DAY 2 DISNEYLAND
After we posted last evening we sat outside on the balcony from our room and just enjoyed the wonderful Southern California weather and took in the views of the surrounding area.
Our room is in a quiet area of the hotel. Remote is an understatement. When our room was ready and we spoke with one of the bellmen he said you will have quite a walk to the room. He was not kidding. The hotel only has six floors to keep its height from being an eye saw in the park. It is quite wide. The good news is to get to our room it involves a lengthily walk so we are getting plenty of exercise and it is in a quiet area of the hotel.
All of the rooms were redone last year and it shows in a positive manner. We are including a few photos of the room.
We slept very well. It was easy to fall asleep as our time zone is two hours later than that of California. We enjoyed an early breakfast at the hotel.
One of the benefits of staying at a Disneyland Hotel is the ability to get into one of the parks (they alternate each day) before the general public. Today was Disney California Adventure.
Disneyland has special meaning to us.
Although Anne Marie visited once while still in High School our first joint visit was the year after Keith took a job assignment in Northern California. We took the family on a trip to Southern California to visit Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm. The return involved stops at several towns along the Coast.
We had such a great time for the next two years we drove down shortly before New Years to visit some of Anne Marie's relatives and then spent a few days at the Disneyland Hotel. We returned to the Park several years later prior to a family cruise.
There are lots of memories including all the rides we went on with our children, a parade that our daughter Jennifer was asked to participate in, those autograph books that Jennifer and our son Eric would carry with them as they looked for those cute Disney Characters.
In 2016 we returned with Jennifer and our grandson Andre and rekindled those memories through the excitement of Andre. We all had so much fun that we took our entire family including three grand children (our daughter in-law was pregnant with our fourth grandchild) for a visit before we took them all on a Crystal Cruise.
This is our first visit to Disneyland by ourselves. On each ride and as walk around the park we reminisce about our entire family.
The first ride we went on was Radiator Springs Racers which is a very popular ride and the wait during peak hours can be one hour. We had no wait since we got into the park at 8:00 AM before the official opening of 9:00 AM.
We went on it a second time and only waited five minutes. We also got a Fast Pass and went back for a third time later in the morning.
We went on Soarin' Around the World. This ride simulates flying around the world with your feet dangling. We remarked that we have visited all of the places except for one with all of the cruising we have done.
Other rides we went on included The Little Mermaid, Luigi's Rollicin' Roadsters, Alice In Wonderfland, Mr. Toad's Wile Ride, Made Tea Party, Buzz Lightyear and Autopia. We also saw Mr. Lincoln which each of us saw at the New York World's Fair ten years+ before we met in College. We did a lot of walking and had a wonderful time.
We had lunch at La Brea Bakery in Downtown Disney and Dinner at Wine Country Trattoria. The weather was a delight adding to making this a wonderful day.
Anne Marie & Keith