You might think that you are in great shape at age 32, but trying to keep up with your rambunctious 10 year-old child is a losing battle. Going to Disneyland or California Adventure with young children is great fun but will test your stamina over the course of the day. Kids get so excited that they don’t know when to slow down. They want to rush from ride to ride to make sure they don’t miss out on all the fun. As a parent, your job is to pull in the reigns and control the pace. Think of your day at Disney, not as a sprint, but more of a long race.
When the summer sun is shining and the temperature hits 90 degrees, you can easily overheat. Fortunately, there are more than a few ways that you can cool down and relax when you visit Disneyland or California Adventure. When you’re hot and tired and just need to get off your feet and cool down, consider some of the following suggestions.
A Shady Place to Sit Down
During your visit to Disneyland you might end up walking three or four miles. Everyone enters down Main Street U.S.A. and then you have a choice of which area of the park to visit next. Maybe you’ll head through Sleeping Beauty’s castle into Fantasyland or maybe you will bear right and wind up in Tomorrowland. No matter where you find yourself (Adventureland, Frontierland, New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Jamboree or Mickey’s Toontown,you’ll find benches and some prime shady spots.
Use the benches on Main Street or just sit down on the curb. If you’re willing to climb up a few stairs, the benches by the Main Street Train Station offer an unobstructed view down Main Street. Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland offers some shady benches where you can relax and enjoy the live entertainment and interaction with some cool characters. Out around the playground near Goofy’s house in Toontown, relax on a bench or just rest against a wall while your kids burn off some energy. Grab a table at the French Market/Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square, order a refreshing beverage, and relax to some cool jazz.
When visiting California Adventure, you can find shade, benches and some quiet spots along the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail. If you walk toward the less-crowded back part of California Adventure you can enjoy cool breezes and a beautiful water view by the Paradise Pier. Let the mist from the waterfalls at Grizzly River Run cool you off on a hot day.
Take Advantage of Disney Transportation
Board the air-conditioned monorail for a 2.5 mile, 13 minute ride that takes you through parts of both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. While you sit back and relax, you’ll also get a view from above of Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, Buena Vista Street and Hollywood Land.
While not air-conditioned, the Disneyland Railroad offers a welcome respite for those leg-weary visitors who want to take a scenic tour of Disneyland. The train makes stops on Main Street U.S.A., in New Orleans Square, Tomorrowland, and Mickey’s Toontown.
How about a peaceful ride on the Mark Twain Riverboat? Find a seat, sit back and enjoy the view from the paddle-wheel vessel. The ride lasts about twenty minutes.
Sip on a Cold Beer or Have a Cold Drink
With the exception of the exclusive and very private 33 Club in New Orleans Square, Disneyland does not serve alcoholic beverages. If you want a cold brew, you’ll find plenty of places to have one in California Adventure.
• Get an ice cold Budweiser at Taste Pilot’s Grill
• Tecate and Dos Equis are served at the Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill
• Enjoy a Sam Adams or Blue Moon at the Paradise Garden Grill
For those who favor a non-alcoholic beverage, try:
• A Dole Whip Float at the Tiki Juice Bar (Disneyland)
• A Boysen Apple Freeze at Fantasy Fair (Disneyland)
• A Schmoozies Mango Madness tropical blend (California Adventure)
• A refreshing Wildberry Lemonade at Carthay Circle (California Adventure)
Get the most out of your Disney trip this summer. Don’t forget to include rest and drink breaks the next time you visit Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.