It started on September 22nd 2015. Jon & I met up & watched Devils Carnival. We made a list of movies we wanted to watch together and we’ve been together ever since. Our first Disney trip came a year later. Three days at the happiest place on earth with the man I was (&am) in love with. It was my first trip to Disneyland without my family, which was so different. I was happy to be walking down Main Street USA holding hands, wearing matching Buzz Lightyear shirts and being one of those couples.
We’ve made it to Disneyland for every anniversary except the second, but we made up for it when we bought Annual Passes & got engaged six months after our 2 year anniversary. We were married in Las Vegas this past April, 6 months before our 4 year anniversary, and one year to the day since Jon proposed in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (right after I had ankle surgery!)
Our 4 year anniversary trip was extra special because it doubled as our honeymoon, and instead of three days, we were in California for a week. 5 of those days were spent at Disneyland.
We drove out on a Sunday and headed for the beach right away. Jon had a chocolate shake while I had a Mai Tai at Jan & Dean’s Tiki Bar on the pier at Huntington Beach.
We’d been to Ruby’s Diner loads of times and were pleasantly surprised when we found out the second floor had been transformed. The Tiki Bar fit the tropical theme we’d kept since the wedding. From my mermaid red hair and our hotel on Siren’s Cove to the Mermaid Luau our friends threw for us as a reception, the tropical theme was there from the start.
We made our way back to the car and headed to the hotel with a few necessary stops in between. Note to self: Cali WalMart is absolutely worse than Arizona WalMart, Especially when you run into your exes brother. Can we say awkward? He just kept walking after he recognized me, so crisis averted.
We made it to the hotel a few hours before check-in time. Our plan was to park and head to Downtown Disney for dinner. Luckily our room was ready so we were able to unload the car before we ventured off for food.
We ate at Tortilla Joe’s which wasn’t bad. Review to come on this place. We were fortunate enough to get a complimentary postcard while we were there.
Afterwards, we headed to the Disneyland Hotel, not because we stayed there (in my dreams!), but for the bar of course! Outside the gate to the hotel pool is quaint little tiki bar (I’m noticing a theme here) called Tangaroa Terrace. Now, I have a confession.
Hi, I’m Krissi and I’m a Dole Whip addict.
They are by far my favorite Disneyland snack. I am only slightly excited more places are beginning to carry them outside the parks. I’ve even seen them available at some places in Arizona.
So, what’s better than a Dole Whip Float? A spiked Dole Whip Float of course! I indulged and had 2!
Jon, who never drinks unless we’re in Vegas had a drink called Shrunken Zombie Head, which according to him was very strong. I tried it & it definitely had some bite to it. I can see how it’d take someone who drinks twice a year a while to finish it.
After the drinks we were feeling very relaxed and took a nice stroll through Downtown Disney & back to the hotel. We were getting excited to hit all our favorite rides the next morning. To be honest, we were in bed pretty early. Let’s just say we were both well rested on 9+ hours of sleep for our first Disneyland day!
To be continued….
My hope is to get these posts up one day at a time, consecutively throughout the week. That should be possible as long as I have a normal week so I know what to plan for.
What are your favorite things to do, places to shop and places to eat in Downtown Disney?