Fantasmic Is Why I Love Disneyland

I went to Disneyland yesterday and had a really different, yet fulfilling trip.

I only go to Disneyland once or twice a year and so every time I make a huge hour by hour schedule that my family and I must follow.

It’s pretty crazy.

This time I wanted to do something different and have it more relaxed.

I did have a short list of things that I wanted to do, but a majority of it was trying new things.

My list consisted of: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones, Hyperspace Mountain, Splash Mountain. Eating a Matterhorn macaroon and cheesy bread.

Did I get to everything on my list? No.

Was my trip still fulfilling? Yes.

We just went with the flow and saw what happened.

Our day ended up looking like:

  • Getting my birthday pin
  • Buying my pink sequin Minnie ears
  • Indiana Jones fast pass
  • Haunted Mansion 5 minute wait and seeing it non-holiday edition for the first time in forever
  • Pirates of the Caribbean twice with both 5 minute waits, being front row the first time
  • Jolly Holliday lunch- turkey sandwich, vegetable salad, and Matterhorn macaroon
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Visiting my future proposal spot, turning the corner, and spotting my favorite Disney princess
  • Meeting Aurora
  • Discovering Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and watching the little girls princess dreams come true
  • Buying my stuffed BB8
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Star Tours- hour wait
  • Space Mountain fast pass- discovering it isn’t Hyperspace Mountain and leaving
  • Watching ‘Return of the Jedi’
  • Churro- outside Star Tours
  • Rancho Del Zocalo dinner- tostada chicken salad
  • Jolly Holiday dessert- hot chocolate, Mickey face cookie, chocolate croissant
  • 6 strawberry macaroons at Jolly Holiday a random girl gave me because it was my birthday
  • Riding Autopia with my mom in the passenger seat
  • Toontown
  • Riding Roger Rabbit
  • Touring Minnie’s house
  • Touring Mickey’s house
  • Watching fantastic VIP
  • Seeing the fireworks from New Orleans Square
  • Tiki Room
  • Dole Whip
  • Riding the carousel at night
  • Riding Casey Junior at night as our last ride
  • Popcorn right before we leave the park

This is one of the best trips I’ve had at Disneyland because I relaxed. We took our time and I got to really look around and take everything in. I got to soak up all the magic and beauty. I had the chance to do new things on this trip and I hope future trips are like this one.

Lastly, I wanted to address Fantasmic in this blog post.

I had no idea what it was until back in 2016 on my two day sweet 16 Disney experience, my family and I were walking past New Orleans square right as it started. My dad decided to stop and watch so he put me on his shoulders and I got to experience the unexpected magic.

That moment changed my life.

I made a point on this trip to see Fantasmic again because I’m turning 18 in a month and haven’t seen it since that first time on my 16th birthday.

My mom and I happened to get lucky and got VIP seating. Once it started, I started bawling my eyes out because I had missed this show so much. This show is why I love Disney so much.

This is why I will spend as much money as Disney wants for admission. This show makes me feel like a kid again. It makes me feel that little kid feeling on Christmas morning. That feeling you got on your first visit to the park as a little kid. The feeling that you’re a little kid and anything is possible. Everything is just so magical and beautiful and you are protected and shouldn’t be worried about anything at all.

That is how I feel when I watch Fantastic, and I never want that to die.


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