The best way to get all the key free stuff at Disneyland – SF Gate

By | August 19, 2022

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.
There I used to be, sheepishly skulking as much as the counter on the creature stall in Disneyland’s Black Spire Outpost, asking the solid member whether or not I, a completely shaped grownup, may have one of many “Star Wars” scavenger hunt books which are clearly for youths. 
She form of smirked at me as she handed it over, however in a pleasant manner, like she may see how foolish I felt and was commiserating with me. Referred to as “Bina’s Information to the Creatures of Batuu,” it’s a secret mission to seek out the entire hidden animals in Galaxy’s Edge. How may I not do it? 
My motivation — in addition to the continuing quest to strive all the pieces at Disneyland that defines my work as a theme park reporter — was greater than bragging rights. (As a result of let’s face it, I used to be not going to be bragging about this to anybody, even when I did efficiently full the search.) It was a mythic free prize. 
Realizing I in all probability wasn’t going to complete the entire thing earlier than I succumbed to the siren name of Oga’s Cantina, I requested the solid member what my prize was going to be. She gestured to a factor that, even when I didn’t have a Fuzzy Tauntaun on the mind, regarded rather a lot like a coaster from the cantina, with the identical paintings as the quilt of the scavenger hunt guide, and a saying in Aurebesh round that. 
Contained in the guide, which for the document is technically for “younglings” (Batuuese for “youngsters”) below age 10, there are drawings of creatures native to Batuu, with details about them and an exercise to accompany every. Some that you just’re tasked to seek out, just like the ollopom in Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, after which reply a query with a view to earn your stamp for the web page. For the larger animals, like a bantha, you draw their tracks, that are printed on the pathways within the land. 
The Star Wars scavenger hunt that ends in a free prize. 
I flipped via and instantly noticed one I already knew: the dianoga hidden within the water pipe above the “hydrators” on the finish of {the marketplace}. The query I needed to reply: “What coloration is the dianoga’s eye?”
“Brilliant suns!” the solid member greeted me as I walked as much as her, booklet in hand. “Studying about native wildlife?” I say sure, and she or he takes my booklet to stamp it as she asks the query. “Errr … black?” I reply, and she or he form of squints at me, and says, “Effectively, the pupil is black,” and stamps my guide. Phew. Bought by on a technicality for that one. 
I sat down close by to learn via just a little bit extra of the guide, after I spot a star. R2-D2 is rolling by. “What’s that, R2?” one of many solid members says. “There’s a dianoga within the water system? That doesn’t sound sanitary.”
The entire thing was enjoyable and foolish for me, however I can think about it might be extremely enjoyable for youngling “Star Wars” followers. As I mulled issues over later, face numb from that Fuzzy Tauntaun (it comes with some kind of magical foam on prime that basically does make your face really feel “fuzzy”), I began desirous about different actions prefer it. 
Disneyland is so, so costly. In the event you’re staying in a single day on a Disney property, you’ve already spent upwards of $400 per evening at a minimal to be there. In the event you’re driving, you’re spending $30 on parking, and that’s earlier than the record-high admission that may price you greater than $200 per particular person for a single-day park hopper ticket. 
However there’s a vivid facet. There are little, no-cost Easter egg actions across the park the place you are able to do one thing just a little particular, and normally take residence a free memento within the course of. Disneyland tends to maintain quiet about them, however to me, discovering them is a part of the enjoyable. 
In the event you’d moderately deal with the enjoyable of truly doing them moderately than in search of them out, listed here are a number of I’ve discovered:
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At Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the prince and princess makeovers can price you anyplace from $79.95 to $450. However there’s a secret, free service you may ask for — just a little little bit of glitter sprinkled into your hair from a magic wand to provide you some “pixie mud” to up the magic issue in your Fantasyland go to. Although the full-service salon isn’t at the moment open, pixie dusting continues to be obtainable from the staff who work within the boutique facet. 
On the Jungle Cruise, after you’ve taken your voyage via the rivers of the world and survived hippo and piranha assaults (and all of the dad jokes you may abdomen), you may ask the solid members for a map of your journey to take residence as a free memento. Simply ask, “Is there nonetheless a secret Jungle Cruise map?” and the treasure will reveal itself. 
A drawing class at Animation Academy ends in a free memento (so long as you want what you’ve got drawn).
On the Animation Academy in Hollywoodland in Disney California Journey, you may really sit via a drawing class and get a lesson in how to attract a Disney character. It constantly surprises me that Disney doesn’t cost for this, as a result of it’s actually enjoyable, you get to take a seat down in air con for some time, and you’ve got a drawing to take residence on the finish. The B- rendering of Jack Skellington I made on my first go to there’s proudly displayed on my fridge to this present day.
In fact, there are the celebration buttons, too. At Metropolis Corridor or virtually any money register in a present store, you may ask an worker for one (or extra) of some free buttons to put on for the day: a “comfortable birthday” one, a “fortunately ever after” one for romantic milestones or an “I’m celebrating” one which’s good to put on when you’re on the park celebrating with somebody. 
Just lately, Disneyland has been giving out free items to Magic Key holders. In February, what the park referred to as Magic Key Holder Celebration Month, Disney gave out two artwork prints and Magic Key sun shades to any passholder. Just lately, it has been a reusable Magic Key straw. 
The free, celebratory button Disneyland gave out for the twenty fifth anniversary of “A Nightmare Earlier than Christmas.”
I’ve heard that there was a time prior to now when you possibly can ask for a dying certificates at Haunted Mansion, however that point is over. I’m simply going to carry onto hope that they could convey it again in the future. Hey, there’s an opportunity. One random day I occurred to be getting on the trip when a solid member handed me a memento button, being given out on that day solely, to rejoice the twenty fifth anniversary of “A Nightmare Earlier than Christmas.” So perhaps the dying certificates will come again. Stranger issues have occurred. 
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Julie Tremaine is a contributing editor for SFGATE masking Disneyland. 


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