On our last day in Los Angeles (click here to catch up on the trip) we made our way to Disneyland for a day at the park. If you’ve read MIMG before, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Disneyland. And since we were visiting California, with only one day free for full theme-park activities… We knew California Adventure immediately was where we wanted to spend it. Disneyland Paris is built as a replica to Disneyland. Whilst DCA is unique to California, and we had been desperate to see it.
We spent the whole day at Disneyland. Arriving just after park opening and leaving well into the night. It was a 45 minute drive from our AirBnb (click here for £25/$30 off your first AirBnb stay from me!) and was filled with the magic you’d expect. My favourite world in the park was Grizzly Peak. Although we didn’t ride any of the GP attractions except Soarin’. I just loved the ranch theming and the merchandise was so cool too!
Walking down Buena Vista Street, it was really unique to see a Disneyland Park not themed like Disneyland. If that makes sense. I kept expecting to see the Main Street stores, and the castle. But this was California Adventure, not Disneyland. The change was refreshing, and the park wasn’t too busy so it felt really spacious. We loved nipping into the various stores on Buena Vista street. I love how they’re all connected. So you can enter through one end and wander through to the other. I’m also such a sucker for Disneyland merchandise. If I could, I’d buy all their tees because some of them are really cute. Especially the Halloween merchandise.
Visiting in September, the park was adorned in Halloween theming. From the purple bat bunting that hung from the stores, to the Headless Horseman at the base of Buena Vista Street. I loved it. The Halloween decor at Disney is always so fun, and I loved their festive bakery too. During lunch, Scott and I both went straight for a sugarry snack to follow pizza. We had visited Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, where Scott got the Anti-Vampire pizza slice, and I got a margherita. I’m such a fan of garlic too, I wish I could’ve had a slice! Afterwards, we picked up a pumpkin cupcake and candy corn cookie from Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. All of it was delicious. I love the ease of Disneyland food. Though I usually buy off-site or bring my own in due to the cost.
While at the park, we couldn’t stop ourselves from going on rides. First, we visited the Incredicoaster. This was fantastic, though I wish I had seen it as California Screamin’ so I could compare the two! Then, we rode Mickey’s ferris wheel. We were the tourists that didn’t realise some carts swung. And made a terrible mistake. Our cart swung, leading to a pandemic. Screaming incurred. Fear of throwing up. It was a whole thing. Ha! I’d definitely ride the none-swinging carts next time, my stomach just couldn’t deal with the movement. Following that, we popped into Goofy’s Sky School, which was so much fun! I love rides like that: what we’d call a Wildmouse here in England.
We also went on The Little Mermaid ride, which was great. I love the rides that retell the stories of their classic films. Though can we all agree that the Snow White one is terrifying? At least, it is at Disneyland Paris. When we rode that on Halloween it was the scariest thing we had seen the whole night!
Following The Little Mermaid we wandered over to Soarin’, which was fantastic. Soarin’ is always a classic, and it’s so relaxing. I love it. We followed Soarin’ with Toy Story Mania, and I went hard against Scott. I mean, I still lost. But I tried my best not to – ha! By the time we had explored the park and dealt with all of the queue times, we only had time for one more ride after Toy Story Mania. So, we visited Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark. I loved this. It was amazing. A really fresh take on Tower of Terror. I can understand the classic nostalgia of loving Tower of Terror, but this was a great alternative.
One of my favourite things about California Adventure, and Disneyland in general, is the immersion. Once you’re in the park, you’re in another world. And no matter where you go, the theming is fantastic. I loved all of the worlds in Disneyland. From Pacific Wharf to Pixar Pier. Cars Land to Hollywood Land. It’s a great variation on the traditional Disneyland. I only wish we could have stayed longer. And visited the titular Disneyland park next door!
To round up, I definitely recommend visiting California Adventure. The park itself is so much fun, and the rides are exceptional. If you’re a Disneyland die-hard, you’ll love it. And if not, you’ll love it too. It’s a really great day out, and it was one of my favourite from our trip. I also took over 1,000 photos just in the park. So that says something about how beautiful it is. I wanted to snap everything up to take home with me!
What’s your favourite thing about Disneyland?
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