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3 Days & 2 Night Staycation

Recently, my family visited Disneyland California Resort and a nearby Fairfield Inn Marriott for a mini-staycation. There have been a number of changes since I last visited Disneyland.  Here are some things you can do to ride more rides, grab a bite to eat, and stay at a nearby Hotels.    

Day One

Mikey’s Tale Of Adventure Breakfast Buffet

Storyteller's Cafe at Disneyland

Storytellers Cafe

An all you can eat American style breakfast buffet is served.  The breakfast includes your choice of beverage of coffee, orange juice or water.  The dining is really casual as most families have breakfast and then walk over to Disneyland.  There are some healthier options such as yogurt, oatmeal and a build your own custom omelet.  The breakfast menu featured classics including:

  • Bacon
  • Sausage 
  • Potatoes 
  • Eggs 
  • Cereal
  • Assorted Pastries (croissants, muffins, and danishes) 
  • Sliced Fruit
  • Mikey’s Waffles

The real highlight of this breakfast is when Mikey and his friends walk by the table and wave while fun music plays in the background.  *Three-hour complimentary parking is available for all guests who are not staying at the hotel if you dine at Storytellers Cafe.  The price for one adult ticket cost $59.99 and one child ticket cost $39.99.

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Fairfield Inn Marriott

For the convenience of being within walking distance of the park we choose to stay at Fairfield Inn Marriott.  The best part of the hotel is that there’s a Panera Bread at the front of the hotel and a McDonald’s right next door.  After walking around the park all day it’s really beneficial to have a place where you can grab a quick bite to eat as you go to your hotel room.

For more information on the Fairfield Inn Marriott visit their website here.

Day Two

Disneyland California Adventure Park

There are plenty of indoor attractions in the California Adventure Park.  It’s one of the reasons why I prefer visiting this park.  Some of the attractions that we rode during our first day in the park.   

Cars

Spinning Cars are fun for two or more people to sit in and enjoy.  You can control how fast the car spins by spinning the steering wheel.  

Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind

This ride is inspired by the film Inside Out.  The ride allows riders to sit inside a colorful balloon seat and spin around Riley’s emotions. 

The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

Listen to all of your favorite Little Mermaid songs as you float along a gentle yet dark room ride.  The ride retells the story of The Little Mermaid and lets you relive the magic of how she finds her prince charming.

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Day Three

Disneyland Park

This is the original Disneyland theme park and opened in 1955.  The park offers rides, dining, and character experiences for the whole family.

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

This ride is based on the 1941 classic film Dumbo.  Riders are able to sit in an elephant on this gentle carousel-style ride.  *The waiting line is decorated really festive and is a good place to take pictures.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

The Sleeping Beauty princess castle is one of the first attractions you can see as soon as you enter the park.  There is also a cute gift store where you can find cute memorabilia from the classic film.    

ToonTown

It’s A Small World 

This boat ride features children dolls from around the world dressed in their native clothing.  The famous song “It’s A Small World” continuously plays as you visit places in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Tickets

The price for one adult and or a children’s(3 – 9 years old) ticket cost $128/day.  There’s an additional $60 dollars if you want to purchase a Park Hopper Pass.  Additionally, there are other amenities that your family may want to enjoy including the Photo Pass, Fastpass(DisneyGenie), and mobile ordering. 

Disneyland App

Disneyland now has a mobile application called Disneyland that allows you to plan your experience in advance.  You’re able to check ride wait times, schedule your lunch/dinner, and have a GPS map of the park on your phone. It’s really convenient and saves a lot of time to avoid the long lines.   

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