• Caitlin McAninch

Escape to Disneyland, Summer 2015

As many of you know, I would be completely content if the only place I ever visited was Disneyland. It’s the best place ever, hands down. Since Dylan and I have gone together a few times now, we have our own groove and pattern of how we do things. But, this past visit we did a few new things, so I thought I would share our discoveries.

Cove Bar

There are all thee articles on Pinterest that talk about the best places to eat at the Disneyland Resort. The Cove Bar’s lobster nachos always make those lists, so this trip it was a must do for us. So, on our second day at the parks, we decided to do lunch at the Cove Bar. Their most fun drinks are all on the “secret menu” – I ordered a Funwheel and a Neverland Tea. Dylan just got beer, and together we shared the nachos (which were plenty big enough).

What none of those Pinterst posts share is how strong the drinks are. After I finished my two drinks, I had quite the buzz. And I knew there was no way that I would be riding any rides without the potential of getting sick… So, we decided it was a good time to head back to the room for a nap. But, like most buzzed people, we got majorly distracted. It took us almost two hours to get from the Cove Bar to our hotel exactly across from the parks. Hysterical and great to reflect on; but as a warning to future Cove Bar patrons, they make a strong cocktail!

Guided Tower

If you’ve seen the groups of visitors at the parks walking around with headphones, you’ve witnessed a guided tour. If you’re a die-hard Disney fan, you might feel like this would be a waste of time, but, the tours are so educational and you get to see a side of the park you don’t normally see. We took the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour. Our guide was so sweet, our included lunch was fantastic, and we got taken onto 3 rides without having to wait in lines.

The tour included stops throughout the park with facts and information about how Walk envisioned the park, and it even included audio of him speaking! I was brought to tears a few times.

The final, and coolest part of the tour was that we were taken into the Dream Suite. It was so cool and filled with so much Disney magic.

Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

The last thing we got to experience that we haven’t before is the awesome extras that are at the park because of the 60th Anniversary. The parade, World of Color, and decorations around the park were all promoting Disneyland’s 60th Birthday. The diamonds on the castle were beautiful! And the Paint the Night parade is straight magical. The World of Color brought me to tears too (can you tell I’m emotional?). I’m so excited to be going back in January to see it all again!

As always, this was another perfect trip to Disneyland. I love that every time I go I learn new things about park and that no trip is ever the same.

Have you been to the Cove Bar? Or have you been on any of the tours at Disneyland? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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