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Who goes to Anaheim without hitting BOTH Disneyland and Disney California Adventure? Not a trio of moms who couldn’t wait to keep the #MomsDisneyDay going strong after the kids went back to school, that’s for sure. After we’d had our Disneyland fun, it was obviously time to head over to Disney California Adventure, and enjoy the park that puts you in the most popular Disney Movies of all time! Plus, an amazing Pixar Play Parade.

Disney California Adventure helped 3 moms recharge after the kids went back to school

Don’t get me wrong, Disneyland is the bomb. I can’t wait to bring the kids to California to experience all Disneyland has to offer. However, if you’re heading to Anaheim, you’ve got to go across the large esplanade and enter Disney California Adventure. It can be done in one day, without kids, for sure. Both parks can be done in one day, without kids, and with a smaller crowd at the parks. BEGINNER TIP: It’s a fantastic idea, when the parks are at their most crowded, to ask about the single rider lines. Sure, you’re there with friends, but hey, a girl’s got to get her ride on, and make it through Disney Parks without waiting on the longest lines known to man!

As luck would have it, the crowds weren’t terrible at Disney California Adventure. The only ride that had a super long line when our trio of moms arrived, was Soarin’ Over California. It wasn’t thanks to a huge number of people at the park, but rather because one of the sections of the ride wasn’t working. Less people could ride, which meant a longer ride. No worries, that’s what FastPass is for, right?

Soarin' FastPass #fastpass #disney #californiaadventure #momsdisneyday #momsonvacation

Since Sondra from Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, Melodi from Family Review Guide, and I, are smart ladies, we decided to leave Disneyland a couple of hours BEFORE they closed early. It meant a lot of the crowd was still hanging out at Disneyland until 5pm, which was closing time that particular day. The three of us headed right for the most popular ride in Cars Land: Radiator Springs Racers. It was the longest wait, on a line, we had all day, and it was only about 15 minutes. SCORE.

Cars Land Disney California Adventure #disneyside #momsdisneyday #momsonvacation

We had to hang out and see Red arrive for his fans, before any rides, though! So cute.

However, the highlight of this trip for us was the Pixar Play Parade. Every Pixar character I love, including the Inside Out gang, was in this parade. It started off with the Inside Out crew, and it blew me away how perfect they got those characters! I don’t know why, I mean, it’s DISNEY. They know how to get the details right!

Inside Out Pixar Play Parade #insideout #pixar #disneyside #momsdisneyday #momsonvacation

Once the main Pixar Party Parade started, there was nonstop fun. Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Toy Story, and of course, Cars, were all represented along the parade route. We got a great spot, right up close, thanks to Tiffany, who told us exactly the best place to check out the parade. We got wet, and a lot of love from the characters, and of course my phone decided to die so I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked. However, again, it was the best thing that could have happened. I stopped looking at the parade through the camera lens, and just enjoyed it for what it was meant to be: a KICK A$$ parade!

Pixar Play Parade Disney California Adventure #disneyside #disney #momsdisneyday #momsonvacation

There is no topping a full day at Disneyland, and Disney California Adventure, with two of your favorite California ladies and fellow “stressed out” moms! Get to California, head to Anaheim, and leave the kids at home! Totally worth it, and all moms deserve a #MomsDisneyDay to recharge, unwind, and de-stress. Add some great cocktails to the afternoon at the Hearthstone Lounge in the Grand Californian. OUTSTANDING!

Grand Californian Hearthstone Lounge #grandcalifornian #hearthstonelounge #anaheim #disneyside #momsonvacation #momsdisneyday

*Complimentary 1-Day Park Hopper Passes were provided to me by Disneyland Parks in order to facilitate this review.

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