The Grown-ups’ Guide to Disneyland Resort

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Jan 31, 2017

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While you’re never too old to get excited about meeting Mickey, sometimes a little adult time during a family holiday is required.

If you want… an afternoon tipple

There’s no alcohol served inside Disneyland Park but other areas of the resort complex have you covered if you feel like a sundowner. Order a cocktail in kitschy glassware at Trader Sam’s – Enchanted Tiki Bar or head to Bayside Brews to choose from the six beers on tap. If wine is your preference, Wine Country Trattoria at the Golden Vine Winery inside the Disney California Adventure Park has a selection of more than 25 wines by the glass.

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If you want… some kid-free time

Stick to date night by organising childcare at Pinocchio’s Workshop inside Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. It’s available to anyone staying at any of the three hotels of the Disneyland Resort and is open from 2pm to 11pm for children between five and 12 years old, providing plenty of time for parents to grab a meal or enjoy some music at Flambeaux’s Jazz Club in the Downtown Disney District.

If you want… a fine-dining experience

It’s always fun to go a little fancy on holidays. Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel is inspired by old Hollywood, serving Angus steaks with the restaurant’s signature rub. Napa Rose restaurant at the Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa features a four-course tasting menu that changes weekly and sommeliers can assist with choosing the perfect wine.

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If you want… to embrace your inner child

Half the fun of a trip to Disneyland is acting like a kid yourself (while still keeping an eye on the actual children, of course). The scarier, more thrilling rides – like the twisting California Screamin’ roller-coaster – are ideal. Plus, if you’re with a partner, the rider switch program means one rider can wait with kids who don’t want to go on and then ride without having to line up again once the first adult returns (check which attractions offer the swap).

If you want… a healthy meal

Neon ice-cream and hot dogs are a must when you visit a theme park but if your stomach needs a break, most of the Disneyland Resort eateries offer healthier choices. Good options include simple Greek salads and vegie skewers at Paradise Garden Grill at Paradise Pier or a fruit and low-fat yoghurt blend at Schmoozies in Hollywood Land.

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