No matter how many trips to Disneyland we make, we never cease to be amazed by the beauty, detail and old-fashioned charm of Mainstreet Disneyland U.S.A.
One of the cool things about going during a less crowded time of year is that the hours are different. On Sunday the park didn’t open till 9 am (instead of the usual 8 am), which meant we had an extra hour to sleep in and made it to Mainstreet right at opening.
Don’t you love how when you pass through the gates of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle you hear “When You Wish Upon a Star”? It gets us every time!
We toured Fantasyland for most of the morning. True confession: Snow White’s Scary Adventures lives up to its name. Don’t let the roses and hearts fool you. This ride is all kinds of freaky!
Time for Alice (when you get the chance, take a peek at our Living in: Alice in Wonderland)
Uggghh! Tea cup spinning is soooo hard.
Not going to lie. We were pretty dizzy by the end.
One of the areas we don’t often visit is Toontown. But, whenever we do, we are always blown away by the degree of theme & cartoon awesomeness that can be found here.
We made a stop by Minnie’s House…
Minnie’s got some sweet digs
Then a 5 minute wait for Roger Rabbit’s Car Toonspin, which actually was more like a 20 minute wait…boo
We really enjoy having lunch at the Jolly Holiday. True, the lines can be a hassle, but it’s all worth it to sit right on the hub and enjoy some home made potato chips.
When the park started getting crowded, we opted for a line free excursion to the Shooting Expedition in Frontierland.
On this trip, we made it a point to visit parts of the park that we hadn’t seen in awhile. Cue Innoventions! Yes, many of us Disney-lovers avoid this area like the plague because it’s not usually all that innovative. But, we’re actually glad we visited because we got a chance to see the new Iron Man Tech Expo.
Then we decided to go to Downtown Disney (a great spot to hang out in when the park gets too crowded) and traveled via monorail- we had the best seats in the house!
After hanging around Downtown Disney, we made our way back to Disney California Adventure. Can you believe these flowers we found at the end of Buena Vista Street?! Talk about gorgeous.
We’ve still yet to take a ride on the Red Car Trolley…maybe next time 🙂
One of our recent snacking discoveries are these churro bites from Cozy Cones (we mentioned them in our January 2013 Trip Post). They are heaven wrapped in cinnamon-sugar!
Cozy Cone seating can be a little squished. We like taking our goodies over to the backside of Flo’s V-8 Cafe. The outside seating faces Radiator Springs’ track and you can just sit back, relax and watch the cars whiz by.
The only place more magical than Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at dusk and the little rabbit statue agrees.
Quick stop at Pixie Hollow…
to view the twinkling lights!
Our mom HATES having her picture taken. She always stiffens up, so Hayley tried to give her some “smiling for the camera” tips.
Continuing the theme of forgotten gems, we ate dinner at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port. We hadn’t been here in years.
The “Countdown” Chicken Fusilli was decadent and delicious and the pizza was pretty tasty too.
One this trip’s highlights was getting to go on Astro Blasters 4 times in a row. It’s one of Hayley’s favorites and when the line got to be under 3 minutes long late in the evening…how could we resist a few return visits?
We closed out the evening with Star Tours. This ride is awesome and it gets tons of bonus points for having Allison Janney (C.J. from West Wing) do the voice of its safety robot. Whatever you say Jan-bot!
So, there’s our 3rd and final installment of our May 2013 Trip Report! Hope you enjoyed the pics as much as we enjoyed our trip 🙂