Seriously, I can’t believe I didn’t think of doing this sooner! I am a Disney obsessed mom, by golly, I should have a Disney Bucket List!
Do you have one?
First off, I don’t feel that you have to have an Annual Pass to pull these off. Second, I live in Idaho and going to Disneyland takes a large amount of research and planning. I don’t think you have to live across the street from the Main Gate to have a Disneyland Bucket List either. I think you just have to have a sincere and, shall we say bizarre, love for Disneyland; along with a desire to take leaps of faith and be more curious than the proverbial cat.
So, here goes. A Disneyland Bucket List for Everyone:
- Go on your birthday. The actual day of your birthday…not just the 2 weeks before or the 2 weeks after. Get a birthday button.
- Get a death certificate from the Haunted Mansion. Hopefully, when you ask a Cast Member about this they will know what to do and you can mark this one off.
- Eat at the Blue Bayou. You know, the restaurant INSIDE Pirates of the Caribbean. Pricey, but worth the experience I think.
- Buy the dinner show for World of Color. Another pricier item, but, WOW, wouldn’t it be spectacular. True definition of ‘dinner AND a show.’
- Buy a set of Mickey Ears and have your name sewn on the back. Wear it all day long. Double points if it is on your birthday (see #1).
- Go to the Cove. Ask for the ‘secret menu’. Sit and have a drink with someone you love.
- Keep your eyes on the goat while riding Big Thunder Railroad. Do NOT to get sick when you get off the ride.
- Identify all the names on every window on Main Street and Buena Vista Blvd. They all are real people that are tied to Disneyland. They are important to what Disney is today.
- Listen to all the sounds of Disneyland. There are recorded sounds all over. For example, by the bathrooms beside the train station in New Orleans and near the ice cream parlor on Main Street. You can hear lots of voices or music from the open windows.
- Get your picture snapped on every ride you ride, in both parks.
- Dine at Club 33, an exclusive club inside Disneyland.
- Stay a night in the Dream Suite.
- Stay a night in the Dream Suite AND watch Fantasmic from your balcony.
- Have a drink inside 1901, the exclusive club inside California Adventure.
- Run a RunDisney event. Collect ALL the medals.
- Find the Hidden Mickeys. You’ll need a book or a guide of some sort, I’m sure. There are hundreds to be found.
- Ride the entire track of both the train AND the Monorail. In fact, ask if you can ride as far forward as you can…like the nose of the Monorial.
- Pause at the top of the Fun Wheel. Take in the sights.
- Sing (loudly) the theme from Gilligan’s Island when embarking on The Pirates of the Caribbean. Or anything by Jimmy Buffet.
- Watch the entire cartoon playing inside Main Street Cinema. This is a great place to sit and cool down also.
- Eat Dole Whip INSIDE the Tiki Room. Most people skip this kooky show, but not the yummy treat. Combine them. It is also a GREAT place to sit and rest for 15 minutes. But BEWARE! It isn’t quiet.
- Drive the Mark Twain Riverboat. You have to buck up and ask a Cast Member. But if they say YES, make sure to sign the legendary guest book.
- Experience the Candlelight Processional through the parks during Christmas. You have to find the schedule for this on line; but it is so worth the research.
- You can find Eeyore inside the Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye. Ask a Cast Member to shine a flash light up and let you see. Also, ask for a de-coder card and figure out what the walls say.
- Have tea in the Lilly Belle car of the Disneyland train. This was a private car used by Mrs. Disney to entertain guests. You have to ask the Disney Main Street Train Station. And make sure you ask first thing upon arrival at the park.
- Speaking of Mr. and Mrs. Disney, see inside their private Main Street home located atop the Main Street fire station.
- Become a Mountain Tamer! Matterhorn, Space, Splash, and Big Thunder Mountain that is. All 4, in any order, all in a row. Not hard, just time consuming as these rides aren’t close together.
- Mouseke-Wear….Disney inspired garb dedicated to your favorite character. Dress up for adults! So you Mouseke-Wear as Belle, now you need a picture with her. You get the idea.
- Did you know that Star Tours has multiple destinations with even more ways to get there? (This fascinates me!) And as new movies come out, they add more experiences. At Mousekemom’s last visit (4/2017) it was shared with us that there are 120 variations of the ride, and over 11 planets. That is a lot of planets. And we were told that there is no order, it is on a randomizer. But the bucket list is to arrive at all planets….is this even possible?
AND THE GRAND DADDY OF ALL DISNEY BUCKET LIST ITEMS…..
30. Play basketball INSIDE the Matterhorn. I hear you have to work there to get in…but maybe if you smile real pretty like and ask real nice like…..nah! I doubt that will even work.