My Dream Vacation to Disneyland

Disneyland is still closed, but it’s always fun putting together a dream vacation to the happiest place on earth! The last few times I went, I never got to do everything I had planned because my family and I like do different things. My dad loves roller coasters and is always on the move, whereas my mom likes the slow attractions and the ones with short lines. Besides roller coasters, I’m all about the parades, firework shows, and taking pictures with Mickey and his friends. Unfortunately, I’ve never seen a parade at Disneyland, and my dad likes to leave during the fireworks show to beat the crowds.

The last time I went to Disneyland, I just missed the opening of Pixar Pier, so I was bummed about that too. So take a journey with me as we leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy! 

Day 1

As soon as I get passed the turnstile and see the floral Mickey, that’s how I know the day has just begun. I’d walk down Main Street U.S.A. and head straight to Adventureland to board the Jungle Cruise. With my Ariel-styled Minnie Mouse ears, nothing could stop me now! After the Jungle Cruise, I’d head to the Tiki Juice Bar to try my very first dole whip. Ten minutes later, I’m off to my next attraction, Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye. If I’m lucky, I’d be the driver of the vehicle, and we all know I’m an excellent driver, haha! 

Making my way around the park, I’d head to New Orleans Square and ride Pirates of the Caribbean. After braving my way through Pirates, it only made sense to tackle the Haunted Mansion. I booked reservations ahead of time at the Blue Bayou Restuarant for lunch. I’d finish my Monte Cristo sandwich, then speed-walk to Critter Country, and head into the FASTPASS line for Splash Mountain. It’s my favorite Disney attraction of all time, and everyone knows the best seat is in the front, so guess who’s sitting in the front?!?!? After getting soaked, I decided to take a trip through the Hundred Acre Wood on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. 

I’m not a big Star Wars fan, so I’d skip Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge the first day and save if for the third day. Instead, I’ll be off to Frontierland and ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Fantasyland would take the longest to complete because there are so many things to do there! There’s Pinnochio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, Alice in Wonderland, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Storybook Land Canal Boats, and “It’s a Small World.” I’d also have to consider getting a FASTPASS for Peter Pan’s Flight and Matterhorn Bobsleds because those are high demand attractions. 

The next stop is Mickey’s Toontown, where I’d visit Mickey at his house and ride Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin; not many people know about that attraction, which is sad because I love that one! After meeting Mickey and his friends, I feel like I can do anything, even brave Space Mountain! After Space Mountain, we’ll be off to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg at Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.   

Since I didn’t make plans for dinner, I’d buy myself a churro at the cart near Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and a corn dog from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street U.S.A. To complete the night, I’d head to the Rivers of America to find the perfect seat to watch the nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic! 

Day 2

Day two is all about Disney California Adventure, and the first thing I’m doing is heading straight to Pixar Pier, more specifically the Incredicoaster! I’ve seen YouTube videos of it, and it looks epic; I also heard the experience is better at night! California Screamin’ was my favorite roller coaster at DCA, so I had high hopes for the Incredicoaster. I’d get a chance to ride Toy Story Midway Mania!, and Radiator Springs Racers before stopping by the Cozy Cone Motel for a bacon mac ‘n’ cheese cone after seeing it on a YouTube video once.

Next, I’d head to Grizzly Peak to go Soarin’ Around the World. I get to relive my childhood dream of being able to fly! After resting from lunch, it was time to conquer Grizzly River Run, and I’d be very disappointed if I didn’t get wet, especially in the California heat. Hollywood Land would be the next stop; my FASTPASS for Guardians doesn’t kick off for another 30 minutes, so to kill time, I’d go on Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! My favorite part is when Boo hits Randall continuously with a baseball bat, haha.

Then it’s time for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! I was hesitant when Disney replaced Tower of Terror with this because I didn’t think the storyline made sense with the elevator drops, but the experience of this attraction with the music takes the ride to a whole new level! 

I’d need time to cool off, so I’d head to Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, and it was a cute show, I don’t watch it often, but I should. I didn’t have much planned for the rest of the day, so I’d make my way to Paradise Gardens Park and board a clamshell on The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. I’ll admit the story is missing a lot, but the decor, colors, and animatronics are unbelievable, especially the Ariel one during “Part of Your World.”

As night time gets closer, I’m off on the Incredicoaster again to see the lights and colors on this attraction at night, and I can honestly say, TOTALLY WORTH IT!!!! For dinner, I only have one thing on my mind, broccoli and cheese soup in a sourdough bread bowl at the Pacific Wharf Café. I first tried the soup back in spring 2013, and I’ve had it at DCA ever since.

The night at Disney California Adventure wouldn’t be complete without watching World of Color; it’s such a beautiful show, and I don’t cry often, but I’d cry for this show!

Day 3

Day three would be more chill, where I’d cover Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and ride some of my favorite attractions again. I’d make sure to book a boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance so that I can get on as soon as the park opened. After Rise of the Resistance, I’d go to Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run; you can either be a pilot, a gunner, or an engineer (everyone wants to be the pilot, of course). Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has probably the most technologically advanced attractions Disney has ever created, it’s insane!

After saying goodbye to Galaxy’s Edge, I’d make my way to Fantasyland to ride Peter Pan’s Flight and “It’s a Small World” for one last time. Space Mountain and Splash Mountain would be the last two rides I’d go on before heading to DCA for the afternoon. 

I’d make sure to squeeze in Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!, Radiator Springs Racers, the Incredicoaster, and Toy Story Midway Mania!, before stopping by the new ‘Onward’ Meet-and-Greet, where I’d get to meet Ian and Barley Lightfoot with their van Guinevere. I have to ask where Barley got his vest because it is so punk-rock and I love it! For lunch, I’d buy a corn dog from the Corn Dog Castle and head back to Disneyland for the rest of the evening. I love corn dogs, what can I say!

The game plan would be to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Splash Mountain (again), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, visit Mickey and his friends, and ride the Matterhorn Bobsleds before the fireworks show starts at 9:30 pm. I’d barely have enough time to buy dinner, so I’d rush to the Edelweiss Snacks cart and buy a turkey leg to eat during the fireworks show. I’d miss opportunities to get a good view in front of the castle, but that’s ok, I’d be able to hear everything fine. These three days at Disneyland would be the best three days of my life overall; if I could tackle both theme parks like a pro from start to finish, that would be a dream come true! I can’t wait to make that happen one day! 

Take care and see ya real soon!

Lana

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