It truly is captivating and convincing.
On our second day we ventured into Disneyland's second theme park (check out day one's adventures at Disneyland here). Something I was pretty eager to inspect, considering I was fairly oblivious as to what expect; despite the name of the park itself giving it away. How did I miss that? And while the day sadly began on another sour note (thank you erroneous navigation system), the moment my feet crossed the threshold there was an unspoken silent promise of only good things to come. In fact just as we entered Buena Vista Street we were immediately greeted by a resident police guard. A moment I accidentally captured on film (watch his delightful self here on my travel video).
This actually was my main highlight at Disneyland. There was just something about his jovial spirit that was undeniably infectious. Something which is evident in my photograph. I guess after such a frustrating morning and in being greeted in such a way it really made quite the impression. And I completely recognise that staff working here must be perpetually animated, but it just goes to show the power of a humble smile because you never know what someone is going through so remember to always be kind.
Of course Paradise Pier was equally as exceptional with its boardwalk and impressive line up of attractions, like the Golden Zephyr (very Instagramable) and Mickey's Fun Wheel. Both rank fairly tame in the adrenaline sectors but Mickey's wheel also has swinging carriages available, if remaining stagnant and admiring the view isn't your thing. There's such a buzz in this area. It's teeming with effervescence and liveliness with random performers passing through and a myriad of activity to keep you engaged. California Screamin' is a must in my opinion. A mammoth rollercoaster spanning along the boardwalk. This ride was a lot of fun and definitely gets your heart pumping, there's also a rather nice view from the top, if you manage to focus enough that is.
While the rollercoaster was a firm favourite of ours it didn't compare to the thrill that was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. I can't tell you how many times we returned to this ride. At times there was an insurmountable crowd of people waiting to get in and other times it was as deathly quiet as the residents of the hotel. Truly, this ride is just everything. From the seriously covetable facade and cobweb ridden interiors to the sheer titillation of the ride itself.
If it weren't actually faux, I'd completely take up residence here.
It was also on our second day that Mother Nature treated us to one of the most spectacular sunsets witnessed during our time abroad. It was truly breathtaking, a sky flushed with fiery oranges and fairy floss pinks while complimented by the flashing lights of the attractions on the ground below. While this splay of perfection was seemingly enchanting, in terms of shock value it didn't quite compare to the dusk we stepped out into after dining at Peggy Sue's Diner on our way to Las Vegas.
And on the topic of food, can I just say (and this may be controversial for some) the Mexican food available at Disneyland is beyond delectable. Granted there isn't an enormous variety to select from and from my images it probably doesn't look the most appealing, but for us two Aussie's it was the best Mexican food we had consumed this entire trip.
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