On our last day of the trip, we decided to use our Magic Mornings pass. When you purchase a multi-day ticket through Disney or a Good Neighbor hotel, you get one Magic Morning pass that you can use to enter the park one hour before regular guests.
We got up and left our room at 5:45. Hubby dropped me off at the Guest drop off on Harbor and the kids and I grabbed a spot by the gate. I’m glad we did because he didn’t get back from parking the car at the Mickey’s Parking Structure until 6:50!
When we entered the park, we went straight back to ride Peter Pan’s Flight. We love this ride and it was a great way to start our great day.
Next it was on to Dumbo, followed by the Mad Tea Cups and Alice in Wonderland’s ride. Emily tried her luck at pulling the sword out of the stone, but alas it was not ready to come out.
Next we rode Pinocchio’s Daring Journey before leaving Fantasyland and heading over to Tomorrowland.
We all rode Star Tours together before Jason went to Fastpass Space Mountain. Because the Disneyland and California Adventures Fastpass systems are not connected, he was able to hop over and get us all Fastpasses to ride the Radiator Spring Racers one more time.
While we waited on him to return, we rode Buzz Lightyear. He made it back in record time and Jason and Emily went to ride Space Mountain while Jacob and I rode Autopia again.
We made it to the gates to Toontown and we were the first ones into this area of the park! We were also the first ones to meet Mickey Mouse at his house. Jacob was thrilled. He misses the houses that used to be located at Walt Disney World.
After we said hi to Mickey, we toured his house and Minnie Mouse’s house. It is so neat to touch and explore the houses. The attention to details is remarkable and we were able to discover some really fun things (like the cake that bakes in Minnie’s oven when you turn the dial).
Jacob and I then rode Gadget’s Go Coaster which was a fun ride but very short! I think the actual time of the track is 24 seconds.
Then he played at Chip and Dale’s treehouse while we waited on Jason and Emily to come with breakfast. While we ate, we watched Pluto play and interact with other guests. He was really having a great time. So before my kids finished eating, they ran over to his line (which was only 2 people deep). They ran around Toontown with Pluto and even got in a jail cell with him. What a great moment!
After we cleaned up our breakfast mess, we went to ride Roger Rabbit. The kids loved this ride, the parents did not. The theming was incredible though and I loved the queue. We were able to walk right on the ride.
Then we went back and toured Minnie’s house again (I told you it was fun!) before meeting Minnie in her garden.
Then we toured Mickey’s house again and met him again (he also had on a new outfit than the one he wore when we met him 45 minutes earlier). We really love giving hugs to characters especially when the line is super short!
The kids then played again on Chip and Dale’s Treehouse and ran through Donald’s Boat and Goofy’s house.
We left Toontown and jumped into the queue for It’s A Small World. I absolutely love this version. They have updated it to include over 25 different Disney characters and it was a lot of fun trying to spot all of them.
We then made our way over to Fantasyland Theater where we saw the Tangled show. Oh it was so good! The guys in this show do a really great job at telling the story and Emily was so excited when Rapunzel took the stage. If you have the opportunity to see this show, don’t miss it!
We hopped on the horse drawn carriage on Main Street and had a relaxing ride to the front of the park. The Cast Member spent the ride telling us how they care for the horses, which was really interesting.
We made a quick hop over to California Adventure where we were able to meet Chip and Dale on Buena Vista Street.
We headed over to the private Visa Meet and Greet where we met Stitch. He picked leaves off the fake trees for us and he danced with the kids. While we were playing with Stitch, Minnie Mouse came up. Oh she was so wonderful. She danced with the kids and Stitch and spent some quality time with us. I really love these private Meet and Greets.
We then headed over to the Animation Building which was a nice break from the heat. There are so many exhibits to explore. Our favorite was the Beast’s Library. We spent a good 20 minutes in there interacting with the exhibits.
We dropped in Blue Sky Cellar to check out the display for Fantasyland Theater. We took a quiz there and I aced it. My husband missed a few. Go me!
Finally it was 1:30 and time for our reservation at Ariel’s Grotto. We checked in and they almost immediately called us to take our picture with Ariel in her beautiful ballgown. I loved the set up of this restaurant and we got a nice table with a view of the water.
Our waitress was absolutely wonderful. She brought the kids some crowns to decorate. They have an appetizer trio tower that she brought to the table that had some very interesting food on it that turned out to be really good. The kids didn’t want to touch it though. They can be so picky!
While we waited for our food, the princesses all came out in quick procession. We met Mulan, Belle, Snow White and Cinderella all in about 10 minutes. Characters have never visited our tables so quickly and that was an ice treat.
The meal was delicious and the restaurant was incredible. If you get the opportunity to eat at this restaurant, I would definitely get a reservation.
We walked around the Boardwalk and finally found Donald’s Meet and Greet. He is not very easy to find at Disneyland (at Disney World, he seems to be everywhere you go!). The kids were so excited to meet him in his sailor outfit which was an added perk. We love to meet characters in different outfits.
Finally it was time to redeem our Fastpasses for the Racers. It was bittersweet because we knew it would be our last time to ride it on this trip and we didn’t know how long it would be until we returned to Disneyland. I am going to hold out hope that Walt Disney World decides to build the Racers at Hollywood Studios.
We spent some time browsing Buena Vista Streets shops (Jacob really wanted a Red Trolley car but they didn’t have a small one) before heading back to Disneyland Park.
We decided to see Mickey’s Magical Map again. The kids absolutely loved that show and it is so well done that it was worth seeing again. And it was just as good as the first time we saw it. Disneyland did a great job on this one!
We then made our way back to Fantasyland Theater where Jason grabbed a spot in line while I took Emily to meet the princesses. The wait was about 30 minutes (apparently a dragon got loose inside and they had to evacuate the princesses, I think that is what they told us.) but it was worth it. She was finally able to meet Aurora who is her absolute favorite princess. We also met Ariel and Cinderella.
The Beauty and the Beast show was as good, if not better, as the Tangled show we saw earlier. It starred the same 2 guys in the story and Belle also came out and helped tell her story. We all loved it!
We chose to eat dinner at Pizza Port in Tomorrowland. It was really busy (apparently Space Mountain had just closed for technical difficulties) but the pizza was great and we did find a table so that was very helpful.
We spent an hour browsing Main Street and purchased souvenirs. We also explored some of the areas of Main Street we had missed before.
The park was so busy! They had Grad Nites (that’s when they let graduating seniors buy a park hopper ticket and they have a private after hours party at California Adventure) and there were teenagers everywhere! We had planned to stay in the park to see the fireworks but we decided we would grab some dessert and watch the fireworks from the top of Mickey and Friends parking structure instead.
We returned to the car and just before the fireworks started, I looked up the show on You Tube and I was able to play it over my phone and it was only 2-3 seconds off the timing of the show so it was still wonderful and magical and we didn’t have to deal with the mass exodus!
And that was the ending of our trip. We had an absolute wonderful 5 days at Disneyland and we saw and rode everything except roughly 10 attractions. I thought that was pretty good since it was pretty crowded due to the summer and Grad Nites.
I hope you have enjoyed our trip report for Disneyland. Y’all always ask me to do this, so I finally took time to take notes on everything we rode so that I could share it with you. If you enjoyed it, let me know and I’ll do one the next time we go to Walt Disney World.
To recap, here’s everything we were able to do on Thursday:
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Dumbo, the Flying Elephant
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Mad Tea Party
- Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
- Star Tours
- Fast pass space
- Fast pass racers
- Ride space
- Meet Mickey
- Tour mickeys house
- Tour Minnie’s house
- Ride gadget
- Chip and dales treehouse
- Meet Pluto
- Roger rabbit
- Tour Minnie’s house
- Meet Minnie
- Tour Mickeys house
- Meet Mickey again
- Tour too town
- It’s a small world
- Ride Main Street vehicle
- Hop to California Adventure
- Meet Chip and Dale
- Meet stitch
- Meet Minnie
- Animation building
- Blue sky
- Ariel’s grotto
- Meet Donald
- Shopping on Buena Vista
- Mickeys magical map
- Meet aurora
- Meet Ariel
- Meet Cinderella
- Beauty and the beast show
- Dinner at pizza port
- Shopping on Main St
- Disney gallery
- Shop Buena vista st
- Beauty and the Beast
- Dinner at Pizza Port
- Browse Main Street
- Pick up dessert
- Return to parking structure
- Watch fireworks from top of the structure
I hope you enjoyed our trip report and it inspires you to make your dreams a reality.
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