Luxetips Travel! Disneyland Resort and Theme Parks Day 2
We all make serious mistakes that we regret. However, we can’t beat ourselves up and become depressed. We have to learn from our mistakes, shake it off, and start over.
Day 2 of our Disneyland experience was better than Day 1. The day was filled with fun at the parks, water play for the kids, and media/blogger events.
The luxe kids and I rose early to get to the parks. The luxe kids were too excited to eat, but I was hungry. We had to walk through Downtown Disney to get to the parks. I stopped at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen for some hot and fresh beignets and coffee. The beignets were so good. They melted in my mouth! I am partially from New Orleans so I know a good beignet.
We then stopped at the Lego store and the most important store of all, Ridemakerz. Yes, this is the famous shop where kids and adults can build their own car and have it programmed to operate remotely. My kids spent 45 minutes in this store. Look at luxe baby doing her thing:
Since I am a new single mom and traveled alone, my best friend in the whole wide world lives in L.A. She came to Disneyland to help out with the kids. She also has two kids the same age as my kids. So she purchased park tickets for the day and off we went!
Walking through Disneyland Street!
First up we made sure our boys rode the Star Tours ride in Tommorow Land in Disneyland Park. We used our Disney Fast Passes and the wait was only 5 minutes! Without the Disney fast pass the wait is 70 minutes! When you go to Disney, the Fast Pass is the only way to go! Luxe son came out of the ride and all he could talk about was the Storm Troopers coming at him. He said it was so real!
We then walked over to Frontierland to check out Big Thunder Railroad Mountain.
Of course we had to get to Fantasyland so our little girls could get on a ride. Our first stop was the Dumbo the Flying Elphant ride. Luxe baby loved it! She got a kick out of that ride. I loved seeing the happiness on her face!
Disneyland Resorts were gracious enough to set up a spa treatment for me, so I had to leave my best friend with the kids so I could experience the Mandara Spa at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa. Did I tell you I had the best friend in the whole wide world? My experience at the Mandara Spa deserves its own post, so check back for details.
After my spa treatment, I met my best friend at the pool and water play area in front of our hotel. She had all four kids in their swimsuits and they were having a ball! Luxe son was enjoying the water slides, her son was swimming and the girls were frolicking in the water fountain. This water play area is the bomb! While adults watch the kids play, they can order tropical drinks and food from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Room.
I left the pool area and the kids with my best friend to attend a bloggers only media event. We had a cocktail reception at the Disneyland Hotel and we were greeted with real Hawaiian leis and tropical fruit drinks. We also were entertained by a Hula band and had a lesson in Hula dancing! What fun!!
Afterwards we enjoyed a presentation by Disney Public Relations on their newest attractions.
Disney Cruise Lines will now have ports in Seattle, Gavelston, TX, and New York. The new ports will allow Disney Cruise fans easy access to Disney Cruises on the west coast, midwest, and east coast. There is no need to fly all the way to Florida anymore! In addition, Disney is opening up Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii on August 29, 2011. This resort is out of this world. A family can experience all the magic of Disney in a beautiful and exotic location. Check it out!
Afterwards we walked over to the Grand Californian Resort and Spa for a private dinner at the award winning Napa Rose Restaurant. Napa Rose is a very elegant restaurant that brings Napa Valley to you. Each course is paired with Napa Valley wines and it was superb!
We then ventured to a reserved viewing of the World of Color show for us and our families at California Adventure Park. World of Color is a nightly viewing of scenes from Disney animated movies displayed through an elaborate water display featuring color and fire. It is spectacular. I filmed the entire show on my Flip Video Camera. Check out my Luxetips Youtube channel for a full viewing of the show.
I topped the night off with a quick ride on The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. This is one of Disneyland’s newest rides and let me tell you it is simply simply beautiful. It is so stunning and relaxing. What I love about this ride is that is really bring The Little Mermaid to life. In addition, all ages can enjoy the ride together and it is not overly long.
Me and the luxe kids got back to the room and my best friend went home. She is such a wonderful and sweet person to babysit my kids so I could do the media/blogger only events. As we settled in for the night and luxe son got in his overly comfy and plush Disneyland Hotel bed and we flipped on the Disney channel, he said: “Mommy this is the Life! Hilarity! He is right…it was the life!
Disclaimer: Disneyland Resorts provided accommodations, ground transportation, theme park tickets, and partial meals during this trip. However, my opinion and experience is 100% mine and honest.