Ladies and gentlemen, this will NOT be your average WIAW. Today I’m talking about my magical trip to not only Disneyland, but California Adventure. If you are curious as to what other fun bloggers are eating and writing about, find yourself transported to Jenn’s page at Peas & Crayons.
Thank you for all the support regarding my decision to move back to New York! This is a big move for me, but more on that later.
Last Friday I was out to dinner and received a text from my friend Laura about going to Disneyland. Um, of course? Actually, I wasn’t completely sure and ran it past my parents (aren’t a wonderful daughter? 😉 ) My mom urged me to go since it would certainly be the last time in awhile. What I didn’t know was that our tickets were PARK HOPPERS! I haven’t been to CA Adventure since 2001, when it first opened. Since then there have been oodles of changes namely the addition of Tower of Terror and of course Cars Land.
Laura has an annual pass and knows all the tips and tricks of the park, so she was the perfect person to go with. I picked her up a little before 7am and we made a quick stop to Starbucks. I ordered a venti iced skinny vanilla latte (which subsequently has become my daily order this week…odd) and RAW granola bar. There is also a Starbucks in the park, so if I needed a caffeine fix later on, I would be set.
It’s neat to see how many fresh food options Disneyland has – coconut water, fruit, pretzels + hummus, and veggies. But it can be expensive. I did splurge on a pineapple frozen yogurt around 10:30, but it was totally worth it. Sweets so early? Yes please. It’s Disneyland after all. Actually it was clutch to purchase at 10:30 because when we walked past around 3:30, the line was wrapped around the corner. My favorite treat at Disneyland has to be the Mickey Cookies (below).
We arrived right around park opening and entered California Adventure around 8:15. I honestly was surprised at how short the lines were all day. I’ve heard the horror stories where it took people 2-3 hours to get through the main Cars ride. Our first trip took less than 40 minutes and this happened to be our longest wait all day!
I loved how the entire park looked like vintage Los Angeles and was complete with music, characters, and even old-school Mickey Mouse. For some reason we were getting some odd stares from people in the park. I couldn’t figure out what the issue was, whether we looked funny, were too old to be there, or what. I wonder if they just didn’t realize they were staring. Does this ever happen to you?
Walking through Cars Land was a treat because it honestly looked just like the movie. Disney really outdid itself with the architecture and attention to detail. As we wandered the park, I through some of the food options at the Cozy Cone Motel as well as Flo’s Drive-In. They even had a San Francisco based section with Ghiradelli and Boudin bakery options, a winery restaurant reflecting the Napa wine country, and other food stands popular throughout the west coast. Something that blew my mind was the fact that they serve alcohol. There were a number of beer options by the Ferris Wheel, wine at the winery restaurant, and a vodka pomegranate lemonade drink at the Cozy Cone Motel.
We zoomed through most of the rides – Cars, Soaring over CA (classic) and Tower of Terror. Laura isn’t a huge fan of drops, but was kind enough to let me try it out. After round 1 of rides, we decided to head over to Disneyland. I wanted to let Laura, the expert, lead the way so as to maximize our time in the park.
Lunch was at the newly opened Jolly Holiday. I was able to order my way into a kid’s turkey sandwich, which came on a sandwich thin, along with carrots, and apple slices. It was the perfect size and a much better value than the over prized sandwiches and salads.
Dinner was around 6 at Wine Country Trattoria. I wasn’t feeling too hungry (probably due to the afternoon heat and too much sugar in the morning…just being honest) so I went for the appetizer salad. We took another trip around California adventure, which provided plenty of people watching, one of my favorite hobbies. I had to get a picture with Mater, who was actually being quite flirtatious with us. What can I say, a couple of good-looking California gals.
I did however rally later in the evening for a decaf coffee and couple free squares of Ghiradelli chocolate. It was just like the shop in SF where you walk through the store and receive a free treat just for stopping by. If anything, you NEED to go through Cars Land at night because it is so picturesque. We ended a perfect day with the World of Color show, which was AMAZING! I have no idea how they coordinate the water, color, and music.
Do you have any favorite foods at theme parks or Disneyland? What’s your favorite Disney character or movie? Hope everyone is having a wonderful Wednesday! Have a fabulous rest of the week 🙂
“Never regret. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it’s experience.”
– Victoria Holt