What are your Disneyland "traditions"?

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  1. tdhickey

    tdhickey DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2013
    That is cool!
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  3. Eclectic Goddess

    Eclectic Goddess My Ears are a Pair of Devil Horns

    Oct 11, 2011
    Our first trip was an accident, too. We were planning around a park-only figure release, and the weekends happened to coincide. Now it's an annual trip! Agree with you on the busy-ness, though. Hoping this year will be better because it's not the same weekend as Columbus Day.
  4. tdhickey

    tdhickey DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2013
    Looks like I'll miss it by 1 week this year...

    Personally my favorite thing to do on Gay Days is look for families who brought matching red shirts and had no clue that Gay Days was on...they always look so confused! Glad to see that Disney is starting to recognize it more officially now with merchandise and food combo's.
  5. Canadiantinkerfairy

    Canadiantinkerfairy Mouseketeer

    Jan 20, 2012
    We have a couple,

    -The day we arrive we usually try to get settled into the hotel and into the park for the parade. We walk in and get an ice cream and just sit on Main Street an wait for the parade, walk around and enjoy the park after and then watch fireworks from the hub. We leave the park after the fireworks on the first night so we can get a good night sleep for the next early day.
    -We try to be first ones at the gates every morning.
    -Mickey waffles
    -I always have to come home with a mug
  6. tdhickey

    tdhickey DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2013
    Those Disney mugs are great, we have a good collection going that I guess we could call it a tradition as well as we seem to buy one every time.
  7. CamoMama

    CamoMama DIS Veteran

    Dec 21, 2011
    For the last 35 years we have each gotten an enamel charm for our bracelets on every trip. Until this year, as they've been replaced with Pandora style bracelets. We are all super depressed about that.
  8. merrysmom

    merrysmom Mouseketeer

    Feb 6, 2013
    This is hilarious! I'm from Utah, too, and you really can almost guess who else is. A few trips ago, my husband wore a BYU hoodie and I wore a Utes sweatshirt, and we had people stop us all day to ask how we could get along! (We both went to BYU, by the way- I just got the Utes sweater because it was on clearance for $3 and I can't resist a bargain!)

  9. minniecarousel

    minniecarousel Chris Isaak fan

    Jul 13, 2000
    As a child, we always went to he Tuna Boat for lunch on Fridays! (don't recall what we did for dinner on Fridays.)

    Now, we must eat at least one breakfast at Riverbelle Terrace and I have to have pancakes & chocolate milk (I never drink choc.milk except at this b'fast!)

    We always try to make rope drop at Disneyland. We use the Hotel entrance to DCA, usually moves fast in the AM.
  10. Melidef3405

    Melidef3405 Earning My Ears

    Feb 18, 2013
    On our anniversary, the hubby & I head over to Snow White's Wishing Well to be there at 1:50pm, the exact time we were pronounced man & wife. If it's not our anniversary, we still head over there to make a wish.

    I get a popcorn bucket every trip & break it out for a snack(carefully of course) on Pirates, Haunted Mansion or Small World. If we're there on a night of Fantasmic, popcorn & a Sprite while waiting for the show. Hubby has to get ice cream at least once.

    Always take a picture in the front of the castle & Partners statue. Always wear one of my Disney shirts & hubby always wears his Muppets shirts.

    I shop while hubby goes on Tower of Terror & wait to take his picture at the end. While he's on CA Screamin' I take his picture before he launches & race to get his ride picture before he exits.

    There's tons more I don't know if I would call them tradition or just habits, LOL!
  11. mysteriouspnai

    mysteriouspnai DIS Veteran

    May 28, 2010
    I love reading all these traditions to get ideas for new ones :)
  12. Snurk71

    Snurk71 DIS Veteran

    May 17, 2001
    DD and I usually get in an argument and have to spend some alone time from one another. Not our best tradition, but it usually happens.
  13. Heymy

    Heymy Mouseketeer

    Mar 17, 2009
    The first tradition I've continued since my childhood is staying on-site. We loved the Villas at the DLH when we were young. It's funny that we have just as many vivid memories of the hotel as the park. Our upcoming trip is suppose to be off-site, but I'm sure ill find away to at least split it up between the two.

    Our new tradition is an afternoon break at Trader Sam's. They pour the best drink at the DLR and have super yummy snacks and my girls are always entertained with the experience. Can't get enough down time. :)

    Goofy's Kitchen is our one special dinner. Again, I've been doing this since I was young and it rarely disappoints.

    We love to walk around saying "Mine Mine Mine". It's the girls' opportunity to be obnoxious and have mom and dad join in.

    Everything else is go with the flow.
  14. awdsmama

    awdsmama DIS Veteran

    Nov 9, 2011
    I love this one!!!
  15. faith313

    faith313 Mouseketeer

    Feb 19, 2013
    We don't really have any traditions and seeing all of these great ones is making me sad that we don't. :( I guess our main tradition is get there as early as our family of 4 can make it out the door, and squeeze in all of the rides we can.

    We have gone the past two years in a row (and stayed at PP the first time and HOJO the 2nd time) for our kid's birthdays which are less than a month apart. I guess that can be a tradition.

    Since we discovered Carnation Cafe and its Fried Pickled heaven, we always try to stop, but don't make it every trip.

    I would love to be able to do those cool family portraits but times are tough and we try to spend the least amount of $$ in the parks as possible. Those kind of things add up.

    We do collect pins, and trade with CMs on every trip. MOST trips we will try to buy more to add to our collection. But with 3 of us that have lanyards that can get expensive, QUICK!

    I will have to start trying to think of more traditions we can do. Cause so far the ones I've read are GREAT. Love the picture with the pancake one ;)
  16. Vexorg

    Vexorg Princess Wanted

    Jan 8, 2006
    I don't have a whole lot of traditions per se, but there are a couple of things I've picked up over the years, and since several of my trips now involve my GF and her sister, I've picked up some of theirs too.

    My one real tradition that I've developed while visiting the parks is that I almost always get a character sketch on each visit. Right now, I've got five of them hanging on the walls in my bedroom (in retrospect, it probably wasn't a great idea to have Cruella DeVil hanging right over my bed...)

    My GF and her sister have been going to Disneyland for years, and it's only been in the past couple of years that I've started accompanying them on their trips. Their tradition is to try to come up with the most ridiculous ride photos they can think of. On our last trip in August we sprang for the Photopass Plus so we could keep all of them. This would be my favorite from that trip; you can probably guess which ones we are in this.

  17. tdhickey

    tdhickey DIS Veteran

    Jan 16, 2013
    Funny pics are the best, we once went on Splash Mountain 5 times in a row to get a perfect YMCA picture (just the letters with our hands)! The newspaper is hilarious.
  18. KEmum

    KEmum Earning My Ears

    Oct 12, 2012
    I've been to DL MANY times but haven't really started doing traditions until an adult.

    - Character dinner. How can you resist!
    - Pictures in front of the flowers and castle (that's a given though, right?)
    - Have a churro
    - Find some of the special things in DL/DCA (like the petrified tree, the golden spike, PUSH the trash can, the 4-leaf clover, the hanging fish photo-op, etc.)
    - Enjoy some Disney treats - churros, frozen lemonade, Mickey bars
    - ALWAYS get a hand stamp and ask which character it was.

    We love the little things that make you stop and smell the roses. We plan enough days so we won't feel like we're running ride-to-ride!
  19. beachdreamr1229

    beachdreamr1229 Mouseketeer

    Mar 12, 2013
    When I was a kid, we always did our morning rides in the same order: Indiana Jones (once it opened), Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Country Bears Jamboree (still sad it ever closed), Fantasyland, Tomorrowland, then any rides we missed like Big Thunder Mountain. We also always got a churro for snack and a souvenir from the Emporium.

    Now that I have my own kid, we're doing it a little differently (Submarines and Fantasyland first). As he gets older though, it will undoubtedly look more like we did it when I was a kid.
  20. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/dm.

    Feb 28, 2007
    Fun thread.

    We have so many traditions. One I really enjoy won't be feasible this next time. Riding BTMRR during the fireworks is amazing.

    Other things we do: take a photo of DH sleeping during IASW.

    Take a photo of the Walt's sign as we enter the tunnel.

    Riverbelle for breakfast, another we'll miss this trip.

    Taking tacky pictures of ride pictures. :blush:

    Popcorn and Coca Cola while waiting for the HM. This always seems to be where we get it.

    Rope drop at Disneyland/DCA but rarely at WDW.

    Running to Space right at close to catch that final ride.

    Watching the castle change colors and castle kids goodnight. I always shed a few tears.

    Hearing the park's open and closing spiel. :cloud9:

    Raiding the Main St. candy store.

    Matterhorn at night. It's the best. Same with the Storybook Boats.

    Begging my kids to watch the parade. ;)

    When in DCA, Soarin' has to be the last ride.

    We have more depending on where we're staying. When at the GCV, DH and I love ending the night in the Hearthstone Lounge.
  21. mamaCta

    mamaCta DIS Veteran

    Feb 24, 2013
    We haven't really been to the parks enough to create traditions.

    BUT we all love the strawberry popsicle things sold on the ice cream carts. Those were a daily treat for us on our previous visits.

    Mom and Sis have been there more than I have, they like to watch the fireworks in DTD around the bookstore.

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