Hwy 1 Road Trip – Part 2 (DISNEYLAND!!!!!)

Finally continuing my last post, here’s part two of our big road trip down Highway 1…we spent 2 days in Disneyland!!

But first, we had to get there from Cayucos, the tiny little beach town where we stayed. We didn’t make too many stops along the way, but had time for a picnic by the beach and a little bit of a photo op by the ocean…

Our view as we ate our picnic lunch.
Our view as we ate our picnic lunch at Avila Beach.
Having an awesome time!!
Having an awesome time!!
Posing next to that blue, blue ocean
Posing next to that blue, blue ocean
The car gets a photo op too :)
The car gets a photo op too 🙂

We didn’t really stop again the rest of the way down, but drove through several beautiful beach towns like Santa Barbara and Malibu as we made our way to our hotel near Disneyland. The map isn’t retaining my custom route for some reason, but we drove all along the coast – not inland as this shows.

 

After an overnight rest (during which we could see the Disneyland nightly fireworks show from our hotel room!), it was off to the park first thing the next morning!!

 

The first ride we went on...Pirates of the Caribbean!
The first ride we went on…Pirates of the Caribbean!
Darth Vader ears!
Darth Vader ears!
Stuck in California traffic...ha ha
Stuck in California traffic…ha ha
About to play the Toy Story ride/3D game
About to play the Toy Story ride/3D game

Disneyland far exceeded my expectations. I thought I would have fun, of course, but it was a truly magical place, full of nostalgia, good cheer, kids running around having the time of their lives, and it was SO CLEAN!! Just about the only complaint I have is the food – it was basically overpriced cafeteria fare,  but hey – it didn’t put a damper on things at all.

The Disneyland park in L.A. actually has two “parks” – the original Disneyland, as well as the California Adventure side, which has a whole section called “Cars Land”…and this is where we went to dinner on the first night – Flo’s Cafe!

Flo's V8 Cafe!
Flo’s V8 Cafe!
Super happy after a fun day - yes I ordered the kid's meal so I could get a Lightning McQueen lunchbox :)
Super happy after a fun day – yes I ordered the kid’s meal so I could get a Lightning McQueen lunchbox 🙂
Maleficent and Minnie candy apples for dessert!
Maleficent and Minnie candy apples for dessert!

We ended the night with one last stroll through the park, chatting and planning our second day of fun.

Lego Woody & Buzz (yes, made out of real legos!)
Lego Woody & Buzz (yes, made out of real legos!)
Tomorrowland, all lit up.
Tomorrowland, all lit up.

On day 2, we opted to spend most of our time over on the California Adventure side, where there’s Paradise Pier, Carsland, the Hollywood Tower of Terror, and more importantly….they serve fun and frosty adult beverages over on that side (Disneyland is dry).

Paradise Pier reminded me of San Francisco...down to the cloudy skies, Ghiradelli chocolate shops, and Boudin bakery (complete with the smell of sourdough baking).
Paradise Pier reminded me of San Francisco…down to the cloudy skies, Ghiradelli chocolate shops, and Boudin bakery (complete with the smell of sourdough baking).
The Tower of Terror was one of my favorite rides!
The Tower of Terror was one of my favorite rides!
Us on the Cars ride, which is one of the most popular rides in the park!
Us on the Cars ride, which is one of the most popular rides in the park!

We also saw a fantastic live show – a live stage version of Aladdin, which was completely magical and had such amazing production values – I definitely teared up during the rendition of “A Whole New World”, where the actors are actually flying overhead in a starry sky, on a magic carpet! The show was free with our tickets, which was so wonderful – I highly recommend seeing Aladdin if you’re ever in Disneyland, this video (which I didn’t take) doesn’t do it justice at all.

That night, we had a lovely dinner on the California Adventure side at the California Wine Bistro. With our dinner we received free front row tickets to the World of Colour show at the end of the night, which was awesome. I’m only sorry we didn’t get to see the Fantasia show on the Disneyland side, which is also supposed to be fantastic.

Waiting for the World of Colour show.
Waiting for the World of Colour show.

Since California Adventure closes a little earlier than Disneyland, we headed back over to the Disneyland side to get in a few more rides before we had to go. Namely, we hit the Star Tours ride (based on Star Wars!), and two more runs on the Toy Story 3d ride, which is basically a giant, real-life arcade game and SUPER fun – I beat Nick the third time, which was very exciting to me.

Star Tours! With C3P0 and R2D2.
Star Tours! With C3P0 and R2D2.
Excited to have beaten Nick at the Toy Story game!
Excited to have beaten Nick at the Toy Story game!

And with that, we were off to San Diego the next day – soon to come (I promise!) in part 3.

Bye Disneyland...thanks for the magic!!
Bye Disneyland…thanks for the magic!!
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