Disneyland Resort, located in Anaheim, California, is a beloved destination for millions of visitors each year. The resort is home to two theme parks: Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, as well as three hotels and the Downtown Disney District. With so much to see and do at Disneyland Resort, it’s no wonder that there are many Disneyland secrets and hidden gems to discover. Here are some of the best secrets at Disneyland Resort:
1. Club 33
Located in the heart of Disneyland, Club 33 is a private club that is not open to the general public. The club originally was created for VIPs and celebrities to have a place to relax and enjoy the park in private. The only way to become a member of Club 33, is to be sponsored by a current member. Additionally, you must be willing to pay a hefty initiation fee and annual dues. Inside, members can enjoy exclusive dining, drinks, and access to special events.
2. The Grand Californian Hotel’s Secret Entrance
The Grand Californian Hotel, one of the three hotels at Disneyland Resort, has a secret entrance into Disney California Adventure. Located in the hotel’s lobby, the entrance is marked by a small sign and leading directly into the Grizzly Peak area of the park. This secret entrance is a convenient way for hotel guests to easily access the park without having to go through the main entrance.
3. Hidden Mickeys
Perhaps the most popular secret at Disneyland Resort is the hidden Mickey. Find these scattered throughout the park. These hidden Mickeys subtly reference Mickey Mouse. In many ways, they play a huge role in the park’s structure. Find them in various forms, such as in the shape of rocks or in the pattern of a carpet.
4. The secret suite in Pirates of the Caribbean
Located in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland, there is a secret suite hidden within the ride. The suite originally hosted Walt Disney and his family to use as a private retreat. Today, the suite is not often used and is only accessible through a hidden door in the ride.
5. The secret menu at the Blue Bayou Restaurant
The Blue Bayou Restaurant, located in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland, offers delicious Cajun-style cuisine. However, did you know that the restaurant has a secret menu? The secret menu includes items such as the “Pirate’s Skewer” and the “Monte Cristo Sandwich.” You won’t find these on the regular menu.
6. The secret underground tunnels at Disney California Adventure
Similar to the Magic Kingdom’s Utilidors, Disney California Adventure also has its own network of underground tunnels. Used daily by cast members to get around the park and to access various backstage areas, “the realm” tunnels create quick and easy access.
7. The secret “wishing well” at the Frontierland Train Station
Located at the Frontierland Train Station at Disneyland, there is a secret “wishing well” where guests can make a wish and toss in a penny. According to legend, if you make a wish and toss in a penny, your wish will come true.
8. The secret speakeasy at the Carthay Circle Restaurant
Finally, the Carthay Circle Restaurant, located in Disney California Adventure, is home to a secret speakeasy called the 1901 Lounge. To access the speakeasy, you must first enter the restaurant and then look for a hidden door.
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