Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Disneyland - the happiest place on Earth

I honestly cannot explain to you how excited I was to go to Disneyland.

I’d been to Disneyland Paris several times as a child, and adored it. But we’d never made the trip to America (deprived childhood,I know). 

I’ve looked at so many people’s photos and being a big kid at heart, it was my number one thing to do in California! My husband…maybe not so much, but luckily he loves me and so on our first day in LA we headed over to Anaheim,  queued for far too long in desert-heat to get our tickets, spent an extortionate amount of money on glittery mouse ears I could've bought in Claire's and will never wear again, and went into the park!

 Disneyland California is made up of two parks – Disneyland Park and what they called ‘California Adventure,’ which is a bit less focused on Disney characters and has some bigger rides. You can get tickets to either or both – we went with both, which isn’t much more expensive really. The ‘park hopper’ ticket is about $175. Which I know might seem like a lot but you can’t put a price on magic, can you?!

The park was decorated for Halloween (Americans celebrate Halloween for much longer than we do in the UK – like two months rather than two days!), characters wandered about and happy music played. I was in heaven!

We honestly had the best day. There are some great rides, from magical fairy-tale ones like It’s A Small World for children through to crazy thrill-seeker rides like the Guardians of the Galaxy ride (what used to be the Tower of Terror) which nearly resulted in me losing my lunch! 

Queues weren’t actually bad when we went (although it wasn’t a holiday or weekend), but you can really make use of your ‘fast track’ options to skip to the front if you do want to go on something in particular.

In terms of favourites I thought the Star Wars simulation ride was fantastically done (and I don’t even like Star Wars), and the Buzz Lightyear ride was my husband’s favourite (we went on it twice, he won twice, I don’t want to talk about it). I also loved the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and wished we could’ve had dinner at the twinkly restaurant in the middle of it!

But my absolute favourite was the Winnie the Pooh ride. A little back story…when we went to Disneyland Paris as children, my Mum – knowing how much I love Winnie the Pooh – actually contacted them in advance to ask if there was a Winnie the Pooh character roaming the park. They confirmed that there was – but when we got there, they apologised and said he wasn’t there. My mum complained and ‘Winnie the Pooh’ sent us a signed photo. The next time we went, she rang again, again they said he would be there, and again he wasn’t; this time when she complained we received stuffed toy Winnie the Pooh bears! And they say Disney is an evil corporation..

But anyway, I was SO excited to hang out with my favourite bear!

I enjoyed California Adventure too – the California Screamin’ rollercoaster is fantastic and the views from the ferris wheel were great (although I was distracted by some naughty kids being told off by ‘Disney Security’ – two elderly ladies in hats!)

Foodwise we ate lunch at the Toy Story café, which was okay but pretty overpriced and extremely busy. I also got a homemade peanut butter cookie from the Winnie the Pooh shop which was absolutely delicious and kept me going till Denny’s on our way home!

We stayed until close and at the end when all the kids have gone to bed the park looks so beautiful, plus you don’t have to queue for anything and I made Ian go on the Dumbo ride. We got home suntanned with aching feet and happy hearts. Honestly, go. They’re not lying – it’s the happiest place on earth. 


1 comment

  1. I've been to Disney World a few times, but this desperately makes me want to go to Disneyland California; it looks so incredible! And California Screamin' definitely looks like my sort of ride!

    Lizzie |


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