Monday, January 9, 2017

Disney Dreaming

Somehow I managed to make it all the way to my thirties without ever visiting Disneyland (or Disney World for that matter). So on our recent family holiday to California we decided a day out at Disneyland in Anaheim was in order.

We got up early, very early actually, possibly as we were still on New York time but really because we were sooo excited to go to Disney. Getting there wasn’t a problem as we had the hire car and we got parked really easy, then we followed the crowds who all appeared to know where they were going onto a little tram which took you to the park entrances. 

You have a choice of two parks; the main Disneyland or California Adventure. Being my first time I wanted to experience all the Disney magic and opted for a day at the main Disneyland park.

I’d checked ahead online and saw that on the day we wanted to go, there was an extra magic hour and the park would be open an hour earlier. What I hadn’t realised was you can only get in an hour earlier if you are staying at a Dinsey hotel or are buying a 3-day or more entry pass.

Anyway my disappointment at having to wait slightly longer than planned to get in was short lived, when like a big kid I ordered Mickey Mouse shaped pancakes for breakfast to fuel me up for the day!  

Disneyland is sectioned off into different zones or lands. We started off in Tomorrowland, a futuristic world where everyone lines up for the first ride you come to. The Astro Orbitor, its fun for little ones, but I’m not sure its worth the wait.

Big rides include here include Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours. My little guy also loved Autopia as he really thought he was driving the car (it was on a track) and as a family we enjoyed the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage.

Fantasyland is classic disney with a beautiful carrousel and rides featuring favorite Disney characters. Its also where you find Its a Small World. I wasn’t really bothered about riding this, but my hubby (who did experience Disney World as a kid) said we ‘had’ to and I’m so glad we did.

My brave little guy also tried Matterhorn Bobsleds, but it did spook him and afterwards he didn’t want to do any rides that involved being indoors. And if you’ve been to Disney you’ll know thats most of them!

Moving on we went to Mickey’s Toontown, every Mickey Mouse fan’s dream! We loved the little rollercoaster here, Gadgets Go Coaster, just right for smaller adventure seekers!

The other areas include New Orleans Square, Critter Country, Frontierland and Adventureland. Big rides include Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Indiana Jones Adventure. Our favorite family ride was the Jungle Cruise. 

But by far one of the best attractions was the parade. Visitors started sitting down very early, like an hour early to secure the ‘best’ viewing spots. But we just waited until the last minute and sat on the floor near where it all started and we still really enjoyed it.

When the parade ended it was starting to get dark and it was then I felt the park really became magical. The castle that I found a little disappointing during the day actually looked beautiful with the delicate lights and it was also fun to do some of the rides in the dark. 

We had planned to stay a bit later until they started the fireworks but after all that fun we were pooped and headed home, my first visit will hopefully not be my last!

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