Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year's Day in Disneyland

The best way to celebrate the new year for my family will have to be spending the day at Disneyland and DisneyCalifornia Adventure Park.

The weather was perfect. There was just enough sun and crisp coolness to enjoy the not-as-long wait in lines and still be surrounded by holiday decor and cheer from Christmas. My husband and I traveled to Fantasyland where we took flight with Peter Pan, re-read Sleeping Beauty's story in the castle and sang Jingle Bells as we floated through It's a Small World ride. 

After that we took a train back to Main Street, U.S.A. where we indulged in some rich hot cocoa and french vanilla cappuccino. It was so yummy and felt like the cup never ended...I don't know, must be magic in the brew. 

We walked across the street to the candy store and was amazed as we observed a gentleman create peanut brittle. It was as if we were watching a taping of Food Network's Unwrapped right before our eyes!  

Behind the store there were rows and rows of Minnie's bake shop products. 

Not wanting to miss out on anything we made our way to New Orleans Square where the line was long yet entertaining for the Holiday Haunted Mansion, courtesy of Jack Skellington. What a frightening treat to see what the Pumpkin King and his friends were up to...

As lunchtime came around we journeyed to Tommorwland where the place wasn't as decorated but we did get a thrill on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters ride as we defeated the evil emperor Zurg.

Taking commands from Cpt. Buzz Lightyear.

After a quick and pricey lunch at Redd Rockett's Pizza Port we wanted to see what Disney's California Adventure park was like so we headed over there till close. Now I don't have great pics from that park but I will encourage anyone from here on out to NOT miss the World of Color show. The key is to get your Fast Pass (that's free) near the Grizzly Run Ride before noon if possible. The tickets disappear like hot cakes for all the show times. We didn't know what to do since it was our first time so we stayed for the 10pm show and waited till they lifted the ropes and found a great spot near the "reserved" seating area. It was worth the wait and it's a must to see World of Color!

Oh, we were completely exhausted by 11 pm but spending our first day of year at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park was worth going to bed right after the countdown, getting up early and reliving our childhood memories with Walt and Mickey. Until next time...No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true. ~Cinderella

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