Article: Head West to the Happiest Place on Earth -- Disneyland!
This summer, take the kids to the place you wanted to visit as a kid: Disneyland. If you've never been there, you're in for a treat. And, even if you've been to the Happiest Place on Earth, there's so many new treats to explore, you're in for a surprise.
Silly me. Being a native Floridian, I had been to Walt Disney World more times than I could count, and thought (naively) that Disneyland would be more of the same. Instead, I discovered new adventures and variations on my favorites. We ran out of time before we got to do and see all there was.
Disneyland offers two theme parks -- Disneyland itself, and California Adventure. The parks are easy walking distance, along with Downtown Disney. The three resort hotels -- Disneyland Hotel, Paradise Pier Hotel, and Grand Californian Hotel -- are all within walking distance to both parks and Downtown Disney, and allow you to enjoy that Disney Magic during your entire stay.
This past year, I stayed both on- and off-property, and I must say that staying on-property makes a world of difference (this holds true for Walt Disney World also). We stayed at the Disneyland Hotel in December. It was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and the kids were beaming almost as much as me. The parks are easy walking, and there's monorail service that whisks you to Futureland inside Disneyland.
Even if you've been to Magic Kingdom, there's plenty to discover in Disneyland. And California Adventure offers new park experiences, including Soarin' over California, and Screaming over California. Take three or four days to explore both parks. Consider, too, the chance to explore nearby San Diego, Los Angeles, and Hollywood.
After a morning of fun at Disneyland, we returned to the Disneyland Hotel for a late, late brunch at Goofy's Kitchen. The characters were so delightful, and the buffet food was great. My nine year old daughter still declares that to be the best restaurant EVER. Just, be sure to bring your camera and lots of film!
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