As we continued on our vacation through Southern California, our next stop was Disneyland, a.k.a. The Happiest Place on Earth. I LOVE Disneyland! And I very strongly feel that it is indeed, The Happiest Place on Earth. How can someone go to Disneyland and not have a good time? From my trips as a kid, I remember getting Minnie Mouse ears, riding it's a small world with my mom, going on Star Tours with my dad and the smell of Pirates of the Caribbean. I remember going there for our "Band Trip," my freshman year of high school (yes, I was band nerd), and just going for fun with my friend, Kristen, a few years ago. Plus, I remember when Jeremy proposed to me there two years ago. *sigh* Yes, it's the Happiest Place on Earth, indeed.
Almost inside the park.
Have you all heard of Disney's promotion this year? This year you can get into Disneyland for FREE on your birthday! Let me tell you that whoever came up with this idea deserves a huge raise. Think about it: How many people would go to Disneyland alone (well, besides me)? And how many families with kids, would just take the one birthday kid to Disneyland? The answer: Not many. Therefore, though Disney is losing the $69 for the birthday person, they are getting money from all the people that birthday person is bringing along! INGENIOUS idea! When you go to Disneyland on your birthday, they'll give you a big pin/button that says Happy Birthday and has your name on it. That way during your day at the park, everyone is saying "Happy Birthday" to you. How fun! When we were there, we saw SO many people with birthdays. It was crazy. I guess you never realize how many people share the same birthday.
Anyway, back to our vacation. So, we spent 3 GLORIOUS days at Disneyland! The first two days we had Park Hopper tickets, so we spent time in California Adventure and Disneyland, while the third was strictly Disneyland. A few favorites from California Adventure where: the Mission Tortilla factory (free samples!), the California Screamin' roller coaster, the Tower of Terror and the newest ride, Toy Story Mania! Oh my gosh, Toy Story Mania is SO fun. We probably went on it about 5 times. This ride is an interactive Toy Story adventure. You wear 3D glasses, board the ride vehicle and zip off into a 4D world of midway-style games! SO FUN! Be sure to go on it, if you go to California Adventure.
Three days at Disneyland was perfect! This was my first trip there, where I felt that I did everything that I wanted to do (multiple times even!). All of California Adventure = done! Sleeping Beauty's Castle = done! Pirates = done! Haunted Mansion = done! Indiana Jones = done! Big Thunder = done! Splash Mountain = done! Matterhorn Bobsleds = done! Peter Pan = done! it's a small world = done! Roger Rabbit = done! Finding Nemo Subs = done! Space Mountain = done! Star Tours = done! Buzz Lightyear = done! The train = done! Numerous churros = done! Disneyland cookies and Rice Krispie treats = done! Fabulous memories and pictures = done! *sigh*
It's just the Happiest Place on Earth!
Outside California Adventure.
C3PO and the boys.
"There's so much that we share, that it's time we're aware, it's a small world after all..."
Jerm and Mr. Potato Head.
Half way through our vacation! Stay tuned...because you know there's more to come...