A couple months ago we went on a trip to Disneyland and Legoland, and it was AMAZING. David was going to surprise me, but he wanted my input, so he told me ahead of time. We didn’t tell Robbie until Christmas morning.
I’ve always loved Disney, and we went a couple times when I was a kid, but I hadn’t been since I was 15 years old! Needless to say, A LOT had changed since then! For example, California Adventure wasn’t even in existence yet! I was SO excited to be able to take Robbie. He had been talking about wanting to go for ages, and was so excited. There’s nothing like watching a young kid experience Disney for the first time. 🙂
We left on January 30th-my birthday-and arrived at our hotel in the evening. We didn’t stay in a Disney resort hotel, but it was across the street from the entrance to the park. We literally did not use our rental car the whole time we were there. We were able to just walk across to Disney. I would definitely stay there again….I really liked our hotel.
We headed to the park for a few hours, after we arrived. Peter Pan’s Flight was the first ride we went on….such a classic ride. We rode the teacups and Dumbo as well. It was a Monday, so the park was only open until 8pm. We stayed until the park closed and then headed next door to downtown Disney (where the restaurants and stores stay open until 2am), and we had dinner at Tortilla Joe’s, which is a Mexican restaurant with AMAZING food. They make homemade guacamole right at your table (it was SOOOO good) and I had the best peach blended margarita….it was seriously delicious. I don’t normally drink, but it WAS my birthday after all.
Our first full day, we spent in Disneyland.
Robbie loved Toon Town. It is totally geared toward younger children, and is very whimsical and a lot of fun.
This is also where you can find the most “famous” characters at Disneyland (Mickey, Minnie, etc.). Goofy was the first character we met. We also went to Mickey and Minnie’s houses and met them. We saw Donald and Pluto in Toon Town as well.
Robbie went on every ride and had a blast. He’s pretty daring. We went on Pirates of the Caribbean and Splash Mountain, and even the Haunted Mansion (though he closed his eyes the whole time).
One of my favorite moments, had to be when Robbie got to meet Darth Vader in Tomorrowland. We kind of stumbled upon it by accident, and I am so glad we did. Robbie LOVES Star Wars (and Darth Vader….that’s his cat’s name in fact) and he is still at an age where he thinks everything is real. It was so fun to see him get to do that. I almost cried. Darth Vader was totally in character (and quite intimidating) and Robbie loved it.
He also got to meet Chewbacca (who was HUGE) and Boba Fett.
He LOVED the Buzz Lightyear ride in Tomorrowland as well….we had to go on that more than once.
He was very excited to go on the Finding Nemo Submarine ride, and it was very cool. That was definitely a hit.
To say that I love Disneyland would be an understatement. I felt like I smiled the entire day. It’s such a nostalgic, special place.
Our second full day, we spent in California Adventure, which was really amazing. The first thing we did was go to Disney Jr. Live on stage.
It was SO cute and Robbie loved seeing his favorite characters from Disney Jr. SUCH a cute show. From there we headed to Radiator Springs…..AMAZING.
It’s literally like you are in the movie. It is so well done. And, as with everything in Disneyland, the attention to detail is incredible. We got to meet Mater and Lightning McQueen, which was another highlight.
Radiator Springs Racers was definitely one of our absolute favorite rides. It was SO Much fun.
In Hollywoodland, Robbie got to meet Captain America and Spiderman, which was really fun. I love how amazing the cast members are at staying in character and making each kid feel special. It was another highlight for me, and we got some amazing pictures.
Paradise Pier was a lot of fun as well. Robbie enjoyed all the carnival type rides. This was the main area that I would have liked to spend more time at. Next time we go, I definitely would want to spend two full days in California Adventure. We saw a lot of it, but there were definitely things we didn’t get to do. I would have liked more time there.
Our last day at Disney, we spent at Disneyland again. We also stayed to watch the Main Street Electrical Parade, which they brought back for a limited time….I remember it from when I was a kid. It was AMAZING, and so much fun to watch.
I love Disneyland so much….I already want to go back. I think I could go once a year and never get tired of it.
Next up, we headed to Legoland!