Pre-Disneyland Excitement

A few posts ago, I mentioned Chris and I signed up to run the second Avengers Half Marathon this November in Disneyland. Not only is it exciting to run an Avengers themed half marathon, it will ALSO be our first time visiting Disneyland itself. Being a Midwesterner, my family took me to Disney World several times growing up… In November, I’ll be able to say I’ve been to both parks.

To say I’m a Disney nerd is… Putting it lightly. Growing up, all I pretty much ever watched was Disney films. Whether it was singing “Everybody wants to be a cat” or feeling morosely when Mufasa took the fall, I was all in the Disney fever. Today… I still watch and play (looking at you, Kingdom Hearts) a lot of Disney. So you can only imagine how much Disney hype is going on in my head with only 5 months and 20 days to go until I see the land of the mouse.

(Yes, the countdown is on.)

My Top 5 Reasons for Excitement for Disneyland

  1. The Food – If Disneyland is anything like Disney World in the terms of their food, my stomach is ready. While we won’t be able to eat all of our food from the parks (talk about eating out your wallet), we’re already looking into a few different places we’d like to check out. Bayside Brews to definitely be one of them. Mmm… Craft beer and pretzels; key to my own heart.Bayside Brews... Brews
  2. Disneybound-ing – When I first found out about Disneybounding a few years ago, my interests were perked. Wanting to dress up as characters AND going to Disney parks as said characters? Do you even have to ask? While I don’t have a serious list planned, I do already have a few ideas in mind.DisneyBounding
  3. The Rides – Fast? Heck yes. Spinning? Yes please. Roller coasters? Bring it. Amusement Parks to me were always about the rides (especially the roller coasters), and now I’ll get to try several new rides. Radiator Springs Racers being my most anticipated ride. Speaking of…Radiator Springs Racers
  4. Cars Land – When they first announced Cars Land several years ago, I was both excited and bummed. Cars is one of my favorite Pixar movies, despite the mixed reviews it received (probably because I grew up watching Nascar with my dad.) So while it was awesome they were opening several attractions for the movie, I wasn’t sure when I was going to get to see it since it was in Disneyland. Now, I KNOW I’m going to get to see it.Cars Land
  5. The Avengers Half Marathon – The reason that got us to go in the first place. Honestly… What could beat dressing up with other fellow Avenger geeks and running 13.1 miles through Disneyland and Anaheim?Avengers Half

Have you ever been to Disneyland and have any recommendations? Or do you want to go and have something you’re also looking forward to doing there?

  • Meghan Sullivan

    I go way too frequently for my wallet’s good (I’ve got an annual pass even though I live in Northern California) and I’ll be there for the Avenger’s Race too! So here’s a couple tips:
    Definitely try to stop in and have a drink at the Carthay and if you need something a little healthy the Pacific Wharf Cafe salads definitely hit the spot. Jolly Holiday Cafe in Disneyland is also pretty great. And in Downtown Disney, Earl of Sandwich is a good bet too.
    Cars Land is amazing and try to be there at dusk one night to see the lights come on (sometimes dusk is hard to fit into the schedule, but it’s really worth it). Definitely go on the Matterhorn (its a classic and I was shocked to find out Disney World didn’t have one).
    If I can think of anything else that’s a must-see or do, I’ll be sure to let you know!

    • Thanks for the advice! I’ve actually had Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, Orlando. It is delicious. Good luck on your own run!

  • Thanks for the advice! I’ve actually had Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney, Orlando; it is delicious. Good luck on your own run!

  • I love Disney so much! I’ve never been to disneyland (only disney world) but I have heard it’s so much fun and still magical. I love the rides at disney world… they are perfect for me… fast, but not too fast. Scary, but not too scary. And very very fun!! 😉

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    • Disney World is great, hence my excitement to give the land that started it a whirl. The guys behind the rides seem to have making it fun and not super scary down to a science.