Winter Weekend Trip to Disneyland

Disneyland. The original park. Where Walt once walked. We all know and understand there is something incredibly special about the Disneyland Resort. Even though Disney World is my favorite, Land holds a special place in my heart that World will never. So, Erica and I started our year off right, with a quick weekend trip to Disneyland!

I am an Annual Passholder and will jump on almost any chance to visit the parks, so when Erica texted me at the end of November to see when my next trip was, we quickly decided to visit at the end of January.

Overall, we got some decent prices on flights and hotel that made it really hard to say no. We found roundtrip flights from SLC to LAX for $148.00 a person. I am a SkyMiles member and love flying Delta, it is my go-to airline. In other trips, we have used Southwest and found really great deals there as well.

Typically we stay off property, I don’t feel inclined to dish out the extra money for a Disney hotel in Disneyland. The benefits just don’t justify the cost in my mind, but perhaps one day I will be able to stay there and experience it! For this trip, we booked our stay through Get Away Today and stayed at Castle Inn and Suites. What's wonderful about this hotel is it's within walking distance to the parks. It is located right across the street from backstage area of Paradise Pier/Cars Land. It took us about 7 minutes to get to security lines in the park from our room. We stayed 3 nights and paid about $400 total. The hotel was clean, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The overall look is “castle style” and a little older, but we were pleased and would stay there again. Our only complaint is they didn’t have conditioner in the room (girl probs).

We flew in Thursday night late, leaving SLC at about 10pm and getting to LAX at 11pm California time. I can’t say I love LAX, I actually really don’t like it at all. But it has cheap flights… so we suffer through it. We collected our bags and made our way to the pickup platform. We use SuperShuttle and are happy with it each time. If you google “supershuttle codes” you can even save a few dollars.

The plan was to do two days at the parks, Friday at Disneyland Park and Saturday at California Adventure. We were expecting lighter crowds since it is off season and were surprised to find pretty large crowds, even the cast members were surprised at the amount of people visiting. Pirates, Indy, and Space all were above an hour+ wait consistently through the day. Luckily, Erica and I had planned on having a very relaxed trip and weren’t too concerned about the long waits.

The weather was a little cooler than we were expecting due to wind chill, opps! But I will say, it was better than Utah’s 10 degree weather. BRRRRRRR! We started our Friday with breakfast at Plaza Inn and had an incredible experience. For more details on food this trip, we will be posting a food breakdown later this week. We spent the day meeting new characters, riding a few rides, and enjoying the entertainment the park has to offer. Some of the best highlights were Erica becoming the Rebel Spy on Star Tours (finally, she is the last of the sisters to have this happen), eating a wonderful dinner at Cafe Orleans, and ending the night with a nostalgic viewing of Main Street Electrical Parade. We may have had to unexpectedly purchase sweatshirts to keep warm, but it was a great first day!


Our second day was spent at DCA, the weather had warmed up a bit more, which was great. The night was still a little chilly, but instead of buying new clothes, we brought extra clothes into the park. (Smart, right?) We had a very relaxed day here as well, trying to experience new things the park had to offer. We explored the Lunar New Year Celebration, ate at the Cove Bar, watched Frozen Live at the Hyperion, and ended with an incredible viewing of World of Color.

It may have been a quick trip, but it was exactly what Erica and I needed this weekend. Between stresses of work, school, and illness, it came at exactly the right time. We flew out Sunday afternoon and landed back in the freezing tundra, for which I was not mentally prepared for.

Luckily I am headed to WDW in about a month and a half, so the sting was a little less as I said goodbye to our beloved Disneyland. Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse into our fun weekend trip, there will be more in depth posts about various experiences. Keep an eye out and read along!

Outfit details: "Daughters of Triton" Tee from Whosits & Whatsits | Gold Sparkle Ears from HK Disneyland (find similar here) | "Small World" Ears from Ear Necessities


As a little girl, I went to Disneyland a few times, but my true love of Disney sparked my freshman year of college. I had the chance to do a quick weekend trip to Disneyland with two friends. During this trip, I fell completely back in love with the entirety of the Walt Disney Company. It was then a few months later, my family ventured to the opposite coast and visited WDW. Here I met a CP, who inspired me to start my own Disney Journey. A few years later, I can’t get enough of Disney (ask anyone who knows me)!

I have been extremely blessed to become a Disneyland AP holder, Walt Disney World AP holder, go on a Disney Cruise, and visit Hong Kong Disneyland. In 2018, I will be visiting Disneyland Paris. I plan on eventually visiting Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.

I love all things Disney food, Disney merch, and Disney entertainment. You can usually find me in the park, drinking a coke and waiting for a show or parade. If you ever see me, be sure to say hello! I love making new Disney Friends.