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Brian Bennett

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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources

Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead

Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations

Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Shopping in California Adventure

California Adventure has a bunch of shopping opportunities that are reminiscent of, well, California.  Some of the shops will prove interesting, I'm sure, but it will take some time in the park before I can give more than a cursory overview.

In the Entry Plaza area, The Greetings From California shop is California Adventure's answer to Disneyland's Emporium.  It's the big, catch all shop.  Engine-Ears Toys sells all kinds of toys, but focuses primarily on toy railroads.

In Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Rizzo's Prop and Pawn is a Muppet character shop (similar to the comparable store at the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida).  Off The Page, selling Disneyana and animation art will be interesting.  I'll have to check out Gone Hollywood to see if the Rodeo Drive parody shop really is as interesting as it seems it might be.  On the other hand, I don't like poking fun at eccentric rich people -- I'm hoping to be one someday (when I hit those lotto numbers).

The Golden State and Paradise Pier areas sells items that are typically available in any California strip mall.  Model airplanes, T-shirts, corkscrews, wine glasses, sunglasses, backpacks and compasses, beach towels, makeup, and costume jewelry don't seem to be my idea of Disney park shopping.

On the other hand, the park does have some unique logo merchandise.  Some of the new attractions (the Sun Wheel, Grizzly River Run, Superstar Limo) figure prominently in that effort.  Other logo merchandise is focused more on the new park itself.

Don't forget, if you're staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel, you can have packages delivered to your hotel. Take advantage of the service. It's definitely worth while.

 

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