Boasting two of the most visited amusement parks in the world, Anaheim is a much anticipated destination for families.
Race through the entrance to Disneyland, and enter the magical kingdom. The aroma of caramel popcorn wafts in the breeze and children’s laughter rings in your ears. Venture into Fantasy Land, the segment of Disneyland devoted to fantasy. Appreciate attractions such as the ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Boutique’, the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride and ‘Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’.
Roam into Tomorrow Land to experience the segment of Disneyland dedicated the future. Enjoy rides such as Space Mountain, Star Tours and Astro Orbiter. Catch the Disneyland monorail or railroad from this segment.
Make your way to Adventure Land to experience rides such as Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, explore Tarzan’s Tree House or simply relax on the Jungle Cruise.
Stroll into Frontier Land and be astounded by the country action. Be wary of the two cowboys having a shootout on the verandah of ‘Big Thunder Ranch Barbeque’! Climb onto the Big Thunder Ranch roller-coaster and take a journey into mine shafts, pitch black caverns and the rocky desert. Board the ‘Mark Twain Riverboat’ to observe Frontier Land whilst cruising around the ‘Rivers of America’.
If you’re feeling like getting wet, find Critter Country, where you can board a log and zoom down a flume from a tremendous height.
For younger children, go to Mickey’s Toon Town, where they can explore Chip ‘n’ Dale’s Tree House, ride on Gadget’s Go Coaster or travel through Mickey’s house and even meet the mouse himself! Celebrate the success of all things Disney by watching the renowned Parade. Witness beloved Disney characters dancing and singing to their favourite tunes.
Journey over to California Adventure Land for some more fun.
Catapult up ‘California Screamin’, the tallest rollercoaster in the Northern Hemisphere. View the park at colossal heights while anticipating the moment the coaster will plunge downwards.
For a true Californian experience, head to ‘Soarin ’Over California’. Relax while seated in comfortable chairs before you’re unexpectedly elevated upwards. Let your feet dangle as you go on a simulated flight over California. Observe California’s most famous man-made and natural wonders and inhale the many different aromas as you travel over this breathtaking State.
Hop on board Mickey’s Fun Wheel – this structure is not your average ferris wheel as some carriages actually swing during their journey. To complete your time in the Magic Kingdoms, witness a truly spectacular water show at night, titled “Wonderful World of Color”. Enjoy watching bursts of water create scenes from treasured Disney films accompanied by music.
After bidding farewell to Anaheim, hire a car and travel to Los Angeles for your brush with fame. Purchase a VIP Pass to Warner Brother Studios for a fabulous tour. Witness the street where LMFAO filmed their smash hit, Party Rock Anthem. View the set of successful TV Series, Friends, as seen in the last season. Enter the prop house, where directors are able to choose props for their movies. On my visit to Warner Brothers, I was lucky enough to see the whiteboard used in the TV Series, Revenge, a chandelier used in Pirates of the Caribbean and even Simon Baker himself, Australian star of The Mentalist.
Travel to Universal Studios to experience high thrill rides and wonderful tours. A Fast Pass is certainly worth the money. Instead of waiting in line for hours, you are permitted to cut straight to the front, it saves lots of time! Venture to Amity Bay for your encounter with that infamous shark, Jaws. Nibble on your nails while waiting in line for the rollercoaster, Revenge of the Mummy. It is titled scariest indoor rollercoaster in the world! Join a tour and learn some of the tricks to filming movies by experiencing the heat of cars blowing up and flash flooding in seconds. If you’re fortunate enough, your tour guide might drive you past a scene being shot!
Amble through the Star Walk, a street occupied with pink stars dedicated to important people such as Whoopi Goldberg and Kermit the Frog (he is incredibly important)! With more stars then you can imagine, finding a specific person (or frog), is exceedingly difficult!
Take pleasure in observing the different handprints and footprints celebrities have. Admire these imprints just outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Some interesting ones to hunt for is C3PO’s and R2D2’s footprints! You’ll also notice the Friends casts and the Harry Potter casts.
Enjoy your brush with fame…… whether it’s an actual person, Disney Character or just an imprint, they ALL count!
May the Travel-Bug be with you…….
Things to do and places to visit:
Disneyland and California Adventure Land = http://www.disneyland.disney.go.com/
Universal Studios = http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com
Warner Brother Studios = http://vipstudiotour.warnerbros.com
Star Walk = http://www.seeing-stars.com/immortalized/walkoffame.shtml