Visiting Disneyland would have to be on everyone's dream list so when I found out that I was going, I was very excited to say the least.
On boarding Air New Zealand, I can't say that the idea of a 12 flight was all that thrilling but it passed by surprisingly quickly! We arrived at LAX at 10.00am and after a tedious 2 hours of customs processing; we hit the ground running and made our way to our hotel, The Howard Johnson Anaheim. At only a 7-minute walk to Disneyland, it’s the perfect location, with ‘Mimi's Café' situated right across the road and offering charge back facilities. It was there that I got my first taste of an American size meal, served on a plate that took up half the table and a bucket of coke to go with it!
The next day we were up early to start our first day at Disneyland. As there are two parks, we decided to hit ‘Disneyland Park’ for the first two days, and then go onto ‘California Adventure’ for the third day. Once we got the hang of the map and found our way around, the huge crowds didn't seem quite so daunting anymore.
We’d purchased a 3-day hopper pass that gives you unlimited access to the parks over 3 days. I absolutely recommend returning to the park at night to watch the amazing fireworks show - I have never seen a fireworks show quite like it!
Another must do for travellers, especially those with children, is a visit to ‘Goofy's Kitchen’ for breakfast. With a menu that’s too big to completely read through, plus a visit from the Disney characters, it was so much fun. I did find though that eating at the parks was expensive and deep fried chicken seemed to be a stable part of the menu.
After exhausting Disneyland, it was time to hit Universal Studios - a 1-hour bus ride away with pick-ups from most Anaheim Hotels.
I absolutely loved Universal Studios! With great rides as well as some funny characters harassing the crowds, it didn't seem as busy as Disneyland. Once we’d had enough of the rides, it was off to do the studio tour and see what up and coming movies were being made. After a bite to eat at ‘Hard Rock Café'’ and watching the setting up of a film premier for that evening, it was time to do some shopping at ‘Citywalk’ with all your themed shops as well as Abercrombie & Fitch, Billabong, Quiksilver and Guess. I loved Citywalk… my credit card did not!
After my first hand experience of this great destination, I don’t think that you can top Anaheim for a superb family holiday as there really is something to cater for all ages.
So give us a call to book your next family trip there… your kids will love you forever.