Welcome to Ask The Duchess Vol. 6, a monthly Q&A post covering a variety of resort-related topics. Ask The Duchess answers questions submitted by readers. If you have a question you’d like answered, send me a message here!
1. Why does Toontown open late and close early? (submitted by Josephine)
Toontown opens later than the rest of the park because of its location. Getting to Toontown is a decent hike from the main gates, and crowds really don’t form back there until an hour or two after the park opens. And in the evening, Toontown closes early because it has very important nightly job – it’s where most of the fireworks launch from!
2. I am a vegetarian. What restaurants have vegetarian options? (submitted by Lisa Ann)
There are tons of restaurants in the parks and in Downtown Disney that have great vegetarian options. You can check out a complete list here. One of my close friends is a vegetarian, and she raves about two options in particular: the veggie burger at the Rainforest Café, and the fried green tomato sandwich at Hungry Bear.
3. Kind of an awkward question, but is there somewhere I can get tampons at the resort? (submitted by Mia)
Yes! The gift shop inside the Grand Californian (off the main lobby) has a small selection. There is also a 24 hour CVS on Harbor Blvd a few blocks down, between the resort and the convention center. If you find yourself in a more urgent situation, the First Aid centers on Main Street USA or Buena Vista Street may be able to help as well.
4. How do I reserve those seats by the castle for the parade and fireworks? (submitted by Anonymous)
Those seats are reserved for VIPs, Club 33 patrons, and guests who book private tour guides (group tours don’t count). If you’re a regular park visitor hoping for a great view, you unfortunately can’t get near them.
5. I am a frequent Disney World visitor, but I’m going to Disneyland for the first time in the fall. Any advice? And are there any rides Disneyland has that aren’t in Florida, that I shouldn’t miss? (Submitted by Cathy)
My biggest piece of advice is to try the best you can not to compare the two until you leave. Both parks have roughly the same set up and rides, but the vibe in each is very, very different. Disney World is grander – more rides, bigger coasters, more space. But Disneyland has a nostalgia charm that can’t be matched. If you keep the two separate in your head, you’ll get a lot more out of both than by constantly comparing everything. Afterward, however, it’s definitely fun to dissect the two (you can also check out my comparison here).
Disneyland does have several attractions that can’t be found (or have no equivalent version) in the Magic Kingdom. I’ve excluded California Adventure from this list, since the whole park is unique to California.
- Alice in Wonderland
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Disney Princess Fantasy Faire
- Indiana Jones Adventure ***
- Matterhorn Bobsleds ***
- Mickey and the Magical Map ***
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Pixie Hollow
- Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough ***
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Storybook Land Canal Boats ***
If you can’t visit them all, I’d recommend prioritizing the rides marked with asterisks. Have a wonderful trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!