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The following article was posted on August 28th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 25 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 25

Disneyland is fun for adults, too!

BY AMY ASMAN


A MAGIC TRIP
For their third wedding anniversary, Managing Editor Amy Asman and her husband traveled to Disneyland.
PHOTO BY AMY ASMAN

Managing Editor Amy Asman, you and your husband are celebrating three years of marriage. Where are you going to go next?

We’re going to Disneyland!

Well, that’s where my beloved husband, Peter, and I went on Saturday, Aug. 24, to commemorate the anniversary of our nuptials.

When I told my dad we planned to spend our anniversary at The Happiest Place On Earth, he said, “Really? Why would you want to go there?”

My answer: “Why not? Disneyland is awesome!”

My dear papa hates crowds, waiting in line, and being overcharged for a soda, so Disneyland is not his idea of fun. Peter and I aren’t fans of those things either, but we tolerate them because we love Disneyland. We were both born in the early ’80s, so we have magical memories of running around Frontierland with tomahawks, high-fiving Disney characters, and gorging ourselves on candy.

Our most recent trip featured those things—sans the tomahawks, alas—and some more refined experiences as well. We don’t have children yet, so we got to spend our money on fancy dinners rather than souvenirs. (Who am I kidding? I bought an R2D2 hat with Mickey Mouse ears on it and wore it proudly.)


GOING BACK SOMEDAY ...
The couple ate delicious food at The Plaza Inn and the Blue Bayou Restaurant.
PHOTO BY AMY ASMAN

Here are some highlights from our trip, along with some tips from two seasoned Disneyland pros:

• Get there early: If you get there right when the park opens at 8 a.m., you’ll get to enjoy two full hours of shorter lines and less crowded streets. Peter and I went on Space Mountain, Star Tours, and Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblast in just 40 minutes time.

• Eat at a restaurant: It might seem counterintuitive, but Disneyland has delicious food. We lunched on fried chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes, and green beans at The Plaza Inn. For dinner, we made reservations at the Blue Bayou Restaurant inside Pirates of the Caribbean. We felt like we escaped to a Southern mansion on the banks of the Louisiana Bayou. I recommend the Cajun-spiced, pan-seared salmon with sweet corn risotto, citrus mousseline, and salsa verde. The mint julep is tasty, too, albeit it’s alcohol-free.


HAPPY PLACE
They met beloved characters, such as Mary Poppins and Burt and went on tons of fun rides.
PHOTO BY AMY ASMAN

• Adult beverages: If you want something other than soda and Slurpees, Downtown Disney serves alcohol. I suggest checking out Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar by the Disneyland Hotel pool. But be forewarned—Trader Sam doesn’t mess around with his liquor.

• Use FastPasses: When the park starts to get really crowded, avoid long lines at the most popular rides by getting FastPasses. Insert your Disneyland ticket into a FastPass station; the FastPass will tell you when to come back to the ride.

• Another warning: If you go on Splash Mountain, don’t sit in the front unless you want to get really wet—like, “I feel like I’m wearing a diaper” wet.

 

Managing Editor Amy Asman loves Disneyland, but doesn’t like wearing a diaper. Contact her at aasman@santamariasun.com.