Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Disneyland Day 2- Anaheim, California

The second day spent at Disneyland Parks was spent at the Disney California Adventure Park, which seems small, but is still packed with beautiful sights and exciting rides. The park features different zones: Buena Vista Street, Hollywood Pictures Backlot, Paradise Pier, Golden State, and the upcoming Cars Land due to open in summer 2012.

California Screamin' pictured above in Paradise Pier pictured below, is an exhilaration of a ride where passengers are launched from the get-go. Other fun rides include Goofy's Sky School, Grizzly River RunSoarin' over California, and Toy Story Mania! as well as the classic- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The lines were all long on such a gorgeous day, but that's the sacrifice considering all the fun involved.

Paradise Pier features Games of the Boardwalk where guests can play classic carnival style games for a chance to win a prize. And right beside it is the Mickey's Fun Wheel, which offers amazing views of the entire park.

In the end of this two-day adventure to Disneyland, I was surprised at the quality of rides and attractions at both parks. Having been to Florida's Disney World in Summer 2009 and Hong Kong Disney in May 2011, this park is ranked relatively high. It is still on the small scale of amusement parks, but it makes up for it for its location, attractions, and affordability. Perfect for a weekend vacation, from anywhere in the vicinity, us driving down from San Francisco, it was well worth it.

Thanksgiving Disneyland Day 1- Anaheim, California

I had the opportunity to visit Disneyland Park in Anaheim California during the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy that follows Thanksgiving in the states, spending it at Disneyland is like a fairy tale. This was the second Disneyland I visited in the year 2011, the first being the Hong Kong Disneyland back in May. However, this time was with my two younger cousins aged 6 and 9, and their parents. Let me say, being here with kids, it did help in feeling like a kid myself again.

The park itself is not large by any means but it's effective in its layout. The Disneyland Resort in California is separated into two different parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. This makes purchasing the park hopper pass highly valuable if you plan on staying in the area for a couple of days. It was perfect for us in the sense it allowed us to experience both parks at a leisure pace for two days and allowing you to visit both parks on the same day.

The rides there? There really is something for everyone of all ages! The Astro Orbitor pictured above was our first ride at the park where riders sit in a rocket and are able to control its height while the ride is in motion. Pictured below is the Disneyland Monorail and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage which are also for all ages. Also, don't forget about Splash Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Space Mountain Ride, all of which are able to satisfy the brave thrill seekers.

Sometimes waiting in line is long, the most being around 60 minutes. The benefit of a Disneyland Park is their Disney FASTPASS Servicea complimentary program that allows guests to save their place in line while they enjoy the rest of the Park. But don't forget a moderate amount of sugar for the little ones for their Disney adventure for the entire day.

Pictured below is the Disneyland Railroad a railroad that encircles the entire park with four different stations: Main Street USA, New Orleans Square, Mickey's Toontown, and Tomorrowland. We hopped on and off this train numerous times, not only because was it my little cousin's favourite, Trains; but because it allowed us to get around the park quickly and some much needed rest as well.

Visiting on Thanksgiving holiday, they had this delicious turkey entree with cranberry sauce, mash potatoes, and veggies. It was rather delicious as well, not too dry, not too sweet, just right. Also featured is their kids meal in a cute Mickey ears inspired plate with Mac & Cheese, and with some healthy treats along.

Mickey's Toontown was a favourite for the kids that included numerous number of kid and pre-schooler friendly rides and attractions. Also, don't forget the Mad Tea Party ride. I still remember the time in Florida with my friends, and we were getting a bit crazy on the ride. Needless to say, I was scarred afterwards. Other than that, it's still a fun ride when spun moderately.

Lastly, once the sun sets and the lights are lit, the scene is truly breathtaking. Additionally, the fireworks at every Disney Park are always my favourite part of the day. And being Thanksgiving, this monstrous Christmas tree shown below was the landmark of Main Street USA.