How is the wonderful wide internet doing today? I had a long weekend, but I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend! Why do you ask? Well, I'm sure you guessed from the title of this post? That's right! I was at Disneyland! The happiest place on earth! Or maybe the second happiest if you prefer Disney World. ;-) A friend and I headed down to Disneyland & California Adventure this past weekend for the first time and it was a blast! We stayed at the Ayres Hotel in Anaheim which was clean, comfortable, and included breakfast. We also bought ART shuttle passes and the shuttle picked up directly in front of our hotel and was very easy to navigate.
We decided to do Disneyland on Sunday and California Adventure on Monday. Overall, both parks were great and I felt that they were not TOO crowded. Both mornings started out cool and foggy but by the afternoon it was hot and sunny. At night, it returned to cool and breezy. Take away point, California weather is crazy so always bring a jacket. ;-)
On Sunday, we headed over to the park around 8:30am and grabbed a Starbucks from Downtown Disney because priorities. After that, we immediately went to Space Mountain to get fastpass tickets. Our ride time wasn't until 12:30pm so we had some time to kill. We rode about 4 rides rides while waiting including my favorite ride -- The Haunted Mansion! We continued this trend for most of the day, so we could get fastpass for longer wait time rides and ride the shorter wait time rides in between. This worked very well and we rode all the rides we wanted to and more!
Monday, we had a bit of a later start since we closed Disneyland down and didn't arrive back to the hotel until 12:30am! We first headed to the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride to get fastpass tickets. Our time slot was 7pm-8pm. Holy Moly! The ride was very popular and at times had a 3.5 hour wait. Fastpass was definitely the way to go! By the time our reservation came around, I think we only waited 5-10 minutes to get on. California Adventure is quite a bit smaller than Disneyland, but we still filled our day with rides and wine! Oh yes, alcohol is available in this park! Wohoo!
Saturday night we had dinner at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. I had made reservations online and we were seated immediately upon arrival. We sat inside so we could hear the live music. The food was good but pricey. I guess you should expect that from Disney!
Sunday, we had breakfast at our hotel. Later on, I had a wonderful mid-morning treat - Mickey Beignets. These were SO GOOD. Find them at the Mint Julep Bar in New Orleans Square. Despite the name, there are no alcoholic beverages here. Just like Magic Kingdom, there is no alcohol in Disneyland. Sunday afternoon, we had lunch at Carnation Cafe.I would not receommend eating here based on what I ordered (turkey sandwich and fries). The prices weren't too bad though and they have AC, so that is a plus! Sunday evening, we decided to walk out to Downtown Disney and have dinner at Tortilla Jo's. This place had GREAT chips and salsa. We both got burritos which were good but again, it was expensive.
For lunch Monday, we had Wine Country Trattoria. This was by far my favorite place we'd eaten. The patio was covered and breezy, so it was a perfect spot for an outdoor lunch. I had the lasagna which was very good and cheesy. I would recommend this place if you're looking for pasta (and wine!).
Overall, we had a great time in Disney. It was indeed magical! ;-) If you're planning a trip be sure to research how to get fastpass, make restaurant reservations to avoid long waits, and be prepared to spend money! lol
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Have you ever been to Disney? Any tips?
Hi! I'm Amanda and I've been living in SF for the past 4 years. Originally from North Carolina, I love traveling, planning, exploring new places in SF, group exercise, and wine.