Having now experienced Disneyland Resort, I have to admit that I fell in love. Yes, it is smaller; that doesn't mean there is less to do, though! In fact, we ended up changing plans midstream in order to make sure we accomplished all of our "must-dos".
After 6 hours of travel (give or take a few minutes), we arrived at our hotel - the Disneyland Hotel. We decided after researching that staying on property was definitely the way to go. We were able to take advantage of an extra hour in the parks each morning we were there, and there was the added convenience of only a 7-minute walk to the parks. Downtown Disney was literally right outside of our window!
Immediately after we checked in, I turned around and found Goofy and Baloo the Bear less than 20 feet away! Seeing characters in the lobby was such a strange experience - but it immediately made magic.
We headed toward our room, and as we were on our way, we found Pluto, too!
More about the hotel later - there is much to talk about here, but first, I want to talk about Disneyland itself. After a short walk through Downtown Disney, we arrived at the turnstiles. I was struck by the fact that I was about to visit where it all started. We just so happened to arrive as the train was pulling in, which was perfect - the train was very important to Walt.
|Looks similar to the attraction poster!|
|"Looks like he got the point... in the end"|
|The backside of water!|
|Big Thunder Mountain RR off in the distance|