It’s Summertime!! It is the perfect time to get away. My family and I recently took a family vacation to California. For my daughter and I, it was our first time going to Disneyland. We made it a big family vacation going with my sister, my cousin, and their families. I thought I would put together some highlights and tips from the Disney aspect of our trip. In addition to visiting Disneyland, we also went sightseeing around Los Angeles and San Diego (which were also fun).
If your family is anything like mine, then they love everything Disney. We are huge Disney and Marvel fans. We began planning ahead of time to save up for this trip. This first thing you want to do is make sure you have a Disney account and that you download the Disneyland app on your phone. This makes it easier when buying your tickets. Helpful tip: when buying your tickets, you will need to reserve the day that you are going.
Before you even go inside the park you should know there are several ways to get there. There are many hotels in the area including the Disney resorts. Many people choose to just walk to the park, or you can drive to the parking lot (pay to park) where you can take a bus to the entrance. Also, there is a parking garage where you can also take a tram to the entrance of the park. Either way there is plenty of parking and different ways to get where you are going.
Once you get through security there is actually a whole middle section I had no idea about. In between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park is an area called Downtown Disney where you can get in free. There are shops, restaurants, and live music, there are plenty of people just walking around.
When you are ready to go into the actual park I learned that you could show up before opening get in before the crowd. They call this the “Rope drop.” If it’s your first time at Disneyland or if it your birthday you are able to go to most shops and ask for a free pin that says, “1st Time!” or “Happy Birthday!” We were so excited our first day at the park we tried to squeeze in as much as possible. For our first day we went into Disneyland park, you see Main Street and all the shops of course Sleeping Beauty’s castle. But what everyone wants to do is get on all the rides. Purchasing a Lightning Lane pass (which helps you skip the long lines) can cost $20 per person for each day that you are there. Lines can be long and during summer it can be hot. Some of my family chose the LL (lightning lanes) and some of us didn’t. Either way we all had fun. Some of the main attractions at Disneyland are Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean (which was closed when were there – sad face). Not only were the rides fun but the food but the food was great too. My daughter was dying for some Mickey beignets, my cousin had the Dole Whip and of course we had corn dogs, candy apples and all kinds of goodies. You can imagine it’s a lot of walking, there is Disneyland Railroad that goes throughout the park, you can hitch a ride and it will drop you off on another side of the park. At the end of the day, we found a spot for the Main Street Electrical Parade, it dazzled.
Disney California Adventure Park:
We were definitely tired from the day before and walking all day. But my daughter forgot all about that when we got to the second park. Our second day was at Disney California Adventure Park, and it was just as much fun. Some of the main attractions of this park are Avenger’s Campus, Cars Land and Pixar Pier. Of course, at both parks they have designated times the characters come out and you are able to take pictures with them. That was a lot of fun. The rides are amazing. There are also plenty of places to eat and shop on this side too. You can even stop in Hollywood Land and watch a 3D movie or stop in a talk with Crush from Finding Nemo. At the end of the day, they have a water show called World of Color. It was really beautiful.
Overall, my family and I had a wonderful trip in California. A simply marvelous time…
Because at the end of the day, I’m just a Disney girl.