The Happiest Place on Earth!
Hey y'all! So I was deciding on what my next post should be and since I am writing about my favorite places I thought why not talk about my happy place: Disneyland.
Wait! you say; Should Disney World be your favorite spot? You would think so but there is something so so special about that park. I will try my best to explain it in words! I highly recommend taking a trip out there whether your the biggest Disney freak (like moi) or you do not know even know Walt's first cartoon.
Location, Location, Location!
The first step to plan a trip out west is knowing where to stay. I had never been out west, let alone to California. So, because I worked for the company and got great discounts, The Disneyland hotel was the obvious choice.
Along with the park, the hotel was opened right along with it in 1955. It still has that "Walt" feel much like Disneyland does. It consists of three towers. The Fantasy Tower, The Adventure Tower, and The Frontier Tower. I have stayed in the Fantasy and the Adventure Tower.
As much as I love the rooms and the aesthetic of the resort, I love the area. Unlike WDW, you are steps away from Downtown Disney. When you get to Downtown Disney it is a straight shot to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. Nothing beats getting coffee and taking your morning stroll down to Disneyland.
You are finally inside Disneyland. You get the whiff of popcorn and hear the UP score throughout Main Street U.S.A. You guys! I will say time and time again that there is a different kind of magic in this park. Walt's park. The Cast Members still keep his legacy there! It's overwhelming how special you feel and you truly are happy because well, you're in the happiest place on earth.
One of my favorite memories was going to eat at Carnation Cafe and meeting Oscar. Now Oscar has been working at the park since it opened. Yep! that's right. He knew Walt Disney. How lucky was I to get a chance to meet someone who personally knew Walt! He told us stories and what he was really like. I ordered Walt's Chili and it was such an honor to eat there.
Now, I'm not going to talk about stuff that is already in WDW because that is redundant and just silly. I'll make another post about my favorite rides in all the parks but for now I'm just going to talk about why I love this place so much.
When you walk thru Fantasyland, you see Peter Pan whip past you and find yourself walking side by side with Pinocchio. I walked over a bridge and Gaston was just straddling along. You would not see that in WDW. I really do feel like I'm in Fantasyland there because the characters are so immersive.
Toontown was also my favorite place! (Next to Cars Land, we'll get to that later.) The Florida park did have Toontown but it closed sadly and Storybook Circus takes it's place now. It was a very nostalgic feeling going into that land because I do remember going inside Minnie And Mickey's houses and riding Barnstormer. What I like most in both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure is that all the lands inside are so immersive and detailed.
Posting all of these pictures is making me want to go back! I have a memory with each of them.
It's a Small world was never really may favorite before I visited Disneyland. Y'all, they love it over there. They also have some of our favorite Disney characters in their designated land. The building itself is beautiful! It's such a classic over there that I appreciate it for what it is and how they have made it a spectacle.
New Orleans Square is probably my favorite stop to get a snack at the park. Why? That is where they serve their famous Mint Juleps and Mickey beignets. Some people think that the drink tastes like toothpaste but I think it's the perfect refreshing drink.
The night life at Disneyland is very similar to the Florida parks. They have Fantasmic although somewhat different than Hollywood Studios and of course they have nightly fireworks! My most favorite night time spectacle was The Main Street Electrical Parade. It did run in Disney World but it was Disneyland's baby first and foremost.
I could go on and on about Disneyland but you will just have to go experience it for yourselves. Get ready for my next post because it's going to be about my FAVORITE park: Disney's California Adventure!