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Subject: [FAQ/DL] D-I-G: The Disneyland Information Guide 5/7

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Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California
Archive-name: disney-faq/disneyland/part5 Last-modified: June 1, 1997 Posting-frequency: Monthly Keywords: Disneyland, amusement-park, Disney, FAQ, California -------------------------------------------------------------------------- This document is copyright (c) 1997 by Al Lutz, alweho@aol.com Please refer to the copyright paragraph in Part One for details. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOTEL CHARACTER MEALS: Also you can check out the DL Pacific Hotel's HUNCHBACK breakfast, the DL Hotel's GOOFY'S KITCHEN Pooh character lunch & Classic character dinner (Goofy, Minnie, Donald) weekends, at a higher price. Prices vary, so I won't quote them here. New is the PRACTICALLY PEFECT TEA at the DL Pacific a Mary Poppins themed Saturday and Sunday event. The brochure says the following: $17.50 Adults, $9.50 Children (4 to 12), $3 (3 and under). Sip your favorite tea from elegant English bone china and sample scrumptious tea-time delicacies in our beautifully decorated Victorian parlour and garden room. Your gracious hostess, Mary Poppins, will be there to visit each table and delight you with her charm. Tea is served every weekend in our new Tea Room. Mary offers a special menu for her younger guests. Groups are welcome, however, seating is limited -- so do make your reservations "spit spot." (Tax and gratuity are not included in admission price. Parking validation available with admission.) Reservations at either hotel may be made by calling (714) 956-6755 before or during your trip, or from the courtesy phone in City Hall on Main St. WAITER SERVICE: THE BLUE BAYOU (expensive, but highly recommended and unbeatable for atmosphere) is located inside PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN. A new Chef, and a terrific new Cajun menu have just been added. Prices are higher than anywhere else in the park, but it only runs about 15% more than eating at a nicer place in town. It's usually quiet, you can relax, and if you're lucky you'll hear some live jazz performed from the balcony above you as the boats cruise by on their way into Pirates. Make reservations first thing as you enter the park if you don't want to wait in line during a peak time. CARNATION CAFE (next to the Clock Shop on Main St.) has reopened with a more limited menu that offers breakfast along with lunch sandwiches and pot pies among other things. Missed greatly here are the ice cream desserts and the flavored sodas. BUFFETERIA SERVICE: Available at both the PLAZA INN and the PLAZA PAVILION on the hub, FRENCH MARKET and CAFE ORLEANS (in New Orleans Square), and the RIVER BELLE TERRACE (Frontierland). Salads, roasted chicken or meatloaf type dinners are available at these locations, with Spaghetti for the little ones. One step up from the burger stands listed below, the quality is actually not bad for a major theme park. (The FRENCH MARKET now features a new more New Orleans-style type of menu with improved food.) NOTE: Check the information above in the event listings for Character Breakfasts at some of these locations. CASA MEXICANA in Frontierland offers, you guessed it, Mexican. But it's nothing special and rather bland - use the hot sauce offered on the tables for more of a kick. VILLAGE HAUS (Fantasyland) offers microwave-looking Pizza and Pasta along with Burgers too. BIG THUNDER BBQ (between Fantasyland and Frontierland out back) is one of the best of these types of restaurants, offering generous portions of beef, chicken or pork BBQ. BURGER STANDS (or "Counter Service" restaurants, as DL likes to call them): TOMORROWLAND TERRACE, STAGE DOOR CAFE (Frontierland), sometimes the HUNGRY BEAR RESTAURANT (Critter Country) and the CARNATION PLAZA GARDENS (between Frontierland and Fantasyland entrances) all feature the same lump of overcooked burger menu. Some offer Chicken sandwiches or strips, and sometimes a salad. Deep-fried is the rule here, if the kids must have this stuff then proceed at your own risk. Combo meals (where drinks and fries are included in one price) are your best values. (A healthier salad bar is offered at the Tomorrowland Terrace during limited hours on busy periods.) SPECIALTY PLACES: CLARABELLE'S FROZEN YOGURT (ToonTown) usually only offers Chocolate and Vanilla. HOT DOGS (or Turkey Dogs for the health conscious) are available from carts, and some of the Burger Stands all over the park or at COKE CORNER (Main St.) and PLUTO'S DOG HOUSE (ToonTown) The ROYAL ST. VERANDA (under the balcony of the DISNEY GALLERY - to the right of the Pirates entrance), and HARBOUR GALLEY (seasonal, across from the Haunted Mansion) offer a very good (and on cold nights - warming) CLAM CHOWDER BREAD BOWL. (HARBOUR GALLEY also offers lots of deep-fried seafood.) Frozen Yogurt too wimpy for you? Real ice cream cones are available from special windows at the CARNATION PLAZA GARDENS (location above). POPCORN is incredibly over-priced at $2 a box, $5 for a infinitesimally larger souvenir bucket. If outlying stands are closed, you can always count on the one cart in the hub always being open right up until closing. Dole Pineapple's TIKI JUICE BAR (in front of the Tiki Room in Adventureland) besides offering fresh Pineapple Juice also offers sweet, airy and mucho sticky Pineapple Whip. (Yes, some people swear by this stuff.) There is a food cart, that opens later in the day, near the Hunchback area - BBQ TURKEY LEGS, CORN ON THE COB and FRESHLY CUT APPLES IN A BOWL OF WARM CARMEL (my personal sin) are offered here. You don't have to eat junk, keep an eye out for HEALTHY FOODS -- carts full of way overpriced apples, bananas (at a minimum dollar each) and bottled water which are available throughout the park. DIETARY RESTRICTIONS: Kosher meals are available at the PLAZA INN and the BLUE BAYOU. Most buffeteria locations will adjust offered meals slightly per request. GUILTY PLEASURES: The CORN DOG Wagon (located at the end of Main St. across from the Baby Center) now opens more often, not just on busy days anymore. A large soda and a hand-dipped corn dog are expensive, but just absolutely wonderful. CHURROS at DL are legendary. (In case you don't know what this is: Think a 18 in. long skinny warm sugar-dipped doughnut. They are popular in Mexico.) Wagons are placed all over the park, with extra ones opened up in the evening. (But why don't they offer little cups of Chocolate Frosting to dip them in like at WDW?) The CANDY PALACE / KITCHEN on Main St. always has something fresh made everyday. I just love the freshly dipped CANDY APPLES during the fall season, and the CHOCOLATE PECAN TURTLES just can't be beat. The specially made items vary by the season. Woe to the person who doesn't drool at the thought of an apple custard filled FRITTER (a way too-overcooked on the outside and totally raw on the inside sugar-covered deep-fried dough-ball) offered either at the ROYAL ST. VERANDA (location above), or at the hidden and usually un-crowded MINT JULEP BAR behind the FRENCH QUARTER restaurant (facing the Frontierland / New Orleans Square train station). BEEF JERKY STICKS are now available at many drink stands - try the Cajun / Spicy flavor. AL'S FAVORITE: BENGAL BBQ (Adventureland, across from Indy) offers Spicy Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Vegetarian, or Bacon-wrapped Asparagus skewers slathered in cooking sauces for about 3 bucks each. (TIP: Get a fork - they're hidden at the left end of the counter - so you don't make a mess out of yourself eating with your hands here. Also, if you are really hungry, order the chicken skewers, since they have more on them than the beef ones.) LEOPARD TAILS are flat pieces of bread, perfect for sopping up the leftover sauces. Walk thru the RIVER BELLE TERRACE next door, over to the Frontierland side to find additional seating if all the tables in front of Bengal are full up. DL HOTEL FOOD: Like the DL management likes to say, "It's only a monorail ride away..." As a general rule the Hotel food is a notch or two above the park in quality (and in price!). You can get beer & wine, and some locations offer liquor with your meals, which some of you may deem VERY important. GRANVILLIE'S is a good quality steak house with nice decor, and you can wear resort clothing too. Very expensive. In the same league across the hotel marina are the CALIFORNIA WINE CELLAR (Wine tasting) and for seafood, (located right above it) the SHIPYARD INN. STROMBOLI'S (with a new menu this year) is a coffee shop type of place (featuring Italian food) located next to the steak house that is a notch above the MONORAIL CAFE in price and quality. Both have a wide menu to choose from, consider the food on a par with Coco's or Marie Callendars. Not cheap, but not priced as high as the steak, fish or wine places. There are meals at GOOFY'S KITCHEN with Disney costumed characters - fixed price buffet style. Food quality is poor - but that's not why you do this, you go for the personal attention of the characters and photo opps with them. Check the signs outside, or call in advance as to the character theme. Sometimes there is an artist outside available to draw caricatures of you and yours for a fee. Breakfast and Dinner daily - Lunch is weekends and holidays only. The NEON CACTUS next door is a bar, with munchies served and snappy Top 40 style live bands most nights. Daddies appreciate seeing their favorite sporting events here on the multiple screens while the kiddies roam the park with Mommy. THE COFFEE HOUSE has opened near Stromboli's with a small selection of baked goods and gourmet coffees. The WHARF ICE CREAM GALLEY offers what it says, and there is always a coffee / croissant / sandwich wagon located on the lobby side of the Hotel Marina. Generally reservations are only required during very busy times at the park - but a good idea is to call the morning of your visit and make them before or as the park opens. Use the phone numbers listed in the first section of this guide to call. Expect a 45 to 60 minute wait during peak times such as Sat. night at dinner time. Now that the DISNEYLAND PACIFIC hotel has joined the DL resort there are two restaurants located there that actually have very good food - and are very uncrowded for the most part - they are worth visiting even if the lines at the DL Hotel eateries are not out of hand. Nearby, they are down the walk from the DL Hotel in the main lobby of the DL Pacific. SUMMERTREE has a regular coffee shop type of menu, and now also hosts a character breakfast during peak seasons. But the service is VERY slow. PCH (formerly SUMMERTREE) is a traditional Japanese restaurant, which is geared to the extensive Japanese tourist group bookings Disney places there. I've heard many compliments about this place. TIP: If you plan to stop by just to eat (or just shop) at any of the two hotel's restaurants (or buy anything at the shops there) and not spend time at the park a three hour parking validation is available at any restaurant, lounge, or merchandise shop. HUNGRY FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMETHING AND CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE PARK? Look in section BRING DL HOME for the recipes for the Blue Bayou Monte Cristo Sandwich, the Bengal BBQ Spicy Beef Skewers, and where you can buy (frozen) the famous DL Churros. BIRTHDAY PARTIES: For some strange reason, DL has been rather reluctant to continue any kind of regular Birthday party situation at either the hotels or at the park. After canceling the parties they used to have in the Space Place last year they now are offering a limited amount of decoration and cakes at locations throughout the resort, which are detailed below: Goofy's Kitchen Birthday Packages at the Disneyland Hotel: NOTE: A party here requires purchase of the buffet: Prices: Breakfast & Lunch: Adults - $13.50, Children (4 - 12) - $8.25, Children 3 & under - $3. Dinner: Adults - $17.50, Children (4 - 12) - $8.50, Children 3 & under - $3. and then you ADD $4.00 per person to the prices listed above for the following decorations: Themes available: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger / Ballerina Minnie / Lion King / Cinderella / Mickey & Friends This includes: Tablecloth, plates, cups, blowers, hats, candy confetti on the table, Mickey Mouse balloons, one souvenir photo with a character and a cupcake for the birthday person if no birthday cake is ordered. (See below for ordering optional cake.) Cake is optional and may be ordered at an additional cost. Figurines to decorate cake cost between $3 and $6, in addition to cake price. 6" cake; serves 6-8 people - $12 10" cake; serves 10-14 - $18 1/4 sheet cake; serves 20 - $30 1/2 sheet cake; serves 40 - $45 Full sheet cake; serves 80 - $85 10" cheesecake; serves 10-14 - $25 Birthday parties should be booked at least 24 hours in advance; birthday parties with cake orders at least 72 hours in advance. Blue Bayou and Plaza Inn Restaurants: Celebration cakes may be pre-ordered for birthdays or other special occasions at the Blue Bayou or the Plaza Inn restaurants in the park. Cakes must be ordered in advance and are usually NOT made available on Easter, the 4th of July or Christmas Day. Characters are NOT available to join groups at the Plaza Inn or Blue Bayou when a celebration cake is served. Phone orders only will be accepted for a minimums 3 day (5 recommended) advanced notice, this IS required. A credit card deposit is also required. Plaza Inn - Main Street, U.S.A. Maximum party size: 20 Reservations available on the hour or half hour between 2 and 4 pm. No more than 4 parties may be booked on any one day. Meal purchase NOT required. Waitress will serve and cut cake. To order: (714) 781-4521 Blue Bayou - New Orleans Square No maximum party size; maximum table size: 8. Same-day reservations are available at the door, on a limited basis. Meal purchase IS required; if no cake only. To order: (714) 781-4547 Prices for Celebration Cakes at both locations: 9" round Cake; serves 12 people - $30.12 1/4 sheet Cake; serves 20 people - $40.41 Prices for cakes include tax and gratuity. NOTE: All of the above subject to change and availability. MONEY SAVING MEAL TIPS: Many D-I-G readers have suggested ways to save money eating at DL, Tory Klementsen tory@eskimo.com writes "You might want to suggest to people at most eating locations that a dinner of 2 appetizers can be very filling and inexpensive. My husband and I did this and went away quite satisfied. We each ordered 1 appetizer and I think the bill came to around $11. There are [also] other ways to enjoy Disney food without spending an arm and a leg, if people don't mind sharing meals. The meals at the CASA MEXICANA restaurant [in Frontierland] are huge, so we would order 1 meal and a side of chips and come away stuffed. Better yet, bring your own chips. Despite the warnings, no one ever once asked us about the food we brought into the park, although many CM's saw us eating it." About the BLUE BAYOU Loring Fiske-Phillips loring@pobox.com wrote: "One trick is to eat a late lunch. I think they stop serving lunch around 3:30 or 4 (not sure about this)? This allows for an early dinner at the lower lunch prices. Also, if one does go for dinner, the portions are large enough to share an entree and just get an extra salad or soup. Once you eat several helpings of bread, you aren't really all that hungry anyway. And you don't want to carry a doggy bag around DL the rest of the day!" Mike Rafeld, rafeld@hpptc44.rose.hp.com, commented: "Although the meals inside DL are pricey for sit down, they are also quite generous. I don't recall a time when we walked away from a meal hungry...or without leaving something on our plates. I would suggest highlighting BIG THUNDER BBQ a bit more because this is one of the better food deals in the park. And, tucked back behind Fantasyland, the ambiance was quite nice." Remember, MKC CARDS currently get a 15% discount at the BLUE BAYOU. Also 10% off on all waiter / buffeteria-type eating places, including the DL hotel. Ask for an information card explaining these and other added discounts at time of ticket purchase at the entrance ticket booths. Also a CHILDREN'S VALUE MEAL has been standardized at almost all restaurant locations. Since no one verifies who you are purchasing the meal for, you can take advantage of this price to eat a smaller meal portion, or just get an inexpensive snack. Ask at your chosen dining location for info. Be sure to hold on to your coffee cups at DL, all refills are free. WISH TO LEAVE DL TO EAT CHEAPER?: CARLO PANNO at 102100.515@compuserve.com contributed this wise advice, which he originally posted on RAD. It has been revised to reflect current street construction around DL. To those of you who were thinking of making the hazardous jaywalk across Harbor Blvd. from the Cast Entrance to the McDonald's at 1500 Harbor - FORGET IT. The old warnings about that McDonald's still apply. (It's busy, it's filled with other DL refugees, and the jaywalk across Harbor is dangerous) Now the DL management has added a new barrier ("The Great Wall Of Bambi Section"), a 6-foot chain-link fence that is impassable -- unless you have a DL employee ID card to get through the gate, which is secured from both sides. [The city of Anaheim has also built a six foot high fence now in the median of Harbor Blvd.- eliminating the left-turn lane into the Cast Member entrance - to discourage people from running across to McDonald's because of the many accidents. - Al] So now you have to add a one-mile pain-in-the-butt extra walk to get to that Big Mac you've been craving all day. Or do you? Of course there are alternatives. You gotta eat, and that expensive DL admission left a big hole in your wallet where the money was, so here goes: LEAVE THE PARK, GO TO YOUR CAR, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR DL PARKING RECEIPT (IT'S GOOD ALL DAY), AND EAT OUTSIDE. There are three exits from the DL parking lot. They all lead to West Street. I have given them Disney-type names. Going North to South, the one closest to the Park is "Happy," because it connects into the westbound Cerritos Avenue (use the center lane for safety), and gets you out of the DL area pronto. The one just South of that is "Sleepy," because it heads directly into the DL Hotel, and the one South of that is "Grumpy," because it leads right into the West Street Construction Zone, and there is a mandatory right turn leading you right into the other DL traffic. So, as you leave the DL parking lot, try to get very close to the Park and leave by the "Happy" exit. Take the middle lane, and go west on Cerritos. All the directions here have been revised to reflect this. If you wind up having to use the other exits, turn right on West and left on Cerritos (the signal on the North side of the DL Hotel.) By all means, stay away from the corner of Katella Avenue and West Street, where there is serious construction going on and often left turns are prohibited. (1) From Cerritos, turn right on Walnut Street, right again on Ball Road, cross Harbor, go about 2 blocks up, and at Anaheim Blvd., take your pick of BURGER KING or EL POLLO LOCO on your right, or MCDONALD'S, KFC, or SUBWAY on your left. A 7-ELEVEN is on this corner too. To return to DL, go South on Anaheim Blvd., turn right on Freedman Way, and follow Freedman Way straight into the DL parking lot. (2) From Cerritos, turn right on Walnut Street, right again on Ball Road, cross Harbor, go about 2 blocks up, and at Anaheim Blvd., turn right. There's a FLAKEY JAKE'S on the corner of Anaheim Blvd. And Katella. (Pick up a coupon in the Friday Orange County Register first, otherwise it's too pricey.) To return to DL, make a right out of the parking lot on Anaheim Blvd., turn left on Freedman Way, and follow Freedman Way straight into the DL parking lot. (3) From Cerritos, turn right on Walnut Street, right again on Ball Road, cross Harbor, go about 2 blocks up, and at Anaheim Blvd., turn right. After you pass over the freeway, make a left at the intersection (which is Freedman Way to the right and Manchester to the left). After you pass under Katella, make a quick right into the CARL'S JR., or continue west through the parking lot to DEL TACO. To return to DL, retrace your steps back to Manchester, turn left, and follow Manchester as it changes into Freedman Way and continue straight into the DL parking lot. (4) From Cerritos, turn left on Walnut Street, then right on Katella: there's an excellent JACK-IN-THE-BOX about a mile down the road, on the left at 10642 Katella. (Don't miss it, because the street numbers change in the next block and you'll get confused.) The Jack's is a franchise and they always have specials and give free drink refills, which is rare. There is a PIZZA HUT a couple of doors down, too. To return to DL, go back on Katella, make a left on Harbor and another left into DL. (5) From Cerritos, turn right on Walnut Street, right again on Ball Road, left on Harbor, about three miles up on the right there's an IN-N-OUT BURGER. A true So. Cal. landmark, In-n-Out has been making no-frills burgers, shakes, and made-on-the-premises French fries since 1948. A family-owned company, they have been slowly and carefully expanding since the beginning. All food is prepared to order, so there's a wait, but it's worth it. To return to DL, go south on Harbor and turn right into the DL parking lot. (6) If you're tempted by GOOFY'S KITCHEN at the DL Hotel, there's a local place that can match it for about half the price. It's called COUNTRY HARVEST. From Cerritos, turn left on Walnut Street, right on Katella. It's about a mile up Katella on your left, on the southeast corner of Katella and Euclid, in the same shopping area as a Food 4 Less grocery store and a Sav-On Drug store. (Both of those are good places to stock up on sundries if you need 'em and don't want to pay DL prices, by the way.) Nothing fancy, just steam-table cuisine with a couple of nice high-tech touches (chef-types in the serving area alert the kitchen of dwindling supplies by using cordless telephone headsets). Filled with real locals and completely self-serve (no smiling CM to refill your drink, but they do a pretty good job of taking away the old plates). If you can forego the pleasures of dining with the characters you can save a few bucks here. To return to DL, go back on Katella, make a left on Harbor and another left into DL. (7) If you're keen for DENNY'S, go to this one that caters to Anaheim locals rather than the tourist Denny's right around DL that sort of skimp on the specials and discounts. Take Cerritos straight to Euclid, and make a right. About a mile up, on the right is the local Denny's at 210 S. Euclid. To return to DL, turn right on Euclid, and then right on Lincoln. Take Lincoln to Manchester and turn right (a 45-degree turn) on Manchester. Get in the left lane to enter the 5 Freeway. Get on the freeway (Really!) and take the Harbor offramp to return to DL. (You now know one of the deepest, darkest secrets of the Southland: Freeways are not just for long trips. Keep it to yourself.) (8) If you're feeling adventurous...From Cerritos, turn left on Walnut Street. As you approach Katella, get in the center lane and go straight, crossing Katella into the pod mall. You will find TACOS MI PUEBLO, which is a real-type Mexican restaurant. Small and dingy-looking (until you get inside, when you see that it is scrupulously clean) the windows are covered with hand-written English and Spanish day-glo signs telling of the meal specials available inside. They also hang from the ceiling inside. The food may be a little spicy for gringo tastes, but it's very good. (If your idea of Mexican food is Taco Bell, get an extra drink. You'll need it.) Regular clientele is Spanish-speaking locals and DL CM's (look for the telltale DL haircuts). You'll hear a cacophony of spoken Spanish and English, and the music comes from a local Spanish-language radio station. Chips and a tangy salsa get you started before your food comes up. Beer is available. To get back to DL, go back out at the signal the same way you came in, go North on Walnut to Ball Road, right on Ball, right on Harbor, right at DL main entrance. This route is longer than taking Katella to Harbor, but it is less congested and if not faster, it's easier on the nerves. --------------------------- 19) MONEY MATTERS --------------------------- ATMs: The best kept DL secret? Where the ATMs are! There are five: PARK ENTRANCE: Left of the Main Gate as you face it, just before group sales / locker / bathrooms. MAIN ST.: "Main St. Bank / Annual Pass Center," between "Mr. Lincoln" and the train station. FRONTIERLAND: In the "fort" entrance look for a sign that says "Paymaster / Telephones." TOMORROWLAND: Premiere Shop, near CircleVision exit, where the phones are. FANTASYLAND / TOONTOWN: Between "Meekos" and the bathrooms to the left of the "Fantasyland Theater" / ToonTown RR Station. WELLS FARGO now runs the machines, and they accept the following ATM systems: Cirrus, Interlink, American Express, The Exchange, Plus, Discover / Novus Cash Network and Visa / MasterCards. There is also a sixth ATM and an American Express Cash Machine at the DL Hotel Travelport, and a seventh ATM at the DL Pacific Hotel near the Ballroom entrance. The DISNEYLAND TODAY flyer indicates that there is an ATM in the Tomorrowland STARCADE, this location is just a card reader in the arcade change booth that let you punch in your amount wanted, swipe your card and enter your PIN number, upon which then the attendant cashier hands you your cash. A check for $20 may also be cashed at the Arcade if necessary. Checks are accepted for amount of purchase in any of the shops. They ask for a Driver's License or Passport, and a credit card. If you have no credit card, they will call in your check for verification, which takes a few minutes. SHOPPING: Try to shop early in the day as it gets only gets crazier as the day goes on. Sometimes this can mean that items you want may run out, and due to crowds and time constraints, may not be restocked until the next day. As a rule, the shops on Main St. remain open anywhere from 30 to 60 min. past official closing time. NOTE: DL sometimes cuts back on shop staff and operating hours for some of the smaller outlying locations throughout the park, if you see a favorite item anywhere in a small shop that you may come back for later, take a moment to ask what time the shop closes so that you don't miss out. TIP: Don't lug all those goodies you bought all day long all around the park, use the complimentary package pick-up instead. At time of purchase you'll be given a claim stub, which after allowing a few hours for delivery, lets you pick up everything on the way out at a special stand just outside the exit gate to your right as you walk through. Be sure to take into account that it may take a few hours to get your packages to this location. (And sometimes this pick-up location opens late, you may want to ask about this if you need to leave DL early.) DL Hotel and DL Pacific guests may have purchases delivered directly to their rooms. All purchases may also be shipped anywhere you wish, with very reasonable shipping and handling fees. (Nothing makes a gift more special than arriving in a box from DL!) But try and do this in the early morning when the shops are less crowded. Most CMs are NOT very well trained in this procedure, (usually having to call a supervisor for assistance) and the glares you get from others waiting in line behind you when the shops are overwhelmed can ruin your day. Many DL shops now have a special rack or area devoted to discounted slower-selling or slightly shopworn merchandise. Look in the back corners for signs pointing out these markdowns such as DONALD'S DEALS or GALACTIC SAVINGS. At the DL HOTEL DL often takes over the SEAPORTS OF THE PACIFIC shop and turns it into a clearance center. BALOO'S BARGAINS, as it's currently known, is filled to the brim with Hunchback overstock at 50% off right now. TIP: Another location you might want to visit to save big bucks on Disney merchandise is the WAL-MART on Euclid Ave. in the ANAHEIM PLAZA SHOPPING CENTER, about a mile or so north of DL on I-5, just before the 91 Fwy. Right as you walk into the store is a giant Mickey & Co. section, with lots of merchandise and apparel at absolute rock-bottom prices. Check out the music and video section in the back of the store too, featuring a complete selection of Disney videos, many even available in Spanish versions. Lots of the Disney toys you see in the park are also available in the toy department. There is also a good-sized TOYS 'R' US about a mile or two south of DL right on Harbor Blvd. ---- END [FAQ/DL] D-I-G: The Disneyland Information Guide 5/7 ----