A Return Visit to Disneyland


Next week I am returning to Disneyland for 3 days, a trip I honestly thought I would never be making again.  I love Disneyland, but living on the East Coast makes it very difficult to travel there mainly due to the expense.  I can take multiple trips to Walt Disney World for the price of one trip to Disneyland.  After last year’s Disneyland Half Marathon trip, I really didn’t think I would ever visit again or at least not for a very long time.

Well as luck would have it, I AM returning to Disneyland and this time I don’t have the added stress of running.  I can just enjoy the parks, the food, the history…everything!  Since last year was my first trip ever to Disneyland, I put together a post from a newbies point-of-view.  (Ironically, I wrote it on the same date I’m writing this!)  I put together a lengthy list of “Must Do’s” for my trip, many of which I never got to.  Let’s take a look at the list and how I did:


  • 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

Wow…not so good.  I got the dining down pat, but I only hit 50% of the attractions that I wanted to!  I have to admit that the races took up a lot more time than I expected and it was also exceptionally hot and humid while we were there, which made all of those outdoor attractions seem unbearable.  This trip will be hot, but it looks like the humidity will be at or below 50% which will make a HUGE difference.  So here are my goals for this trip…


This is a lofty goal, but seriously, this will probably be my last time in a VERY long time that I visit Disneyland.  Well, that is unless I win some other contest…no one could be that lucky…so you can see why I want to be cramming everything in.  One thing I know for sure is that there will be MANY trips on Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train…I can’t wait!!


So what do you think?  What would you do if you had 3 days to spend in Disneyland?

Next week I’ll be talking Disneyland food as I take a look at a few of my favorites and what I will be trying on this trip so stay tuned.  Also, make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you can check out all the Disneyland shenanigans!

Oh and last but certainly not least…HAPPY 59th BIRTHDAY DISNEYLAND!!

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  • I was also at Disneyland to run the 1/2 Marathon last year. You are right about the heat and humidity it was brutal last year. I also live in the eastern united states so I know what you mean when you say you can make a couple of trips to Disney World for the cost of one trip to Disneyland.
    Make sure you do go to the Blue Bayou restaurant the atmosphere is awesome and the food is equally good.
    If you are a lover of all things Disney, especially when it comes to Walt himself, I would highly recommend signing up for the Walk In Walt’s Footsteps tour. There is an extra cost associated with it but I thought it was well worth it. My wife, who doesn’t share my love of all things Disney, really enjoyed it also. The highlight of the tour is the stop in Walt’s personal apartment located above the main street fire station. I was a very solemn moment to be in the same room that Walt himself spent so much time in.
    Hope you have a great trip.

  • Sarah
    I love following your blog. I am an avid Disney Runner too! I live right near Disneyland and you MUST add the Davy Crockett Explorer canoes to your list! Great fun on a hot day. So glad these canoes still exist, WDW took theirs away. My favorite canoe guide is Ben, he is particularly funny and very competitive with the other canoe guides.
    Have a great time!

  • My husband and I recently toured Walt’s apartment above the fire station. It was pretty magical! Also, being a frequent visitor to Disneyland and Disneyworld, and a DVC member, I have some favorite “just sit and chill” places and The Grand Californian lobby is one of them. If you are ready for a cool-off break from the parks, or just a place to relax for a bit, grab a coffee or a glass of wine at the AWESOME lounge towards back of GC lobby and cozy up on one of the couches. Have fun!

  • As a regular to WDW my first trip to DL for the 2012 Disneyland Half was so special. I loved it & it felt more magical to me than WDW does simply because I grew up in Florida going to WDW all the time. I think we may have done pretty much all the rides when we went because I’m crazy like that. It’s so funny you mention Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train because my boyfriend and I went on it & laughed the whole time. We also kept doing the Heimleich voice for the rest of the trip! Out of the things you missed I’d def. say make sure to see Aladdin I was so impressed, much better than Beauty & the Beast in my opinion. I hope to go back someday! I would make sure to go on the Haunted Mansion because it was being referb. for Halloween when we were there. Have a wonderful time!

  • I’m taking my first trip to Disney Land next month for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge! You’re right, its incredibly expensive! My five day trip I have planned is probably going to cost double what I spent last summer in Las Vegas for 9 nights at the Bellagio! I’m getting super excited for the trip, as it will probably be my only one there for quite some time as well, but I really wanted a Coast to Coast medal!! Looking forward to reading the recaps of your upcoming trip, hope you have a great time!

  • If I could make a suggestion, The Cove Bar at California Adventure has some amazing lobster nachos. It’s a fun place to stop and grab a drink while the sun is going behind the Paradise Pier hotel, and it over looks the water.

  • On your must-experience list, excellent in hot weather: Haunted Mansion, Small World.
    ..brutal in the summer: Autopia, Tom Sawyer’s Island.
    It’s always about ten degrees hotter on the island. I keep pushing for a water slide.

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