My daughter and I recently visited Disneyland’s California Adventure park so we could see all of the cool new Frozen stuff the resort has added. I figured we’d spend a little time in “Arendelle” and then we’d be off to explore other parks of the resort. I was totally wrong. We enjoyed the Frozen Fun section so much that we stayed there all day! If you’re thinking of going with your family, here’s some tips from my daughter (and myself) …
Annie says: Being in this part of Disneyland feels like you’re in the movie Frozen. This is where you get to eat, dance, and play in the snow! Make sure you plan on spending LOTS of time here.
Mom says: The Frozen Fun section is conveniently located close to the front of the park, which was great news for my tired feet.
TIP #1: BUILD A SNOWMAN
Annie says: When you build a snowman, you should try to make it look like Olaf. The snow is really cold, so you should bring gloves. It’s really fun to play in the snow!
Mom says: It’s real, actual snow in here! Large groups of people are let into the play area, and allowed to play for approximately 5-10 minutes at a time. When you’re done, just get in line again! Be sure to wear (or bring along) appropriate shoes. I might have slipped. A lot.
TIP #2: GIVE OLAF A WARM HUG
Annie says: Meeting Olaf was really fun. I was worried he was going to melt, but they told me he had a flurry to keep him cold.
Mom says: To avoid waiting in a long line to meet Olaf, check in with Disney staff and get a pager. Then play in the snow until it’s your turn to meet him!
TIP #3: SING ALONG TO YOUR FAVORITE SONGS
Annie says: Singing along to the songs was awesome! Try to sit next to someone who has a pretty voice, or your ears might hurt.
Mom says: Get a fast-pass to reserve your seat for the showing you prefer.
TIP #4: HOBNOB WITH ROYALTY
Annie says: I loved meeting Queen Elsa and Princess Anna! I brought my autograph book and they signed it. (Just try not to get frozen by Elsa!)
Mom says: Meeting the royal sisters is one of the most popular attractions and is by “appointment” only. Stop by here as soon as you enter the park to grab a return-time ticket to guarantee some time with the queen.
TIP #5: DRAW LIKE A PROFESSIONAL
Annie says: You can learn how to draw a snowman here from people who draw for their job! I can totally draw Olaf now.
Mom says: The entire Animation building is magical, and is definitely worth exploring!
TIP #6: HIT THE “CLUB”
Annie says: Dancing at Disneyland is the coolest thing ever. HA! Cool like Elsa! This guy plays lots of awesome music.
Mom says: There’s a lot going on at the dance party that parents will love as much as the kids. There’s a DJ, ice sculptors, and professional dancers. Oh, and alcohol.
TIP #7: GET YOUR BOOGIE ON
Annie says: I was like, boogieing to every song. I didn’t want to leave!
Mom says: All of the music is family-friendly, but it’s definitely on the louder side so if your kids are sensitive to loud music, take note — or stay behind the stage!
TIP #8: BUY ALL THE THINGS
Annie says: Oh my gosh, there are sooooooo many things to get here! My mom got me an Olaf balloon but she wouldn’t get me an Olaf cake pop. I’m still pretty sad about that.
Mom says: Start saving your money now.