As a belated celebration of our six year anniversary, my boyfriend Mart and I went to Disneyland on March 2nd! Thanks to the generosity of my boyfriend’s family friend, we were able to get park hopper tickets to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventures for $50 a ticket at the door into Disneyland.
Once we had our tickets, we headed over to Disney California Adventures (DCA) to get Fast Passes reserved for World of Color and then back into Disneyland again. It was just lines, lines, lines. Lines to get bags checked, then lines to get into Disney, lines to get into DCA, then lines to get back into Disney, lol. You will not be able to survive the lines if you do not 1) have fantastic company with you or 2) have something to keep yourself busy with.
The first thing we did once we were in Dland again was go to City Hall and get our free happy anniversary badges. :) Thanks to these badges, a lot of the Disney cast members wished us a happy anniversary.
We took advantage of their Fast Pass system, which is where you get the Fast Pass ticket and this allows you to come back at your appointed time slot to get into a faster, shorter line for the ride at your appointed time slot. We used this system to get into Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Indiana Jones. In between these major rides, we went to…
- Buzz Light Year Astro Blasters
- Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
- Snow White’s Scary Adventures
- Mad Tea Party
- Alice in Wonderland
- It’s a Small World
- Pinnocio’s Daring Journey
- Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Haunted Mansion
As a pre-lunch snack to keep us tided over, we had those infamous Disneyland churros. Overpriced just like any theme park, but at least they were deliciously surgary and hit the spot.
For lunch we had the chicken plate at the Plaza Inn. It was pretty darn good, except I personally would have liked them to use a whole lot less salt in it. Yikes. *drinks a ton of water*
Other snacks we had to tide us over during the evening:
- Dole whip floats: Oh my goodness, these are amazing. I’ve never had dole whip before, so I didn’t expect much, but it exceeded my expectations!
- Mint Julep and beignets: Amazing, amazing! Finding the Mint Julep Bar was difficult for us since it was rather elusive! But it was sooo worth it and we had the pleasure of hearing a song from this jazz band.
It was our first time seeing World of Color, which is a water show paired with music and lights to project color images onto the water sprays. Since we got Fast Passes, we had a very close up view of the show, but unfortunately we didn’t arrive early enough to get a spot right behind a roped off area to ensure nobody was directly standing in front of us. This means I spent more time staring at the back of people’s heads. I still got to see a lot of the show though.
Luckily for us, we were still in DCA during the second show, so we were able to see it at a different angle and almost saw the show twice. The great thing about our second location on the bridge was that we could see every single thing without being obstructed by the back of someone’s head! The bad thing about it was how far away it was located from the show – it’s true that the closer you are, the more magical it feels with the water and lights all up in your face. It’s a show that will wow the kids but also feel romantic when you snuggle up with your significant other.
Our last ride was Toy Story Mania, which I seriously LOVED. It’s more like a game. The physics of it was seriously accurate. If, for example, you “shot” a ball (the gun is real and attached to your car but the things that come out of it are virtual) at a plate and a shard of the broken plate flew back at you, you can feel air blowing back at you! If you aim your dart higher, the dart will project farther. They really took the real life physics of objects & motion and then mirrored it perfectly in the virtual world. As soon as the ride is over, you’ll just want to go again. It was a great ride to end the day with despite the agonizing line-waiting.
Lastly, we ended our extremely long day with sharing a Chicken Chipotle Avocado sandwich from Earl of Sandwich at Downtown Disney. It has creamy avocado, tender chicken, crispy bacon, and addicting chipotle sauce with a little spicy kick, all inside toasty bread that is fluffily soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Everything went so smoothly and as planned (we spent 2 hours the night before doing the planning…thank you internet for the tips and yelp for the food suggestions ) Mart and I had SO much fun together. Ah yes, it was a magical day.