Friday, April 1, 2016

Disneyland: Celebrating 60 Years as the Happiest Place on Earth!

While there are plenty of vacation destinations designed to appeal to specific groups of people (e.g. couples only, young children or those looking for an adventure), there is one name that brings absolutely everyone together.

Young, old, families, friends, individuals — it doesn't matter when you step into the world of Disney and know that you are in "the most magical place on earth." From seeing fairy tales come to life to meeting your favorite characters to experiencing incredible attractions and shows, it is all there in the most memorable, detailed, amazing way possible at Disneyland.


Currently celebrating 60 years of being a a source of joy for the entire world and a place where innovation has continued to inspire an exciting future, there is no doubt that the Disneyland Resort has been an unforgettable destination for families to return to, again and again.

And, after having thoroughly loved our first visit to Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration back in 2014, it was time for my own family to create more incredible memories with the festivities, sights, and all things magic in Anaheim. Let's make this Spring Break one for the record books!


As much as we love the "traditional" magic found in Disneyland Park, we began our day at Disney California Adventure Park and couldn't wait to see some of our favorite Disney films come to life in the rides, games, decor, characters and more.

In fact, we were only barely through the gates when we turned the corner and ran right into one of Big Sister E's all-time favorites. It's not often that you get to take a stroll down the block with Sulley and I loved seeing my girl's face light up with excitement!

Disneyland Sulley

After starting the day out on a high note, we then spent hour after hour loving just about every minute of all that Disney had to offer.

Little Sister B was also able to spend a little time with two of her absolute idols when we chatted and took photos with Anna and Elsa...

Disneyland Elsa and Anna

...and later saw them again when we attended the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.

We sang, we laughed, we loved the transitioning between live action and on-screen scenes, we ooohed at the "snow" that fell from the ceiling, and we sang some more — I highly recommend this show for any and all Frozen fans!

Disneyland Frozen Sing Along

With this Frozen celebration winning the title of our favorite show of the day, my family would also have no problem agreeing on the top attraction for all four of us, Toy Story Midway Mania!

As with so many other aspects of Disneyland, Toy Story Mania! provides a new and unique experience each and every time that is sure to thrill all ages. Simply take a seat and you're ready to be brought on a moving belt through a wide variety of midway games hosted by characters from Disney•Pixar's Toy Story!

The effects on this attraction are top notch and, with the addition of 3D glasses, the whole thing truly comes to life as you use your Spring-Action Shooter to rack up as many points as possible (spoiler alert: I had the highest score in my car because I'm awesome like that)!

Toy Story Midway Mania

Along with taking part in all of the Toy Story friendly competition we could handle, we also made the most of our time over in Paradise Pier by saying hello to a few characters, hoping on a few more rides —including taking a few spins on the iconic Mickey's Fun Wheel and marveling at the views from being up so high— and eating all sorts of delicious foods for lunch.

I absolutely adore how Disney offers something for every possible palate (as well as allergies, diets, etc), so it doesn't matter if you want to chow down on a corn dog or dine elegantly on Five-Cheese Ravioli with Pesto Sauce and Toasted Pine Nuts (sooooo good!!), everyone is able to find a variety of tasty options to meet their needs.

Disneyland Paradise Pier food

Although there are dozens and dozens more that I could list that we loved at Disney California Adventure Park, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the Pixar Play Parade and Radiator Springs Racers for how much we enjoyed them both!

Taking place in the early evening, the Pixar Play Parade combines music, floats, performers, effects, and more as just about every character from five different Disney•Pixar films makes an appearance. Simply find a spot along the parade route and sit back to marvel, wave, and interact as pals from Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, and Toy Story roll on by (and possibly a surprise appearance by Lightning McQueen and Mater of Cars)!

Disney Pixar Play Parade

Speaking of our favorite Cars duo, do not, I repeat DO NOT, miss the chance to see them in action in Radiator Springs Racers, the number one Disney attraction (from all Disney Parks) for both Big Sister E and me.

We grabbed FastPasses for this extremely popular attraction as soon as we arrived at Disney California Adventure Park and could hardly wait to return that evening. There is just nothing that compares to hopping into one of these cars, perusing through the gorgeous desert landscape of Cars Land, seeing so many familiar faces from the movie come to life, and ending with a heart-pounding, high speed race against another car to the finish line!

Without a doubt, Big Sister E and I could ride these Racers over and over and over again (and actually had the chance to on our last visit when all of Radiator Springs was closed/reserved only for DSMM Celebration attendees and families for a few hours one morning). Did I mention to NOT miss this attraction?!

Radiator Springs Racers
Her face may not depict it, but Big Sister E truly ADORES this attraction!
Although we spent quite a bit of time in Disney California Adventure Park, we did also head into Disneyland Park as well (Park Hopper tickets for the win!) to marvel at all of the magic and excitement that occurs there as well. Characters, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, attractions, entertainment, lights, shows... sometimes I just don't know how Disney continues to come up with it all!

On this visit, however, we were especially interested in trying out an attraction that was new for my family, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. When was the last time you climbed into a submarine hatch, took a seat in front of your own personal porthole, and went on an underwater adventure with Nemo, Squirt, Marlin, Dory, and many more Finding Nemo friends?

Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage

Walt Disney once said, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them," and, all these years later, Disneyland Resort makes that happen every day of the year for all ages as one of the top vacation destinations on earth.

This is one location (split into two incredible theme parks) where the entire family can enjoy incredible sights and sounds, receive legendary service, and head home with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime. Be sure to visit to see in-depth information on all things Disney and connect with them on Facebook and Twitter as well.

From an action-packed vacation with every minute planned to a day spent strolling the parks and playing it all by ear, a visit to Disneyland will leave both young and old dazzled and amazed. We can't wait to go back and do it all again!

I was provided complimentary passes by Disneyland Resort in order to help facilitate this review, but they in no way affected the amazing time that we had and my honest opinions in this post.