Today is Disneyland's 61st birthday, so I thought I'd mention 6 things I love at Disneyland in California.
1. The size of Disneyland Resort
As someone who has vacationed at Walt Disney World in Florida her whole life, I was a little underwhelmed at Disneyland's size at first. But, it only makes me love it more now. I love that you can literally park hop to and from Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure (DCA) easily.. no extra bag checks, no monorails, no boats... when you walk in from bag check, you can choose Disneyland on one side and DCA on the other
2. The food!
Everyone will tell you Disneyland has amazing food.. When I go, I have a hard time choosing where I will eat because I want to eat almost everywhere.. I could do a top 6 of just food, really. But, a few of my favorite dishes and snacks are:
Fried Chicken at the Plaza Inn
Corn Dog (Available at Little Red Wagon or Corn Dog Castle with chips.. You can get it with fries at Stage Door Cafe)
Mickey Shaped Beignets & a Mint Julep at the Mint Julep Bar
Savory Bread Cones at Cozy Cone Motel
Dole Whip Float in Adventureland
3. Haunted Mansion Holiday (September-early January)
For my 8th birthday, we had my party at the movie theater. We had cake, I opened presents (I got a ton of Aladdin toys.. I was stoked), and then we got to watch the Nightmare Before Christmas. Since that moment, I loved the movie and the music and the characters... When I found out later as an adult that they changed up the Haunted Mansion every season for it, I knew I had to see it!! I finally got to see it in 2015 and my heart exploded. It was so fun and amazing and I rode it multiple times that day. If you are a fan of the movie, you must go on this ride at least once. It is too fun and I love seeing how they incorporated everything!
4. Roaming Characters
I love that you can randomly find Peter Pan picking on Captain Hook on your way to Fantasyland, Evil Queen brooding in a corner, Sleeping Beauty twirling with little girls next to her castle.. They don't even have character attendants! If you are alone or want a group photo, you may need to rely on the people behind you to help you with photos.. but it's Disney! People are happy to help. I love that they roam like this. It really keeps the magic alive and to a child (or even adult!) visiting for the first time, seeing moments like these has to be so exciting.
5. The weather
Warm in the afternoon, and a little chilly at night. That's the weather for the majority of the year in California. I love it! It rarely rains.. unlike WDW.. where rain is a daily occurrence. Me and my friends joke about how terrible our hair looks in WDW thanks to the humidity while in Disneyland we are like goddesses with humidity-free hair. It's gorgeous there! (The weather, not our hair.. well.... okay both)
6. My Disneyland friends
As I was thinking why I like to visit Disneyland.. one of the biggest reasons now is to see the friends I've made who live near there! Thanks to Instagram and Facebook Groups and our mutual love of Disney, I've met some amazing people who make my trips there even more special because I get to see them.. even if it's just to say hi and hug and maybe have a snack or go on a ride together, I love being able to see them!
Happy Birthday, Disneyland!
Disneyland is such a special place and has been making memories for 61 years now.. I love seeing the parks progress and add new things, while paying tribute to what Walt built. If you have the chance to go, you will love it!