After a long night, we woke up to a gloomy day. Unfortunately, we just happened to be in LA for this rare occasion since it only rains a few times every year. We lounged around our Airbnb and watched Cutthroat Kitchen until noon, hoping that it would stop raining but it didn’t. We weren’t going to waste a day so we drove out to Anaheim, praying that it would stop raining when we get to Disney.
We made a pit stop at Downey to eat lunch at Porto’s Bakery – basically a Cuban version of Panera Bread.
Lining up to order.
The only picture of what I ordered. Pulled pork sandwich with fried plantains. I also got the spicy cheese and peppers potato ball.
I wish they had a Porto’s in NY – everything was so goooooood. It’s pretty cheap for the portions you get too.
From Downey to Disneyland it took only 20 minutes and we got lucky because the rain finally stopped!
We made it to Disney!
It was around 2pm and we definitely didn’t have time to explore the whole park. We did get to go on most of the rides we wanted to, so overall it was a successful day.
The rides we went on (in order):
- The Haunted Mansion
- Indiana Jones Adventure
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Star Tours
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters x2
- Rocket Jets
- Matterhorn Bobsleds
This was in the Adventure land section I believe. Right next to the Pirates ride.
King Arthur Carrousel
Oh, we also did a lot of pin trading and looking around stores to find rare ones.
After the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, it started pouring again. It sucked but it cleared out the line for the famous Dole soft serve.
Bad picture of the Dole soft serve.
We got lucky with timing twice. The first time was an indoor Tiki Magic Show that was about to start right after we got our pineapple soft serve. We got to enjoy our soft serve dry and listened to fake birds and plants sing.
The second time was getting early dinner at the Golden Horseshoe. We couldn’t get dinner elsewhere since all the good spots needed a reservation a day in advance.. so we had to eat at a fast food styled restaurant. After we got out food, there was a performance on stage!
We were really hoping to catch the Disney Fireworks but they weren’t doing it because of renovations on Main Street. HUGE disappointment, since that is the ideal way to end a day in Disney. Probably the first time I been to Disney without actually seeing it. Instead, we watched the Fantasmic water show, which was better than nothing.
There were fireworks after the show but it wasn’t as good.
Another pic of the fireworks.
We went on two more rides after and since a couple of us were exhausted, we decided to head home. I wish we went earlier or stayed a bit later since there were so much more to explore. Overall, I didn’t get the same feeling of the magical experience I would get in Disney World. Maybe because of the rain and the fact that there were no fireworks. Probably because it was a short day and usually I would spend at least 3 days in Disney (a day for each park).
Thank the lord, that the drive back to La Brea was smooth because I was exhausted and it was a struggle to keep my eyes open. We stopped by Leo’s Taco Truck for their famous Al Pastor Tacos and it was no doubt the best tacos I ever had. Their chorizo taco was no match for Guisados though.
Al Pastor taco
After our first order, we decided to get 10 more cause it was that good.
Once we got back to the Airbnb, everyone passed out from exhaustion. I literally passed out the moment my head hit the pillow. It was a productive day despite the rain.