I’ve definitely been slacking on keeping up with my USA diaries post, haven’t I? There hasn’t been one in the past month, not to mention – this trip was six months ago! I’ll get there eventually! We’re now on Day 28 in America and this was a very exciting day. It was time to head over to Anaheim – I was going to Disneyland California! The original Disneyland and the only park that Walt Disney himself designed and oversaw the opening in person.
I’d actually managed to pre-order an Uber the night before at a set rate of $50 so I wasn’t stung by any rush hour charges as prices fluctuated from anything to $40 to $100 from Hollywood to Anaheim. After setting off at 7.30am, I was at my hotel; The Grand Legacy at the Park and in my room which miraculously was all ready within an hour! How incredible is that!? The Grand Legacy at the Park is literally across the road from the Disneyland Park next to an IHop. It could not have been in a better location!
I was spending two days at Disneyland California with the first day going solo before been joined by Alex for her Birthday. I’d teamed up with AttractionTix who had given me a two day Park Hopper ticket which was a super easy voucher redeemable on the gate. There are actually two parks at The Disneyland Resort; Disneyland Park and California Adventure. Once you are through security you have the choice of both parks either side within a 5-minute walk of each other. Although I wanted my first impression of Disneyland to be the original park, there was literally no queue for California Adventure.
Once you are through the gates of either park you can activate something called the Max Pass via the Disneyland App. For only $10, the max pass is an add-on to your ticket where you can make Fast Pass reservation to nearby attractions right from your phone and this feature also includes PhotoPass where all your photos will be saved and free to download. In all of the Disney Parks I’ve been in (Orlando & Paris), I definitely think this system works the best and I got way more Fast Pass Reservations this way.
I’m going to try and not go into too much detail about everything I did in my two days in the parks as this would be the longest post. I’m planning on doing a few other posts about my time there about my must do rides etc… I just wish I’d taken way more photos of my time there as both parks are incredible but these are a few of my favourite snaps.
I ended up spending a lot of time in California Adventure on the first day which is home to Paradise Pier which is an amazing area overlooking the lake with California Screamin’ rollercoaster and The big Mickey Mouse wheel. Paradise Pier is currently closed and being given a Pixar makeover which will be so interesting to see. A great excuse to go back, right? California Adventure is so unlike any other Disney Park that I’ve been in and there were so many new rides like the Radiator Spring Racers which was a personal favourite and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! which is a new take on the original Tower of Terror.
It was also the start of the Christmas festivities when I visited Disneyland which meant the parades, decorations and even Santa Claus was out in full force. The Christmas parade was actually so magical that I managed to watch it twice. It was so weird celebrating Christmas in the Californian heat! Whilst we were in the parks, ABC was filming some sort of Christmas TV special which meant the castle area was sadly closed but on our final night we saw Lea Michele perform and then Idina Menzel & Kristen Bell sing some Frozen classics. I don’t think life could get much better than seeing the real-life Anna & Elsa at Disneyland!
It was so important for me to visit Disneyland as this was the one park that Walt Disney created, designed and built himself. A few of the rides in the park are 1955 originals such as the Disney Railroad, Jungle Cruise, Peter Pan’s Flight & the Carousel. If you ever go to Disneyland California, a little warning that the castle is actually tiny! There are so many incredible areas to the park including its very own New Orleans and a Toon Town area where you can visit Mickey and Minnies very own houses!
I’ve got to hand it to Disneyland, their food options are on point. There are so many amazing places to eat and I feel like Disneyland California, have got some great snack options. I spent most of the time eating and finding all the places to get Churros and Mickey shaped ice cream. On the second day in Disneyland, it was Alex’s Birthday so we decided to go the Jolly Holiday Bakery for lunch for their special Mary Poppins combo meal of a Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup. It was such a cute little place, especially if you’re a big Mary Poppins fan like myself.
For dinner, we headed over to The Red Rose Taverne which is another themed restaurant, this one was based on The Beauty and the Beast. I was under the impression this restaurant was a temporary thing but I believe it’s still open. We both got the slow cooked beef poutine which was delicious and of course, we had to get the Grey Stuff which was very different to the Walt Disney World version as this one was on a biscuit base.
On our final evening in Disneyland California, we watched both of the nighttime spectaculars. Although both shows; World of Colour and the Fireworks are in different parks, it is possible to get to both in one night! For years, I’ve been desperate to see World of Colour which takes places in California Adventure over the lake and it didn’t disappoint. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen and the light on water show is just done so well!
To make this post even longer, I’m just going to add on Day 30 which started off with the breakfast of champions at IHop. We then headed back over to Los Angeles, it was actually my final day in the city and we had got tickets to The Late Late Show with James Cordon. I’d requested two tickets through the agency 1iota and was really lucky and given priority tickets. The whole experience of seeing the show get filmed was really interesting. I have no photos as the security was super strict but Kim Kardashian and Ludacris were on the episode. It was kinda surreal to see Kim Kardashian in person but she played the game “Spill your Guts of Fill your Guts” and it was hilarious.
The CBS studios are right around the corner from The Grove which I think is a really lovely shopping and food area to check out in LA. I had my last meal with Alex at The Cheesecake Factory before heading off to my hotel at the LAX Airport for my early morning flight to San Francisco. I’m hoping to get cracking with these diary posts as I’ve still got so much to talk about. We’re only halfway through the trip! Apologies if this post is all over the place. I’ve been poorly for the last couple of days and I’m pretty sure I’ve gone delirious!
Have you ever been to Disneyland California?
*A massive thank you to AttractionTix for providing me with a Two Day Park Hopper Ticket for Disneyland California. You can find out more information about their Disneyland tickets here.