Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Recap

Apparently it’s not physically possible for me to be in Southern California without stopping at Disney — Dill and I have gone three times together in two years. As promised from my Southern California post, here is my recap of our Disney day at Disneyland and DCA.


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Of course, I had to sport some of my favorite pins while I was there. Pins are a new thing for me and ever since I discovered you could buy and trade them with cast members at any time in a Disney park, I got hooked. The best part? With so many cute options, they spruce up any outfit while you’re at the parks and since you’re at the happiest place on earth, why deny yourself that joy? I say go all out.

These three pins are not Disney official but are still some of my favorites. Even though Cinderella isn’t my #1 princess, this pin of her carriage in front of her castle is too pretty not to love. The Minnie Dot Super Bow Headband pin is so girlie and cute. And, my most memorable Disney trip as a kid was while the castle was a giant pink birthday cake for WDW Resort’s 25th anniversary, so I naturally had to have the pin version. Yes, that is straight up what the castle looked like for over a YEAR. See pictures of what the castle looked like and read more here.

Source for the fanny pack and Disney inspired pins below!


While at the parks, I received so many compliments and questions about my 3D printed Tangled ears from Aloha Ear Design. They’re perfect because they’re different, specific to your favorite character or movie, and SO comfy behind the ears, unlike some of the park’s official headgear.



Our first stop was at DCA, so we could catch the Radiator Springs Racers right when the park opened. We wanted to save our Fastpast for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! 

We didn’t anticipate a huge crowd since school was in and it was a Wednesday but man were we wrong. Obviously Racers is a huge hit and where most of the crowd was headed to. We opted out on this ride the last two times we were in Anaheim – the first time was during our one day stop at Disney before heading to Maui for the rest of our honeymoon. The wait was TWO HOURS long so we skipped it to fit everything else in. And when we went last year, we didn’t get a park hopper. So we really wanted to ride it this time.

Honestly, it’s now one of my favorite rides at the Disneyland and DCA parks. I can’t say enough about this ride! It’s such a good mixture of sights and excitement and it’s smooth enough to not bother those with neck or back issues (talk to your doctor first though, y’all because it is FAST). Obviously, the best part is when you finally meet your racing competition and speed off into the canyons, which look awesome day or night.

This ride was the perfect energetic start to our day.

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YES. That is me in the front seat living my best life. I’d like to thank PopSockets for saving my phone’s life while I livestreamed the ride on Instagram.img_7270-e1509290578827.jpg

Up next was Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! which we were so excited for. After riding Tower of Terror at age nine, the ride haunted me. Thankfully, I conquered that fear by riding it since then and was looking forward to experiencing the Guardians overlay.

This had to be Dill’s favorite ride and by far my favorite queue. We were actually sad to miss the queue by having a FastPass – there’s so much going on in there. Instead of haunted hotel decor and cobwebs, there were Guardians artifacts in cases and an ongoing stream of the guardians’ bantering to watch. Rocket introduces you to your mission — which there are apparently six different scenarios to read about here. I honestly don’t even remember which scenario we had because I could hardly collect myself on this ride. Does anyone else think they added more drops to it? We were in a constant state of falling and rising, I could barely breathe between my screams.



Next up was churros! If you know me, you know churros are the highlight to any Disney trip of mine. And of course I didn’t show up without my Alex and Ani Disney bracelets.


We headed over to Disneyland. Fun fact: the last 3 times we’ve been here together has been while Halloween decorations are up.


I love this lil’ squatty castle and this man with my whole heart. This was also my first time to bring a fanny pack to Disney (….how is that possible?) which was a game-changer. I love taking pictures to remember trips, so bringing a fanny pack meant I didn’t have to bug Dill every five minutes for my phone.

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My go-to rides here are Peter Pan’s Flight (the most nostalgic ride), Haunted Mansion (which was sadly closed in preparation for its Halloween makeover), Mad Tea Party, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Indiana Jones Adventure (which Dill rode on his own as a single rider).


I vote Disney World renovates their Small World to look like Disneyland’s. I mean, look at it and then google WDW’s version. Come on.


We ended the day with a night ride on Radiator Springs Racers (they light up the canyons at night and it’s BEAUTIFUL) and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. It was a perfect Disney day!


Look how cute this Day of the Dead sugar skull car overlay is outside of Ramone’s:



What are your favorite Disneyland/DCA spots or traditions?


PS the my favorite Nikes are on sale for under $90! I’ve linked them below along with other favorites!


Disney Ears: Aloha Ear Design

Disney Shirt: MKM Supply (Oops edition with black ink)

Cinderella Pin: The Mermaid Harp

Cake Castle Pin: The Baby Eel

Bow Pin: Just Peachy

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