Adventurer’s Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing some tips to help you plan your Disneyland vacation.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Are you an adventurer waiting to explore all that the Disneyland Resort can offer in the way of danger and mystery? “Adventure is out there!” and I’m here to show you what you need to bring with you, what to explore at the Parks and how to make the most of your Disney adventures.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Adventurer’s Agenda

Adventurers are great planners and make sure their rucksacks are well-stocked. Start your day on the best foot by purchasing tickets ahead of time so you aren’t left waiting in line at the front gate. I recommend ParkSavers where you can not only save time but a few dollars off the purchase price as well. Pack your bag full of snacks like trail mix, that will help keep up your stamina between adventures. Don’t forget to pack your canteen to refill at the drinking fountains (or request water for free at any counter service restaurant).

from left to right, GUSTT® Classic Satchel Rothco Vintage CanteenHDE Vintage Canvas Messenger Bag (all from Amazon)


Adventurer’s Attractions

Naturally an Adventurer’s day should begin in Adventureland inside the Disneyland Park. Pick up your FastPass first for Indiana Jones Adventure then hop into line next door at Jungle Cruise (or Jingle Cruise, if it happens to be the holiday season). You’ll board a small craft bound for the Amazon, complete with “wild animals” and corny jokes from your Skipper along the way.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

View from the top of Tarzan’s Treehouse

Take a tour of Tarzan’s Treehouse, an 80-tree that offers a lovely view of Pirate Island and the Rivers of America. There are plenty of stairs so be sure you’re up for the climb. At the base of the Treehouse, there is a small play area to explore.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

If your FastPass time hasn’t come yet, swing by the Enchanted Tiki Room to sing like the birdies sing. Be sure to enjoy the totem pole show outside as the island gods are each awakened. Pick up a Dole pineapple treat from the Tiki Juice Bar just outside before you go in and don’t be shy. Singing and whistling along with the 15-minute animatronics show is highly encouraged. Now it’s time for your Indiana Jones Adventure. Guests 46″+ can enjoy this thrilling ride that transports you right into Indy’s world, complete with bumpy Jeep ride, snakes, giant boulders and lots of other close calls.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Grizzy River Run – Image Credit: Jeff Holz

Those looking for more adventure will find it over at Disney California Adventure Park and Grizzly Peak is the place to start! Grab a FastPass for Soarin’ Over California, then head around the curve towards Grizzy River Run. Reminiscent of inner-tubing down a rushing river, you’ll need to put your valuables in a locker (located just at the entrance) to prevent water damage. Spend some time at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail and you’ll be able to dry off. There are caves to explore, rope bridges to navigate, rock walls to climb and kids can hop aboard a tire swing. It’s easy to lose your kids in here so make sure you have an agreed-upon meeting spot in case someone gets lost.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Queue of Soarin’ Over California – Image Credit: Jeff Holz

Travel back to Soarin’ Over California for your final adventure, that will take you “flying” over California landmarks, complete with the wind in your hair and the smell of orange groves in the air.

Adventurer’s Attire

Adventurers dress appropriate to the weather. There are no rides in Adventureland where you’re at risk of getting wet, though if you venture to Disney California Adventure Park there is Grizzy River Run to content with and you will get soaked! Shoes that dry quickly and are comfortable for long hikes and climbs are best. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the elements.

From left to right, Khaki Safari Hat, Disney Women’s Mickey Tropical Print Tank , KEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal (all from Amazon)

If you forgot your pith helmet at home, you can pick up sundries at the Adventureland Bazaar, South Seas Traders and Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost. These are the perfect shops to pick up a tropical top, jungle-themed stuffed animal, rubber snake or faux whip.

Adventurer’s Appetite

Adventurers eat on the go, so there aren’t any full-service restaurants in Adventureland. Grab a fast snack at Tropical Imports, including ice cold pickles and dried fruit. There is always a line at the Bengal Barbeque and for good reason. The kabobs of meat and veggies are delicious and come with dipping sauce. A Dole Whip from the Tiki Juice Bar is a must. Don’t be thrown off by the mile-line line outside. Go inside the gate for the Enchanted Tiki Room and a second line is there that is generally much shorter. Aladdin’s Oasis offers Grab & Go meals that also include a ticket for that evening’s Fantasmic! or Paint the Night parade showing. Over at Disney California Adventure Park, you can enjoy a quick-service sit down meal at Smokejumpers Grill that offers filling classic burgers and salads.

Adventurer's Guide to the Disneyland Resort

Adventurer’s Anthology

You’ll want a memento to remind you of your adventures and all good explorers have their collections. Store photo memories in an album, encircle your wrist with a reminder of your journey or wrap yourself up warmly in a throw blanket as you recollect your adventures.

From left to right, Pixar Up, Our Adventure Book (from Amazon), Disney UP inspired quote bracelet (from ToInfinityOhio on Etsy), Adventureland Tapestry Woven Throw (from Disney Store)


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  1. I love this guide! Adventureland and New Orleans Square are my two favorite lands in the park, so I love that you’re starting your adventure there! So much to do there for the whole family and so well themed. I also love that vintage messenger bag you posted! I may need to do some shopping now before my next trip! 😉 Great post!

  2. I’m ready to go adventuring! My husband intends to retire to Anaheim and be a Jungle Cruise skipper. And he’s not kidding! 😉

  3. Disneyland definitely has the adventurers’ spirit! This is a great guide. I would go one step further and add in Trader Sam’s!

  4. I got soooooo wet on Grizzly River Run. When I stood up to get off the ride water literally ran out of my shorts. It was a rare moment when I wish they sold underwear in the parks.

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