Chris and I love going to Disneyland and Disney World. We’ve gone on our own and with family and friends on several occasions in the last seven years. For our most recent travels through Southern California we spent a day at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park.
I worked for The Disney Channel in Burbank, CA, between 1990-1994 (in sales, marketing and new business development), and as an employee I received a “Silver Pass”. The Silver Pass was an employee benefit that allowed me to take three guests into a Disney park for free and a significant discount on food and merchandise I bought at the parks and Disney stores. While I didn’t go to Disneyland every week during those years, I did take advantage of the free pass and the discount, particularly when buying gifts for my nieces and nephews.
I still know the layout of Disneyland quite well and always have fun there. The park has changed over the years, but many of my favorite rides and attractions are intact. When I was younger I wanted to go on the newest rides, but now I’m more interested in the nostalgic ones like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion. I was particularly disappointed to find that they have changed the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House into a rather lame interpretation of Tarzan.
We were in the park on a Wednesday in February so it wasn’t terribly crowded, but a few of the attractions were closed for maintenance (including It’s A Small World, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain Ranch, and the Nemo Submarine).
We spent the first part of the day in the California Adventures Park, going on Radiator Springs Racers and Silly Symphony Swings, playing games in Toy Story Midway Mania, and seeing the sights of California on the Soarin’ hang glider ride.
Chris had a special moment with the Russell character from the movie “Up”.
Then we spent the rest of the day in Disneyland, ending the day by watching the parade on Main Street.
On another one of our evenings in Anaheim we had fancy drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Disneyland Hotel and walked around Downtown Disney District to browse the shops and get a bite to eat.
And we enjoyed seeing a pretty sunset from the Anaheim Resort RV Park where we were staying. I highly recommend staying in this RV park if you are planning a trip to Disneyland. The park is clean, spacious and well-managed, and you can catch a $5 round-trip shuttle for your trips to and from the Disney parks and other attractions in the Anaheim area.