Luxury travel experts advise: Disney land is a very busy place. While on a family travel in California, we advise you get here as early as you can to beat the queues. By doing this, we figured out that our single parent travel would be more interesting, allowing us more time to have fun and less time queuing for chances. Here is our story.
Day 2 of Disneyland and we decide to try CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE PARK. We sleep in and arrive at 9:30 a.m. We queue for over 1/2 hour for the Fast Pass to Cars.
Alas, I have a bad headache, so we head to Flo’s for a strong coffee and 2 Tylenol. The lady at the door is super cute with her friendliness to Explorason. This is the place to head to early if you want a coffee or a snack.
We have to race off from Flo’s after I barely have a sip of my coffee, as Lightning McQueen is across the street. He talks and moves his eyes! Also – each store gives away a Cars badge if you answer a correct question. You can see my son is a fan – and he is quickly racing around for badges.
The stores are great. Top merchandise for any Cars fan. Alas, we decide that we have to stick to our the budget. So we only look at the items and never buy them. Seriously – it is a killer – even for me!
He has a stress attack over the Bug train at California Adventure Park. I am worried, but we talk him into it. We end up riding a very tame train 2X, but it is great. All the items in BugsLand are giant. As he is collecting pics for his Big Thinks Blog, we find a lot.
Next, we go to ‘Up’ land at California Adventure Park. Here the kids have to get a map and work their way around. It is not a ride, so many parents dismiss it. But it is a favorite for us. You learn to find and do stuff. And you earn a ‘Senior Wilderness Explorer’ badge at the end.
It is time for our ride at Cars at California Adventure Park. This is the number one ride in all of Disney right now. There are a few dark bits where I have to hide my son. The end is a race and it is thrilling. We have one day yet to return to Disney, and it will be for this.
We head back to the Ramada for a swim and spa in the afternoon. A great way to rest our weary bodies. By late afternoon we are back to explore. My son refuses to go on many rides. Thanks to the ‘Disneyland fear of rides’. We wander around the park. Carsland is lit up, and is gorgeous!