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On Tuesday morning, we woke up early and went to Banzai bowls for the one more delicious breakfast and ocean views.
Greg dropped off my mother and law and me at the Courtyard by Marriott Anaheim Theme Park Entrance to check-in and wait while he drove to John Wayne Airport to pick up my sister in law and nephews.
The hotel is fresh-looking, clean, in a good location, and has friendly and helpful staff. Our King Bed room was spacious and offered everything we would need. Our theme park view is really a view of the parking lot with the very top of Disneyland view. The extra view is definitely not worth the money. The only other issue I found about the hotel was that the valet staff always made us feel as if we were bothering them.
Once our group was all together and checked in we walked over to Disneyland. The walk really isn't awful except when it's 100 degrees and you've been exploring all day and still have to walk back to the hotel. Then it becomes tiring!
We visited California Adventure theme park first. We loved Grizzly River Run, Pixar Pier, and Cars land
For dinner, we reserved tickets for the World of Color Dining Package. We enjoyed dinner al fresco at Wine Country Trattoria. Afterward, we explored the park a little more and loves seeing the differences from day to night. We then watched the World of Color Show! The show is water-themed, has great music, amazing images, and is sure to entertain everyone!
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Our Wednesday morning plans were breakfast with Goofy and friends. We walked past Disneyland, through Downtown Disney, and into Disneyland Hotel.
We checked in for breakfast and took pictures with Goofy inside his kitchen. From there everyone split up and hit the breakfast buffet. It was a little harder than it should have been but I was able to get dairy-free Mickey waffles. I was disappointed that the potatoes in the buffet had a hair in it.
The boys loved having the characters sign their books and they especially enjoyed dancing with the characters!
After breakfast we made our way over to Disneyland and Star Wars. As a special surprise for the boys Greg and I booked Savi's Workshop for them. They were going to customize and make their own lightsabers! Star Wars area in Disneyland is amazing! It's like being in the movies! We waited in line for over an hour for the Millenium Falcom and while it was annoying that there weren't fans or spritzers it was totally worth the wait!
We scored reservations for Oga's Cantina but it ended up being a total fail. The staff tried to seat the 6 of us along with 4 other people at a table meant for 5 people tops. It was insane and we just left. While walking to lunch at the Carnation Cafe we enjoyed riding the Haunted Mansion and checking out on the shows along Main St.
Wednesday night we headed back to Disneyland and after years of battling nerves, breakdowns, and long lines I finally got to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Most of us got food at The Golden Horseshoe but because of my intolerance to milk Greg and I walked back to Star Wars and ordered dinner to go from Docking Bay 7. I'm sure you'll think I'm exaggerating but my Braised Shaak Roast was the best thing I ate during our 2 days in Disneyland!
Once we all met up again we watched the fireworks and rode It's a small world together. From there we split up a bit and most of us went to the hotel but my nephew was hoping for some more rides and his wonderful grandmother obliged!