If you’re looking for fun things to do in summer, then look no further than summertime Disney style. While the Disneyland Resort is ALWAYS at the top of the “fun stuff to do in Orange County” list, this summer this is especially true. Travel under the sea (on the new Little Mermaid ride), to a galaxy far, far away (on the new & improved Star Wars ride), I haven’t even mentioned the brand new Soundsational Parade yet, & you can’t forget World of Color, the famous Disneyland fireworks, plus all your other favorite Disneyland attractions.

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Little Mermaid Ride

Set in &  around Ariel’s underwater world & located on the Paradise Pier inside Disney California Adventure, you are sure to love Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Adventurers on this new attraction will feel as if they are descending below the ocean’s surface. Once you are “under the sea,” the classic story begins… riding in your own colorful “clamshell” vehicle you be able to participate in Ariel’s adventure first hand.

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First you will visit Ariel in grotto, where she keeps the treasures she has found on land – whozits, whatzits and thingamabobs – and sings “Part of Your World.”

Next, you will enjoy a dazzling musical extravaganza with an underwater party atmosphere, dozens of singing and playing marine creatures try to encourage Ariel to remain “Under the Sea.” The conductor, of course, is Sebastian the crab.

Continuing on in Ariel’s adventure, you visit Ursula’s lair, featuring the slithering henchmen Flotsam and Jetsam and Ursula herself  (7½-feet tall and 12-feet wide, from tentacle tip to tentacle tip),  singing her signature piece, “Poor Unfortunate Souls.”

Next, as Ariel’s wish to be human is granted, you follow her up to the ocean surface, where you will witness Ariel’s friends encouraging Prince Eric to “Kiss the Girl.” This inspires a stormy response from the villainous Ursula and leads to the finale, which holds some surprises – even for those who know and love the motion picture.

Star Wars Ride

Based on Star Wars films, the new & improved Star Tours ride will now be thrilling guest in 3-D! After winding through the spaceport, you will board the Starspeeder 1000 spacecraft and prepare for Star Tours Flight #1401. Through a series of mishaps, however, C-3PO finds himself in the pilot’s seat, and it’s up to him and R2-D2 to navigate their passengers through the galaxy. However, the tyrannical Empire is out to stop the Starspeeder at all costs. C-3PO and R2-D2 take the controls and try to outwit and outrun the Imperial forces and a galactic bounty hunter hired to pursue the spaceship and its passengers.

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But the best part (in my humble opinion)?! The new Star Tours features multiple stories and scenarios that will hurtle park guests throughout the Star Wars galaxy! Yep! Yep! Star Tours utilizes 50+ random story combinations, so you can ride again & again, with a different adventure each time. Whether it’s a battle with Darth Vader and his legion of stormtroopers or a plea from Princess Leia to help her save the Rebellion, you will find yourself in the middle of the action – literally.

Soundsational Parade

Disneyland’s new “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” comes alive through the fun and lively rhythms of drumlines, percussion teams and jazz horns.

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Mickey Mouse leads the parade (& demonstrates his own rhythmic prowess sitting atop the first float and playing an acoustic drum set).  Just ahead of Mickey’s float are six live drumline musicians who drive the beat and set the tone for the entire parade. Following Mickey, you will be entertained by the Genie, Aladdin & his pet monkey Abu. From there, the parade takes guests “Under the Sea,” with everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, taking center stage.

After Ariel, the Three Caballeros introduce the spirited sounds of Latin America with Flower dancers and piñata dancers, Donald Duck, Jose and Panchito (Donald’s friends from the 1944 classic film, “The Three Caballeros”). Disney’s newest heroine, Rapunzel, leads a royal procession which  includes Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White.

Following closely behind are the Disney jungle inhabitants, including Simba perched majestically atop Pride Rock.  The parade next transports guests to New Orleans and the world of Princess Tiana,  Mardi Gras dancers & tambourines that beat in celebration as they surround Tiana’s riverboat.

And no Disney Parade is complete without a Neverland Adventure with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Captain Hook, Mr. Smee and some bumbling pirates. & Finally, Mary Poppins and her friend Bert bring “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” to a close riding astride two carousel horses that appear to have just leaped from their perches in search of a musical adventure.

Summertime: Disney Style

The Disneyland Resort is celebrating their Soundsational Summer now thru September 5th. In addition to the new Little Mermaid Ride, Star Wars Ride, Soundsational Parade & the always fabulous “Magical” Fireworks Spectacular featuring real-life Disney favorites Tinker Bell & Dumbo (as well as a pyrotechnic vision inspired by Pinocchio, Mary Poppins, Cinderall’s Fairy Godmaother & Sleeping Beauty’s three Good Fairies), there is a lot going on.

There’s the new “zany coaster attraction” “Goofy’s Sky School” that (beginning July 1st) will have guests dipping, twisting & experiencing thrills as Goofy tries to teach a group of “novice pilots” how to soar through the sky, at Disney California Adventure.

While your at Disney California Adventure, be sure to catch “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” who are now appearing on stage (along with characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny & Little Einsteins in the “Disney Junior- Live on Stageattraction.

& You can’t forget about the ElecTRONica happening nightly in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot… a DJ, costumed dancers, lasers – need I say more?

Disney Parks Passes: Discounts

This summer the Disneyland Resort is offering 3-day at a special price for Southern California & Northern Baja residents. Yep! You can get 3 days of Single Park admission for just $139, or 3 days of park hopper tickets for $154 now thru September 5th, 2011.

The only stipulations are that use must use the tickets within a 45-day period, for residents residing in zip codes 90000 through 93599, and 21000- 22999, the first use of the tickets must occur on or before September 5th, 2011, & the tickets are blocked out from July 2-4th & August 21st-22nd, 2011.

The tickets can be purchased at www.disneyland.com/summer , the Disneyland Resort box office, The Disney Stores, Disneyland Resort Hotels, and a variety of southern California supermarkets and retail chains, including Vons, Albertsons, Ralphs, Stater Bros., Food 4 Less, Gelson’s and Deardens. Resident ID is required.

Not from “around here,” but you still want coupons to Disneyland? Check out The Cleaver Brothers’ Discount Tickets & Tours Travel Center at the Anaheim Gardenwalk for all kinds of deals!

xoxo, K

p.s. Make sure to check out our other Disneyland tips & tricks if you plan to spend part of your summertime: Disney style.