Later this week D and I are hopping on a plane and flying west to Anaheim, California, specifically to visit Disneyland. He has has never been and I was once at the age of five. I really don’t have any memories of my visit to Walt Disney’s first theme park, save for what is triggered by looking at old photos.
The first time I visited Disneyland in 1990, the park was celebrating its 35th anniversary and as it was Disney, they were giving away prizes to lucky guests each day. Upon inserting your ticket into the counter at the gate, you would find out whether or not you were a winner that day. As a five year old, nothing is cooler than finding out you have a winning ticket, especially when it was discovered that your older brother did not. And so the day I won, I got to go to a special area to find out what my prize would be. For a young child, I probably won the best prize-a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal that was almost as big as me-although I know my dad would have preferred a new car or trip more. The Mickey Mouse stuffed animal I won at Disneyland is still around and while he is definitely more the plain Mickey in terms of his attire (the iconic red shorts and yellow shoes), he’s still the greatest reminder of my first trip to Disneyland.
One of the things I do remember about Disneyland was that I got to “meet” some pretty unique characters. Although going to a Disney theme park will usually equate to getting a picture taken with the majors-Mickey and Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and today especially, the Disney Princesses- I actually got to have my picture taken with Suzy, one of the mice friends who helps Cinderella get ready each morning.
Although there are the Disney naysayers, those individuals who wouldn’t visit a Disney theme park without a child in tow, and even then probably complain endlessly while they were there, D and I are going sans children and looking incredibly forward to it. Disney has always done a terrific job of offering its guests more than just long lines for rides that are only a couple of minutes at the most. I’m excited to check out the Aladdin musical as well as going on a tour of the Boudin Bakery which makes the world famous San Francisco sourdough bread in California Adventure’s Golden State area.
While I opted against dining at the park’s most deluxe restaurant, Napa Rose which is located in the Grand Californian Hotel, I have made reservations for us at the Wine Country Trattoria which I’m hoping will be a decent substitute, although obviously to a lower standard. It’s billed as offering an ambiance that is reminiscent of the Napa Valley, an area I would much love to visit sometime in the future.
Needless to say, I’m hoping the upcoming work week goes by extremely fast because I am definitely in a Disney dreaming mood right about now. Even though I’m not five but rather 26 now, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a fabulous trip and can’t wait to blog about it once I’m back.
More in this series!
Disappointments & Travel-An Unfortunate Pair (Sometimes)
Disneyland-a mini photo preview
Restaurant review-Chip ‘n Dale’s Critter Character Breakfast
Disneyland Quick Service Dining Recaps
Hotel Review-Fairfield Inn Anaheim Disneyland Resort
Restaurant Review-Blue Bayou (Disneyland)
Restaurant Review-Wine Country Trattoria (Disneyland)