Author Archives: Matt Carpenter

A Southern California native, Matt has been going to Disneyland his whole life. After developing a love of travel, he combined his loves of theme parks and travel. Matt has visited theme parks all over the world including every Disney theme park around the globe.

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The Best Places to Get Away From Crowds at California Adventure

Similar to getting away from crowds at Disneyland, there are plenty of tucked away places in Disney California Adventure to sneak away from the hustle and bustle.  The added bonus is that many of these places offer up the best views of the park and make it feel like you aren’t even in a crowded […]

Can Anaheim Become a Luxury Resort Destination?

According to Visit Anaheim, a record setting 24.2 million people visited Anaheim during 2017.  Visitation has jumped 31% since 2012, when Cars Land opened at Disney California Adventure.  Thanks to the Disneyland Resort and Anaheim Convention Center, the city of Anaheim has a powerhouse duo of attractions that bring in millions of guests.  However, the […]

Choosing the Right International Disney Park for You

A growing trend among Disney fans is venturing out from their home park and visiting other Disney parks.  In addition to going from one coast to the other, fans are heading out to see Disney parks all over the world.  They are located in world class cities like Paris and Tokyo, allowing travelers to combine […]

The Instagram Effect: 3 Ways Disney is Adapting in the Social Media Age

Disney Parks were well represented in the most Instagrammed locations of 2017.  Not only did Disneyland claim the #1 spot, 4 out of the top 10 were Disney theme parks, with Tokyo Disney taking the #5 position, The Magic Kingdom sitting at the #6 spot, and Disney California Adventure coming in at #9.  A great […]

Distinctly California Food Options Near Disneyland

California has an underrated food culture.  Many types of food and food trends became popular in California before spreading to other parts of the country including the french dip sandwich, food trucks, and tacos. Many of the nation’s most popular restaurant chains were founded in California. There are plenty of great dining options at the Disneyland Resort.  […]

The Best Places to Get Away from the Crowds at Disneyland

As the masses descend on Disneyland nearly every day of the year, it can sometimes feel as if there is nowhere left to get away from the crowds and take in the quiet ambiance of the park.  Taking a break to enjoy the scenery is one of the most underrated aspects of a Disney park, […]

Ranking Disneyland Halloween Attraction Overlays

The Disneyland Resort goes all out for Halloween.  One of the differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World is that many Disneyland attractions also get dressed up for the holiday.    Haunted Mansion Holiday kicked off the holiday overlay trend, and its success has led to several more rides getting the Halloween treatment.  Disney California […]

Will There Be Enough Parking When Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opens at Disneyland?

Disneyland’s biggest and most anticipated expansion is coming in 2019.  The 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is expected to be a huge attendance driver for the resort.  With an expansion of this size, a large scale infrastructure project was also announced to handle the influx of crowds expected to descend on Anaheim. However, the infrastructure project […]

What to Expect When TRON Arrives at the Magic Kingdom

One of the more exciting announcements to come out of the D23 Expo was the TRON Lightcycle Power Run coming to the Magic Kingdom.  While most announcements made at D23 require patience to see what the final product will look like, much of the anticipation about TRON has come from seeing the ride already in operation at […]

The Return of the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America

The best development at Disneyland in 2017 is the return of some old favorites.  After going down for a year and a half, the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America are back in action and looking better than ever.  New scenery and upgraded show scenes have brought new vitality to these Disneyland classics. The Rivers of America […]