This month my husband and I are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. Because of hubby’s school schedule, we actually decided to take our celebratory trip in September. We went to the place where dreams come true – that’s right; Disneyland. You may recall my recent review of the Crowne Plaza in Anaheim, which is where we stayed during our Disneyland vacation. We begged my brother and sister-in-law to meet up with us from Arizona, without their kids too. Of course, I won and they came! While I love going to Disneyland with my kids, it was nice not having to keep track of 4 little ones. We even got to hold hands and act like a younger couple again. We were also able to go on as many big rides that we wanted to without having to convince our oldest son that it would be more fun than frightening.
To our surpise, they had the Matterhorn ride open. My hubby and I had never gotten to ride this ride together because it has been closed every other time we have come to Disneyland. Unfortunately the Indiana Jones ride was closed, so I was a little bummed about that. Due to preparations for Halloween, The Haunted Mansion was spiffed up quite a bit, as well as Space Mountain. They put a “Nightmare Before Christmas” theme with it, which works well for Halloween and Christmas!
Those of you who read my Disney World post last Spring, may recall that I have an infatuation with Disneyland’s Dole Whip; found near the Tiki Room! I have to say that I think Disneyland’s Dole Whips do taste better than Disney World’s! I dream about these things all year! Just between you and me – I actually made TWO stops to the Tiki Bar, during this Disneyland trip. We were celebrating after all! It was nice to sit down in the Tiki Room, enjoy the singing birds, totem poles, & swans, with a nice cool Dole Whip Float.
Once my brother and his wife arrived, we just had to go on Splash Mountain. I hadn’t been on that one in years, since I’ve always had the kids with me. Our picture that was taken during the ride was awesome! I wish we had purchased a copy! My brother got 75% of his blue jeans wet, and somehow my husband got away with hardly any wetness.
The street parade was as specutacular as ever. The floats were very tall, with bright colors and features. At the beginning of Main Street, there was a giant Mickey Mouse Jack-O-Lantern, for picture taking. Right now that pumpkin has been swapped out for a largely decorated Christmas tree, which makes for great Christmas cards.
We saw newlywed couples where the groom wore a Mickey Mouse black top hat and the bride wore a Minnie Mouse veil, and felt a little jealous that we hadn’t gone to Disneyland on our honeymoon. That’s quite alright because we got the next best thing – a 10 year anniversary around the Disneyland castle.
Disneyland passes were provide for the purpose of facilitating my review. All opinions expressed are my own.