On our last full day in California, we went to Disneyland. It was nice to be able to just walk across the street from our hotel & be at the park! My great aunt Connie came as well.
I had made Buzz Lightyear & alien ears for me & Taryn, & Taryn had made Woody ears for Mackenzie. We wanted to be Pixar-themed since we went during Pixarfest! We all Disneybounded as well.
We got there just before rope drop & got a selfie at the park entrance (which was photo bombed by the couple behind us!). Connie & I went to Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters first while everyone else did the bigger rides. Then I aimlessly wandered for a while... There was surprisingly little for me to do in Tomorrowland with my health limitations. One of the things about Disneyland that is different than WDW is that the park does not all open & close at the same time - certain parts are open & closed earlier, so even though Tomorrowland was open, the Launch Bay wasn't yet, etc. My first hour or so was a lot of me just waiting for everyone to be done riding other stuff. At WDW, I can usually find smaller rides or meet characters, but there were fewer options here, especially in the morning. Just a heads up for those visiting with little ones or disabilities!
Some fun little details...
I saw the Walt & Roy balcony, & heard the Morse Code version of Walt's opening day speech. I found a little shop that had crystal versions of different Disney characters. & of course, the food... We had lunch in the French Quarter (I snapped a photo of the PixarFest cups!), but more importantly, we had Mickey beignets & Mint Juleps (non-alcoholic!) from Mint Julep Bar, & dole whips from Adventureland.
This first photo cracks me up. My mom snapped it right as he said, "Back to back! This is NOT a ball."
We also got the BEST pastries at Jolly Holiday Bakery! Mackenzie got a tart, & Taryn & I shared a strawberry millennial pink Minnie macaron with key lime filling, & a chocolate eclair, both of which were fantastic!
We also met Captain Hook. Like I said, I love meeting villains, so it was fun to see him!
Also got to see Walt's apartment above the fire station. So cool to see!
The Emporium had some terrifying mannequin things on display above the shop... Those are pictured in the second row of photos.
I don't know if we caught PixarFest right at the beginning, or just missed the main part of it because we only went to Disneyland & not California Adventure, but we mostly just saw a couple of merch items & a few themed foods. However, the Pixar Play Parade was FANTASTIC! I got way too many pictures, but I just enjoyed it so much! There were so many characters you never see elsewhere, & it was so bright & colorful. Kids were having a blast with the upbeat music too - Another fun part about Disneyland is that the locals come regularly, so several kids had already seen the parade multiple times & were singing & dancing along with the music. It was fun to watch! I also love Disney parades because if you get a good seat & have a camera, the cast members will often pose for you. It makes for a great experience!
We had dinner at the Plaza Inn, & also got chocolate mousse cake & the super cute Pixar cake we had seen all over Instagram.
Our last day, we moved Mackenzie into her DCP apartment. It was across the street from a taco place called Pour Vida. I got the pork & plaintain tacos.
Then we started our trip home. We flew back so Mackenzie could have her car there. We had a layover in Las Vegas, where I gambled away a grand total of $3, just so I could say I had gambled in Vegas. We also had a really awesome pilot on one of our flights. He greeted every passenger as they boarded, & then addressed the flight, saying that he was not a fan of public speaking, but that with all of the negativity in the world, he was making a point to reach out & be more positive. He challenged each of us to do the same.
I love traveling, but it's always nice to come home after a trip! It's a good time to rest - & start planning the next adventure!