DLR for Grownups

°o°   Disneyland Resort without the kids? Of course!

Welcome to DLR for Grownups. Includes when to go; saving moneywhat to bring; where (and what) to eat; where to stay & fun things to do while visiting Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney...without the kids.

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SECRET & SPECIAL THINGS TO DO (updated: March 5, 2018)

Here are 10 really cool things to do at Disneyland and California Adventure. Some will help you maximize your time (that is, ride more rides, avoid long lines, etc.); others are unique and not in any of the guidebooks (or not explained very well in the guidebooks). Impress your friends and relatives by riding in a private compartment on the Monorail! Get a map of a classic Disneyland ride! Read more...

Hotel Review:  Best Western Plus Anaheim Inn


I've found my new favorite place to stay at DLR during my multi-day trips. It's in a great location, only a short (seriously) walk to the DLR entrance. Read more.....

Carthay circle (restaurant) review 

Carthay Circle is the perfect special occasion restaurant.

Carthay Circle is the perfect special occasion restaurant.

On September 8 (the Friday after Labor Day), we decided to celebrate a birthday with lunch at Carthay Circle. First step: make reservations! You can make a reservation on the Disneyland App (or online). During less-crowded days at the Parks, you can make a reservation while on your way to the park (4 hours or less prior to your desired time). For most days (this means busy days), you'll want to make your reservation in advance (up to 60 days ahead).  Next step: Get to the park, pull a few FastPasses and ride a few rides. Important TIP: make sure the FastPass after your meal at Carthay Circle is at least two hours after your reservation time.  Read more... 

grand circle (railroad) tour at disneyland


Last fall, I set a goal of riding on the Lilly Belle (it's a super special caboose that attaches to one of the Disneyland Railroad trains and only a few people get to ride it). And, on Wednesday, September 16, I became one of those few people! You can ride it too, as part of Disneyland's "The Grand Circle Tour."  Read more...


. . .unless you’ve been on a Disney Cruise. This post gives lots of reasons why and how you can have a fantastic trip on a Disney Cruise ship, as an adult (without the kids)... Read more....

The bow (front) of the Disney Wonder, with the fitness center and Palo above.

The bow (front) of the Disney Wonder, with the fitness center and Palo above.


What to do on a really crowded day at disneyland....


Have you ever been to Disneyland on a really super-crowded day? Me too. It can be dreadful... unless you have a plan. Here are some strategies for improving your visit on those days. Read More

Smart phone smarts at DLR

Updated: July 27, 2017: How to get free Wi-Fi at DLR!

I know you know how to use your cell phone. However, using it at DLR is definitely different. For example, the battery seems to run out before the end of your Parks day. How to deal with that? And how can you use your phone to maximize your day at the Parks? This post covers these topics and others...Read more



If you haven’t been to Disneyland Resort (DLR) since it expanded from Disneyland to Disneyland Resort (in 2001), you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much better the food has become. Disneyland (DL) and Disney’s California Adventure (DCA) both have a much wider variety of food choices and better tasting food than in the past, especially as compared to “typical” amusement park food. Read more.... 


I'm not sure about you, but my metabolism seems to get slower every year.  Meaning: I can't eat all those yummy goodies at Disneyland and California Adventure. They taste better at the parks, right?  This post includes some basic information about how to eat healthier at Disneyland Resort. Read more.....


World of Color Dessert party


I think I've finally come down from the wonderful World of Color dessert party (and it was months ago!). Here's the info on how you can enjoy this decadent event for less.  (more)


Also known as The DLR Ten Essentials. Read more


My resume... or why I am qualified to help you plan your trips to Disneyland Resort. Read More

SAving money at the parks

Yes, you can have a magical day at Disneyland Resort without blowing your whole paycheck. Here's one way.

Find Out How →