Hello loves! These past couple weeks have been so hectic for me with school. Mainly because it’s Finals week and all my art projects have been due at once. My Graphic Design classes seem to get harder and harder and challenging me more in the best of ways. I’ve definitely learned more this semester than I ever thought I would. But with that comes stress and sometimes even anxiety for a lot of people. However, through all the chaos we all need to try to find some peace or let ourselves have some fun! For me, my boyfriend and I had been planning a trip to Disneyland and it was the perfect escape for me. So instead of whining more about the difficulties of being a college student, I’d love to share my Disney day with you all.
So I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I pretty much grew up right next to Disneyland. It was always so much fun to go even though I’d been there dozens of times. For those who live in Southern California, there is still so much magic in that place even though it is so common for us. Even now at 20 years old, I get as excited as I did when I was a kid. I prepare the night before and pack a bag with snacks, extra clothes, etc. We leave very early in the morning to get there at opening or a little after opening. We have our day planned out and ready to go before we even get there.
*Pro tip: If you get there at opening and have a Park Hopper Ticket: go DIRECTLY to California Adventure to get your fast pass for World of Color and the Cars ride. Unless of course you don’t care for World of Color and want to miss it or want to wait in a two hour line for Cars. Both of which I highly do not recommend.
Of course we went straight away to get our World of Color fast passes and actually decided to skip the Cars ride that day. We then walked back over to the Disneyland side to take some photos and get on our first ride: the Matterhorn! Now here’s where the mishap kicks in. My boyfriend sat in front of me on the ride and had a hat on. He didn’t take it off because we have never lost anything on a ride (*foreshadowing). The very first dip we take, his hat flies off at high speed and disappears into the icy slopes of the Matterhorn for the snow monster to enjoy. Naturally, I thought this was freaking hilarious while he didn’t think it was so funny. Later of course it made for a funny story and that kind of stuff happens every day at the park.
After we continued to go on all our favorite rides including Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion, and Alice in Wonderland. I’m probably forgetting some but when you’re at Disneyland for 14 hours straight you go on A LOT of attractions. Between seeing the sights, witnessing a couple of Disney proposals, and reminiscing about old trips to the park, you don’t realize how much you walk around and get some decent exercise. We ended up walking over 8 miles that day!
It was then time for World of Color so we made our way back to California Adventure for the Little Mermaid ride, Goofy’s Sky School, and other rides. World of Color, for those of you who don’t know, snippets of Disney movies are synced up with music and projected onto water that shoots into the sky. Lights and fire (lots of it) are also included. It sounds crazy, but I honestly would recommend it if you’re ever in California Adventure. It’s part of the magic of the park and great for families!
Lastly, we went back for about the third time to Disneyland to get to our reservations at the Blue Bayou restaurant. This is a lovely New Orleans themed restaurant inside of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It has a great reputation and AMAZING food. Although it is a little pricey, the service is excellent and the atmosphere makes it seem like you’re sitting late at night in New Orleans. It’s very romantic and one of my favorite little spots in Disneyland. If you ever go, order the Mint Julip drink and if you’re gluten free, ask for gluten free bread (it’s so good!) After a great dinner and one more ride on Pirates, it was time for us to head home. At this point, it was about 11:30 and we were both exhausted.
I finally made it home and completely knocked out. These Disneyland trips make for some of the best memories that I have and I hope all of you can experience that too. Hopefully this gave you a good list of rides to go on and places to try. Let me know in the comments what your favorite thing to do at Disneyland is if you’ve ever been there! Even if you have any questions, I’d be glad to answer them. Hope you all enjoyed this rather long Talkative Tuesday, but I thought I’d share! Have a great week! ❤
*Cue the cheesy couple pic in front of the ferris wheel