Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade

So there is a lot about my trip to Disneyland last year that I never got to talk about. One of them was the Disneyland Paint the Night Electrical Parade. I am a big fan of the Main Street Electrical Parade in Disney World so I HAD to see the Disneyland version.

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This electrical parade has a ton of insane colors.

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One of the only times I got to see Tigger in California.

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Each float was a different move/character.

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Then it was princess time!

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Paint the Night Electrical Parade

Of course Ana and Elsa had their own fancy float with Olaf.

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Then the parade ended when Mickey came out on this crazy, trip, spinny thing. You would have to see it to understand haha.

I really enjoyed the parade. The music was very upbeat. We sat in the freezing cold for like 2 hours, but it was worth it.

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So now that I have done my run recaps, it’s time to tell you about my first trip to Disneyland!In caseDisneyland

In case you didn’t know…Disneyland is just two parks right across from each other. The main one is Disneyland and the other is Disney California Adventure.

On Friday we decided to go to California Adventure first thing in the morning.

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I was so excited to finally wear my Tigger ears!

Even though we were at Disney in November, it was already decorated for Christmas.

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They were also celebrating their Diamond Celebration for their 60th year.

They let us into the park early, but only in the main square. Hotel guests got to go into the park early so we had to wait until it opened to get to the rides.

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The line got crazy!!

Cheryl went to get us fast passes (they still have paper there) for Radiator Springs and we all went to get in line for Toy Story Midway Mania. It’s exactly like Disney World, BTW.

After we headed over to Cars Land.

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It was so cute all decked out for Christmas!

Then we went on Radiator Springs, the Cars ride.

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It was fun! I will be doing some ride reviews soon.

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After we headed over to Tower of Terror! I know it’s not the same as Disney World, but it’s my favorite ride so I had to see what it was like.

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I loved it! The inside was fun and even though the ride wasn’t as long, it was still a blast.

Next we got lunch and rested a little. Then we went on Grizzly River Run. It was a water ride and it was going to be the hottest day there.

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On our way out we saw Chip and Dale!

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Then we crossed the road to Disneyland. We saw Belle just hanging out so I had to get a picture.

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Walt and Mickey statues are my favorite. It all started with a mouse!

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It was crazy how much smaller the castle was compared to Disney World!

Disneyland is set up the same as Disney World. There is a Main Street and at the end is the Castle. On the right is Tomorrowland, behind the castle is Fantasyland and ToonTown, on the left is Adventureland and Frontierland. They also have a New Orleans Square and Critter Country instead of Liberty Square. It was kind of freaky going through the park. It was a lot of the same, but different at the same time.

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Characters are different too. They just kind of wander around. Some don’t even have handlers and they rarely had photographers.

Our first stop in Disneyland was Indiana Jones. Such a fun ride (same format as Dinosaur). Then we waited in line for Pirates of the Caribbean. The ride was mostly the same. It was hard to enjoy with the MOST ANNOYING family behind us.

Then we decided to rest our feet and take a ride on the Disneyland Railroad. The whole ride is one side of the train looking into the park. They had a diorama of dinosaurs!

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After that we jumped on line for Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. I thought I had remembered it from when it was in Disney World, but it was so weird!

Then we went on Haunted Mansion. They changed the ride to Nightmare Before Christmas themed. It was awesome, but I love regular Haunted Mansion still.

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While we were in line for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Kristen saw that they were doing a soft opening of Hyperspace Mountain. They are building a Star Wars land eventually, but for now they changed Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain. SO MUCH FUN!

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I really wanted to see the Paint the Night parade so we stayed in the park late to watch it. The light show on It’s A Small World made waiting in the cold so much better.

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The parade was great! I love the night Disney parades.

Then we finally left since we had to wake up early for the 10K the next day.

After the 10K we went back to Disneyland.

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We wandered around Main Street and then walked through Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

After we went on Pinnochio, Snow White and It’s A Small World.

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They updated It’s A Small World for Christmas too. It was fun, they sang holidays songs along with the normal song.

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We went on Finding Nemo, the submarine ride and then Winnie the Pooh.

I looked for Tigger the WHOLE TIME I was there. Sadly he isn’t out when Santa is there :(

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We left the park earlyish to go get dinner before the half.

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Look what technology is doing to us!!

On Sunday, after the half, we went back to Disneyland.

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We got lunch at the Holly Jolly Bakery and watched the Christmas parade. Then we went to see Mickey!

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We waited in a VERY long line inside Mickey’s house. The house part was cool, but I was disappointed. There was no photographer there and the lighting was TERRIBLE. Oh well. We got our running pic at least.

Then we went on Splash Mountain which is 10,000 times scarier than Disney World. No lap bars!

After we headed over to California Adventure. We went on the Monsters Inc. ride which was fun.

Next we got some drinks and then went to see the Aladdin stage show.

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After we had dinner reservations before the World of Color show.

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Dinner was good, but overpriced. The reserved seating area for the show was awesome.

Going to see a water show in November, even in California, is COLD. It was really cool though.

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Since it was our last night there I wanted to stay as long as I could.

After the show we headed back to Disneyland (since it was open late) and went on the Teacups and Alice in Wonderland. Lastly we went on the Matterhorn Bobsleds. It was there when the park opened and man did it feel like it. All it needs is cushions on those seats! So painful, but glad I went on.

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Then on Monday it was back home!

Even though we were only in the parks for 3 days, and some not even full days, I still think I did everything there. Disneyland is a lot different than Disney World. I understand why California residents go there so often. You can do a lot in a day!

It was a great experience, but in the future if I had to choose…it would be Disney World without a doubt!

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I’m back! Oddly enough I thought I had pre-written posts for all last week. What a mess I am.

Last week was a bit of a mess. I got back Monday from California and tried to play catch-up at work all week. Be prepared for LOTS of Disneyland posts coming up!

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On Thursday Jill and I woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to the airport. Our flight was at 6am to Cali.

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We took United, which I normally hate, but there was free movies! Who watches a disaster movie about an earthquake taking out California on the flight to California? This girl! But for real San Andreas was a good movie. I <3 the Rock.

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Morning sunrise! I am a huge window seat advocate.

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I also work Jill up about 6 times to show her the scenery out the window. Sorry Jill, but how pretty!?!

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We landed at 9 something in Cali after a 5 hour flight. Time change is the worst. Then we had to wait around for the Disneyland shuttle bus we pre-booked beforehand. No Magical Express out there.

Cheryl, Kristen and Spenser had gone out the night before. They got fun doughnuts at this famous place. The s’mores on fire doughnut was amazing! Sugar coma.

Then we went to the race expo. More on that tomorrow.

After we went to the Holiday Inn to check in. Disneyland only has 3 on-site hotels. The hotels around it are in walking distance and cheaper so we went with that. Cheryl made sure to book the Frozen suite though.

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After check-in we decided to grab lunch and then head to the beach.

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When you are in Cali you eat at In-N-Out burger!

We decided to go to Huntington Beach because it was the closest.

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Sadly the beach was pretty cold and the water was freezing. It was still really pretty.

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There were a lot of seagulls on the beach, but they are not as friendly as east coast seagulls.

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West coast beaches are pretty.

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After the beach we headed back to the hotel. We all showered and then headed out again. Spenser wanted to go to a hockey game and some of Cheryl’s old coworkers lived near Santa Monica. We figured we would drop Spenser off in LA then grab dinner in Santa Monica and pick up Spenser on the way back….

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Then we got in LA traffic. Seriously people in California do NOT know how to drive. We passed 4 accidents. Their main problem is the highways don’t have a shoulder to pull off on.

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We made it eventually and then in Santa Monica we went to a cute Mexican place.

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After dinner we all took a stroll on the pier. California was cold!

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It was a nice first day on the west coast.