What better way to spend time at Disneyland, than to have a girls getaway with some friends? You know what’s even better? When you receive complimentary 1-Day Park Hopper Passes to Disneyland, as well as Disney California Adventure! Kids are back at school, and moms need to let loose. Once the kids have returned to school, a nice recharge is necessary for moms. Disney without the kids is sometimes a tad more fun. Less whining, less fighting, and no battles about what to eat, and when to eat. Just three grown women recharging after a long summer with the kids!
Mom’s Disney Day recharges moms after kids return to school
Did you hear that Disneyland is celebrating its 60th Year? Yes, it’s their Diamond Anniversary. How could I miss seeing it for their Diamond Anniversary? My birthstone is a Diamond, of course, I had to get to California to witness all the beauty, sparkle and fun. However, the kids wouldn’t be able to come. It’s too expensive to get the whole family cross country by plane, so it was just going to be me.
Disney with “the girls”
Doing Disneyland by myself wasn’t going to be much fun, so I figured there had to be two California girls that wanted to join me for an official MomsDisneyDay at both parks. Plans were set, and I got my girls Sondra, from Happy Healthy Hip Parenting, and Melodi, from Family Review Guide, to join in the fun. All three of us had a rough summer. A hot summer. A summer filled with drama, and more. Every last one of us needed to recharge after the kids went back to school, and heading to the happiest place on Earth sounded like the perfect solution to get our juices flowing again.
As luck would have it, we also scored the opportunity to see a lot of the Halloween decorations put in place to prep for all the Halloween festivities that would start THE FOLLOWING DAY. Yes, folks. We chose to head to Disneyland on September 10th, which was a day that Disneyland closes early (5PM) in order to put their final touches on the park for the opening day of their Halloween Season. Personally, I’m not a big fan of Halloween, but it was really cool to see all the pumpkins, and orange colors, everywhere we turned while we walked through the park.
Shopping along Main Street at Disneyland
Every store had tons of 60th Anniversary goodies to purchase, and man, a lot of it sparkled. Which makes sense, since it is the diamond anniversary for the park! We even saw a little pouch that could holder your phone, and when your phone rang, it would light up the fireworks over the castle shown on the pouch. Definitely should have snapped a photo, or taken some video of it, but for this trip, I wanted to really focus on being in the moment. Photos were a total afterthought. Instead of being behind the camera the whole time, I chose to be present, and in the moment, as I don’t get to do that all that often. I definitely don’t get to do that with my girlfriends!
I did require a photo of me, with Stitch, and since he wasn’t around to get a photo with, I had to make do with a super hot hat. It was worth it. Man I love me some Stitch.
My thoughts on Disneyland
Disneyland is a smaller, more petite version of Orlando’s Walt Disney World. Just like Magic Kingdom, Disneyland has lands. The lands are smaller, but include many of the popular rides:
- Star Tours in Tomorrowland
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland
- Splash Mountain in Critter Country
What Disneyland has that Orlando’s parks do NOT have: Indiana Jones Adventure. It’s in Adventureland, and probably one of my favorite rides at Disneyland. Fire, loud noise equals a good time! It’s nothing too scary, but it does have some small dips, and there’s some backwards movement, too.
If you’re going to be at Disneyland, it’s necessary to jump on the Disneyland Railroad, which takes you through Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland. Hop on at Main Street, and enjoy the ride. Plus, over in Tomorrowland, get on the Disneyland Monorail. Disneyland isn’t overwhelmingly large, so you’ll have plenty of time to hit up EVERYTHING fun in about one day, IF you don’t run into huge lines. Luckily, we didn’t. We picked the perfect day to go! I guess no one wanted to spend the money for a shorter Disneyland Park day.
Must-dos at Disneyland, because, YOU HAVE TO
Let’s not forget, in Fantasyland, every kid should experience Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which is a rite of passage for all Disney lovers. However, for me, the ultimate rite of passage every Disney lover must experience is the Enchanted Tiki Room. It’s a super cute show, in air conditioning, and it’s also where you can find the Tiki Juice Bar, and the one, the only, Dole Whip Float.
Lunch at Disneyland is a no brainer for me. I much prefer the food at Disneyland, than Disney California Adventure. It’s a personal preference, because Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante has the best food. I love Mexican food, and their service, as well as their food, is outstanding. Huge portions, and great prices. Carne Asada & Red Chile Enchilada Platter is heaven. Another addiction? The Crispy Chips con Limon. Hold me. I may cry I miss it so much!
Newbie Disneyland visitor tips
Since I’m fairly new to Disneyland, and basically all things Disney, here’s my tips from a beginner Disney Traveler:
- Go to Disneyland on a day that it closes early, because the following day is going to be a “first day for some event.” We chose the day before their first official Halloween kick-off. It worked out perfectly. Short lines with under 10 minutes wait times, even though they said 15-minute waits!
- Head to Disneyland on a weekday. If you can’t go the day before a huge “first day” type of event, then hit in during the week. Kids are at school, less crowded.
- Go to a quick-service restaurant for lunch. They move fast, the food is fantastic, and you get a ton of food if you go to the right kinds of places!
- Go for the Park Hopper tickets if you’re going without kids. Definitely bounce from one park to the other, and play the crowds to your benefit.
- Be in the moment. It’s a smaller park, so put the phone away and the camera. Enjoy the time. Take it all in.
- If you can’t stay at one of the Disneyland Hotels, I highly recommend booking a room at the Anaheim Marriott. It’s super close to the parks, and it’s got the best service there is in town, along with a fantastic restaurant in the hotel. PS-The pool is beautiful, and there’s a hot tub, too.
Are you heading to Disneyland this year? Will you help celebrate their 60th Year in Anaheim? I wish I could bring the kids, they’d love it there.
*Complimentary 1-Day Park Hopper Passes were provided to me by Disneyland Parks in order to facilitate this review.