This will definitely not be the only time I talk about my Disneyland adventures. I moved to Orange County about six months ago, and I literally cannot count the number of times, I have been to Disneyland.
I won’t bore you will all the gory details of my Disneylandless childhood. This post is dedicated solely to the majesty and pure joy that was this week’s romp in Disneyland and California Adventure. I needed a day at the happiest place because being an adult has not been all that fun lately, with work stressing me and plans for the future stressing me more. So I set aside an entire day to hang out at my favorite place in the entire world.
Now for some reason, it’s still fairly busy at Disneyland. I figured kids would be back to school and parents working full days again. I am wrong. I do not let the crowds get to me though, when I’ve set out to have a magical day. I simply go to the places and rides that the masses are not. About 90% of the time when I go to Disneyland, I start in Fantasyland. Walking through the threshold of Sleeping Beauty’s castle just makes my heart sing! Some of the rides I frequent the most are in here as well, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures and of course Dumbo’s Flying Elephants. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a princess or Alice walking around! I’ve even bumped into a few villians here.
On this day though, after a few short rides in Fantasyland, I was heading back out towards Adventureland and my second favorite part of Disneyland, New Orleans Square. I noticed though an incredibly short line to meet the princesses at Fantasy Faire! How could I not take a detour there! Belle was so sweet and funny, and Jasmine couldn’t help but laugh at a joke or two of mine.
My day was already shaping up really nicely and I hadn’t even had lunch yet! I made it to Adventureland, grabbed a fastpass for Indiana Jones and kept on moving to New Orleans Square, where I shopped a bit, took in the scenery and went on Haunted Mansion for the umteenth time. After Haunted Mansion, I set my sails toward California Adventure. I always take the route around Big Thunder and back through Fantasyland.
The sun was beginning to set by the time I made my way to California Adventure. Though I was alone, I made The Tower of Terror my first stop. Holy scary. I nearly die when I’m with my best pals, but alone, I heart would literally fall from my chest down to the pits of my churning stomach. Though I normally do not spend more than 25 minutes or so in a line, I waited a good 35 for California Screamin. The wind was so frigid on my teeth as I couldn’t help but smile and scream around the turns, drops and upside downs. I find waits for Disneyland rides, rather annoying, but almost always the ride is well worth it.
After a snack, and a bit more perusing through CA, I made my way back to Mainstreet to wait for the Paint the Night Parade. I have been to Disneyland on countless ocassions since purchasing my pass, but have yet to see the magic that is Paint the Night. Paint the Night ups the magic of the daytime parades by taking our favorite characters and their floats and glitzifying them in millions of tiny twinkling LED lights!
I’ve been under a ton of self-induced stress lately and this day of Disney was certainly the dose of magical medicine I needed. What magic have you been up to lately?