Over the last two years, I’ve concentrated on crossing off some bucket list items. We saw the sunset over Santorini, I saw the Kings of Leon in concert and recently, P and I decided that an adult Disneyland trip was needed. Disneyland without the kids is such a different experience than what we are used to. P was skeptical at first, he figured that we would miss the kids (we did) and it would be awkward with no kids (it wasn’t.) We snuck away to celebrate P’s birthday by going to a UFC event in Los Angeles so we tacked on an additional day in Anaheim. We make it a priority to have regular date nights and time away from the kids, it’s the best!
After we arrived, I knew I wanted to do all thing things that we don’t normally do when we take the kids. Coffee in hand, we slowly strolled the park collecting fast passes and riding the rides our children wouldn’t be interested in. I think the MOST significant difference was the lack of the frenzied pace we usually have. There wasn’t a toddler to chase after, for example, we stood in line for 45 minutes for Space Mountain just chatting and the time went by pretty quickly.
Here are some tips for an Adult Only Trip to Disneyland/California Adventure!
- Arrive at least an hour early to get parked and to get through the security line. Start at Disneyland in the morning and then hit California Adventure in the afternoon.
- Grab coffee at the Starbucks on either Main Street in both parks. Or if you are feeling adventurous, try the Jolly Holiday Bakery for an egg croissant sandwich and hot coffee.
- The upscale restaurants like Blue Bayou or the Napa Rose are so very well worth a nice meal. Try to get reservations before. We had a lovely meal at the Napa Rose while watching the fun Toy Story parade, so try to time it right!
- If you can’t land a reservation at Carthay Circle restaurant, the lounge is perfect for drinks and dinner. You can order meals and drinks. The staff was amazing and checked in on us several times when the power went out for a few minutes!
- Get Peter Pan’s Flight over and done with in the morning. In the afternoon the lines are insane.
- California Adventure offers several places to get alcoholic drinks. I highly recommend the mojitos and agave margaritas at the Cove Bar. We thought the sliders were way better than the Lobster Nachos but both are worth trying once. The Cones across from Flo’s restaurant sell alcoholic limeade.
- Take advantage of the 1 hour after closing shopping at the shops on Main Street. Then head over to Tiki Sam’s bar for live music and strong drinks!