I have been obsessed with all things Disney since I was a kid. They aren’t joking when they say it is magical. I know the words to just about every Disney song by heart and my love for the classic animations is never ending.
I have been lucky enough to make a few trips down to Walt DisneyWorld in Florida, but this was my first time going to Disneyland and we wanted to make the most of it. It is very expensive to have a Disney vacation!! Disneyland has two parks, the original Disneyland and the newer California Adventure. We decided to spend a day in each park and stay at a hotel close by to use our time wisely. This was a GREAT decision. The parks are big. You want a full day to explore so you don’t feel rushed or feel that you missed out on things.
First stop: Disneyland
We waited to buy our tickets until we got to the park, which all Disney blog posts warn you not to do. This was a fine decision and the line went by very quick. The line to enter the park also wasn’t bad! (We really lucked out).
Overall, it was a really hot day! The park was packed and had long lines. We ended up taking a mid-day break to explore Downtown Disney and grab a late lunch and a happy-hour drink at Naples Ristorante.
List of rides we conquered:
Indian Jones Adventure
Pirates of the Caribbean
It’s a Small World
Snow White’s Scary Adventures
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage
King Arthur Carrousel
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
My favourite thrill ride was definitely Space Mountain. I love a good adrenaline rush! I had been on the Space Mountain in Disney World, but this one seems newer and less rickety. The line was super long so thank goodness for fast passes!
My favourite family friendly ride was Pirates of the Caribbean. It is a really long ride and keeps you nice and cool on a long day which is nice.
We love to eat, and even though food can be pretty expensive inside of Disney, we splurged and got some yummy treats. First stop was Starbucks for their special Disneyland cups!
I have also always wanted one of the Mickey Mouse shaped ice creams and finally got one!!
The saddest part of the day was by far the fact that the fireworks were cut short! I love to watch the fireworks and they were cancelled partway through because of high winds up in the sky.
Day two we hit up California Adventure. This park feels more spread out and because it was Father’s Day it was pretty empty. This was a dream after the cramped and extremely hot Disneyland.
One cool thing about California Adventure compared to Disneyland is that they serve alcohol in the park! We took advantage of this and grabbed a glass of sangria with our lunch to cool down and unwind.
We ate at Flo’s V8 Cafe and LOVED it. It can be hard eating out as vegetarians, especially in a place like Disney where it seems everyone wants to eat jumbo turkey legs (let’s be real, how are the turkeys that big). Flo’s had lots of veggie sides that we could have, which was a life saver.
List of rides we concurred:
The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
King Triton’s Carousel
Silly Symphony Swings
Mickey’s Fun Wheel
Soarin’ Around the World
Radiator Springs Racers
Turtle Talk with Crush
Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train
Monsters, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue!
Luigi’s rollickin’ Roadsters
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!
My favourite thrill ride was Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT. There is something about a ride that sends your stomach to your feet. This ride was brand new and a refurbishment of the Tower of Terror ride. The line was absolutely insane, but totally worth the wait.
My favourite family friendly was Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters. Cars land was the cutest part of California Adventure. I love the authentic feel it has. It’s pure magic! We got on this ride with a minimal wait and it was so enjoyable.
I am SOOOO glad we got to go to Disneyland while we are in California. My obsession is real with Disney and I am so glad I got to share the experience with my amazing girlfriend!