anna or Elsa costume, perfect if you already have an Anna or Elsa costume.

Now the Bibbidi, Bobbidi Boutique is not just for princesses, There are two more great packages

6 – The Knights package. $19.95 (Plus tax and tip) –

You get a hairstyle, a sword, and shield. You can also upgrade to a different sword and shield if you would like for a small additional sum.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

7 – The Deluxe Knights package, $79.95 US (Plus tax and tip)

You get all the great bits of the Knights package and also a great Prince costume.




Fairytale Princess

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Disney Diva

Color Star 

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort

Things to know  –

Tips are cash only.

There is only one carriage and photographer so you might have to wait a few minutes for photos.

It is very tempting to spend extra money on shoes, gloves, and other accessories. If you want to save money bring your own accessories.

It is extremely busy, they allow you to book up to 60 days in advance by phone on (714) 781-7895. Make sure you do.

After the package, we found that all the Disney cast members interacted with our children by calling them, sir or princess. It really added to the magic.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the Disneyland Resort



To see what are some of our other recommendations for children to do at Disneyland check out our post – Top 5 Must do Activities for Children at Disneyland. 

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Top 5 Must do activities at Disneyland for kids.

Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at  Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.

Top 5 Activities for Children at Disneyland

A Twelve-year-olds must-do activities at Disneyland.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (fast pass- Max pass)

Located In Tomorrowland. Make sure you grab a FastPass as during the day the line can get long.

Buzz Lightyear needs your help, board a spaceship and help save the galaxy for this interactive ride.  Shoot targets and try and get a high score with the toy laser gun.

No height restrictions however children under seven must be supervised by someone fourteen years or older.

  • Fireworks 

Best Viewing areas – in front of Sleeping beauty castle, Main Street USA, near it’s a small world.

(Dependent on weather) If you are only at Disneyland for a couple of days, don’t wait. Make sure you see Fireworks when you can as it is weather dependent and if it is too wet, or windy they have been known to be cancelled. On our last trip to Disneyland, we watched the fireworks from a distance on our first couple of nights. Then when we wanted to watch it from out of the front of the castle it was cancelled two nights in a row.

There is something magical about watching the fireworks cascading above sleeping beauty’s castle.

  • Fantasmic (Fastpass – gets you a better view)

Located in the waters around Pirates Lairon Tom’s Sawyer Island Mickey’s amazing dream comes to life, including a 45foot fire-breathing dragon.

Fantasmic and fireworks are on at the same time so you need to do them on different days.

  • Star Tours (Tomorrowland)

Offers Fastpass, Max pass and rider switch.

From the minute you wait in line to catch a ride on the Starspeeder 1000, the fun starts for Star Wars fans. Take a look at the decorations, keep an eye on the window and see if you can see the shadow of your favourite character.

This 3D ride you need to be 102cm, and all children under 7 years old must be accompanied by someone 14 years over.

* My kids favourite part of the ride is one person at random is chosen to be a spy and their pictures flashes on the screen. We rode it over a dozen times hoping to be chosen.

  • Dole Whip (Adventureland)

Just outside the Enchanted Tiki room in Adventureland is the Tiki Juice Room. The place to get the famous dole whip. No visit to Disneyland is complete without tasting a Dole Whip.

Dole whips are only $4.99

  • Honorable mentions – It’s a small world. (Fantasyland)

My daughter struggled to limit her list to 5 and this was the one that almost made it. This iconic ride that was featured in the movie Tomorrowland with George Clooney, is a family favourite. This is pure Disney nostalgia, however, I must warn you the song will get stuck in your head.


Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a ten-year-old.

  • Star Tours 

(See above)

  • Indiana Jones Adventure (Fast pass, Max Pass, Rider switch, Single rider line)

Children 117cm or taller, with a little bit of an adventurous streak, will love the Indiana Jones ride. Once again children under the age of 7 must be supervised by someone over the age of 14. The Indiana Jones ride is a great experience from the themed line, you enter the legendary temple of the forbidden eye. You climb into a twelve man vehicle and you move over a rocky terrain, fast at times, sometimes backwards. It’s a really unique experience, not really a roller coaster but not slow like some of the other rides either.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean (New Orleans Square)

Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a great ride for all ages.There are no height restrictions although it can be a little dark at times. You climb into a boat that floats through a Caribbean village or two. Our children loved trying to look for Captain Jack Sparrow who was hiding in various parts of the sets.

You float past people sitting in the Blue Bayou restaurant as they eat their meal.

  • Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

(See above)

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster

  • Jedi training academy

Follow the steps of a Jedi master and train with the Jedi. This was a highlight of our trip both our children got to battle Darth Maul. Tips – Go early get a spot at the front. Dress up as a Jedi, bring a lightsaber, or a sign. You are more likely to be picked.

Star wars Jedi training academy Star wars Jedi training academy

  • honorable mentions – Make your own Lightsaber

In the Star Trader shop in Disneyland is a make your own Lightsaber a stand. Our children spent ages building their own lightsaber. (Which they then took to try and get into Jedi training academy.

Must do activities at Disneyland for kids as voted by a five-year-old.

Book into the Bippity Boppoty Boutique to get a makeover by your own fairy godmother. Dress up as your favourite princess, get your nails, hair, and makeup done. Then. Head straight into princess Faire for her next recommendation which is to and get your photo and an Autograph with a princess at Fantasy Faire


  • Mad Tea party (Fantasyland)

No visit to Disneyland would be complete without a go on the spinning teacup rides. Children any height will love climbing into a giant pastel teacup. This is classic Disney magic at it’s best. The best thing about the Mad Tea Party is you control how much spin you can handle.

Mad Tea Party Disneyland

  • Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

The Casey Jr Circus train is an enchanting train ride, that has been at Disneyland since 1955. It is an enchanting ride through a tour of mini-villages showing many of your children’s favourite fairytales. All while riding in a gorgeous ‘circus train’

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)


  • It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(See above)

It's a small world


Must do activities at Disneyland as voted by a three-year-old.

*Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Casey Jr Circus train (Fantasyland)

It’s a small world (Fantasyland)

(see above)

Donald’s Boat (Mickey’s Toontown)

Children any height can stretch their legs and explore Donalds Boat, climb the spiral staircase to ring the bell, spin the steering wheel, pull the whistle and see what happens.

Goofy’s Playhouse (Mickey’s Toontown)

Probably the best spot in Disneyland for children under three. Our children loved climbing through tunnels, having a turn on slides, and running around and exploring the Goofy playhouse Yard.

Mickeys toontown

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)

Children all ages will love exploring the many adventures of Winnie the Pooh, they will see all their favourite characters as they ride around in Giant honeypots.

The many adventures of Winnie the Pooh (critter country)



Have you been to Disneyland? Have you been to Disney’s California Adventure Park?

What are your must-do Activites at Disneyland for kids, tell us below in the comments?



Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.
Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.
Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, however, if you have decided to go in Peak season, or only have a couple of days to experience it, it can be a bit overwhelming trying to fit everything in. We have put together a list of our children’s top 5 must do activities at Disneyland for kids. Because, as much as you want to do everything at Disneyland sometimes it is just not possible.


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AMA‘AMA Disney Aulani Resort

“It’s kinda fun to do the impossible” Walt Disney

Sitting at the table of Ama’Ama only metres from the pools of Disney Aulani you really begin to understand the quote.

As you sit in this beautiful restaurant so close to the hustle and bustle of waterslides, rides, rainbow reef and Pool lounges, you feel miles away from it all. Sitting with a cocktail in your hand, the water in view its really is the perfect place to relax and unwind at Disney Aulani Resort.

Ama’Ama is open for breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Breakfast is open 7am – 10:30am, Lunch is 11:30am – 2:30pm, Dinner is 5pm – 9pm

Ama’Ama has a Keiki (Children’s) menu, including some great healthy Mickey check options. As well as some keiki favourites, Hamburger and chips, and chicken tenders and chips. All the children were also given a great little activity booklet. All our children 3, 5, 9 and 11 had fun as it has a good range of activities, perfect for a variety of ages as well colouring in that kept them all entertained.

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During the day the crowd is varied, from couples, individuals and families, however, at night time it seems to be the place that you are more likely to see parents relaxing together whilst their children are in one of the night time activities at Aunty’s beach house.

Live music plays nightly (except Sunday), and there is nothing better than watching the sunset over Ko Olina Beach with a drink in hand listening to the music playing gently in the background.

We went multiple times both at lunch and dinner and every time the service was great. They were really quick to come around and take our drinks and food order.

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Lunch consists of a variety of salads, Soups, Entrees or deserts.

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The dinner menu had a range of soups, salads, steak, chicken, lamb and a great range of seafood options. As well as a few dessert options.

There are heaps of different styles of eating at Disney Aulani, from Grab it and go, Buffet and Character Dining, however, if you are after some nice dining in a beautiful environment then Ama’Ama Disney Aulani is the restaurant for you.

We have put together a comprehensive dining guide at Disney Aulani resort, to showcase all the other options that are available for you.


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Dinner with Donald, with Disney Aulani Character Dining

“Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories.” — Genie, The Return of Jafar

Create your own special memories with an enchanting evening at Makahiki Character dining. On selected nights the Menehune get up to mischief with a delectable buffet feast and characters to meet at “Menehune mischief”.

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Join Disney Aulani’s “Uncle” and some cheeky Disney characters for a fun, musical filled evening. The Menehune are the cheeky magical people of Hawaii, mischevious people. The shows are on three nights a week Sunday, Monday and Thursday (Check this hasn’t changed before booking). Instead of normal character Dinner, they have two shows, 5:15 – 6 pm, and 7:15-8pm.  With seating times at 4:30, 4:45, and 5pm for the 5:15 show, and 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm for the 7:30pm show. Before and during the show you will see some characters so make sure you have your camera and autograph book ready.

What to expect at Menehune mischief “Disney Aulani Character dining”

When you arrive similar to the breakfast Character Dining you will be met at the front by a greeter who will confirm all your party is there and get you to sit down and wait to meet Donald.

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Similar to breakfast time, there is a professional photographer there ready to take photos of you whilst you are getting autographs, during hi-fives and a more formal photo. Later they come around to your table and you can purchase these for $35, they come with one photo and a disk of all the other photos. (These are not linked to your photopass card).

Once you have your photo taken you sit and wait until someone walks you through to your table. You can order a drink, and grab some great food from the buffet.

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Food selection

There was a great variety of food on offer at the buffet, from a carvery, salads, plenty of seafood, Oysters, Prawns, Claws, Mussels, Sushi, Tuna, Salmon, etc. Bread, Crab legs, Pizza, fried rice, Pork Loin, Fish, Steak, pasta.

For the Keiki (children) there was macaroni cheese, potato gems (dinosaur eggs) and also beef sliders. (they could also choose any of the normal buffet.

But where they excelled where the desserts. They had a huge selection of desserts, Brownies, cheesecakes, Cookies, Bread pudding, Puddings, Tapioca Pudding, Berries, Seasonal fruit, Chocolate Mousse, Rice Krispies.

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At $52 for adults and $25 for children, it is only $3 more than the non-character dinner, so worth booking into the experience.










Like the breakfast, this is different to your traditional Disney character dining at the parks as apart from Donald who you meet on entry you also only have two – three other characters. On our evening we had stitch and chip and dale. Chip and Dale came to our table multiple times, however, Stitch only came once just as we were leaving.


If character dining or buffets are not for you, there are other places to dine at Dinsey Aulani, from table service options at Ama Ama, casual dining at one of the bars, or grab it and go options check out our dining guide to find out more.


Have you been to a character dinner before?

What character would you like to see, make sure you let us know in the comments section below.


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Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.” Walt Disney

Immerse yourself in the Magic of A Disney Aulani Character Dining experience.

Located at the Makahiki restaurant, just downstairs from the lobby is the Makahiki restaurant. A buffet-style Disney dining area that is open for Disney character breakfast every morning. It is open every night however only character dining 3 nights a week.

We were lucky to take our kids to both the character breakfast and dinner experience. Whilst they are different to the character dining you will experience in Disneyland, they are still a magical experience for everyone involved.

Just like booking Dining experiences with any other Disney resort you are able to book your Character dining reservations through the website long before you even get to the resort to make sure you get the perfect time for your booking.

Enjoy the magic of Disney.

What to expect at Disney Aulani Character Dining Breakfast.

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When you arrive you are instantly met by a couple of staff at the front counter who confirm your booking and then get you to line up to get a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. We had to wait about 5-10 minutes both Disney character breakfasts we had booked.

Make sure your kids bring their autograph books, bring a camera. They take some great professional shots for you, but they do not use photo pass, these are separate. The cost was about $35 US for one photo and a disk of the rest of the professional shots taken at the initial meet and greet. They were well worth it every time with over ten photos. The photographer also takes one photo with your camera.

The characters you get to meet are varied. but normally only two (And the initial meet and greet with Mickey). On our first character breakfast, we met Minnie and Pluto. On our second it was Minnie and Goofy.

You have to be patient though as there are quite a few tables and the characters spend a while at each table, we just missed Minnie mouse when we arrived and had well and truly finished eating be they time she came back. Very different from other Disney Character dining when there are lots more characters so you don’t feel like you are waiting for characters.

But at $20 per child and $39 per adult, the price is reasonable so still worth it for a couple of interactions. What they lack in extra characters they make up for with “Auntie”. She adds games, songs, activities, interacts with the tables. She makes sure people who are having birthdays, or anniversaries are celebrated and adds some of the Hawaii Spirit to the Disney environment.

Selection of Food

Now the most important thing for me in a Breakfast buffet is the omelette station, a real buffet breakfast needs an omelette station and the Disney Aulani does not disappoint. The omelettes are made fresh to order and made well with a great selection of meat and vegetables to choose from.

There is also a great variety of fresh fruit, cereals, hot foods, from your typical bacon, eggs, as well as fried rice, miso soup. There is a great range of pastries, bread, pancakes and no Disney buffet breakfast would be complete without the famous Mickey Waffles. But Disney Aulani Character breakfast takes it one step further with Red Velvet Iron man waffles.

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The highlight for my children through where the Bananas and blueberries in a bucket. I will let the picture do the talking. And the yoghurts that are all served in small containers to minimise wastage.

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Overall we loved our breakfast, sure it wasn’t cheap but it was worth going. Personally, we only went twice through our seven days at Aulani and that was enough to experience the magic, enjoy the omelettes and fresh food.

Dinsey Aulani has a great variety of other Disney dining options, including the beautiful table service restaurant Ama Ama. Whilst Makahiki is the only character dining experience in the resort, there are plenty of opportunities to grab a photo with your favourite characters with a Daily meet and greets around the resort.

A Disney Character Breakfast is only one way you can explore the magic of Disney Aulani resort. There are so many more magical things to do and see.

Have you been to a Disney Character Dining experience? Which is your favourite? Tell us below in the comments.




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Our Disney Aulani Food Guide

Disney Aulani Food Guide.

The Disney Aulani is a gorgeous resort located only a forty minute drive from the famous Waikiki beach on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. It is a resort that has everything, a beautiful beach, a kids club, photography courses, a spa, pools, waterslides, a Lu’au, even a Rainbow reef where you can snorkel in a 3800 square foot saltwater private lagoon.

With so much on offer, there is little reason to leave the resort. So with that in mind, we have put together our Disney Aulani food guide for eating at the Disney Aulani resort.

1 – Character dining.

If you are interested in Character Dining at Disney Aulani resort you have two options, Breakfast (Daily) or Dinner (Selected nights) at the Makahiki restaurant. The Makahiki restaurant is a buffet style restaurant. It is a casual family-friendly restaurant that serves a great variety of food.

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2 – Table service

With one of the best vistas on the island, Ama’Ama is an elegant oceanfront restaurant that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whilst it is a more formal dining option at the resort, it is still children friendly with a great Keiki (Children’s menu).

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3 – Lounges and Bars

There are three Lounges / Bars at Disney Aulani resort.

Off the Hook a poolside lounge that serves food (11 am – 9 pm) and drinks (10 am-9:30 pm)

This has a Keiki menu (food and Juice) available in the outside tables and chairs, and around the pool. As well as a very basic menu of salads, fried food, and Entrees.

The Olelo Room whether you want to sit out under the stars, or indoors the Olelo room allows you to learn about the Hawaiian language, listen to Live entertainment and enjoy a bite to eat. Open from 5 pm – 11 pm.

Wailana Pool Bar, located in the Adult only pool area. Has a full bar, as well as the same poolside Dining menu that is available at Off the Hook.

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4 – Meals on the Go.

Grab one of these meals on the go take it up to your room, lounge by the pool, the beach or maybe sit and watch the fish swim by at Rainbow Reef.

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The Ulu Cafe.

The Ulu cafe is a great place to grab some pastries, hot meals, drinks, ice creams, cakes, and other grab it and go options. Breakfast is served from 6:30 am – 11 am and includes all your favourites like eggs, bacon, croissants, fresh fruit.  It also has an all-day menu from 11 am – 8:30 pm

It is a great place to grab a drink with the refillable mug that allows you to have unlimited sodas, tea, coffee and cocoa during your stay at Disney Aulani Resort.

They also serve pizza nightly from 5 pm to 8:30 pm



Mama’s Snack Stop

Another great place to grab a drink with your refillable mug
Has Hotdogs, salads, wraps, and other sweets.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Papalua Shave Ice

One of the busiest shops in Disney Aulani resort is the Papalua Shave ice. You can buy a traditional shave ice, or shaped like Mickey’s ears, or even add condensed milk for extra sweetness.
Open 11 am – 5 pm

Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk

Whilst you are sitting at Ko Olina beach enjoying the sunshine hop across to Little Opihi’s – Beachside Kiosk to grab a Mickey shaped pretzel, Dole Whip, cold drink, light meals or bag of crisps.

Lava Shack

Stop in to get a refill from the mug station between 10 am – 5 pm. The Lava shack is a great place to grab crisps, ice creams, and corn chips.

Kalepa’s Store

Kalepa’s store in the main lobby has a limited amount of groceries, including bread, milk, some fruit and vegetables, some frozen food, ie lasagne, chips etc. You can purchase cold drinks, limited alcohol and snack foods.

5 – Room Service.

Between the hours of 6 am – 11 pm, you can order from the room service menu. These include breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts and snacks.

5 – Special Gifts.

Celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a special range of cakes, platters and other special treats. Available to order through room service. You need to order 24 – 48 hours in advance depending on the order.

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