For another US summer trip me and my colleagues decided to spend a day at Disneyland and California Adventure Theme park in Anaheim, California. Before moving to Los Angeles I knew that it’s one of the must-see places and I definitely have to visit it ( especially after living in Paris before and never visiting the one there ).

Most of the people would probably recommend Universal Studios instead because of its uniqueness but I’m glad that I went to Disneyland first. I have never been to any big amusement park before so didn’t know what to expect. To be honest I was also a little bit afraid because most of my childhood memories from small town fairs/carnivals are about kids feeling sick on the roller coasters ( me included ). That’s why I’ve been avoiding them for a long time but I guess it gets better with age  because I didn’t have any stomach problems this time.

Since I have never been to a theme park it was pretty shocking for me to see how long the lines for each ride were. I can’t even imagine what it would be like not having a Fast pass and waiting in the line for hours. There was so many people everywhere that sometimes it was a little bit overwhelming.

The moment I will probably never forget was my first roller coaster ride in Disneyland. Since I was a little bit distracted in the beginning by all those people, I wasn’t paying attention on where we were going and was just following my colleagues. They mentioned that we’re going to try one of the best roller coasters and I was ok with it but didn’t really know what to expect. If I knew before what is the ride going to be like I would probably never agree with going on it. I call it a “near death experience” and I was shaking after the ride.

Luckily there was so many other amazing rides and roller coasters that I quickly forgot about this experience and had a lot of fun for the rest of the day. One of the best ones was definitely the water splash ride. Even though I was completely wet afterwards it felt really good and refreshing on such a hot day.

It wouldn’t be a full experience in Disneyland without tasting some good American food such as for example a famous Corn dog. I was really excited about it since I’ve only seen it in the movies before. It was delicious of course and I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting California or the United States. I also have to mention other delicious treats typical for theme parks in America such as caramel covered apples or frozen pineapple.

It was a wonderful day and I’m pretty sure that I’m one step closer to overcome my fear of roller coasters now.

Matej Strbka

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