Disneyland, Toontown, and Tom Sawyer Island, Not Just For Kids

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Taking my six year old grandson to Disneyland in Anaheim, California was a very rewarding experience. So much to see, Buzz Lightyear and much more to enjoy. Who would ever have thought we would be standing at the entrance to Disneyland in Anaheim, California? Cole was speechless as he took in the scenery. Standing in Main Street, U.S.A. What an amazing, enchanting place as we stroll down Main Street past all the candy stores and gift shops. This is so yesteryear. I love it. Fantasyland Wow, Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, “it’s a small world,” King Arthur Carousel, Mad Tea Party (where we take a ride in the tea cup), Matterhorn Bobsleds, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Peter Pan’s Flight and many more exciting adventures and rides for all ages. It really is a wonderful fantasyland. When you are at Disneyland it seems to bring all these cartoon characters to life and make you feel like a little kid again, no matter how old you are.

Tomorrowland Blasting off Space Mountain at the Space Port you are submersed in twists and turns as you travel through the mountain with soundtrack and special effects. It is an adventure, out of this world, that you will never forget. Just as you think it cannot get any better, there’s the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. What an adventure as you join Buzz Lightyear and battle to save the universe. Seeing Buzz Lightyear in a lifesize form is amazing, and being able to use the weapons as you ride through the dark portals, keeping your eyes peeled to the darkness for the next enemy to jump out at you is a little scary yet, exhilarating.

Tomorrowland also has the Autopia, Astro Orbitor, Disneyland railroad and Honey, I Shrunk the Audience along with Innoventions, where you can view exhibits by Honda, Pioneer and St. Joseph Hospital. Mickey’s Toontown Of course it would not be Disneyland without Mickey and Minnie Mouse and all their friends. You can visit the Chip ‘n Dale Treehouse and Donald’s Boat. Then there’s Goofy’s Bounce House and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. My favorite is Mickey’s House and Minnie’s House; they are adorable. We got to meet Mickey and shake his hand, but, to a six year old, it’s a little bit frightening. Frontierland Frontierland is a very exciting and adventurous part of Disneyland with the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the Rafts to Tom Sawyer Island. The Mark Twain Riverboat and the Sailing Ship Columbia are both fascinating. You can take a ride on the Sailing Ship Columbia to Tom Sawyer’s Island as you circle the island and then land at the boat dock. Just walking on the island and remembering the story of Tom Sawyer is a great experience. It brings to life the story of Tom and all the trouble he encountered on his trip down the Mississippi River. Cole found Tom Sawyer Island to be his favorite adventure in Disneyland.

Adventureland From Frontierland we passed through Critter Country and New Orleans Square where Lora, Cole and Krystle toured the Haunted House while I patiently waited, seated outside relaxing for a few minutes just enjoying the scenery. Adventureland is an awesome adventure with the Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise. The Indiana Jones Adventure was spectacular, and I really loved Tarzan’s Treehouse. It was awesome. The tigers, elephants and snakes look so real as you take the Jungle Cruise through the forest, sometimes you forget where you are: in Tarzan’s forest or Indiana Jones’ adventurous trip.

Dining at Disneyland You cannot visit Disneyland without dining in one of the amazing restaurants, whether you want American cuisine or something out of this world. As in all amusement parks, the food is overpriced, but that is to be expected and well worth the cost. You have many choices, such as the Bengal Barbeque or the Big Thunder Barbeque where you can dine on barbeque beef, ribs, cole slaw or skewers of chicken, whether you are a meat eater or a vegetarian. At the Big Thunder Barbeque you can sit back and enjoy wild west entertainment while dining. You can enjoy Louisiana cooking while watching the Pirates of the Caribbean boats float by as you dine at the Blue Bayou. In Mickey’s Toontown you can enjoy a snack at Clarabelle’s. If you are in the mood for pizza Daisy’s Diner is the place to eat while sitting outdoors in the middle of Toontown City Hall.

You must treat yourself to a delicious cone of ice cream at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor or the Main Street Cone Shop. If you want a juicy hot dog, you need to visit Pluto’s Dog House in Toontown or grab a juicy burger at Tomorrowland Terrace or a pineapple treat at the Tiki Juice Bar, There are many more places to eat while enjoying Disneyland Park, something that will satisfy even the most finicky eater in your family. Shopping Don’t forget to purchase those memorable items to take home with you. Visit the Emporium before leaving the park. You also need to check out the Disney Gallery for the art and collectibles or you can visit the Downtown Disney District for more extensive shopping and entertainment. Disneyland is a place for the young, old and in between. There is food, shopping and entertainment for all ages. .

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