My First Day in Disneyland

13 Sep

I’m finally all settled in back in Orlando after my move in mid-August and my trip to Disneyland for the Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare weekend! I had a blast, and I hope you stick around for all of my recaps. It was a really wonderful trip!

Being the Disney nut I am (and I’m not ashamed to admit it), I instantly jumped at the chance to run a Disney race in Disneyland, especially because I had never been there before. I hadn’t even been to California before. Exciting! So on August 29th, I caught the red-eye to Los Angeles to start my vacation!

I arrived in California a little after 1pm their time, caught my shuttle to the Red Lion hotel, and waited for my roommates to arrive. We ended up with a great view of the parks! Disneyland and mountains. Oh my! You could see the Tower of Terror, the Matterhorn, and the backside of Cars Land. So cool.

We didn’t dilly-dally too much before grabbing our tickets and shuttling over to Disneyland. Eek!

As soon as we were inside the park, we were immediately greeted by Snow White… with no line! Disneyland was already scoring points.

And then we came around the corner and saw the original Main Street, USA. Being the Walt fanatic I am, I have to admit that this sight brought a tear to my eye. Knowing this is where Walt walked the streets every morning was a very surreal experience.

I’m not going to lie. I was told Sleeping Beauty Castle was tiny, but I wasn’t expecting this! You can hardly see it!

Before strolling down Main Street, I needed to take a peek at the Fire Hall. Walt Disney’s apartment was located on the second floor where the lamp is.

We also got some “First Time Visitor” buttons from one of the Main Street shops.

Next it was time for a little photoshoot at the Partners Statue.

We walked around for a little bit and tried to take it all in. It’s weird to be in a park that looks like Magic Kingdom with some similarities, but they’re also very different. We strolled back to Fantasyland and caught the “Mickey and the Magical Map” show.

It was such a great performance with lots of songs, princesses, and great dancing.

As were were leaving the park, we were able to catch up with the big boss!

Our friend Rhiannon, who is an Annual Passholder at Disneyland, was our tour guide for the day and suggested we hop on over to California Adventure (did you know park hopping only involves a 100 yard walk to the other park rather than 45 minute bus ride like in Disney World?) to catch the Aladdin show and be there while it was getting dark to catch some great photos in Cars Land. But before that, she showed us a little bit of Carthay Circle, a recreation of the theater which first premiered Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. They have some great artifacts there. And it smelled absolutely divine in there! We tried to get reservations, but they were all booked up. Dinner at Carthay Circle is now on my must-do list for my next trip to Disneyland!

The Aladdin show was a big hit! The Genie was hilarious and his jokes were very current. I mean, how often do you see a blue genie twerking like Miley Cyrus? It’s a must-see show!

We hopped right on over to Cars Land because it was getting a little dark, and we were ready to take some photos!

We rode Radiator Springs Racers (the most popular ride at California Adventure), grabbed some dinner, and then park-hopped back over to Disneyland to ride Space Mountain right before the park closed. Since we had all been up for almost 24 hours straight, we headed back to the resort and went to bed. The next day would be the race expo, and we knew we’d need to be there when it opened to grab the best merchandise. Stay tuned for the expo recap!

Have you been to Disneyland? What’s your favorite attraction there?

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3 Responses to “My First Day in Disneyland”

  1. Michael Crandell September 13, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Excellent article Andrea! Now this is a BLOG!!!!! GREAT JOB!

  2. Amanda @runtothefinish September 14, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

    We moved to orlando in May and I hate to say we haven’t been yet! I am kind of waiting for people to visit because I know it costs a ton and they will want to go!

    Just found you on the FLBlogCon site so I look forward to meeting you next weekend and you can tell me all about what I need to do at disney!

  3. wdwalone September 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Looks like you had a great first day!!!

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