The places that will make you feel so happy

There are locations that make you content, and there are locations that make you even happier. The ups and downs of life, graded on the curve of our collective smile. Then there’s the place broadly accepted because the happiest on Earth, and also you modify your pleasure accordingly. Disneyland, the unique theme park of Walt Disney, now a part of the larger Disneyland Resort, continues to be the proper treatment to actuality, maybe now greater than ever.

For sure, we had been tremendous excited to be taught in regards to the new Disneyland Resort and Southern California Short Escape from Adventures by Disney (which you may as well guide with Disney Vacation Clubfactors). It promised a take a look at Disneyland (and different Disney-related areas) that most of the people would by no means have entry to; which, if we’re being trustworthy, additionally had us a bit involved. Particularly, would personal excursions and behind-the-scenes entry to the Disneyland Resort reveal an excessive amount of in regards to the magic, presumably breaking its beloved spell(s) within the course of? (We left the boys house for this journey, simply in case.)

In a phrase: No. If something, standing in Walt Disney’s Disneyland condominium or the backstage space of fashionable points of interest, added a brand new degree of appreciation. It seems that what appears to be like like magic on the skin feels fairly magical on the within, too.

That makes us glad.

There are two variations of the Disneyland and Southern California journey, and we took the shorter one. It consists of three nights of lodging on the awe-inspiring Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Four-day Park Hopper tickets to each Disneyland and Disney California Journey (plus personal excursions of every) and a complete of 5 (5) meals per particular person.

Right here’s a take a look at our Adventures by Disney trip:

Downtown Disney District & Disney’s Grand Californian Lodge

Technically, the Downtown Disney District isn’t a part of the official itinerary, however it’s the connecting thoroughfare between the parks and the resort (though there’s a direct entrance into Disney California Journey Park for resort visitors). Downtown Disney is house to tons of enjoyable buying, nice eating—and in the course of the present Pixar Fest—some actually cool fake flora. Click on via the photographs and take a gander for your self!

Upon preliminary arrival on the resort we met with our Adventures by Disney tour guides (Alyssa and Lori, who had been unbelievable!). That they had our rooms prepared and all the maps, tickets and diverse whatnot required for the journey. At that time we had been instructed when to satisfy for our welcome dinner and a few a lot anticipated park time.

We additionally had the chance to satisfy all of our fellow vacationers, an added factor we hadn’t anticipated as we’ve by no means finished group journey earlier than. Enjoyable truth: There’s a particular type of camaraderie that outcomes from turning strangers right into a workforce, and the consolation of it was fast and evident.

Walt Disney Studios Tour

Adventures by Disney Studio Tour with Whit and Tricia Honea

On the second day we toured Walt Disney Studios, together with stops within the Disney Archives, Disney Legends Plaza and lunch on the Walt Disney Studios Commissary the place they nonetheless serve Walt Disney’s favourite chili. We loved the perfect quinoa burgers we’ve ever had, which is saying one thing.

A very good portion of the studio lot is surprisingly unchanged since Walt Disney’s time, and strolling the identical corridors that he and different Disney legends did was an actual thrill.

Adventures by Disney Studios Tour

Walt Disney Imagineering Tour

Adventures by Disney Imagineering Tour

After lunch we toured Walt Disney Imagineering, one of many stops we had been trying ahead to essentially the most. It didn’t disappoint.

We weren’t allowed to many of the tour, as a result of nature of the work being finished, however we realized how lands within the respective parks are modeled and the way soundtracks are created for rides. We additionally skilled a digital actuality tour of Disneyland, realized the historical past of Disney sculptures and animatronics, and found just a few firm secrets and techniques!

Adventures by Disney Vacation Club Imagineering

Oh, we may let you know some issues.

Walt Disney’s Favourite Locations in Los Angeles

Chances are high you’ve heard the story of Walt Disney discovering inspiration for Disneyland whereas visiting theGriffith Park Merry-Go-Round. We rode it.

Adventures by Disney Griffith Park

After which we ate at The Tam O’Shanter Restaurant, the place Walt and his companions dined frequently. This was their desk (under), and you’ll nonetheless see the outlines of varied doodles within the grain from pictures that they sketched upon it.

Adventurs by Disney Tam O'Shanter Walt's table

Tour of Disneyland & Disney California Journey Parks

Adventures by Disney Parks Tour

Whats up, and welcome to Day three. If the second day had been lengthy and jam-packed (however in a great way), the third day raised it a churro. And a Dole Whip. Enjoyable truth: We walked a complete of 12 miles on Day three (in keeping with a number of Apple Watches and Match Bits).  Touring Disneyland and Disney California Journey requires closed-toe, snug footwear. Additionally, water and sunscreen.


It’s too troublesome to choose a favourite second of the journey, but when we had been pressed, visiting Walt Disney’s personal condominium in Disneyland (under) could be proper on the prime.

Walt's Apartmen Disneyland Whit and Tricia Honea


When Walt was within the condominium, which is positioned above the fireplace station, he would maintain a lamp burning within the window. Now, in his honor, the lamp is all the time lit.

A very good portion of the park(s) tour includes time backstage at fashionable points of interest studying how they work. We went backstage of Indiana Jones Journey, Radiator Springs Racers and Soarin’ Underneath the World, which is, clearly, Soarin’ Around the World, however from a vantage level beneath the display screen! You learn that appropriately.

The day ended with a bunch dessert get together adopted by a exhibiting of Fantasmic! Our imaginations took it from there.

To Infinity and Past the Parks!

At this level it’s possible you’ll be questioning why anybody would take the brand new Disneyland Resort and Southern California Quick Escape journey reasonably than the longer expertise—as a result of you may add it to a Disney Cruise Line crusing out of San Diego! That’s proper up there among the many world’s finest causes.

Whereas we didn’t go on the cruise, we did take a media tour of the Disney Marvel, after which begged Captain Mickey (under) to allow us to stow away on the ship. He didn’t go for it.


With our youngsters getting older, we now have been pondering loads about Adventures by Disney for household journey. Now that we’ve had a style, we’re prepared to maneuver to the starting stage. It’s a fantastic approach to see the world (they just added Japan!), and we will’t look ahead to the following time.

Adventures by Disney at Disneyland

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All photographs by Whit and Tricia Honea/Household Life on Earth besides these we’re each in and backside picture of the “paddle of energy” on Most important Avenue, U.S.A. previous to park opening, that are courtesy of Adventures by Disney.