Family Day in Disneyland

The third Monday in February in the Province of Ontario is “Family Day”, a fairly new holiday that allows a much needed long weekend in the middle of the long, cold winters of Canada.  This year, my husband and I were travelling on his business trip in California and were able amidst the business to spend our “Family Day” vacation in the original “Happiest Place on Earth” ~ Disneyland in Anaheim, CA.

Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse
in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park California
Because we were in the area for business we stayed off property but there are many “good neighbour”  hotels in the Anaheim area  close to Disneyland.   Some hotel rooms actually overlook Disney, such as north-facing rooms in the Hilton Anaheim, where you can watch fireworks from your room balcony…
Disneyland Park Fireworks from hotel balcony
or from Embassy Suites Anaheim South, where you can enjoy an expansive view of both Disney parks and the surrounding California mountains…
Space Mountain and The Matterhorn in Disneyland Park
The blue tube of California Screamin’ Roller Coaster
 in California Adventure Park
One of the newest attractions in Disney’s California Adventure Park is Cars Land where kids of all ages can visit Radiator Springs and their favourite characters from Disney’s “Cars” movie.
New “Cars Land” in Disney’s California Adventure Park

Be sure to grab a FastPass for the highlight of Cars Land, Radiator Springs Racers.  We waited in line for 2 hours without a FastPass.

Radiator Springs Racers

From our ride on Radiator Springs Racers
Although the wait was long the ride was wonderful and we didn’t regret the long wait.

Kids can enjoy other rides like Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree or Luigi’s Flying Tires, as well as get their pictures taken with characters from the movie Cars while visiting Radiator Springs.

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree Entrance

Meet “Red” live
Hungry while visiting Radiator Springs?  Be sure to visit Flo’s V8 Cafe for a meal or Fillmore’s Taste In for a quick snack.
Flo’s V8 Cafe 
The remainder of our day we enjoyed the benefits of our One Day Park Hopper pass and made our way over to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon parade ~ Mickey’s Soundsational Parade

Afternoon performance of
Mickey’s Soundsational Parade
and stayed until after dark in order to catch the Fireworks and the Mickey’s Soundsational Parade again all decked out with lights

Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at Night
We finished off our one day visit with a few last minute rides over at Paradise Pier before heading back to our hotel.  Tired and delighted after another wonderful visit to the Magical Land of Disney!
Paradise Pier in Disney’s California Adventure

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