Summer is always a special time of year for parents and children. Slowing down the pace of life refuels our souls and allows us to focus on what is important – each other and spending time together. Disneyland is known for their thematic events, and Summer of Heroes is now in full swing at the resort, making it the perfect way to connect as a family and make magical memories. With so many things to do at this limited time event, get our exclusive tips to help your tweens and teens find their inner hero and #HeroUp during Summer of Heroes at Disneyland.
There is a lot to do during Summer of Heroes at Disneyland for all ages. As our children hit the tween and teen years, we realized travel changes a bit. Visiting Disneyland with that in mind is important so we make sure everyone in the family has a magical experience.
Meet a Super Hero at a Heroic Encounter
Our family is like many others in that Disney is part of how we grew up as parents and we now have that same tradition with our kids. The first time we took them to Disneyland they were two and five – the perfect age for character meet ups. As kids get older, they are less prone to want a hug from Mickey. The heroic encounters during Summer of Heroes at Disneyland brought all of that back for our kids. Photos with Captain America are “cool” and help immersed them as tweens and teens in the experience.
Ride Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! (More than Once)
Hollywood Tower of Terror is one of our all time favorite rides at Disneyland Resort, so we were anxiously awaiting the opening of the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride. My husband and son have photos of just them and with countless friends acting as though they are sleeping – or dead – on Tower of Terror. Yes, we love it that much. And because of that, Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout! had a lot to live up to. It succeeded and then some and appealed to our teen’s need for speed, as well as his father’s.
Hollywood Tower of Terror had more of a story base to it and focused on the anticipation of the drop. As riders help Rocket save the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, the most notable difference between the old and new ride is speed. Feeling much more like a ride, we made sure we planned time to ride a few times.
TravelingMom Disney Summer of Heroes Tip: Head to get the FASTPASS for this ride right after you enter the park because the lines are long and the FASTPASSes go quickly. Your tweens and teens will thank you!
Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance Party
Our daughter has some moves; let me tell you! Our son does as well but at the age of thirteen, he prefers to make them less public. The Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance Party is perfect for tweens and teens who love to dance or simply enjoy music from the sidelines. For some added fun, involve your teen or tween in finding hidden secrets on Buena Vista Street.
Feed your Inner Foodie at Summer of Heroes at Disneyland
Part of the fun of any themed experience at Disneyland is the food! The Guardians of the Galaxy and their fellow heroes have so many fun treats throughout California Adventure Park. We found what we awarded “The Cutest Food” honor in Fairfax Market Place. And the best part? Regardless of age, everyone loves Groot, making “I am Bread” a must eat! Ava loves (like crazy obsessed) Baby Groot so I splurged and got her the souvenir sipper at Award Wieners. Additionally, the special Guardians of the Galaxy donuts were the perfect sweet treat to start our day!
Experience the Main Street Electrical Parade
The Main Street Electrical Parade is a classic Disney experience through and through for our family. Grabbing some snacks and camping out on Main Street so we get a good spot is just part of the experience – an experience I know our kids will always remember and hopefully share with their own children someday. The parade is only here through August 20th, 2017 so time is limited.
Fantasmic! is Back!
July 17th marks an important day for Disneyland fans, including our family. Fantasmic! is back with more space, different technology and an improved show. While it was still temporarily closed during our visit to Summer of Heroes at Disneyland, it is on our must-do list for our next visit.