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Adventurer’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Adventurer’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort


Are you an adventurer waiting to explore all that the Disneyland Resort can offer in the way of danger and mystery? “Disneyland Adventure is out there!” While not particularly scary, Disneyland is still a wonderful place for those who love wild animals, rustic atmospheres and worldly explorations. I’m here to show you what you need to bring with you, what to explore at the Parks and how to make the most of your Disney adventures.

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Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Adventurer Agenda

Adventurers are great planners and make sure their rucksacks are well-stocked. Keep reading on the best practices for what to pack with you into the park, starting with park tickets. Start your day on the best foot by purchasing tickets ahead of time so you aren’t left waiting in line at the front gate. I recommend my partner at Get Away Today. You’ll not only save time but a few dollars off the purchase price as well.

Packing Your Bag for Adventures

Fill your day pack with essentials, including sunscreen, camera and cash. Disneyland allows you to pack in your own snacks, so go ahead and fill your bag with healthy snacks that will help keep up your stamina between adventures. Don’t forget to pack your canteen (or water bottle!) to refill at the drinking fountains. You can also request water for free at any counter service restaurant. Here are more ideas on what to pack for a day at Disneyland and what to leave home.


Disneyland Adventurer’s Itinerary

Naturally an Adventurer’s day should begin in Adventureland inside the Disneyland Park. Pick up your FastPass first for Indiana Jones Adventure then hop into line next door at Jungle Cruise. You’ll board a small craft bound for the Amazon, complete with “wild animals” and funny jokes from your Skipper along the way.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

View from the top of Tarzan’s Treehouse

Take a tour of Tarzan’s Treehouse, an 80-tree that offers a lovely view of Tom Sawyer Island and the Rivers of America. There are plenty of stairs so be sure you’re up for the climb. At the base of the Treehouse, there is a small play area for small adventurers to explore.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

If your FastPass time for Indiana Jones hasn’t come yet, swing by the Enchanted Tiki Room to sing like the birdies sing. Be sure to watch the totem pole show outside during the pre-show as the island gods are each awakened. Pick up a Dole pineapple treat from the Tiki Juice Bar just outside before you go in. And don’t be shy! Singing and whistling along with the 15-minute animatronics show is highly encouraged.

Now it’s time for your Indiana Jones Adventure. Guests 46″+ can enjoy this thrilling ride that transports you right into Indy’s world, complete with bumpy Jeep ride, snakes, giant boulders and lots of other close calls. The ultimate in Disneyland adventure!

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Grizzy River Run – Image Credit: Jeff Holz

Disney California Adventure Park Itinerary

Those looking for more adventure will find it over at Disney California Adventure Park and Grizzly Peak is the place to start! Grab a FastPass for Soarin’ Around the World, then head around the curve towards Grizzy River Run. Reminiscent of inner-tubing down a rushing river, you’ll need to put your valuables in a locker (located just at the entrance) to prevent water damage.

Spend some time at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and you’ll be able to dry off. There are caves to explore, rope bridges to navigate, rock walls to climb and kids can hop aboard a tire swing. It’s easy to get separated from your kids in here so make sure you have an agreed-upon meeting spot in case someone gets lost.

Tour back to Soarin’ for your next adventure, that will take you “flying” over landmarks around the globe, complete with the wind in your hair and the smell of adventure in the air.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Queue of Soarin’ Over California – Image Credit: Jeff Holz

Adventurer’s Attire

Adventurers dress appropriate to the weather. There are no rides in Disneyland’s Adventureland where you’re at risk of getting wet. But if you venture to Disney California Adventure Park there is Grizzy River Run and you will get soaked! Shoes that dry quickly and are comfortable for long hikes and climbs are best. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the elements.

If you forgot your pith helmet at home, you can pick up sundries at the Adventureland Bazaar, South Seas Traders and Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost. These are the perfect shops to pick up a tropical top, jungle-themed stuffed animal, rubber snake or faux whip.

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Adventurer’s Appetite

Adventurers eat on the go, so there aren’t any full-service restaurants in Disneyland’s Adventureland. Grab a fast snack at Tropical Imports, including ice cold pickles and dried fruit. There is always a line at the Bengal Barbeque and for good reason. The kabobs of meat and veggies are delicious and come with dipping sauce.

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A Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar is a must. Don’t be thrown off by the mile-line line outside. Go inside the gate for the Enchanted Tiki Room and a second line is there that is generally much shorter. Over at Disney California Adventure Park, you can enjoy a quick-service sit down meal at Smokejumpers Grill that offers filling classic burgers and salads.

Looking for a foodie Disneyland adventure on a budget? Read more on 7 Tips to Save Money on Food at Disney Parks and More Ways to Save Money on Food at Disney Parks.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Adventurer’s Anthology

You’ll want a memento to remind you of your adventures and all good explorers have their collections. Store photo memories in an album, encircle your wrist with a reminder of your journey or get wrapped up in a dramatic adventure tale!

End the Night at Trader Sam’s

Finish out your day of Disneyland adventure with a night cap outside the Parks. Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel is the perfect end to a day of exploration. Inside the small lounge, specialty drinks unleash enchanting fun when ordered. Order the Krakatoa Punch and watch out for the lava flow! Food is served as well to satisfy grumbling tummies (we like the variety of the Pu Pu Platter).

Kids are welcome inside until 8 pm. After that, Trader Sam’s is strictly 21+. If you can’t get a seat inside (it’s a small bar and there are no reservations accepted), hang out on the outdoor patio. At night, the terrace is lit with tiki torches and live acoustic music is played to set the scene.

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Sunday 27th of December 2015

I got soooooo wet on Grizzly River Run. When I stood up to get off the ride water literally ran out of my shorts. It was a rare moment when I wish they sold underwear in the parks.

Rosanne @ What's the Point?

Friday 18th of December 2015

Disneyland definitely has the adventurers' spirit! This is a great guide. I would go one step further and add in Trader Sam's!

Leslie H (tripswithtykes)

Thursday 17th of December 2015

I'm ready to go adventuring! My husband intends to retire to Anaheim and be a Jungle Cruise skipper. And he's not kidding! ;-)

Michaelyn P

Thursday 17th of December 2015

I love this guide! Adventureland and New Orleans Square are my two favorite lands in the park, so I love that you're starting your adventure there! So much to do there for the whole family and so well themed. I also love that vintage messenger bag you posted! I may need to do some shopping now before my next trip! ;) Great post!

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