Most visitors of the Disneyland Resort stick to the map. They don’t do anything out of the ordinary. There are, however, several things you can experience at both parks that typically aren’t well known. Here is our top 4 things you didn’t know you could do at Disneyland:
1. Steer the Mark Twain Riverboat
When the boat comes back into action Summer 2017 be sure to stop by in the early morning hours and ask a Cast Member if you can ride with the captain. They can escort a group of 3 to the top of the boat where you will get to blow the whistle, ring the bell, and turn the captains wheel all while enjoying the best view from up top!
2. Ride in the Lilly Belle train car
The Lilly Belle is named after Walt’s wife Lilian. The train car was made to carry Walt’s personal guests around the park in comfort. After his passing it was just used for family and then a time after that for Club 33 members only. However, now anyone can ride in the car upon request and availability. It’s not always on the tracks everyday so check back each morning. It’s one fancy ride!
3. Do a tender ride on the Disneyland trains
Even cooler (in our opinion) is riding on a train right behind the conductor. This is called a tender ride and it can accommodate 2 people full circle (meaning you can’t get on or off at any other station but Main Street). The ride is very unique in that you get to watch the conductor “drive” the train while he or she explains how everything works. Be prepared to arrive first thing in the morning. These tender rides get hot because you’re right behind the engine. If it’s too hot in the day they won’t take any guests.
4. Watch people get soaked on Splash Mountain
This one is for those people who love to see people have a lot of fun or become miserable (depending on your attitude). Splash Mountain is known for that really big drop but typically the boats are out of sight for the splashing…or so you thought. If you walk past the Splash Mountain attraction on your left you’ll come to a food stand that serves fruit, pickles, and drinks. If you walk to the stand then turn left you’ll see a set of small stairs. Go up then and look through the trees down. You’ll see where all the boats from Splash Mountain make their loop around as they come out of the tunnel. This is one of the best places to watch giant waves go over the boat and soak people. It’s pretty funny to watch. 😉
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.