Category: Disneyland

Countdown to Disneyland: New Experiences

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I am now only 2 weeks away from arriving in Disneyland for the first time…squeeeeeeee!!!!!  This trip has seriously snuck up on me and the closer it gets, the more excited I am getting to experience all of these new things!  There are so many that it’s a bit overwhelming to think if I will actually be able to fit it all in.  But I’m sure gonna try!  So here are a few new experiences that I’m most looking forward to:


Yes, ALL of Fantasyland.  I love dark rides…LOVE LOVE LOVE them!  I’m beside myself with excitement over getting to finally ride the Alice in Wonderland attraction….it has been on my Disney bucket list since I first saw it on a World of Color episode as a kid.  Then there is Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, the Storybook Canal Boats, the Casey Jr. Circus Train and well obviously the Matterhorn Bobsleds!  I’ve heard that the entire feel of Fantasyland is much different than in WDW and I plan on spending quite a bit of time there…that’s if screaming children don’t drive me out!  🙂

Indiana Jones Adventure

This looks like one of the best attractions out there.  Ever since it opened in 1995, I have been dying for imagineers to get rid of the stunt show at the Studios and put this attraction in.  Obviously they haven’t been listening to me.  I love this movie series and I can’t wait to go on an adventure with Indy!

Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin

Another dark ride!  This is one of those attractions that has always intrigued me.  I was (and still am) a big fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?  I remember seeing the film for the first time while away at summer camp in 1988!  This attraction just looks silly and like it will have me in hysterics the entire time!  Hopefully all the spinning won’t make me sick…

Cars Land

Cars Land

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Well this should be obvious.  Yes, Radiator Springs Racers looks beyond amazing and the other two attractions look quirky and fun, but what I’m most looking forward to is just immersing myself in the land.  The funny thing is that I’m not even a big fan of the Cars movies, but I am just blown away by all of the details I have seen in photos from here.  And I particularly can’t wait to see it at night…all that neon!!

a bug’s land

Now this might seem strange because I don’t have kids, but I love the idea of being shrunk down to the size of a bug and that everything is giant around you.  I mean, how cute are Flik’s Flyers where you get to ride around in raisin box “hot air ballons”?!?  This area kind of reminds me of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, which I loved as a kid.  I also don’t think I will seem as creepy walking around a bug’s land as I would in the playground…

World of Color

Photo Source: Disney

Photo Source: Disney

Everyone says this is a MUST DO!  Don’t kill me here, but I have to say that the idea of this show doesn’t thrill me and I would probably be fine if I didn’t see it. Seriously, don’t kill me!  That said, I already have World of Color reservations at the Carthay Circle Restaurant for the first night of our trip so I will be seeing it.  I also have this feeling that I’m going to magically fall in love with it and want to see it every night after that…we shall see.

What new experiences were you looking forward to at Disneyland on your first trip?


Countdown to Disneyland: Same But Different

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Disneyland might be the original park, but the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is MY original park.  I have attachments to so many attractions and experiences there. So I am excited and a bit skeptical to visit some of my favorite attractions in Disneyland.  Will they live up to the versions I know and love?  Will I end up liking them more than my originals??  Oh the guilt!

Here are some of the “same, but different” attractions in Disneyland I’m looking forward to experiencing:

Pirates of the Caribbean


It’s pretty unanimous that the Disneyland version of Pirate blows the WDW version out of the water (get it…).  The bayou, two drops, a longer ride…how can that NOT be better!  This is one of my all time favorite attractions and it’s B’s favorite as well, so I’m sure we’ll experience this one numerous times!  My only fear is that I will be very disappointed with the WDW version going forward…

Haunted Mansion


The stretching room goes down instead of up?!?!  Can’t wait to experience that!  I’m sure there probably isn’t much of a difference, but it’s still pretty cool to this Disney nerd.  I’m also excited to see the New Orleans style mansion and see how it differs.  However, I’m nervous that it will be closed as they get ready for the Nightmare Before Christmas holiday overlay because I heard that it happens around this time.  Does anyone know the dates on that??  Please Disney…hold off until after I’m there!!!

It’s a Small World

it's a small world

While this isn’t one of my favorite attractions (that song REALLY gets on my nerves!), I’m really looking forward to experiencing this in Disneyland.  I love how you actually board the attraction outside here!  It seems to add such a unique experience.  I’m also looking forward to seeing the addition of the Disney characters on the ride.  Why didn’t they do this in WDW?  They seem to be incorporated perfectly!

Space Mountain

Similar to Pirates, I’ve heard that the Disneyland Space Mountain is out of this world compared to WDW (get it again…I’m just cracking myself up over here!).  Not only is the ride smoother, but I LOVE that you get to sit next to the people you’re with instead of behind them.  Hopefully that also makes the cars easier to get into…the WDW vehicles are horribly awkward!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Look how young we are!

Look how young we are!

Ok I’m not thrilled about this version and I know it’s not in Disneyland Park or the Magic Kingdom, but I need to add it to my list.  I’ve heard that the Tower in WDW is MUCH better, but since it is my favorite attraction, I need to experience the differences.  Honestly, I’m expecting to be disappointed by this one and then appreciate MY version even more 🙂

Other same but different attractions I’m really looking forward to are:

  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Enchanted Tiki Room (with a Dole Whip!)
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

Am I missing anything?  What is your favorite same but different attraction in Disneyland or Walt Disney World?

Countdown to Disneyland: A Newbie’s Point-of-View

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Well the countdown is officially underway!  In six weeks from today I will be arriving in Disneyland for the very first time!  I am both excited and a little over whelmed.  As a Walt Disney World veteran who knows the the entire 42 square miles of Disney property like the back of my hand, I’m actually overwhelmed by this much smaller resort…go figure!

Disneyland is like the motherland for Disney fans everywhere.  It’s the Happiest Place on Earth.  It’s Walt’s park.  I want to see and do EVERYTHING!  But where do I begin?  What do I do?  Most importantly, where do I eat???  Not only do I have these things to worry about, but I will be running in the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge while I’m there!

So I’ve come up with a list of a few MUST DOs while in Disneyland and I’ll be going into everything in a little more detail over the next six weeks as I countdown to my trip…so exciting!


  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Indiana Jones Adventure
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • It’s a Small World
  • Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (squeeeeeeee!!!)
  • Matterhorn Bobsleds
  • Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
  • Storybookland Canal Boats
  • Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin
  • Space Mountain
  • Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage


  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue
  • Aladdin Musical
  • California Screamin’
  • Radiator Springs Racers


  • Blue Bayou
  • Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Napa Rose
  • Trader Sam’s
  • Flo’s V8 Cafe

Now my hope is to get to ALL the attractions, but these are the things that must happen or I will be inconsolably sad.  We will be there for 4 1/2 days, so I’m hoping this is possible and that I won’t be too exhausted before and after the races to get everything done.  And let’s not forget about those races!  I am beyond excited to run a brand new course through 2 parks, the city of Anaheim and Angel’s Stadium.  I’ve heard the half marathon is flat and fast and I can’t wait to take that on!

As I mentioned, I’m going to be diving into each one of things in more detail over the next few weeks as I prep for my trip, but what I really need is YOUR help.  I want to hear what your Disneyland must dos are.  Are you a newbie with the same overwhelming excitement as I have?  

Oh and how fitting that I’m starting this series today…Disneyland’s 58th Birthday!!  Let the party begin! 🙂

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