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Disneyland Article
5 Things You Have Probably Never Done At Disneyland But Should

Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes
The Republic
Scott Craven
May 24, 2018
May 30, 2018
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Perhaps you've been to Disneyland a dozen or more times and are sure you've done all there is to do, even impressing others with your fake insider knowledge ("The park derives a third of its income through churro sales").

Yet the park may still hold a few surprises for even the most faithful fans.

Here are 5 things to do at Disneyland and California Adventure you've probably never done:

1. Paddle a canoe

Welcome to Disneyland's only attraction free of tracks, rails or other mechanisms designed to keep you on course. Putting guests in charge of of the free-floating Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes seems unwise, especially when sharing the waterway with large ships. Cast members at the front and rear keep canoes on course, and even if they do topple - and they won't - the water's not very deep.

2. Draw a Disney character

Head to the Animation Academy at California Adventure for a quick art lesson. Classes are every 30 minutes with animators providing step-by-step lessons to create popular, copyright-protected characters. Even those lacking basic art skills with create a recognizable drawing. Just don't get so cocky as to put it on Twitter. Trust me.

3. Buy an original illustration

Imagine purchasing an original work from a Disney animator without cashing in your 401(k). Visit Disneyana on Main Street, where Disney pros occasionally drop in and leave behind various sketches. You can pick one up for a little as $50, though more elaborate drawings are commensurately more. If your family skips its usual amount of $5 churros for one day, you've paid for it (well, that's the way it is with my family).

4. Check out 'secret' pet cemetery

Just to be clear, these plots in a cast-members-only area west of the Haunted Mansion contain no remains, almost disappointing guests who ask in a hopeful voice. (One word: Ewww.) The grassy area just above the attraction's exit once held more than a dozen tombstones, but most were moved to the main queue in 1993. Ask a cast member to show you the "hidden" graves. And no, you won't find Mr. Toad. Perhaps there's wasn't enough left of him after his wrong turn onto railroad tracks, bringing a tragic end to his wild ride.

5. Take a tour

Knowledgeable and nattily dressed guides lead various tours of Disneyland and California Adventure. The best is Walk in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps, a three-hour history tour of the park. You also get a meal, personalized button, collector pin and a couple of rides (you skip the line). Warning: Restless children will dislike the constant stops and how the guide goes on and on and on about so much stupid boring stuff, jeez already. But for everyone else, it's well worth the $109 per person.

Luxury bonus: Photo opp

Are you blessed with a chunk of disposable income? For $1,700, you can buy a private photo shoot in Toontown or Cars Land. You and up to seven others enter the park an hour before opening to meet with a professional photographer. Pose your heart out for 60 minutes, making sure you fill Facebook and Instagram in ways to make friends and followers envious. Have a little more to spend? Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and/or Pluto are happy to join for a price.
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Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes

Haunted Mansion

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Lands Referenced

Main Street U.S.A.

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