There is something magical about Disneyland. I have always loved going there, even as an adult to recapture the magic that lives inside those gates. Maybe it has to do with my childhood and visiting there when things were very magical for me, or maybe it is just the experiences I have had there, but I love Disneyland. My mother-in-law has cancer and has made a great bucket list. One thing she wanted to do was visit Disneyland for the first time. So of course we said yes! So last October we travelled with her, to the land of wonder. (I secretly have to post this right now because I want to be at Disneyland, but I can’t go to amusement parks until April — thanks fetus.)
We spent the days inside the park to the fullest, taking full advantage of the hours we could get in. I love going in October because the park is dressed to the nines with Halloween decor. And Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday so of course I was over the moon about being there.
If you haven’t been during a holiday, you need to go! I haven’t been there during Christmas yet, maybe one day.. But they decorate everything, down to the streets and light posts. And during Halloween the villains rule the park, so you get to see charcters that aren’t normally out.
Do you love the movie the Nightmare Before Christmas? It is a favorite of mine, I watch it every halloween, Disney turns the Haunted Mansion into the Nightmare Before Christmas ride. I will admit to riding that ride 4 times last year, and 3 of them were in a row. Yes I love it that much.
My favorite rides in there are the following, so make sure you go! Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion (even not during halloween), Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit Cartoon Spin, Goofy’s House, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Snow White’s Scary Adventure.
Let me give you one of my best found secrets of Disneyland. Go to Space Mountain first thing, that one always fills up the quickest and Tomorrowland is one of the first parks you encounter. Second, ride all the ‘grown up’ rides during the day. The little kids aren’t likely to be in places other than Toon Town and Fantasyland. So when 7-8 rolls around go to those areas and the lines are SHORT. All the kids have gone home for the night.
Now for California Adventure make sure you hit the following : The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Carsland, Soaring California, Monsters Inc Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and California Screamin. We rode California Screamin 5 times in a row. It was awesome! Visit Carsland both during the day and at night. However go there first thing in the morning, the ride Radiator Springs Racers always has the longest line.
What is your favorite ride in Disney? Do you have any tips?