If you follow me on Instagram you may (note: definitely because I wouldn’t shut up about it) have noticed that I recently went on a little trip to Disneyland with my family. I know what you’re thinking, ‘aren’t you a little too old now to be going to Disneyland as a family?’ and the answer is, quite frankly, no. Sure there was loads of kids, and my parents were often looking around to realise that yes, they were the oldest people in the queue for Crush’s Coaster but to us that really didn’t matter. So off we went on the one hour plane trip to visit the place where, apparently, dreams really do come true.
I took lots of grainy iPhone 6 pics whilst away (yes, I do need an upgrade/decent camera thank you) and though many of them made it to Instagram a couple slipped through the net. I thought I’d share the rest here and you are so completely welcome.
We stayed at the Newport Bay Club Hotel which was both beautiful and enormous. Honestly, walking back down the hallway every evening was exercise in itself (woe is me, right?). Sidenote: the hotel lobby smelt like you were walking in to a Hollister which made me feel 17 again.
The Important Bit aka favourite places to eat:
- Annette’s Diner,Disney Village – all-American style diner, roller-skating hostess included, perfect for burgers, shakes and an millennial pink Instagram
- Bistro Chez Remy,Walt Disney Studios – French style cusine next to the Ratatouille ride where all the furniture is made to make it feel like you are a tiny little mouse yourself. Think champagne cork chairs, cocktail umbrella parasols etc. One of the pricier options where you have to pick from a set menu but worth it.
- Colonel Haiti’s Pizza Outpost, Adventureland, Disneyland Park – This is always crazy busy so avoid peak times if you can. It’s a quick service restaurant (if the queue isn’t too long) with really good pizza and garlic bread. They do salad too if you for some reason think that’s OK in Disneyland. Very pretty at night.
- Boardwalk Candy Palace, Main Street U.S.A, Disneyland Park – a hidden gem of baked goods and sweet treats. See Mickey shaped marshmallow goodness below. Also: fudge. There’s no seats but good to take away and eat in your hotel room if you can wait until then
- Big Thunder Mountain, Disneyland Park – always my number one
- Tower of Terror, Walt Disney Studios – made my legs physically shake
- Ratatouille, Walt Disney Studios – unique, fun, new – get a fastpass because the queue gets insane
- If you can, try and go on a weekday, at least to do some of the rides. On a Thursday the queues were fine but by Saturday a lot of them were over an hour.
- Use your fastpass. Fastpasses are completely free with your ride ticket and allow you to jump the queue. Figure out which rides are top of your list, and if they have a fastpass option, and head there first to get a time slot to skip the queue later in the day.
- If you’re in a Disney hotel use your Magic hours – these allow you in the park earlier so you can get on some rides and have a bit of explore before it gets too crowded.
- Use the Magipark app – this allows you to check all the ride times on the go without having to walk all the way to the ride entrance first. Or you know, useful when you’ve come home depressed and you want to imagine what you would be doing now if you were there. Up to you.
Would love to hear anybody else’s Disneyland favourites!