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My family was fortunate enough to spend 5 days at Disneyland and California Adventure the first week of February. This was before COVID-19 was all over the news and before I knew our kids wouldn’t be returning to school for the rest of the school year. Looking back at how crazy and uncertain the last few months have been, it makes me appreciate our Disney trip even more.
It was so nice to see the sun and enjoy family time and eat Dole Whip and laugh together. It was great when our only decision for the day was “Which ride should we go on next?” and “What do you feel like eating?”
Our Trip Details
We were coordinating with extended family so we had to check work and school schedules. We decided on the first week of February – because the weather should be nicer than back home, and it’s considered the slow season. (Although honestly – is there ever a slow season any more?)
- We stayed at the Cambria Hotel and Suites – Anaheim Resort Area. It was brand-new and we got a great grand opening rate.
- We got an amazing deal on our theme park tickets through Get Away Today. If you use my referral link, you can save money on tickets or a vacation package. (They often have specials such as adults at kids’ prices, or 5th day free!). Promo Code for $10 off vacation packages: PSF10.
- We flew on Alaska Airlines and landed at the John Wayne/Orange County airport. There are a few different airports you can fly into, and we lucked out with this one. It’s a small airport and really easy to go find a Lyft. (Although we did get a little turned around and had to ask someone for directions to the Lyft waiting area). The airport is close to Anaheim and even with traffic we were at our hotel in about 30 minutes.
Time in the Parks
We spent five days at Disneyland and California Adventure. We didn’t get the Park Hopper tickets this time, so we alternated days between the parks. (3 days at Disneyland and 2 days at California Adventure).
Highlights From Our Trip
- The weather was perfect – not too hot and not too cold. And a lot warmer than back home – so it felt great to see some sunshine.
- Our trip happened to overlap with some of our best friends’ vacation. We ended up meeting up with them for a day. It was super fun to be at Disneyland with friends!
- The new Rise of the Resistance ride was open. We followed all the tips and tricks and were able to get a boarding number. We were almost the last people of the night, but we went on it. It was awesome and everyone in our group loved it.
- My daughter is not into princesses anymore, but for Christmas when she found out we were going to Disneyland, she decided that for her main present, she really wanted to make a Droid. That was one of the highlights of the trip. She had a blast making it, my husband loved helping her, and I thought the lady helping them must have the best job in the whole world.
- It was my niece and nephew’s first time to Disneyland. It was extra special to get to spend time with them.
- So many other favorite memories that it’s too many to list!! Here is a shortened, condensed list….
- Star Wars Land
- Getting our number called for Rise of the Resistance at 7:00 pm at night and all 12 of us jumping up and down and whooping and hollering
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Radiator Springs Racers
- Soarin’ over the world
- Toy Story Mania
- Walking around Cars Land at night with all the neon signs
- Bringing my niece (who is 12) to the Frozen musical since she has been obsessed with Frozen forever
- Going on the Incredicoaster and wondering if maybe I don’t love roller coasters anymore but laughing and screaming my head off the whole time
- Going on the tea cups (for the first time ever) with my nephew who promised not to spin the car. Then when it got going, “Okay, I’ll just spin it a little.”
- Every single time we went on Star Tours, someone in our group was chosen as the “spy” – what are the chances?
- Matterhorn, It’s a Small World, Space Mountain, Autopia, Jungle River Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Having my daughter realize that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is her favorite ride after being sure she wouldn’t like it
- Enchanted Tiki Room (and my new obsession – Dole Whip!)
- Souvenirs, stores, window shopping, amazing music everywhere you turn…
We had a great trip and seriously can’t wait to go back. Check back for more Disneyland info, including packing lists, how to find a good deal, what to expect when it reopens, and more!