Here are some of our highlights, likes, dislikes, and final thoughts on our first family trip to Disneyland. If you missed Part I of The Parkinson Do Disneyland, you can read it here!
Gracie: Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Disneyland. I hear this is most kids’ favorite. Too bad the line is such a slow mover…
Shadd: Radiator Springs at California Adventure. Shadd ran over to California Adventure when it opened to stand in a 45 minute Fast Pass line. He got our Fast Passes which cut our actual wait time at the ride down to about 20 minutes. The regular line was always at least an hour long wait while we were there, and the fast passes were all gone by 10am. Thought it was crazy to go through all this until we rode it…it’s awesome.
McKenzie: Tower of Terror at California Adventure (note: I rode this alone as someone conveniently came down with a stomach cramp right right before we got in line.)
LEAST FAVORITE RIDE
Gracie: All of the dark track rides in Fantasy Land including Pinnochio, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Snow White’s Scary Adventure. Ok, maybe mom and dad should have taken the clue for the ride’s name that the “scary adventures” might completely freak out our 3 year old. She was not a happy camper on any of these rides. I would skip them all if we went again.
Shadd: Snow White’s Scary Adventures. Apparently, Shadd is not a fan of dark track rides either.
McKenzie: Matterhorn Bobsleds. It seemed to me to more of a round and round ride than a roller coaster. Lame.
Gracie: Meeting Elsa from Frozen. It’s been almost 2 weeks and she’s still talking about it.
Shadd: The first “big” ride we took Gracie on was Big Thunder Railroad. She was a little hesitant, but was soon laughing as the ride began. As we were finishing up, she smiled huge and said, “That was AMAZING!!” It was the cutest.
McKenzie: Our last activity was the 8:00pm World of Color show at California Adventure. Sitting on her dad’s shoulders, Gracie was loudly singing along with the hologram Ariel to “Part of your World”. I have to admit, I got a little teary eyed. Though it totally could have been the spray from the fountains….yeah, that’s what it was.
Gracie: Frozen lemonade and cotton candy
Shadd: According to Shadd he doesn’t have one because I wouldn’t let him eat. Meaning I packed a lot of snacks so we wouldn’t spend a down payment on a car for food items in the park. Poor Shadd. I promise, he got to try plenty of goodies, including a cheese stick, soft pretzel, Dole whip, and pizza. And he seemed to enjoy them all.
McKenzie: Wine counts as food, right? I have to admit, sitting on the patio at the Wine Country Trattoria at California Adventure sipping a Pinot Grigio while Gracie napped in her stroller at 5 o’clock on day 2 was pretty sweet. And the people watching was ah-mazing.
–Visiting both parks is totally doable in two days, but only if you’re willing to go from open to close without stopping. You may not get to do everything, but I feel we fit in a lot. If we had an extra day, I would definitely spend half of the second day at the pool to relax a little bit.
-Gracie was WAY more into shows and meeting characters than any ride. If we were to go again, I would be sure to try to fit in a couple more shows. I hear the Disney Junior show at California Adventure is pretty cool.
-There’s nothing like seeing Disneyland through the eyes of a child. There were so many moments that Shadd and I just looked at each other and smiled, both just loving seeing Gracie take it all in.
Bear “McKenzie P.”