Tips for Visiting Disneyland

How to Tackle the Happiest Place on Earth

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Your little princesses and pirates have made their plea. There’s no doubt about it: You’re going to Disneyland. Here are three ways to guarantee a magical day.

1. Beat the Lines
Keep dwarves from getting grumpy with instant updates on wait times at every ride. The Walkee iGuide to Disneyland app ($4) lets you plan a fast-paced itinerary, check showtimes, read menus, or just find your way around the park. 

2. Snag a Seat
Skip the two-hour wait and catch the World of Color nighttime water show from the Cove Bar (just upstairs from Ariel’s Grotto). Bonus? It’s one of the few spots in the park serving cocktails for the 21+ crowd.  

3. Spend the Night
Forget the cranky postfireworks car ride and book a kids’ suite at the remodeled Hyatt Regency Orange County (starting at $179). Tuck your sleeping beauties into their bunks, close the French doors, and throw yourself a party without worrying about waking them. It’s a dream come true.

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Petit Bateau Opens

What: Browse sweet French styles for moms and kids at the new flagship store.
Why: Luxe cottons, chic simplicity, and a little joie de vivre.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 9661 Brighton Way, at Bedford Dr. (310-888-8822).

Jamie Lee Curtis Book Signing

What: The author reads from her latest book, My Mommy Hung the Moon, and you snag an autographed copy ($17).
Why: With ten picture-perfect tales under her belt, this lady knows how to make kids smile.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Children’s Book World, 10580½ W. Pico Blvd., at Prosser Ave. (310-559-2665).

Tia Concert

What: The award-winning children’s musician puts on a free high-energy show.
Why: Shake your groove thang.
When: Tues., 6 p.m.
Where: The Commons at Calabasas, 4799 Commons Way, at Calabasas Rd. (818-637-8922).

Photo:  armadillo4444 / Flickr

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9661 Brighton Way
@ Bedford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd
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Garden Grove, CA 92840
The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way
@ Calabasas Rd
Calabasas, CA 91302
Children's Book World
10580 1/2 W Pico Blvd
@ Prosser Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064