Disneyland California Adventure Park

In the past two years my SO and I have found ourselves passing through LA for some reason or another and we’ve always thought why not stop in Disneyland for a day? We’ve always just bought the one day tickets to keep things simple and definitely had a blast. Being a kid for a day and just worrying about how you’re going to line up your fastpasses was lots of fun.

On this trip we decided to go to Disneyland California Adventure Park. Both of us have never been and we were curious what it was like. I’m so glad we went and I’m going to talk a little bit about some of the rides that we went on, the food and the World of Colors show.

Walking into the California Adventure Park for the first time was amazing. I think the last time I felt like that was probably when I went to Disneyland when I was six years old. Neither of had did any research before we went on the trip so we had no idea what to expect! The only thing that I knew about the park was that I wanted to go on the Tower of Terror ride. My first impression was that this was a Disneyland more aimed at adults. There was available wine everywhere and way less of the cutesy character stuff, although there was still a fair amount.

First, we decided to get some lunch at Cocina Cucamonga Mexican grill. Pretty good TexMex style Tacos with big portions.

Soaring over California was the first ride that we came across with a fastpass. The floor drops away and you really feel like you are soaring over California! Some of the other fun rides we went on was the Grizzly Rapids ride. Somehow I managed to get completely soaked on that ride while my boyfriend managed to stay completely dry! Somehow he always gets lucky when it comes to these type of things. Actually there was a guy across from us and Eric spoke enough Spanish to realize he was talking about how dry my boyfriend was compared to everyone else. He said something like “he’s such a slim guy, he’s not even getting wet!” which he shared with me afterward. Lucky guy!

At one point we decided to go on the iconic Sun Wheel Ride. I actually didn’t realize exactly how the ride moves, so it was a bit of a surprise at first! It’s a pretty long ride so we had a nice discussion with the other couple we meet there. They were originally from the MidWest took some time off and were just living in different places to see the country. They decided to stay in Southern California for a while and pick up annual passes for Disneyland and just go a bunch for a whole month. It sounded like a whole lot of fun! I hope that they’re still having some great adventures out there.

While I didn’t have a huge plan for it dinner didn’t quite work out like I had hoped. I wanted to try the lobster nachos at Ariel’s Grotto, but it was such a long wait and didn’t work with some of the other things we still wanted to do, so instead we ended up getting chowder bread bowls at one of the shops in the Fisherman’s wharf area. I’m pretty familiar with the actual place that is based on having grown up in the Bay Area so that was kind of bizarre. It did look eerily reminiscent but totally cleaned up and made much smaller. Like a mini video game version of it.

I think that it was about this time that we decided to go on the Tower of Terror in the Hollywood Section. It was really fun! I love those creepy rides, and it was not at all what I expected. They sort of lull you into a state where you’re not sure what you think is going to happen will, but it does. Loved the Twilight theme.

I’m actually picking up this entry quite a few months later so unfortunately I can’t remember a lot of what I was going to write. There were a lot more rides than this, lots of snacks, and some just resting on park benches when we were really tired that I’ve left out. The one thing that left a big impression was the World of Color show. Actually, the last time that we went to Disneyland Eric really wanted to see this show and we were so disappointed when we realized that it was only in the California Adventure Park. Funny story, we actually ended up getting tickets for the event by accident. One of the ticket dispensers is right next to a ride and we picked them up by mistake. Lucky mistake! It was packed when we went to find seats but managed to get a pretty decent view.

One sad thing about the trip was that my boyfriend lost his favorite jacket. We really should have gotten a locker. We spent a good amount of time looking for it, and even went to the lost and found but haven’t heard anything back. It was a custom made patchwork jacket that he bought off of etsy before I even met him. I remember that it was one of the things that I liked about him when we first met, it made him seem pretty unique and cool. I keep having dreams of writing up a post on reddit or something and through some amount of luck or just crowd sourcing being able to find this thing but it’s probably way to late now. I hope that someone found it and that they’re out there impressing weird girls with it.

After that we were exhausted and went back to our AirBnb. I remember that my boyfriend was on a big The Captain is Dead kick so we ended up playing that all night. I think that we picked up the expansion just before we left on our trip which was really fun.

We had a lot of fun and I’m glad that we went but I don’t think that we will go back for a long time. I still prefer the original park and we’ll probably keep going to that one in the future. I’m also still sad about my boyfriend’s cool jacket :(.

I’m going to start working on my next entry right now.