Before I start with e-mail - let me share some
information with you about an upcoming MousePlanet event:
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Kevin Yee fills
you in on this popular event - you can register now via MouseShoppe
Kids and MouseAdventure!
An upcoming MousePlanet event will be the MouseAdventure contests
on December 10. Based on personal experience I can tell you,
MouseAdventure is lots of fun. If you're considering playing and you have
children, here are some tips.
First of all, MouseAdventure lasts for several hours. Consider this and
your child's demeanor. Your child will need to wander around the park for
several hours and not ride any rides (well, maybe you'll need to ride one
or two if you don't know the answer to a question.)
The funnest category for children will be the scavenger hunt. This
requires the least amount of prior knowledge and a bit of strategy, but a
lot of walking around. For children under seven, this will be a challenge.
You may consider bringing a stroller.
The trivia contest will require more sitting. Children may be bored.
You may also need to do a bit of hiking around the park if you think you
can track down answers this way.
Finally, there's my favorite category: the combined trivia and
scavenger hunt. Frankly, if you have a child small enough to ride in a
stroller, find a friend or a sitter to watch that child while you
participate! You will be non-stop moving through the park to get
everything done. Just trust me. It would be unfair to your team to have to
maneuver through the park with the stroller; the stroller will slow your
team down. It would be unfair to your child to be dragged around for
several hours. You won't have time for leisurely potty stops or diaper
In the past, my husband and I have asked a friend to watch our son or
only one of us participated while the other took care of Matthew. Because
of the amount of work involved in this category, I do not recommend this
category for teams with children.
As a general guideline, children 10 and older may make great teammates
but should have an adult teammate to supervise and add support. Those
teenagers have frankly put together some tough teams to beat in the past.
13 year-olds and older will be fine forming their own teams. As for
children under 10, they are welcome to "tag along" but you don't
need to count them toward your maximum team total of 4 participants if you
don't want to.
eMailbox for 10/19/00:
We're new parents with an 18-month old and are considering taking
our tyke and his adorable Tigger costume to the park on Halloween.
Aside from the overpriced Villians event, will Disneyland be doing
anything for kids that day? What have they done in the past?
Sorry to have to tell you this, but
Disneyland does not do anything special on Halloween. Nothing.
Halloween is like any other regular day at the park. There is no
"trick or treating," nor a costume contest. (Rumor does
have it though that the park may return to doing a month of
Halloween events next year - the two years they did have them were
quite impressive, let's hope they do return. Special thanks to Fab
for this info.)
As a mom, I have no desire or
motivation to take my son to Knott's or Universal. He's too young
for blood and guts and scary, and frankly, it's not my thing
either! This week, my husband and I took our son to Legoland and
experienced "Brick or Treat." Because it was a weekday
there were no lines for attractions. Our son is over 36"
tall, however, and I recommend Legoland primarily for families
with children at least 34" tall. The height
restrictions for Legoland attractions are listed at the
Legoland Information Site.
While I love taking my son to Legoland,
it's a bit of a drive. I'm really looking forward to a fun
Halloween season at Disneyland next year! I would love to see some
"fun" theming appropriate for families, wouldn't you?
Jason wrote back:
For those living in the shadow of the mouse (namely, Burbank
/ Glendale and surrounding areas) there's the LA Zoo's "Boo
at the Zoo" 10 am to 4 pm the weekend before Halloween.
Discount for kids with costumes. Thought you would like to know.
a link to their site.
Thanks for the tip!
Thank you so much for your article. We have been debating
taking our 21 month old at the end of the year (she will be almost
2) or waiting till she is a little older. We have a seven and half
year old who has been three times and loves Disneyland. I really
don't want to stop our every other year trips but was afraid the
two year old would just be to young.
Could you recommend a Hotel within walking distance of
Disneyland. We have stayed at the Disneyland Hotel and Jolly
Roger. Would like something we could walk from that is clean and
year old will definitely be able to appreciate Disneyland!
(Although I highly recommend an afternoon nap!) As for walking
distance hotels, there are several off-site
hotels Disneyland reviews on MousePlanet. You'll notice guest
columnist Mary Kraemer's own review is the first one on the list
(but only because the hotels are listed in alphabetical order!)
Just wondering what the ride restrictions at Legoland are for
pregnant women. I'll be about 3 1/2 months along when we take my 3
and 6 year old kids to visit the park in November, and I'm
wondering what I cannot ride. I also noticed that some rides have
a maximum weight, my husband is around 225 pounds, will this
restrict him from riding some rides as well?
First of all, congratulations!
As far as pregnancy restrictions go, I
found the information at Legoland to be difficult to track down,
but here it is! These restrictions are not listed in the map to
the park so I requested them at Guest Services.
Most of the ride signs have the
pregnancy warnings on them. The warning is a picture of a stork
carrying a baby with the red circle and line through it. Pregnant
women are advised to not ride: Spellbreaker, The Dragon, Sky Cycle
(because peddling would be uncomfortable and difficult, I was
told,) Sky Patrol, and Aquazone (Guest Services told me this was
on the list but I did not see this warning on the Aquazone sign.
Based on watching the attraction I would not ride it while
As for maximum weights, on my various
visits to Legoland I have been with individuals whose weight
obviously exceeded 170 lb. yet we have never been asked to not
ride a ride. In fact, on one ride, we were allowed to put multiple
individuals in the ride vehicle which greatly exceeded the 170 lb.
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