Celebrating Disneyland’s 60th – Day Four


Our last day here at the Disneyland Resort is always bittersweet.  Patrick chose to stay in the room to rest his leg and I went into the park to do my shopping.  I had a list of must gets and found a few additional gems to bring home to family and friends.  Since our hotel is close to the monorail station I started there.

The plan was to take the Monorail to Tomorrowland then board the railroad to New Orleans Square, however the train was down so that plan changed.  I thought I might sneak in a ride on Pirates before I started shopping but the park was filling up with people and the temperature was rising too.  I ditched that plan and headed straight over to Jolly Holiday Bakery to pick up some Matterhorn Macaroons.

From there I went into the Emporium to grab a mug for Gaby and filled my basket with all kinds of fun treats to bring home.  I missed not having Patrick with me but I actually got thru all the shopping pretty quickly and headed back to the hotel.

I’m sharing an image of some stockings we kept seeing in the parks and I just had to find our more about them.  They’re actually sold at Hot Topic and if you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland (like my friend Ursula) you would love these.  They were adorable.

Tomorrow we fly home where Patrick can continue to rest his leg and hopefully be ready to return to work.  It’s been a bit of a struggle for him with this leg but he seems to be on the mend so keep good thoughts for him please.

Thanks for sharing in my Disneyland 60th celebration trip.

Celebrating Disneyland’s 60th – Day Three


This was an unsual and amazing day.  We got to go into the park early but they only had Fantasyland and Tomorrowland open . . . holding the rest of the park hostage until the official opening.  Not quite a “Magic Morning” but at least it was fun to be on the other side of rope drop.

My friend Elizabeth joined us for the day and she was so much fun.  Patrick has been battling a leg infection that had him pretty much confined to a motorized chair and unable to go on most of the rides. Elizabeth was a trooper and went on my favorite rides with me and slaughtered me on Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.  The photo shows I had no score but she took a photo of the ride vehicle and trust me it wasn’t anywhere near her score (the scores are reversed in the photo . . . weird).

We had a delicious lunch at the Tomorrowland Terrace and got to watch the Jedi Training Academy.  All those little kids fighting off Darth Vader were too cute.  Patrick decided to go back to the hotel and tend to his leg and left Elizabeth and I to our own devices.  Suffice it to say I walked over 6 miles today, took lots of rest breaks and we had a fabulous time together.

Patrick is doing better this evening and we have one more day in the parks tomorrow.  My goal is to do shopping tomorrow and I’m ok if we skip rides.  I’m just happy to be here with my sweet friend making memories.  Thank you again Elizabeth for sharing your day with Patrick and I (mostly me)  . . . it was so much fun.

Celebrating Disneyland’s 60th – Day Two


Another day is over and we’re both thoroughly exhausted.  We started with breakfast at the LaBrea Bakery and then headed over to Disneyland.  We kept tradition and went to ride Pirates of the Caribbean . . . first boat lauched for the day.  The crowds were light, perfect in my book!  Patrick’s friend Maria joined us for lunch and we had a nice visit before she had to leave.   We made our way over to California Adventure and parked ourselves inside Starbucks to get out of the sun.  Gigi & Darrell McDougal joined us for dinner and a couple rides before we had to call it a day.  I walked over 15,000 steps today (just under 7 miles) and my dogs are not happy.  It was a great day to connect with friends and enjoy the parks.


Celebrating Disneyland’s 60th – Day One


Today was mostly a travel day but once we arrived it was totally magical.  I haven’t stayed at The Disneyland Hotel since the early 1980’s and it’s a totally different place now.  The theming is so well done and we’re still finding hidden Mickey’s.  After checking in we walked over to Trader Sam’s to grab a snack and a cool beverage.  Patrick invited his friend Amber to join us for a late dinner at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.  The food was yummy and we had a great time catching up with Amber.

Tomorrow we will head into the parks  . . . stay tuned.

5th Annual AA Adventure – Day Six

 Our plan to go to Carver Cafe didn’t happen yesterday so we took Maria with us this morning and she loved their pancakes.  Afterwards Maria took us to one last yarn store and it was a great one to end the trip with … so many beautiful treasures.  We said our goodbyes to Maria at Union Station and started our train ride home.

Final trip stats:

  • 17 Record Stores
  • 6 Yarn Stores
  • 2 plane rides
  • 368 miles driven
  • 18 hours on the Coast Starlight

Thanks for following along on our last spring break adventure.