Pin trading is one of the most exciting activities you can do while visiting the Disneyland Resort. However, it could be intimidating if you’re just beginning on your Disney pin trading quest. That is why this guide will help you know the basics of pin trading so you can join in on this popular activity at the Disney parks.
How to start
To begin pin trading, you must have pins to trade and they must be official Disney pins. The easiest way to get pins to start trading is to go to almost any gift shop around Disney property and buy a starter kit. These starter kits come with standard Disney pins that are based on movies and characters. Some kits have more pins than others, so check how many pins are in a given kit so you can get the best value. To start your pin collection, get pins that are not your favorite that way it is easier to trade these pins away.
Lanyards are also included in some kits or are sold separately, but you do not need a lanyard to pin trade. You can also get a Disney pin bag that are available at many Disney merchandise locations. You can also purchase extra pin backs which is a smart idea because the backs of pins can fall off or maybe get lost.
Rules for pin trading
You can trade pins with any cast member that has a lanyard, pin pouch, or a pinboard. Simply go up to the cast member and ask if you can look at their pins to see if there’s any you might want to trade for. If you don’t find a pin you want, do not worry! The cast members will not be offended or upset if you don’t make a trade. You can only trade up to two pins per cast member. When you trade pins, keep your back, you only give them your pin. Also note that Disney celebration buttons that say, “Happy Birthday” or “1st Visit” are not eligible for pin trading.
Tips for Trading
As you start trading for pins, decide what kinds of pins you are looking for. This could be a certain character, attraction, or pin set. This makes pin trading more fun and you are more motivated to look for pins. Each set has a completer pin which is the hardest pin to find to complete your set. For example, Chris is trying to collect a villains tie collection and the hardest pin to find in that set is the Captain Hook tie pin.
Throughout the park you might encounter professional pin traders. These professional pin traders are not cast members so they do not have to trade with you. They trade pins value for value. You must trade a pin equal to the value of the pin they have. They also cannot accept cash. If you wish to trade with professional pin traders, you can look for them around the resort displaying their pins. One location where pin traders will meet every day, at 5:00 P.M. is Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa lobby.
During different celebrations and promotional events, Disney will release limited edition pins. Once all these pins are sold out, they will not make more of that certain pin or set. Some of these pins are highly sought after and increase in value over time. These are the types of pins professional pin traders are interested in and might be more willing to trade for them.
These are just a few tips on becoming a Disney pin trader. If you love pin trading, tell us why below! Also, what pins do you collect? For even more tips on becoming a Disney pro, check out more blog posts or visit our YouTube channel. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @provostparkpass.
Are you ready to test your knowledge of Disneyland like a true Park Pass Pro? Get ready as we challenge you, your family, and your friends to a Provost Park Pass Challenge!
For this Provost Park Pass Challenge, we want you to locate the top 5 drinking fountains in Disneyland. Not only will this challenge your Disney knowledge, but it will also keep you extremely hydrated! When you find one of the drinking fountains, take a picture by or while using the drinking fountain, and post it on Instagram and tag us @provostparkpass. If you complete this challenge and post all 5 pictures of all 5 drinking fountains on Instagram, we will feature you on the Provost Park Pass Instagram account and showcase your progress as you complete this challenge. You will also win two Provost Park Pass stickers!
Drinking Fountain #1
Are those straight bricks or wavey? Both! Take a sip of water where Walt made a test wall to see what bricks he wanted. It’s hard to find, but just go halfway down Main Street and you’re almost there.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #2
Even Toons know to drink water, but be prepared to laugh as you guzzle from this fountain. Goofy water is goofy, but that’s what you get when you go to a gas station run by a cartoon character.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #3
You’ll need to go to the ol’ west to wet your whistle at this hydration station. Surrounded by fabulous Mexican cuisine, you might be tempted to comer buena comida.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #4
To take a sip from this water fountain you might be asked to look into the eyes of Mara. As you exit this Forbidden Temple you might even run into Dr. Jones or “Indiana” for short.
DRINKING FOUNTAIN #5
At this water fountain, you’ll be sipping some H2O next to the place Pirates and Ghosts get their perfume. Don’t forget to look on the wall because there’s a hundred-year-old art piece from the “Big Easy” purchased by Imagineers. Even little kids can reach and get a drink!
Are you up for the challenge? Don’t forget to post a picture of you at each drinking fountain on Instagram and tag us so we can share your Provost Park Pass Challenge journey on our account. Have fun, and remember to stay hydrated!
All throughout the Disneyland Resort, you can find pressed coin machines. These machines press images onto pennies, and some machines even press nickels, dimes, or quarters. These images feature Disney characters, attractions, and more. Pressing pennies is an awesome activity to do at the Disney parks and we want to share with you some tips on how to start your Disney pressed coin collection.
To start pressing coins at Disneyland, you need, well, coins! There are a few ways to get change. First, you can go to any merchandise register and ask a cast member for change. Second, at the Penny Arcade on Main Street, they have a change machine where you can insert a quarter and receive 25 pennies. Another option is to stop by your local bank before your visit to Disneyland and get all the change you might need to start your pressed pennies adventure. If you do go to the bank, ask for pre-1982 pennies. These older pennies are made of copper, unlike current pennies which are zinc with a copper coding. If you use pennies post-1982, you might see a streak in your pressed pennies which is the result of the zinc.
Another tip is to buy a pressed penny souvenir book. These souvenir books are available in the Emporium on Main Street and in some of the larger gift shops around the Disneyland Resort. You do not have to buy one of these books to press pennies, but it is a really neat way to keep your pressed penny collection.
There are pressed coin machines located in Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, Downtown Disney, the Disneyland Hotel, and there’s even one at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. To locate these machines you can use the Disneyland App which will show you where these machines are. Another way is to go to ParkPennies.com where you can download a list of the locations so it’s more of a challenge to find them.
Each pressed coin machine has different designs that are themed to the specific land or attraction where it is located. Some of our favorite machines are the ones located at the Splash Mountain exit, the elephant pressed coin machine in the Adventureland Bizarre, and the two machines in The Star Trader in Tomorrowland.
If you want to start collecting pressed pennies, we suggest choosing a specific theme or a character to collect. For example, some might want all the Disney Princess themed coins while someone else might want coins exclusive to each attraction. This will make it more fun to do this activity and you can continue collecting your coins throughout multiple visits.
Dimes, Nickels, and Quarters! Oh My!
Disneyland often rotates and retires designs for pressed pennies while they come out with new ones. Also, pennies are not the only coins you can press at Disneyland, but you can also press nickels, dimes, and quarters on certain machines. The pressed nickel machines are seasonal, so you can only get these certain times of the year, but they often have a new design each year.
Collecting pressed coins at the Disneyland Resort may not be the first thing you think of when you plan your visit, but it is something really neat to consider doing. Not only is it a fun activity, but it’s also a great souvenir to take home with you at the end of your visit. Are you now interested in collecting pressed pennies at Disneyland? Have you done it before? Share your experience with us by commenting below or take a picture of your Disney pressed coin collection and share it with us on Instagram @provostparkpass. For even more tips and secrets to help make your visit at the Disneyland Resort more magical, read some more blog posts, check out our videos on YouTube, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Visiting the Disneyland Resort is one of the most magical things you’ll ever experience. To capture the memories of your visit, Disney has a wide range of souvenirs that you can purchase to keep the magic of Disney with you long after your visit. Here are our favorite souvenirs to get when you visit the Disneyland Resort.
From shirts and dresses to ties and socks, Disney has a variety of clothing options that are perfect for any member of the family. These assortments of clothing items feature the classic Disney characters, Disneyland attractions, and any holidays or celebrations that are going on at the time of your visit.
Who doesn’t remember getting wet on Splash Mountain or screaming your head off on Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!? Well, in case you want to capture that thrilling moment, Disney offers on-ride photos on select attractions that are available for purchase and download. After your ride, look for your photo displayed at the end of the attraction. The photo will have a code that you can type into the Disneyland app and you’ll be able to purchase, download, and share it on your social media accounts. If you have the MaxPass then you can download all your attraction photos for free! A hard copy of the picture is also available to purchase at the attraction’s gift shop.
Ever wanted to eat popcorn out of a Disney character’s head? This is possible with the purchase of Popcorn Buckets. These are available at most kiosks where popcorn is sold and come in a variety of characters, sizes, and themes. Disney often releases a new popcorn bucket every holiday or for special events.
At many shops around the Disneyland Resort, you can find some awesome household items to take home some Disney magic for everyday use. These items include plates, cups, utensils, towels, and even items for your pets. The best place to find these items is at a Downtown Disney at a shop called Home.
Since the very beginning of Disneyland, you can get personalized, hand-cut silhouettes of your face. These are available at Main Street and it only takes a few minutes. What’s incredible is they hand-cut your face without any tracing.
What woman doesn’t like a little bling-bling? Disneyland has an assortment of jewelry for almost everyone. From more expensive brands like Pandora to simple bracelets, earrings, and necklaces for any princess. They even have designer watches for men. You can find jewelry all over the parks in almost any gift shop.
Disney Pins are a great souvenir because there are hundreds of different pins of Disney characters, attractions, themes, and sizes. The neat thing about pins is that you are able to trade them with cast members and collect certain sets. Pins are great because you’re able to put them on lanyards, backpacks, hats, or you keep them in a pin trading bag if you are an avid collector.
Disney Academy Character Drawing
Over in the Disney Animation building in California Adventure, you can participate in the Animation Academy where you will learn to draw some of your favorite Disney characters. This drawing is a fun souvenir to take home with you because it showcases your talent and it’s a great way to capture this memory on your vacation. Be sure to check the schedule to see when they’re drawing your favorite character.
Meeting the Disney characters may be the highlight of your children’s visit to Disneyland. One way to capture this memory for your kids is by having them collect the characters’ autographs. Autograph books are available to purchase at most shopping locations, or you could bring a journal or a hand-made autograph book from home.
Since the Mickey Mouse Club first aired in the 1950s, Mickey Ears have been the most recognizable and beloved Disney souvenir. There are so many different designs and themes to choose from that everyone can find the right pair of ears for them. One way to make your Mickey Ears more personal is by getting them embroidered with your name. This service is available at the Mad Hatter in Fantasyland and Main Street, Elias & Co. on Buena Vista Street in Disney’s California Adventure, and at World of Disney in Downtown Disney. The last piece of advice, get your ears right when you get to the Disneyland Resort so you can wear them throughout your visit.
If you are staying at a Disney Resort, you can get your items shipped to your room. This is a great service for those who may not want to carry purchased items around the park. There is also a complimentary package check service that allows you to store purchased items for the day as you enjoy the park. Just don’t forget to pick them up at the end of the day!
Disneyland has so many souvenirs and merchandise options to choose from that it will be extremely hard not to buy everything! If we’ve missed one of your favorite Disneyland Resort merchandise items, let us know! For even more tips and secrets to help make your visit at the Disneyland Resort more magical, read some more blog posts, check out our videos on YouTube, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram @provostparkpass.
When you visit Disneyland, you can’t help but be drawn to all the treats and desserts around the park. There’re so many to choose from and that is why we have compiled a list of our favorite Disneyland desserts.
If you love marshmallows then you have to head over to Pooh Corner in Critter Country and get a Tigger Tail. This has fresh-made marshmallows, chocolate, powdered sugar, and caramel! A similar treat can be found on Main Street, but the Tigger Tails are special because the marshmallows are made at Pooh Corner.
House-made Funnel Cake
Next to the Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland at the Stage Door Café, you can get a House-made Funnel Cake. This is the only location where you can find funnel cakes in the park. You can order your funnel cake with powdered sugar or with strawberries.
One of the classic desserts you can find at Disneyland is the Candy Apple. These scrumptious treats are sold at Main Street at Candy Place And Candy Kitchen or at Pooh Corner in Critter Country. What makes Disneyland’s candy apples so amazing is they take inspiration from different Disney characters or holidays. These apples are so good and they’re big enough to share with your entire group.
A trip to Disneyland is not complete until you have a churro. Disneyland’s churros are sold at carts in almost every land throughout the park. However, if you want a special churro, you can head over to Tomorrowland where they color your churros to look like a lightsaber from Star Wars. Disneyland also has specialty churros available during the holidays such as the Halloween Time Sour Apple Churro.
Don’t forget to stop by at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square to get some Mickey Beignets. These Beignets are hot out of the oven and are covered with powdered sugar. Not only are they delicious, but they are shaped like Mickey Mouse which adds that little bit of Disney Magic.
Inspired by Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds, the Matterhorn Macaroon is a delicious treat that you can get at the Jolly Holiday Cafe near the Hub. Topped with white chocolate and sprinkles, the Matterhorn Macaroon is something you do not want to miss.
One of the most well-kept secrets of Disneyland are Disneyland Donuts. These donuts are only available at a cart next to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and they have a verity to choose from. They bring out the donuts at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM and only a limited number are sold each day, so make sure you get one before they’re gone.
Grey Stuff Gâteau
Unlike the song “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast, we hope you don’t have to ask the dishes to believe us when we tell you the Grey Stuff is delicious. At the Red Rose Taverne in Fantasyland, you can try the Grey Stuff for yourself when you order the Grey Stuff Gâteau. This is a white chocolate mousse and red velvet cake with a raspberry center.
One of the most famous desserts in all of Disneyland is the DOLE WHIP®. This a pineapple soft-serve and it is the perfect treat to get on a hot day. DOLE WHIP® is sold at the Tiki Juice Bar next to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland. The Tiki Juice Bar also sells a DOLE WHIP® Float which is DOLE® Pineapple Juice topped with pineapple DOLE WHIP® soft-serve.
Disneyland is filled with all sort of goodies and treats that will make any sugar-lover happy. Let us know what you think of these desserts and if we missed one of your favorites, let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to stay up to date with all of our blog posts and YouTube videos to make your Disneyland visit that much more magical.
As you enjoy your day at Disneyland, you might need a little pick-me-up, especially during those hot summer days. Disneyland has some of the most delicious drinks available and here are just a few of our favorites.
At the Bangle Barbecue in Adventureland, you can enjoy the Jungle Julep. This drink is perfect for those toasty days as it is a slush of orange, pineapple, grape, and lemon juices. If you are looking for a refreshing, sweet drink then the Jungle Julep will be a perfect choice.
Raspberry Vanilla Coca-Cola®
If you’re an avid soda drinker and need that carbonation plus caffeine fix, then Raspberry Vanilla Coca-Cola® is your drink. This fun, fruity twist on a classic drink is available on Main Street the Refreshment Corner.
Boyson Apple Freeze
Over in Fantasy Fair next to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Maurice’s Treats you can cool down with a Boysen Apple Freeze. This icy drink has an apple and wild berry juice mix with a delicious fruit foam smoothie on top. It’s a perfect drink to get right before you go next door to hear Storytelling at the Royal Theatre.
Guston's Famous Brew
No one is like Guston, but you can drink like Guston at the Red Rose Taverne. Don’t worry… IT’S JUST JUICE! To be precise, it’s apple-mango punch with a passion fruit foam on top. It’s super delicious, but people may confuse it for another kind of “brew,” but it’s really JUST JUICE!
New orleans mint julep
Probably one of the most famous and delicious drinks in all of Disneyland is the Mint Julep. This refreshing mint drink with a hint of lime is available at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square next to the Disneyland Railroad - New Orleans Station. You can also order Mint Juleps at the French Market Restaurant and the Blue Bayou Restaurant.
Going to Disneyland can be exhausting, so why not try one of these specialty drinks to give you a boost to enjoy the rest of your day. If you try one of these drinks during your visit to Disneyland, let us know if you enjoyed it. If there’s a drink we missed, let us know. Don’t forget to check out more blog posts and YouTube videos for more tips and hacks for planning your visit to Disneyland. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for even more Provost Park Pass fun.
Since Star Wars first appeared on the big screen in 1977, fans have dreamt of the day they could go to a Cantina and have a drink like Luke and Han Solo. At Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge you can make that dream a reality! Here are some to make your smuggler’s debut at Oga’s Cantina one to remember.
Making a Reservation
Oga’s Cantina is the can’t miss experience of Galaxy Edge and everyone will be trying to get in. That is why we highly suggest you make a reservation by using the Disneyland app or going to the Disneyland website. Walk-ins are sometimes accepted, but to ensure you don’t miss this amazing experience a reservation is your best bet.
If for some reason you cannot make it to your reservation, make sure you cancel it one day prior or change the time. If you do not cancel a day before or if you are a no-show, the credit card linked to your reservation will be charged $10 per person.
Preparing for your Experience
The time has come when you finally get to go to Galaxy’s Edge and experience Oga’s Cantina and hear D.J. Rex play his tunes! Woohoo! You want to check-in with your entire party 15 minutes prior to your reservation in front of the Cantina. You only have 45 minutes in the Cantina, so before you enter use the restroom and take care of any other things you need to so your time in the Cantina is maximized.
Also, be aware that if you have a group of four or less you will share a booth or table with other guests. This is actually really fun because it adds to the overall experience of being in a Catina with characters throughout the galaxy.
Drinks and more Drinks
Oga’s Cantina is fun for the entire family. The menu has loads of options that can satisfy any smuggler! Oga has a selection of drinks that don’t have any alcohol for everyone to enjoy. These non-alcoholic drinks like the Blue Bantha and Carbon Freeze utilize Powerade, lemonade, and even natural juices! For those who want a stronger drink, Oga’s Cantina has a selection of alcoholic drinks including beers and cider. Please note there’s only two alcoholic beverages per guest and they must be consumed within the Cantina.
There are some snack options that include Batuu Bits which is a version of trail mix. If you are hungry, we suggest you grab something more substantial at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo or Ronto Roasters because we wouldn’t want anyone to get hangry and turn to the dark side… Oga wouldn’t appreciate that.
If you do come to Oga’s Cantina before 10:00 A.M. be aware that the menu is different. However, during this time a few breakfast food items like Mustafarian Lava Roll and Rising Moons Overnight Oats will be available along with coffee.
Oga’s Cantina is a must-see for any Star Wars fan! From the drinks to the shady characters you might encounter, Oag’s is truly something special. If you are able to get into Oga’s Cantina and see D.J. Rex let us know about your experience. What was your favorite drink? Did you meet any smugglers? Also, don’t forget to check out more of our blog posts and YouTube videos to make your trip to Galaxy’s Edge and to the Disney Parks that much more magical!
When you visit Disney’s California Adventure, you might need a refreshing drink after all the fun and adventures you encounter throughout the park. That is why we want to share with you some of our top drinks you can get at Disney’s California Adventure.
A visit to Disney’s California Adventure is not complete until you go to Schmoozies! on Hollywood Boulevard and get one of their delicious fruit smoothies. Our favorite smoothie is Mango Madness! This smoothie has mango, banana, peaches, low-fat yogurt blended with pineapple, guava, and passion fruit juices. Schoomizies! has many other fruit smoothies that you can enjoy as well as teas, coffees, seasonal treats such as flavored hot chocolate in the winter.
Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic
If you're looking for a refreshing drink with a little fizz then head on over to the Cozy Cone in Cars Land and get Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic. This specialty drink is grape flavored Sprite with a nice raspberry foam on top. Doc’s Wild Grape Tonic is a perfect way to enjoy a hot afternoon in Radiator Springs.
Sea Salt Caramel Banana Shake
If you’re looking for a drink to really cool you down then head on over to the Pacific Wharf and get a Sea Salt Caramel Banana Shake at Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop. This vanilla milkshake is blended with Ghirardelli® SQUARES dark chocolate sea salt caramel, banana, and topped with whipped cream, sea salt, and caramel sauce. Discounts are available if you are an annual passholder.
Over at Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff, you can get Memory Refreshers which are slushies that come in various flavors topped with candy and sugary goodness! The best Memory Refresher is the Rainbow Unicorn that includes cherry, mellow yellow, HI-C lime, blue raspberry, and grape slush topped with rainbow Nerds candy. The Rainbow Unicorn is tart, crunchy, and the perfect drink if you are a fan of Nerds candy. If you are an annual passholder, you can receive a discount when you get the Rainbow Unicorn or any other slushy or treats.
These four drinks are just a few of our favorites to get at Disney’s California Adventure. If you come across a drink that we missed, take a picture of you enjoying it, and share it with us on Instagram @provostparkpass. Plus, if you want even more tips and suggestions on how to make the most out of your Disneyland visit don’t forget to read more posts and check out our videos over on YouTube!
Are you ready to test your knowledge of Disneyland like a true Park Pass Pro? Get ready as we challenge you, your family, and your friends to a Provost Park Pass Challenge!
For this Provost Park Pass Challenge, we want you to locate the top 10 park benches in Disneyland. Disneyland’s benches aren’t just ordinary, they are themed to each land, provide much-needed relaxation, and they may even spark your imagination! When you find one of the benches, take a picture by or on the bench, and post it on Instagram and tag us @provostparkpass. If you complete this challenge and post all 10 pictures of all 10 benches on Instagram, we will feature you on the Provost Park Pass Instagram account and showcase your progress as you complete this challenge. You will also win two Provost Park Pass stickers! Remember, some of these benches are very popular so if someone is sitting on the bench come back later, wait until they are done enjoying the bench, or include them in your picture!
Everyday at Disneyland Old Glory is lowered in a flag ceremony. These benches will give you the best views to the only United States flag in the park with all 50 stars. Put your hand over your heart and you’ll find these benches.
A raft is needed to get to this bench. On an island it stands while booty sits. Pirates’ booty that is! Gold! Treasure! You might have to play pretend like Tom and Huck as you try and find this bench on your daring quest!
Ol’ Brer Rabbit must’ve taken up carving and made benches to look like some of his pals! You can choose a Turtle, Rabbit, Beaver, or Moose. Grab a treat at Pooh Corner, dry off from Splash, and enjoy Amanda’s favorite benches.
Sit back and admire the street that was inspired by Marceline, Missouri. Before you catch the train, catch the view as you sit on these benches. Prime for parades, these are also reserved at times for fireworks.
In between Fantasyland and Frontier, this bench is on a path where few go. It might be hard to find, so just ask Mr. Smythe and Mr. Jones before they perform on the stage where Swing Dancers swing on Saturday nights.
It may be the most coveted bench on Main Street to watch the parades, but husbands used to sit on this bench as their wives tried on lingerie. In Disneyland? How scandalous! Maxwell Brassier Company of Los Angeles closed their doors after only six months of operation and the Wizard of Bras was no more. Yet, this bench stayed and the undergarment legend remained.
This loooooooooooonnnnnnnnggggggggg bench is where the King and Queen use the royal bathrooms. Stretch out your legs and you might even see a White Rabbit hopping by.
Honest Abe never sat on this bench, but he would have enjoyed it. Cool off and stay awhile as you look upon the US Capitol. You better be on your best behavior, you never know when Mr. Lincoln is watching you!
Is that Lava???? From a Volcano??? No…. It’s a bench! Eat a DOLE WHIP® as you wait to hear José, Michael, Fritz, and Pierre serenade you along with their other feathered friends. Tiki gods might even entertain you.
Walt Disney once said, “I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.” It can also be said that Disneyland was all started by a bench! This bench to be exact! Find this Griffith Park original and you’ll find the bench that Walt himself sat on when he dreamt up the Happiest Place on Earth!
Are you up for the challenge? Don’t forget to post a picture of you at each bench on Instagram and tag us so we can share your Provost Park Pass Challenge journey on our account.
If you're looking for even more Provost Park Pass fun and Disneyland tips, check out more blog posts and YouTube videos. Also, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @provostparkpass.
Disneyland is known as the Happiest Place on Earth, and Disney desires anyone who comes to the parks to enjoy themselves. For individuals with disabilities and mobility challenges, attending a theme park could be daunting, but Disney has made it possible for these individuals and their families to experience the magic like everyone else.
Renting a Wheelchair or ECV
Available outside the main gate of Disneyland is the Stroller Shop where you can rent a wheelchair or an ECV (Electronic Convenience Vehicle). These are available for day rentals and can be used throughout Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. A deposit will be added to the initial payment for the rental, but if you return the wheelchair or ECV to the Stroller Shop you will have your deposit refunded.
Waiting in Lines
Back in the early days of Disneyland, when they were building attractions they weren’t conscious of making the lines accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility devices. Because of this, many wheelchair and accessible entrances will be through the exit, the FASTPASS line, or a different entrance all together. These rides include many of the Fantasyland dark rides. On the other hand, Disney’s California Adventure was built with accessibility in mind, so all the lines are wheelchair accessible. For more information on specific attractions and where to go, you can get a Guide for Guests with Disabilities Map from Guest Relations.
Getting on the Ride
Many Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure attractions require you to get out of your mobility device, or transfer, to enjoy the ride. However, for these attractions cast members will do their best in assisting you and your party when a transfer is needed. If you worry about holding up the line or attraction because of the time you need to get into the ride vehicle, don’t! The ride will wait for you and you can take whatever time you need to get in or out of the ride vehicle.
There are a handful of rides where you do not need to transfer and you can take your wheelchair or mobility device on the ride with you. To know which attractions will allow you to do this, you look at the Guide for Guests with Disabilities Map.
There are some attractions that are too difficult for some to transfer from their wheelchair or mobility device, so Disney created Observation Decks so everyone can experience these attractions.
Disability Accessible Service Pass
Some guests who visit Disneyland may struggle with waiting in lines. Disney has created the Disability Accessible Service Pass (DAS Pass) that allows you and your party to wait to ride an attraction outside the normal line. For example, if you wish to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you can go to a guest relations kiosk that are located throughout both parks and ask for a return time. If the current wait time for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is 45 minutes, then the guest relations cast member will give you a return time for 45 minutes later. During this time you can relax, shop, enjoy other attractions, and then after 45 minutes you can go to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad accessible entrance and enjoy the ride. You can only be given one return time at a time and you the pass is limited to 6 guests.
To see if a DAS Pass is the best choice for you or a member of your party, you can go to City Hall at Disneyland or the Chamber of Commerce at Disney’s California Adventure to speak to a cast member.
shows, parades, and Nighttime SpectaculaRS
Disneyland has many live shows, parades, and nighttime spectaculars that are a must-do when you visit. These different live events have accessible seating areas for guests in wheelchairs and mobility devices and their party. To locate these viewing areas you can ask a cast member or look at the Guide for Guests with Disabilities Map. On select days, ASL interpreters will be at various shows at the parks. You can get a schedule for the ASL accommodations for shows at Guest Relations or on the Disneyland website.
Assisted Listening Devices
If you are hearing impaired or blind, you can get Audio Descriptive device which will provide additional audio descriptions for specific attractions and outdoor locations. This device can also do handheld captioning and assistive listening. These are available to rent at City Hall at Disneyland or the Chamber of Commerce at Disney’s California Adventure. There is a $25 deposit, but that will be refunded to you once you return the device. Braille guidebooks are also available as well as stationary Braille maps.
The Disneyland Resort is a welcoming place for trained service animals. Throughout the parks, Disney has provided relief areas for these service animals. All service animals must be on a leash at all times and cast members are not permitted to take control of service animals. Guests with a service animal will follow the same entrance guidelines for those guests in wheelchairs and mobility devices. When a service animal is not permitted to accompany their party on an attraction, the cast member will inform you of the various options available to you: either a rider switch or a portable kennel.
Walt Disney once said, “To all who come to this happy place; welcome!” Disney strives to live up to this statement everyday by making sure everyone is able to enjoy the magic that is found at the Disneyland Resort. No matter who you are, Disney is for everyone. For more tips on making your Disneyland visit more enjoyable check out more posts on this blog, our videos on YouTube, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @provostparkpass.