A quick trip to Disneyland… Yep, I Just Got Happier.

A few weeks ago I attended the Craft & Hobby Association’s winter trade show and conference, which was held at the Anaheim Convention Center… Which happens to be a stone’s throw from Disneyland.
And what’s a girl to do when she is hanging out with her blogging friends while just a stone’s throw from Disneyland?  Um, go over and play, of course!

With the exception of Bev, from Flamingo Toes, who is a local girl like me, all of our buddies were from out of town. We had Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee with us, and we Cali girls felt bad because the weather was crazy cold for Southern California.  Low temperatures or not, we had such a good time!

It has been several years since I’ve been to Disneyland, so I definitely haven’t seen Cars Land yet.  It just opened up a few months ago, and can I just tell you that it is amazing!?  Please forgive the photo quality, I was not about to lug my big girl camera around and just snapped pictures with my phone.  It was like stepping into the movie.  (You have seen the movies, right?  Even if you don’t have kids, you should see the movies.)

The attention to detail is amazing.  I loved that the actual Cars were rolling around as characters.  I am very curious to know exactly how that works, because it looks like they are actually talking and interacting with the guests.

Flo was one of my favorite characters in the movie.  (She be sassy!) I loved her “restaurant”

L-R Katie from Sweet Rose Studio; Bev from Flamingo Toes; me; Angie from The Country Chic Cottage;
Allison from All For The Boys; Sara from Mom Endeavors. Bottom – Carolina from Always Expect Moore

And because we had been at the convention all day, we were kind of hungry.  We ate at the Cozy Cone Motel, which is so cute! (Everything is served in a cone, by the way, and I ordered Chicken Verde.  I can’t tell you how good, warm and spicy it was!  Totally hit the spot on a cold night!

Seriously, check out the attention to detail.  Everything, even the planters are cute little cones.  Adorable and charming.

While at California Adventure, we went on Soarin’ Over California, which if you haven’t gone on that, it’s possibly my favorite ride at that park.  Totally reminds me to appreciate what an amazing place California is!  (I forget sometimes…)

We headed over to Disneyland (after stopping to get Churros).  Seriously, there just isn’t anything better than to walk down Main Street, USA and see Sleeping Beauty’s Castle off in the distance while you excitedly decide where you’re going to go first.  (We opted for the Matterhorn.)

We had such a great time!
I actually felt a little guilty having so much fun.  Want to know why…?
Because it dawned on me that we haven’t yet taken Grant to Disneyland.  The kid is turning 9 next month and he practically lives in the shadow of the Matterhorn and we haven’t ever taken him to Disneyland.  What is wrong with us?  We’ll have to rectify that situation pretty soon.  (Geez!  What kind of a mother am I!?)

In the meantime, if any of you have been thinking about a trip to Disneyland or California Adventure (or both!) there are several deals, packages and discounts going on right now  For example, there is a special 3 day ticket offer that is on sale through Feb. 26 where you can save up to $30 per ticket and get a park-hopper pass. The tickets must be used by March 11, but what a great time to visit the parks!  If you want to plan a trip to Disneyland, there are great tips that you can check out online to help you get great deals and see the most of what the parks have to offer.  For some great planning tips, click HERE, or check out www.disneyparksblog.com and www.limitedtimemagic.com for more info and ideas.

I’m off to check them out myself.  (I need to do right by my son…)

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  1. says

    That looks like SO much fun! I might need to go to CHA next year just to join you ladies! 😉

    We just took our boys to Disneyland for the first time in October, and we thought Cars Land was AMAZING too! The detail is incredible, and it really does feel like you’re walking in the middle of the movie!

  2. says

    I haven’t been to the new Cars land yet but definitely want to go sometime. We went to Disney when we first moved to CA when Alex was two but haven’t been back since. Definitely will have to go again sometime.

    And yes those were horribly cold days when that conference was.

  3. says

    We are heading to Disneyland for our Spring break this year. We have all been looking forward to seeing Carsland. I am looking forward to the food! It gosh darn better be warmer than it was when you were there! How fun, Disneyland with just grown ups. Mark and I did that before we had kids. We will do it again when our kids are long gone, like in 40 years. Soarin over California is my most favorite ride at any theme park, ever.

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