Travel Essentials & Hacks


Enjoy your vacation with peace of mind knowing that you have all the essentials required for your trip. Computers crash and errors occur, ensure you have a print out of any receipts for prepaid bookings and reservation codes. Proof of payment can be vital for airline tickets, transfers and parking. I have run into many situations that have required proof of booking and payment. Another important part of your vacation is to do a pre check before you walk out the door. Making sure you have all of the necessary items including travel essentials like battery chargers and phone cables. I don’t think there is any one thing more annoying on vacation than having the unnecessary expense of rebuying something you already own like a phone charger that you forgot to pack. Not to mention the precious vacation time wasted on finding a store instead of enjoying your vacation time. Here is a checklist and a few good Travel Hacks:

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Huntington Beach CA


You will find many great beaches within an hour drive of Disneyland, we will be reviewing many of them here in subsequent posts. This trip we spent the day at Huntingdon Beach. Here is what you will find along with the enjoyment of a beautiful sandy beach to build castles or go surfing.

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Top Dining Anaheim


Within walking distance of the Disneyland resort you will find a wide variety of excellent restaurants. We have been enjoying Disneyland for years and have found a few restaurants outside the park that we would never miss.  If you only have time for one great breakfast in Anaheim make sure you stop by Mimi’s Café on Harbor Boulevard.

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Downtown Disney Entertainment


A wide variety of entertainment and activities can be found along the promenade of Downtown Disney.  Performers, shows and Live music can often be found in front of various establishments as well as inside a few dining establishments such as the House of Blues, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen and Tortilla Jo’s…

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Downtown Disney Dining


We love relaxing in Downtown Disney the day before or the day after we have used our park hopper ticket. With so many great dining options we always like to make time to stop at a few of our personal favorites.  The restaurant portions in general are large, so we often share meals to save room for dessert.  If you only have time for one great meal in Downtown Disney, make sure you don’t miss the ESPN zone.

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Downtown Disney Shopping


World of Disney is one of the best Disney stores you will find anywhere. With many unique Disney items for the avid Disney collector or maybe you just want to show your Disney side with a cool Disney logoed item. You will also find a number of other great stores in Downtown Disney. Here is a look at what you will find…

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Downtown Disney Tips


A trip to Disneyland would not be complete without enjoying Downtown Disney. An outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment district connected to the Disneyland Resort Hotels and located in walking distance between Disneyland and California Adventure. Featuring a number of great restaurants, unique stores and a variety of live entertainment that can be found in the promenade and at select Restaurants.

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California Adventure Top Treats


The treats that you will find at California Adventure are equally as spectacular as those found in Disneyland, with a few unique to California Adventure.  A visit to the park would not be complete without enjoying a few of these marvellous selections. Here you will find a list of our personal favourites…

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California Adventure Bar Crawl


California Adventure offers a great selection of Beer, Wine and Mixed drinks. Available at select locations throughout the park, here you will find a glimpse of the beverages you might want to enjoy after a long hot day. The drinking age in California is 21, ID is required and strictly enforced.

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California Adventure Character Experiences


Character greetings pose another great photo opportunity throughout the park. Take advantage of using the Photo Pass photographer service so you can put yourself in the picture as well. Here is a list of the most common characters found in the park and where the greetings usually occur. Many characters not listed here do come out seasonally so refer to your Entertainment Guide for exact character times and locations and keep your eyes open for other characters roaming around the park…

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