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What are the best things to do on Main Street USA in Disneyland?

What are the best things to do on Main Street USA in Disneyland? Where do you find the best food on Main Street? How can I incorporate Main Street into my Disneyland planning? How can I make sure I don’t miss anything on Main Street?

These are all great questions, and the truth is most people don’t know how to answer them. In fact, many people treat Main Street USA at Disneyland like an entrance and exit, without knowing about all the great things that you can do right there as soon as you enter Disneyland.

In this video, we’ll cover:

  • Main Street USA’s best restaurants, attractions, and shops.
  • Special ‘protips’ on how you can do Main Street USA like a total pro.
  • Where to find first aid or help with your babies if you need it on Main Street USA.
  • Some fun Main Street USA history that you can impress your friends with.

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If you could only ride the Matterhorn or Radiator Springs Racers, which would you pick?

How do you pick what Disneyland rides to do? How do Disneyland rides compare? If you only had time for one more, how do you pick? In this edition of Disney Duel, we help you pick between the Matterhorn in Disneyland and Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure!

For every Disneyland Ride Duel, I use my (not) patented DISNEY DORK TOM RIDE SCORE formula, where I compare each ride across a number of key areas including: LOCATION, QUEUE, AVERAGE WAIT TIME, AMBIANCE, EXCITEMENT, ENJOYMENT, and NOSTALGIA. Each ride ends up with a DDT RIDE SCORE ouf of 50 points and we see who the winner is.

How to do Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland like a PRO!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is on everyone’s to-do list when they visit Disneyland. So, how do you get in a few rides like a pro? In this video, I’ll give you a few tips and tricks to optimizing your Big Thunder Mountain Railroad experience!

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Disney World reopening in July! What we know and what we don’t…

Disney just announced some reopening dates for Disney World in Florida. JULY 11TH, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom would re-open. Then JULY 15TH Hollywood Studios and EPCOT will open, too. Disney Springs is already open, and I suspect the water parks will stay closed longer because crowds are more contained and germs seem easier to spread in that environment.

Obviously, there are a bunch of rules and guidelines we’ll all have to follow. Things like wearing masks, temperature checks, social distancing. Apparently some kind of (as yet to be revealed) park reservation system. Parades, fireworks, character dining are on hold, too, since they want to avoid crowds however possible. Lots more to consider though, some of which I cover in more detail here:

 

Time saving hacks for Disneyland’s Peak Season

For every person that goes to Disneyland, most of them don’t enjoy wasting time. Obviously, the BEST time saving hack is going on a week day during off season if you can. But, not everyone can do that. So, here are some hacks you can leverage any time of year:

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Five practical (but unconventional) ways to train like an Olympian for your upcoming Disney Trip

Here at Disney Dork Tom, we aim to be practical. “How can I prepare for a Disney trip” is by far one of the most frequent questions that I get via e-mail and social media. So, we gave that question some thought within the context of “what if visiting Disney was like the Olympics”. What would the events be and how would we train for them to get the gold? We put together this list of practical (albeit unconventional) ways that you can train like an Olympian before your visit to Disney.

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When is the best time to visit Disneyland or Disney World?

Every Disney vacation starts with that fundamental question: when is the best time to visit Disneyland or Disney World? Now, there are many variables to this question, things like:

  • What kind of weather do you do best in?
  • What kinds of prices do you want to pay for resorts?
  • Do you want to be there during a festival or special event?
  • How crowded or empty do you like the parks to be?
  • Do you like visiting with decorations up?

These are all absolutely crucial questions to ask and sometimes its really hard to find the answer. But, if you do some digging, you’ll find that a few people have put together some pretty helpful resources that help you answer these questions so I’ve decided to try and aggregate a few of them here for you.

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Blue Bayou at Disneyland: A Review

Everyone seemed to really enjoy my restaurant review for Liberty Tree Tavern in Walt Disney World, so I decided to do another restaurant review for one of my favorite experiences at Disneyland Resort: Blue Bayou. Due to my love of the place, I find it almost shocking how many times I’ve been chatting with people about Disneyland who know about Blue Bayou but have never opted to eat there! Simply not knowing about it is one thing, but knowing about it and still never trying it? Mind boggling. So I’ve decided to write this review in an effort to try and inform people on what they’re missing!

Note: if you’re looking for an overview of all the Disney reviews I’ve done (which can help provide context for scoring) give my review index a quick glimpse.

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