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I have had such an amazing weekend at Dineyland! First off, thank you so much to my boyfriend for making it all happen for my birthday – I honestly don’t know how he was able to keep his patience with me because I swear I am a little kid when I’m at Disneyland. Anyhow, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the trip and everything Disney.
October 28, 2017:
We woke up early to begin the trip – Anaheim, CA is about a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas so we left at about 6:30(ish) and arrived at the parks at about 11:15am. My boyfriend purchased the 2 day park pass (1 park each day) so with this pass, you can only visit one park a day. We opted to do California the first day since they had more rides we were interested in and we wanted to stay to watch World of Color.
World of Color
This first Fastpass we got was for World of Color. I wanted to be sure we got it because it can be difficult seeing the actual show if you’re waiting around. The only bad thing is that you don’t know which section you will get, so you might end up not being able to see the whole show. World of Color is a water show that utilizes the water as a screen – think of a more elaborate Bellagio water show. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures, because we were in an area that was the designated “wet area” and I just truly wanted to be in the moment and enjoy the show. I loved the whole show, I’m not sure how often they change up the show, but this particular show incorporated: UP, The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Toy Story, Pocahontas, Aladdin, etc.
We would have left the park and returned for the show, but we were waiting in line for another ride, and decided that there was no point in leaving since the show would start soon. However, if you do have the time to leave, I would suggest leaving the park and getting some rest and then returning for the show. The Fastpass line begins forming around an hour before the show and they begin letting people in about 45 minutes before the show starts. While you wait, you can sign on to one of the WiFi hosts and play a game utilizing Mickey’s Fun Wheel which is pretty fun and kind of helps the time pass.
After we had picked up our Fastpass for World of Color, we headed down the pier and made our way to the Midway. We picked up Fastpasses for Toy Story Midway Mania (my favorite) and figured we might as well check out the line for California Screamin’. To our surprise the wait time was only about 20 minutes and it was about 12:30-ish when we finally made our way there. Believe it or not, this is my first time on it, and it was so much fun! Every time I had wanted to go, I either got ditched or nobody wanted to go with me (and I don’t like doing single rider). It’s such a fun roller coaster and by no means is it too extreme.
In my opinion it’s a great introductory roller coaster because it doesn’t have too many loops or twists and turns. There’s one main loop and the rest is just ups and downs with twists and turns. We wanted to also ride the coaster at night, but when we made our way back to it, the wait time had jumped to about 60 minutes. We figured that we would only be able to ride one more ride before World of Color (since we didn’t have any Fastpasses), so we opted to pass on this.
Radiator Springs Racers
This was one of the newer rides that I hadn’t had a chance to go on when I went to Disneyland with my family, so I definitely wanted to check it out. The wait time when we got there was about 50+ minutes, but we figured, we didn’t have anything else to do. The line moved at a pretty steady pace, but to me, the rider count was a bit odd – it’s 6 riders per car, 3 in the front and 3 in the back. It can make it kind of awkward, so if you want to get through the ride quickly, do single rider since they tend to need a lot of them.
This ride was fun because you go to kind of follow the Cars story and I loved the element where you are “racing” the other car. This is definitely a ride that anyone can go on, and I think it’s something that a lot of people would find enjoyable. A Fastpass is definitely a must if you want to ride this at night or if you have younger children who want to ride it since the wait time can definitely be over an hour.
Toy Story Midway Mania
MY FAVORITE RIDE/GAME EVER! This is always a must on my list. I never care how long the line is, I am always willing to wait because for me it is always worth it. If you don’t know what this ride/game is, I really don’t know what you are doing with your life. It’s a 3D game that is set up on a ride and you just want to get the most points. It’s such a fun ride/game and what I like about it is that it really feels like it’s worth the wait because the ride feels long. I believe there are 4-5 different stages that feature all your favorite Toy Story characters.
Like I said, this is my favorite ride so I don’t mind waiting in line, but if these types of rides aren’t your thing, then I would still suggest a Fastpass because it’s a fun ride. Again, this is another ride that can be fun for everyone in the family because it’s a game and not so much a ride. If you are sensitive to 3D effects and get motion-sickness easily, you will want to pass on this ride.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion
We wanted to kill some time and rest our feet, luckily as we were walking around, the Frozen show was about to start to we walked into the theater and sat back. The show basically followed the movie and incorporated some pretty neat effects. The singing wasn’t great, but I’m guessing the kiddies in the audience didn’t care. It was a decent way to kill an hour and see how Disney brought to life such an amazing movie.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
I LOVE BABY GROOT! He is so cute and I can’t even. At night this ride turns into a mission to save Baby Groot, so we made sure to ride it at night. From what I understood, at 4:00PM they close down the ride and at 5:00PM they reopen it for the Baby Groot mission.
If you didn’t know, this ride was originally the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which I really liked. It was based off an old Disney original movie Tower of Terror. When I was younger, I loved this movie and I can remember how excited I was when I saw Disney was creating the ride. It was opening around the time we had planned to go to Disney and I remember begging my dad to go on it. The ride essentially drops you from a few stories (I’m not sure how high), and it drops you from different heights. At one point you overlook the entire park before you get dropped again.
This ride was so much fun and it reminded me how much I enjoyed the original Tower of Terror. I did kind of miss the original ride because I loved the movie so much, but I loved this one just as much! Next time I go, I will definitely have to ride the Mission: BREAKOUT.
Wrapping Up California Adventure
In between my boyfriend and I walked around, did some shopping, checked out some of the attractions, and ate some soup out of sourdough bread bowls (extremely yummy). It was such a successful day at California Adventure! We got to ride all the really good rides and most importantly, I GOT MY ROSE GOLD MINNIE EARS!!!!!!! They actually restocked it at one of the stores there and luckily my boyfriend saw it and pointed it out to me. I was so excited and I am still excited every time I see it.
October 29, 2017 – Disneyland
There’s just something about being at Disneyland that just makes me so happy. It just makes me feel like a kid again and for some reason brings back a ton of childhood memories that bring me so much joy. The one thing about Disneyland is that it doesn’t really have “big kid rides.” In fact, I would say majority of the rides are very tame and don’t have much of an “exciting” element. We only rode a few rides and we decided to not stay for the firework show because it’s extremely tough to find a good place to see the show.
We wanted to ride this particular ride when we visited about two years ago, but the line was just ridiculously long; I think the wait time was about 50 minutes. When we checked out the line it was about a 30 minute wait, so we figured it was worth it.
To be honest, the ride wasn’t that great. I felt like it had built itself up to have a ton of steep drops, but nothing ever happened. It was extremely lackluster, but if you’re looking to get into “thrill” rides, this will be a very easy ride for you.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
Again another favorite ride. We picked up Fastpasses for this particular ride because last time we ended up having to wait over 40 minutes. The Fastpass were actually extremely Fastpasses because we only had to wait about 15 minutes till we had to return; we actually ended up riding this two times with very little wait.
This is another ride/game that spins you around, the only difference is that you can control when you spin and you don’t have to wear 3D glasses which I’m sure a lot of people can appreciate. If you have severe motion sickness, this may be a ride that is easier for you, since the 3D element is out.
Star Wars Star Tours
To me this is a classic ride. Whenever I go with my family, we always end up riding this. It’s a 4D experience and if you’re extremely sensitive to motion sickness, this is not going to be a fun experience. Since I’m not a huge Star Wars person, I’m not going to try to fully explain everything, but there’s a “spy” aboard the ship, which was me!!!!!, and the Republic is chasing after you.
It’s a fun ride even if you’re not into Star Wars and children of all ages can appreciate it. If they do become scared during the ride, you can always take the 3D glasses off.
Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy
Another one of my favorite rides is Space Mountain and during Halloween it turns into Ghost Galaxy which I love more. The original Space Mountain is basically a mini roller coaster through the “galaxy,” so it’s in a dark setting with minimal lighting. When it turns into Ghost Galaxy, I feel like it’s even darker which is the best part. Personally, the effects for Ghost Galaxy doesn’t scare me, but I do know that some people do get freaked out during the ride. I would say for little kids it may be too intense since it is in the dark, but the actual ride is extremely fun because there are just a bunch of turns and ups and downs and you go through it at a faster speed than Matterhorn.
Wrapping up Disneyland
In between we did some shopping, but as my boyfriend put it – I can only Disney for one day; my feet continually swelled up to the point where my shoes felt like they were cutting into my feet, so it was tough to do much. We did do some shopping as well, but we felt that the stores weren’t as stocked with some of the items like the stores in California Adventure. As much as I love Disney and just the feeling of being there, the reality is, is that the rides aren’t as “thrilling” as California Adventure. Disneyland really has a lot of family friendly rides which makes sense to have at Disneyland since that is the area where younger kids really want to go. We opted to not stay for the firework show because last time we were there, it was difficult to find a spot to watch it and I would hate to deal with the crowd afterwards.
Ending The Trip
As always, it made me so sad to leave Disneyland. I love Disneyland and the memories that it brings back every time that I’m there. I am always reminded of the fun trips I’ve had with family and my boyfriend – it just does something to my soul and gives it so much joy. I’m glad we did California Adventure first because we had the energy to do everything we wanted to do, so when we went to Disneyland the next day, we could go a little later in the day (10:00AM) and we didn’t have to rush from ride-to-ride.
On Monday morning we headed back home and it made me sad to pass by the park’s entrance, but excited for the next time I get to go!
If you’re planning to make a trip to Disneyland/California Adventure be prepared for the security check point at the entrance of the park (before you even get to the ticket line). They do a thorough search of your backpack and anything you have wrapped in a plastic bag. If you have a stroller they will also look through the basket as well. To help the process go faster, while either walking to the line or waiting in line, begin opening your backpack unzipping some of the pockets so that they can easily look into your bag. If you have a stroller, I would highly suggest not putting anything in the basket because it will slow down the process if they have to search in the basket.
Once you are done with the bag search, you will need to go through the metal detector. Keep everything in your backpack/bag so that way you can put that on the table and walk through the metal detector without an issue.
For Fastpasses and wait times I use the app MouseWait it tells you the waiting times for each ride at each park and you also have the option to include food wait times – so if you’re interested in getting Dole Whip at Adventureland, you can check to see how long the wait time is. I found the app pretty accurate and it helped us figure out which ride we want to go on next. I also like that users have the ability to update the wait times if it’s wrong; also, I wouldn’t trust the app when it comes to Fastpasses because we found that it was incorrect multiple times.
What’s your favorite ride or snack at Disneyland/California Adventure? We didn’t have the time to check out any of the restaurants, but it’s definitely on my wish list for the next time.