ApocalypstickHow To Enjoy Disneyland When You're Not Mariah CareyAlmie Rose

Disney Princess Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon renewed their wedding vows at Disneyland in a private and extravagant ceremony. Mariah went all Michael Jackson and got the park shut down. SHE GOT THE DISNEYLAND CLOSED. Do you have any idea how jealous I am? It’s like she’s Princess of Disneyland. That is a title I will never claim, but she upholds it beautifully. She is worthy.

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The first thing I ever wrote for HelloGiggles was Top 10 Best Outfits In Disney Films back when we first launched in what now seems like 1862. I’ve gone on to write If Indie Bands Covered Disney Songs and Top 10 Biggest Jerks In Disney Films and probably other things about Disney that strongly suggest I am the sort of person who acts like meeting Mickey Mouse is a bigger deal than meeting Bill Murray — AND I AM.

I mean, look at this. Look at this all this damn enchantment.

Look at these unbelievable sights and/or indescribable feelings!

Don’t you dare close your eyes.

I am betting that most of us who are reading this will never, ever get to have this grand of a Disneyland experience. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great one. Here’s how to enjoy Disneyland when you’re not Mariah Carey.

Be cool when meeting the Disney characters. They get swarmed for photos and autographs all the time, and they’re used to people crying over them and running away and touching their faces, so it would be a nice gesture of you to be chill. Simply nod at Aladdin. If you get the chance to approach him, be casual. Something like, “Hey man, I really enjoy your work.” Don’t expect that you’re going to become best friends. If you feel like you can go for it, ask, “Mind if I get a photo real quick?” Aladdin is a very, very busy man. He is A-list Disney. Yeah, he’s no Jack Sparrow (don’t even get me started) but he has meetings with dignitaries all over the world and reservations at enchanted caves before they close/disappear forever, so you should really be respectful of his time. Remember: they’re just like us.

Don’t be afraid to ask your friends to carry you. Sure, they might tell you it was a stupid decision on your part to wear your new Miu Miu platform peep toe Mary Janes, but that’s when you point out how amazing the shoes are and say, “Permission to climb aboard” and jump on their back. They’ll get into the spirit, especially once you start singing “Yo ho yo ho, a pirate’s life for me!” and give them festive pirate names like Captain McGyvarrrrr Collins. (This next part isn’t a joke.) The tip of Disneyland to the tip of its accompanying park, California Adventure, is 1 mile. You can burn a lot of calories and walk a hell of a lot while spending an entire day at Disneyland. Even with eating high calorie delicious Disney goodness, you’ll even it out with all that walking. AND THEY HAVE GLUTEN-FREE BREAD NOW! (Okay, the part after this is a joke again.) So climb aboard your fiends and shout, “Land, HO!”

Indulge yourself. This is Disneyland. It’s like Willy Wonka’s factory meets –actually, no it doesn’t have to be anything meets anything, it’s Disneyland! Have fun! Don’t worry if you get lost and start crying for your mom. That’s totally okay, and it happens a lot. Be stress-free. Don’t go to the park during peak seasons/hours. It’s way easier to be stress-free and not lose your mom when it’s not crowded. BUT IF it is crowded, just take a deep breath and slap some smiles on your stupid face and on the faces of everyone around you. The line for Splash Mountain is 2 hours? Oh wow, this is definitely going to ruin the rest of your entire life. You’ll be an old person reflecting back on your youth and you’ll think, “I really wish I didn’t spend those 2 hours in the summer of 2013 waiting on line for Splash Mountain.” Chill out, everyone! It’s fine. We’re all going to be fine. Keep that aggression deep inside and then take it out on the freeway driving home, where it belongs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002459679492 Loris Oak

    Good advice. I’m fifteen and I haven’t been there since I was like 3, and I’m going this month. The only famous people I ever bother to harrass are One Direction though. (long,very long, story).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002901477636 Jennifer Edmondson


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=736521795 Amanda Haas

    Amen girl! I’m a frequent Disney World girl and I completely agree with all those steps. My fav is to be chill around the characters. It’s so much fun to talk with them like hold an actual conversation with them. Try asking the Cinderella step sisters to sing or yell at Woody and Buzz and say “Andys coming!!” They will drop to the ground like they do in the movie.

    That’s a couple of secret things for ya!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504279745 Lindsey Ieasa Krueger

      And, besides, the toys no longer belong to Andy. Andy is in college. Bonnie owns them, now. Plus, if all of us can see them move, it’s okay for Andy to see them move. ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504279745 Lindsey Ieasa Krueger

      Nonononono. You CANNOT yell “Andy’s coming!” The characters are not allowed to drop to the ground, as it can hurt people and damage the characters’ clothes. Step Sisters usually will sing, if you ask.. But the Toy Story gang will NOT drop to the ground and it, in fact, irritates the people working at Disneyland to no end.

      -A former Walt Disney World employee and friend to many Disneyland employees and characters

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