My First Visit To Disneyland & California Adventure #Disneyland #PiratesLifeEvent

My First Visit To Disneyland & California Adventure #Disneyland #PiratesLifeEvent

A couple weeks ago was my first visit to California and man, we were all over the place. I went to the Pirates Of The Caribbean Premiere and Red {Aqua} Carpet. I attended the Pirates Press Junket and even interviewed quite a few stars and the directors from Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. That’s a lot, right? Oh no, my friends. I also went to Disneyland and California Adventure, courtesy of Disney. Even though I only spent a few days in California, I think I can officially say that I have been all up in California’s business.

My First Visit To Disneyland & California Adventure

The week prior, Jay and I had visited Orlando, Florida and went to Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom at Disney World. We even stayed on Disney property. Yaaaas! That’s the way to do it. So, in June, I saw ALL THE DISNEYS!!!! Well, the American ones, at least. πŸ˜‰ So, back to Anaheim, California and Disneyland and California Adventure. πŸ™‚

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Disneyland Vs. Disney World

First, we rode the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride which is the actual inspiration for the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise of movies. Jay and I had ridden the Orlando version just a few days before for the first time, too, so I will compare the two a bit. They actually are a little different!

They are both great, and the perfect way to relax for a bit on a hot day as both days were. Pirates Of The Caribbean is a water ride and you might get wet. I actually got splashed more on the one in Disneyland and I was on the side for both, so it might actually be “splashier.” The wait for the ride in Disneyland was longer {45 minutes} than the one in Disney World {25 minutes} and was mostly outside {the one in Orlando has an inside queue} but, to me, the wait in Disneyland **felt** shorter. I think it was because it was outside and I could people watch. πŸ™‚ There is also a cute restaurant that you can see from the line in the Disneyland version. I am totally eating there one day. I felt that both rides were well worth the wait. They are also a little bit different from each other in other ways, as well. But I won’t spoil that for you. You will need to ride them for yourself to see what those are. πŸ˜‰

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Hungry Bear Restaurant

I think our fearless leader, Marshall, said this was his favorite restaurant at Disneyland. So, I was definitely excited to try it! I had a chicken sandwich and fries {yum!} but the BEST thing I had was the Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade. Mmmm… it had a honey stick in it that melted as you drank it. I definitely recommend you try it if you get the chance.

Pin Trading, Tigger Tails & Olaf

So, we paired up for our day in the parks and I hung out with my girl Meghan from She was really excited about Hyper Space Mountain. So, while she waited to do that ride, I traded some pins. You guys know me. I got a few cute pins but the BEST one was a tiny little Bambi! Oh, and the apple head Olaf! πŸ˜€

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Speaking of Olaf.. {see how I worked Olaf in there} Meghan tried a Tigger Tail and I had an Olaf. I think they are pretty much the same thing except the outsides look different. I had seen people talking all over Youtube about how great the Tigger Tails were so I had to try one. But when I got to the Winnie The Pooh & Friends store that sold them, I saw the Olaf one. The heart wants what the heart wants. It was like a Caramely S’more party in my mouth. Definitely try one!

Where In The World Is Jack Sparrow?

I really enjoyed taking pictures of my Funko Pop Jack Sparrow all over the park. He went everywhere! Mini Jack Sparrow could be found catching a Disney parade, pillaging at Sleeping Beauty’s castle, outside the Pirates Of The Caribbean ride, in Toon Town, and even at “It’s A Small World.” Ironic, eh?

California Adventure

Then we went to California Adventure. although we spent most of our day at Disneyland, we still did quite a bit at California Adventure, as well. One thing I have to say that I really prefer at Disneyland {to Disney World} is the ease going between parks. It was just like maybe a 5 minute ride to get over to California Adventure from Disneyland. Nice! I do love the air conditioning of the rides between parks in Disney World, but there is a whole lot to be said for the convenience of 5 minutes!

I saw Minnie Mouse at California Adventure. She was so cute! I hadn’t seen her before, so I was pretty pleased that she was just standing out on the street and really easy to find. <3 My First Visit To Disneyland & California Adventure #Disneyland #PiratesLifeEvent

Then we did the Exclusive Sneak Peek of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. That was really cool. It was an in depth look at the movie in a nice, air conditioned theater. You could even check out props from the set, including outfits and posters, so it was a lot of fun.

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Radiator Springs

Then we went to Radiator Springs. Oh man! It was perhaps the coolest thing in the park. There were even rock replicas that were huge in the background that were gorgeous. I admit, I just stared in awe. How people can take an idea like that from paper to real life is amazing to me. The whole “town” was full of restaurants and shops that looked like places you might actually find in Radiator Springs. And we even saw Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater. Meghan and I thought they were models at first and then they started up and drove around!

World Of Color

I really can’t even explain this. World Of Color was breathtaking to see. It’s a water and light show that is just amazing. This, again, would be one of those things that I have no idea how anyone could make happen. Water would shoot up in the air and a light show was displayed on that water. A host of Disney characters were featured in the show and it was really beautiful. It starts late, and World Of Color is pretty much standing room only. So, be sure to grab a nice meal and relax beforehand. It’s so worth it.

Summer Of Heroes

Guardians Of The Galaxy – Mission Breakout! which will combine “a breathtaking free-fall sensation with all- new visual and audio effects” is now open at California Adventure! Some of the characters in Guardians Of The Galaxy will actually be in the park for the first time to take part in Summer Of Heroes, an ever-expanding universe of Super Hero stories at Disney California Adventure that will become even bigger over time. In addition, guests in the park’s Hollywood Land will join some favorite Super Heroes for epic, new experiences for a limited time” for Summer 2017.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.


  1. Lisa Queen says

    Oh wow! It sounds like ya’ll had an awesome time! I have been to Disney World twice and Disneyland once. Disneyland I was really to young to remember. I’m sure both are a blast. Thanks!

  2. I would love to visit Disneyland! We always go to Disney World since we live on the east coast, but I’ve always wanted to visit Disneyland. Maybe the next time we’re in CA, we can visit. Looks like your trip was amazing!
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    • Pam Wattenbarger says

      I am on the Disney World side of the country, too! I have always wanted to go to Disneyland.

  3. I LOVE Disneyland and Disneyworld. It’s remarkable how similar yet different they are. The biggest thing that they have in common is how much fun they are. The magic is in full effect at both!
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  4. It sounds like your first trip to Disneyland was a winner. You really can’t go wrong with either of their theme parks. They’re so much fun!
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  5. We’ve been to Disney World twice and are taking our first trip to Disneyland this July. Thanks for the comparison so we know what to expect when we get there. We are especially looking forward to trying out the Pirates ride since it is our favorite in Orlando.
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  6. I’m such a Tigger lover that I would’ve gone straight for the Tigger Tail pronto. I’ve never been to any of the Disney properties, and the more I read about them, the more I want to go. But with another friend. I’ll save the family trip for later. Ha!
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  7. It sounds like a day of fun and adventure. I’ve never heard of a Honey Bee Frozen Lemonade but it sounds amazing. I was sold based on the picture but the description was even better.
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  8. You’re so lucky! I would love to go to Disneyland! Your pics came out great and it looks like you guys had so much fun!
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  9. I never been to Disney but I know its not a place where you can chill out and relax. πŸ˜€ Would love to go here and see what the fuss is all about πŸ˜›
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  10. Wow looks like a fabulous time in California. I love the photos, really draws me in and makes me want to plan a trip to Disneyland and have my own California adventure πŸ™‚
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  11. Claudia Krusch says

    Sounds like you are having a wonderful adventure. I loved our Disneyland trip. We are hoping to get back this winter.

  12. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I love that tigger tail food! I have actually never been to Disneyland but I always hear that it is truly magical.

  13. It looks like you had a great time. I really, really want to go to Disneyland some day. I’ve been to WDW a bunch of times, I need to mix it up a bit.
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  14. I hope to get there and spend some time there some day. My Mom has been numerous times and loves it, but differently then World.
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  15. I’m trying to make the reverse trek. We do Disneyland all the time and are trying to make it out to Walt Disney World. My daughter has never been and she would love it. I am glad you had a good time out here. It’s sad that Jack has come and gone for various different reasons. They had some overly grabby guests at the park evidently. It didn’t go down so well. Anyway, Love the pictures.
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  16. I have not been to Disney or Universal in almost 20 years. It really is time to go as I can’t wait to see everything again!
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  17. I like the way you compare the Pirates Of The Caribbean between Disneyland and WDW.
    We have only gone to WDW; it is good to learn more about its CA relative.

  18. I live for posts like these. I’ve never been to a Disneyland park before and i really wish I could. Looks and sounds like you had so much fun!

  19. I have never experienced Disney Land, I would want to travel there and have fun because I have read so much about it. And this article just rose that bit of temptation which was left in the heart.

  20. Jilly Spellman says

    I took my boys 2 years ago and I would love to go again. We only went for one day. I would love to go again for a couple days because it was hard to everything in one day.

  21. I would love to visit Disneyland! Planning our visit this summer, hope we can make it!

  22. Disneyland is the best. I try to go there at least once every few years.

  23. My boys have always wanted to either there or Disney World. Both look like a wonderful place to visit.

  24. I can’t wait to travel to Disneyland. I have always loved Disney and my little ones are, too.

  25. I can’t wait to travel to Disneyland. I have always loved Disney and my little ones are, too.

  26. I haven’t been to Disney Land in a very long time. It looks like some great adventures

  27. I’ve never seen those Tigger tails. I’d like to try one sometime (or the Olaf). πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good time.

  28. Rebecca Swenor says

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time at both Disneyland and Disney World. I have only been to Disney World twice in my life, once when I was a kid with my parents and once when we took our kids. The rides at the parks can be really fun for the whole family. I love the Funko Pop Jack Sparrow. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences.

  29. I am a huge fan of anything Disney! This July it will be my turn to explore this and we’re all pretty excited! I think it’s awesome that you had loads of fun even if you had a full itinerary.
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  30. I’ve been debating going to Disneyland Paris, but have only ever been to Disneyworld, so it is really interesting to read about the differences between all the parks. Thank you.
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  31. Our Family World says

    Sounds like you had a great time in California. I never been in Disney and being there was a good adventure.

  32. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    We have been to both Disneyland and Disney World and we love them both! I mean, there is no point in comparing one with the other because the level of excitement, fun and happiness is the same, whether you experience it in CA or in FL. Definitely the happiest place on earth!

  33. Jennifer g says

    What an amazing trip to go on! I have ALWAYS wanted to take the kids to Disney and just haven’t ever had the chance. I hope to be able to afford to take them soon!

  34. I’ve never been to Disneyland in California so seeing all of your photos is a great way to see what I’m missing. I’m headed to flickr to check out the rest of them.
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  35. I can’t believe I’ve never visited Disneyland yet. I really need to get out to Ca with my kids. They would love it!
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  36. DisneyLand is gorgeous. I’d love to take my daughter one day, but It’s so expensive! We’ll be headed to Disney World first.
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  37. That is so exciting that you got to visit Disney for the first time. Sounds like you enjoyed a lot of yummy foods.
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