In case you missed the previous parts…
Part One: Beach Views
Part Two: Beach to City
Part Three: Beverly Hills
Day Six - Disneyland
My grandparents spent winters in Florida and we had an office location there so I grew up going to Disney World many times and Derek and I have been together as well. Disney World is definitely my favorite but I thought since we had a free day it would be fun for us to take out the chance to visit Disneyland. We were happy we made the trip - it was smaller than Disney World but fun to see. We also did California Adventure but we didn't "overdo" it - we didn't want to get home exhausted. All in all we were probably at the parks for about six hours which was perfect for us - we didn't do everything but we saw/did what we wanted.
Oh, and it was hot hot hot this day. 100 degrees hot. Today was the first day of the heatwave for our final three days. We were happy for the AC when the car picked us up to go home.
The "little kid" in me wanted to do my favorite since I was two - Dumbo and the tea cups as well as to see Minnie Mouse and Pluto - after that I was open to just wander the parks, explore, do whatever rides the line was short for and enjoy. For the most part it was very similar to the Magic Kingdom especially the layout although Snow White's Castle is noticeably smaller than Cinderella's. The mini "Mickey's Town" in the pack of the park was adorable and any kid would love it.
It was also the 60th anniversary celebration while we were there so it was cool to see all the decorations up in the parks.
Cheers to Mickey, we kicked off our car ride with a sip of champagne because why not on vacation?! Anaheim is about 45-50 minutes outside of LA (without traffic) so we decided to have a car take us instead of trying to rent a car and figure it out ourselves.
Once afternoon hit we ventured right across the way to California Adventure - it was quite nice that the parks were directly across from each other and easy walking distance. This park was comparable to a combination of Hollywood Studios and Epcot. We didn't spend a ton of time over in the park but enough to explore the hotel, see a few shows, exhibits, etc. and grab some refreshing sips of frozen margaritas - they really hit the spot in efforts to beat the heat.
Night Six - Craig's
We got back early enough to get in some downtime around the hotel to relax before a late dinner reservation. When we got dropped off we noticed a lot of commotion in the valet line at the hotel and lots of press waiting to get in so we changed and went down to the hotel bar for a drink and some apps to check it out. Turns out it was a gala for the Hollywood Foreign Press with plenty of big stars in attendance.
Last year when we had a day to spare on the way home from our honeymoon the concierge had made us a dinner reservation at one of the new hollywood "hotspots" - Craig's - he had to make the reservation when we took off for Bora Bora about ten days before just to get in and this year it was still just as popular but we were really looking forward to it because of how much we loved it the year before.
It didn't disappoint yet again. The entrance was filled with paparazzi, the bar scene was packed, we ate dinner next to Russell Simmons and other celebrities were in and out (Kourtney Kardashain was there the following night). Our meals were just as tasty as I remembered and any meal that can end with a dessert of warm chocolate chip cookies is my kind of place.
We finished off the night at the hotel bar chatting with some people who Derek had met around the hotel earlier. An end to another successful day.
Like the previous days - here was one of our few photos of the day of our gal (and boy)
Almost done - just two more days to share.