Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The Happiest Place(s) on Earth

A couple of weekends ago we spent two days at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

The parks were doing $99 for two days for California residents which is a pretty good deal. We hadn't been to Disneyland in a while and the Mr. had never been to California Adventure, so we decided to go for it!

We spent the first day at Disneyland...



We did some shopping on Main Street.


And rode a ton of rides.

I love this look of intensity on both of our faces on Buzz Lightyear.


We loved the throwback Captain EO 3-D Show. I TOTALLY remember seeing this as a child. The Mr. liked it so much that he bought a Captain EO shirt (see later pictures)


We pretty much rode all the key rides in the morning -- Indiana Jones, Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, Pirates of Caribbean, Star Tours, and Haunted Mansion.

Then we ate lunch at Blue Bayou (the restaurant inside of Pirate of the Caribbean). The food isn't amazing but the ambiance is great!

Then in the afternoon we rode some of the "kiddie" rides.

While in line for Small World a boat got stuck because it was overloaded. Hilarious.


For dinner we went back to our hotel, The Sheraton Anaheim, for free food and wine in the Club Lounge. Yum!


Then we back to the park to see the fireworks and ride a few more rides.


We did some goofing around on Space Mountain (the second time we rode it).



We spent the second day at California Adventure...


We had a blast riding the California Screamin' Rollercoaster and The Tower of Terror.


But I was most excited for the Little Mermaid Ride. I'd been wanting a Little Mermaid ride at Disneyland since I was 7 years old and it was my favorite movie. I don't even care that the ride is for kids, it was so great! Here's a little peak at a fish from it:


We spent most of the afternoon exploring the park, seeing some 3D shows, and having a couple of beers. I love that California Adventure serves beer and wine!


I hadn't been to California Adventure since 2002 and they've done a LOT to improve the park since then. The wharf section is so cute!


We really lucked out with weather. It was a gorgeous Sunday at the park!


We had a great time at the parks, but both of us concluded that it feels a little strange to be 30/almost 30 at Disneyland with no kids. We decided that the next time we go back we'll have to borrow someone's kids or bring our (not yet even conceived) kids.

23 comments:

Katie said...

So glad y'all had a fun time!! I love that you repeated Space Mountain - it's our FAVORITE ride.

Jodi Dwyer said...

Did you stay for fireworks? The fireworks at Disney are the BEST! I love Disney and CA Adventure but like you I have not been in MANY years.

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

Looks like fun!

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

Looks like fun!

Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

Looks like fun!

Jess said...

So fun!!

I think it is interesting to see pictures of Disneyland, in comparison to what I know what Disney World (I'm an Annual Passholder).

Like?

It's A Small World being outside. Indoors at DW, lol.

The idea of POTC having a restaurant.

The entrance/ticket booths at CA is the same design as Hollywood Studios here.

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

That looks like so much fun! We've been to Disneyworld in Florida a bunch of times but not to Disneyland yet. Fun pictures!

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LatteLove said...

oops, commented from the wrong account.

in sum: we love Disneyland, but I wasn't impressed with California adventure because of how much was under construction! I'm looking forward to going back in the fall.

Glad you had a fun trip!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

I love Disneyland! It really is the happiest place on earth. :) I've been excited about the Little Mermaid ride too. I can't wait until my next trip to Disney!

Lindsey said...

Looks like so much fun!!!

Katie said...

I love your face on Space Mountain. That is my favorite ride & we always do ridiculous faces!

Sonya said...

Disneyland/World is always appropriate without kids! But maybe I'm just a Disney dork!

Kristin said...

I wish I would have known about that deal!!

Meghan said...

We spent New Year's Day at Disneyland and had the best time! Sadly we didn't have time for California Adventure. Looks like a fun weekend!

Dee Stephens said...

I heart Disneyland and CA Adventures! Love the Napa area in CA park!
You look GREAT!

Adrienne said...

What fun! You two are so cute, I loved seeing your little adventure :)

Shoshanah said...

I've never really been to CA Adventures. I've never really wanted to go, but that all changed when I heard about the Little Mermaid ride. Hopefully I'll be able to go and experience it soon!

LWLH said...

I miss Disney terribly.
I would love to go out to CA and experience Disneyland too.

Joe said...

Disney is an amazing and fun place for all age group. You really enjoyed your trip there as we can see in pics.

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Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It seems like it was such a fun time! That was a great price for both of those. Love the ride photos.

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The Southbay Newlyweds said...

We had beer too!!!! Loved the fireworks..soo worth the wait!!! looks like you guys had a GREAT time!

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