My last college spring break began with four days in Anaheim for Disneyland and California Adventures with Palwasha. The shenanigans began at the airport and on the flight, but I won’t go into details here 😉
While we were there, it wasn’t as hot as we expected, which was great. Before we left, we made an extensive list of rides to go on as well as a detailed plan of action to waste as little time as possible. It’s the Palina way. (And it worked perfectly.)
Our multiple day, Park Hopper passes were a good idea, since we were able to bounce back and forth between the two parks as we wished.
Unfortunately, Tower of Terror was closed the entire time we were there. Yes, we checked periodically throughout the days, hoping the bellhop Castmembers would stop saying, “The elevators aren’t working now so we can’t take you up to your rooms.” It never happened.
After getting Fast Passes to California Screamin’, we waited 50 minutes for Toy Story Midway Mania. It was a great ride and game. Thoroughly impressed.
After the trip underwater with Ariel’s Undersea Adventure and the adrenaline rush of California Screamin’, we had lunch at Wine County Trattoria in Paradise Pier. Great food, great service, great location.
On the Grizzly River Run, Palwasha got absolutely soaked for sitting at the edge, along with another girl from Oregon who came with her family. Luckily, we dried off pretty quickly since the weather began to warm up. We treated ourselves to a churro too.
Disneyland was much more crowded than California Adventures by far. Although Splash Mountain was closed for renovations, we found many other rides to enjoy and love. We started in Tomorrowland with Astro Blasters, Space Mountain, Finding Nemo Submarine Ride, and Space Tours.
We waited in line for 65 minutes for Space Mountain, but it was definitely worth it when we got on the ride. I was happier to be able to sit down.
My favorite ride had to be Indiana Jones. It’s so well done. We went on that twice, Pirates of the Caribbean twice, Haunted Mansion twice, and much much more.
The decorations and set pieces for all the rides made us want to design theme park rides. We definitely talked about a few we would do; there’s nothing else to do in line.
Fantasyland by far was the scariest. It is not suitable for little kids! Pinocchio’s Daring Adventure was frightening! And Snow White’s Scary Adventure? I was terrified. I screamed out of fear many times.
Many of the lines for Fantasyland rides were short because we headed straight there the second day while everyone else veered off towards Tomorrowland and Adventureland. We even went on the Storybook Canal Boat ride, which was adorable.
We even caught a showing of Aladdin in the Hyperion Theater in California Adventures. It was completely random too. We saw lots of people going into the theater and just followed them. The show was about 45 minutes and was hilarious, a little mini-Broadway show.
Not surprisingly, our feet were unbelievably sore and in pain. Most of the time, I was so happy to be on the ride so that my feet could rest. I don’t know how those toddlers have so much energy. Also, so many strollers…
A good tip we learned while at Disneyland: When asking someone to take your picture, look for someone with a DSLR around their necks. They know what they’re doing.
We went to Toontown to meet Mickey…and it was the most awkward thing ever. It was especially bad because we knew there was a person under there…and the photographers don’t say anything to you…and they’re wondering what you’re doing there since you’re not five years old anymore. Just awkward.
When I last visited Disneyland, my favorite ride was It’s a Small World. Going on it now, I don’t see why it was. The ride was nothing more than a good break from the sun.
When we were getting in line for Haunted Mansion for the second time, Palwasha accidentally looked the Castmember in the eye, so he said in a creepy voice, “Hello and welcome,” which really freaked us out.
We weren’t going to fall into the souvenir store trap…but it was inevitable. “Let’s just take a look inside.” We were about to leave when we found Mike and Sully styrofoam-head keychains. Yep, we left with them. Then we spent another hour visiting the rest of the shops to “take a look.”
Palwasha and I really needed this trip, and Spring Break was the perfect time to do it. We both had a great time at Disneyland, although we were dead tired at the end of each day. Our hotel was close to some yummy restaurants too. We got out of there just in time too; the last day we were in Anaheim, the temperature climbed to mid-90s and the tourists and visitors swarmed in. I do miss Disneyland already and next time I go back, I’ll make sure Splash Mountain will be open.