Disneyland is a place full of fun little secret details, quirks, and experiences for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Most of them remain hidden for the casual guest but if you search for these hidden treasures it will really enhance your adventure at Disney. With all of the blog and books dedicated to the secrets to Disneyland we know that a lot of the secrets are well known by some of the “die hard” Disney fans but here are some things you might not know.
First, let’s start off with this winner! The hidden Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster target, in the second room during the ride, Zurg will be standing there. When he turns and moves his cape, we then see a small “Z” on his chest. You might think it is not a target because it looks slightly different than the other ones, but this one is worth 50,000 points! This target is a tough shot but if you hit it the points will definitely wrack up.
Next, Cinderella’s Castle is a wonderful place for you to take a memorable picture; even more so while it is decorated. By the way you can still catch it for the Diamond Celebration or if you wait till mid-November you will see the castle (and whole entire park) decorated for Christmas. While most visitors take their photos right in front of the castle you can avoid people walking in front of your picture right at the best moment if you walk down the path to the right. On top of there being less traffic, from this side angle your picture will look like you are closer to the castle than you really are. On the other hand, sometime during your visit when you do walk in front of Cinderella’s Castle be sure to look down at your feet and search for the Disney Time Capsule, the big day it will be opened is on Disneyland’s 80th anniversary: July 17, 2035.
Also, did you know you can get a “Death Certificate” as a souvenir from The Haunted Mansion? When you first enter the mansion and are in the foyer ask the host or hostess if you can get one. Then, all you have to do is go back after the ride and they should have it ready for you! This also works at The Jungle Cruise, after you ride the cruise you can ask for a free map.
This is another fun one, (I can’t attest this completely, as I haven’t tried to consume them all) all of the plants in Tomorrowland is supposed to be edible. The idea behind this starts with Tomorrowland’s original role to offer a piece of the future and show a better tomorrow for America.
After you have ridden a few of your favorite rides and are going to be wanting a tangy but sweet treat, your next stop will probably be to grab a Dole Whip. It is around the corner from Aladdin’s Oasis and the line usually wraps all the way around the corner. Here is a little trick though, you can go in the Tiki Hut Theatre and get in the line for the back side for Dole Whip! There will most likely still be a line, but it is usually way shorter. Then you can have a seat right in there at some of the benches and enjoy your dole whip
Lastly, another fun activity to do while going to Disneyland is to do Disney Bounding. Disney Bounding is a wonderful and creative way for you to dress up like your favorite princess or character for the day, you just need to wear normal everyday clothes. For example, if you wanted to be Snow White you would wear yellow shorts or skirt and a blue top with red accessories. You can dress up as anyone: Mickey, Peter Pan, or Flynn Rider and you can do a group theme like the Princesses or Alice in Wonderland characters. Disney Bounding is for everyone, but mainly for kids or adults over the age of fourteen because that is the cut off age of dressing up in a legit costume. If you feel like you need some inspiration for an outfit there are lots of people on Instagram or Pinterest that post pictures of their favorite outfits.
This list is to help your first or next trip to the happiest place on earth be a fun and memorable trip. If you are still interested in this topic there are loads of blog and books dedicated to the study of Disneyland secrets. Get your backpack ready and Enjoy!