When you wish upon a star

Trip Start Aug 26, 2011
Trip End Sep 13, 2011

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Where I stayed
Anaheim Islander Inn And Suites
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Disneyland Resort Anaheim
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Disney's California Adventure Anaheim
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Oh Disneyland, you stole my heart. There really is something magical about this theme park, even lining up for a ride is fun, but I am getting ahead of myself.

We arrived in Los Angeles and caught a shuttle bus out to Anaheim, and our accommodation at the Anaheim Islander Inn and Suites. We arrived in the late afternoon, checked in and then headed out to do a little exploring. After locating the entry gate for the theme parks, we headed back to our hotel to clean up before hitting California Pizza Kitchen for a cheap dinner.

Disneyland for free! Courtesy of some unused days on tickets from Florida’s Disneyworld resort (thank you Simon’s parents), we didn’t pay a dime to enter the happiest place on earth. Once we were swiped in we headed down one of the many Disney streets, watching little kids get super excited to see their favourite characters brought to life (ok so maybe I got a little excited as well).
Feeling under-enthusiastically dressed for the day, I visited one of the many souvenir shops and purchased myself some adorable sequinned Mini Mouse ears to wear for the day. Now suitably attired my first port of call was the famous Mad Tea Party ride. Now I know it is supposed to be a kid ride, and that you may think it's slightly lame, but it is so iconic you have to give it a go. The pictures you get are worth it! So grinning like an idiot I lined up, found a pretty purple tea cup and spun around (literally) giddy with joy. Dream fulfilment? Heck yes!

To counter all the lame sissy rides I made us go on, Simon chose the highest, fastest, and scariest he could. Luckily most of the rides at Disneyland are quite tame, so the worst he could muster was probably Space Mountain – strobe lighting makes me nauseous. All the rides we did were fun though, and we did most of them, I highly recommend the Indian Jones Adventure and Splash Mountain.   

At about 4.30pm we decided to venture back to reality for a quick costume change and (cheaper than Disney prices) dinner before we ventured back to Disneyland to watch the evening show. Bubba Gump’s’ was straight across the road from where we were staying, so we went there for dinner. After visiting the San Francisco BG’s I was expecting a certain standard – and the Anaheim BG’s fell short, by like a kilometre. The food was average, and the service was seriously lacking, it was such a disappointment as the San Fran franchise is so great. I recommend you walk 100 meters up the road to California Pizza Kitchen or The Cheesecake Factory or visit one of the cheap diners that border the theme park.

Enough of the negative bring on the fireworks! Disney’s night time show is fun, full of fireworks, flying (ziplining) fairies and fabulous music. It is a perfect end to a day in the park. Make sure you get there early if you want a good spot, as many areas are roped off or need to be kept clear for the parade. 

Day two dawned bright and sunny, which meant it was time to visit Disney’s California Adventure park. This park was more Simon’s speed with bigger, faster rides. I was hesitant, but willing to try some of the scarier options the park had to offer. Our first ride of the day was a super fun splash, Grizzly River Run, hello fun times, goodbye dry clothes. Still after 20 minutes I was mostly dry again and ready to inflict some baby rides on Simon. 

A deal was struck, Ariels’ Undersea Adventure (me) for Tower of Terror (Simon), so first we visited the baby ride, which I enjoyed every minute of (The Little Mermaid being my favourite Disney movie growing up). Next we visited Toy Story Mania, which is a cross between a kids sit in ride and a two person shooter game – competitive people will love this ride - if they win. Finally (I couldn’t put it off any longer) we headed to the Tower of Terror. I am not good in normal elevators, so this ride was difficult for me, it’s creepy, and the actors do a great job of freaking you out even more. I screamed like, for want of a better euphemism, girl. Afterwards I had to sit on a bench for about 5 minutes as the adrenalin coursing through my veins was making my whole body shake. That being said, it was also SUPER fun, and I am glad I did it. We visited a few more rides, Simon got one of those enormous turkey legs (which smelt and tasted a lot like ham), and then we headed back to our motel to pick up our bags. The other

A short 5 minute cab ride down the road, we were at the train station, ready for a short train trip to Hollywood.
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