After a terrible journey to California which saw us have to change airports for departure and get delayed – by 3am on Thursday 26th June, we had made it to LAX. After about four hours sleep (due to the time difference and jet lag) we got up and headed to Universal Studios. Home of Despicable Me and Thing 1 and 2, the park is made up of different areas dedicated to their best films. With a simpsons Kwik Mart and Super Silly Fun Land, this place was amazing! After having our photograph taken on the red carpet, and watching Marilyn Monroe perform, we headed towards the Studio Tour.
Taking you into filming of some of their best shows and films, we were taken to the Lake from Jews, as well as to the Bates Motel (very freaky)
One of my favourite areas was going down Wisteria Lane (Desperate Housewives) and I did call mum excitedly to tell her so – although it was 11:30pm her time!
I was also taken to WhoVille (The Grinch) as well as a Crash Scene used in War of the Worlds
After this, we decided to head over to Minion Mayhem and try out some of the rides.
Our 3D glasses were used to turn us into Minions and we also took on the Mummy Ride as well as Tranformers. It was an awesome day which didn’t end there. Albert’s sister took us to a fancy bar in Downtown LA, with a swimming pool and comfy chairs!
Many famous faces have stayed in this hotel, including President Obama and Audrey Hepburn!
However my favourite day of the trip, and quite possibly of my year came next: Disneyland Hollywood – The Happiest Place on Earth!
After putting on the suncream and attaching our ears: We were ready for one of the greatest days ever! And one of the longest! We headed into the park at 9am and didn’t leave till 1am! I was asleep in the car on the way home! As you can see Disneyland is Huge!! There are so many kingdoms which makes it very hard to a) get lost and b) get stuck in one area for a long time! Our first stop was Tomorrowland which saw the likes of Star Wars and Toy Story – once again Albert beat me on a shooting game. I also got the chance to drive – Albert described it as his life flashing before his eyes! I also got to meet Thor in Marvel 3D which was amazing! And yes I do know he wasn’t real Dad!
Our next stop was to Frontier Land to the Mark Twain boat which was nice and then onto Fantasy Land – home of the Princesses! I met Jasmine, Aurora and Mulan who were so true to character it was crazy! Prince Jasmine proclaimed that my ride from England must have been a “very long carpet ride”. I also met Flynn and Rapunzel standing outside!
Our next stop was It’s a Small World, which after many years of listening to the song in the car, I am still able to recite. We went to Toontown to try and meet Mickey Mouse and his friends, although the only person I did get to meet was Mickey after touring his house! I also went up Chip and Dale’s tree house – but this was alone as Albert said there were too many stairs!
It was getting later in the evening, so we headed down to Main Street to watch the Parade, which happens every couple of hours in the park. Featuring Mary Poppins through to Tiana from Princess and the Frog, lots of characters are involved! And the music changes with each float that comes through! We went to meet some of Albert’s friends in Downtown Disney at the Rainforest Cafe (such a cool place) and then headed back into the Park for the Fireworks.
This may have been the best fireworks show I have ever seen, particularly as the background was the Disney Castle.
It also included appearances from Tinkerbell and Dumbo flying in the sky. I was in awe!
We got to see another performance straight after the fireworks right by the water, which was a version of Fantasia with a fight between Mickey Mouse and the villains of Disney like Cruella and Ursula! Mickey saves the day though don’t worry! We finished off our rides with Pirates of the Caribbean which was my favourite ride of the day, and also Indiana Jones which was cool! It was an exhausting day but myself (Minnie Mouse) and Albert (R2D2) survived!
Disneyland is the greatest place on Earth!