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Posted on May 8, 2013 | 16 comments

Photo Essay: Adults Only at Disneyland

Photo Essay: Adults Only at Disneyland

While down in Los Angeles, we spent a day as adults only at Disneyland. By adults only, we mean it was the first time either of us had been there without being a child ourselves or taking children with us. It made for a whole different Disney experience.

Visiting Disneyland for Free

Now I know that some of you may be wondering why we would go to Disneyland, somewhere that’s pretty expensive, when we are trying to pay off our debt. Well, we didn’t pay anything for our day at Disneyland. We were given one-day park hopper passes for free  and we received free breakfast and $75 in Disney bucks from our timeshare. We didn’t pay a single penny for our day at Disneyland and California Adventure.

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Drew enjoying the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

Be at the Gates when Disneyland Opens

We got to Disneyland right when it opened heading straight to Fantasyland. One of our first rides of the day was the Mad Tea Party. This is one of the rides, I can never miss when we go to Disneyland.

Enchanted Tiki Room

Disney’s Famous Enchanted Tiki Room


Next we headed to Adventureland; our favorite area in the park with the Enchanted Tiki Room and Jungle Cruise. While outside the Enchanted Tiki Room, enjoying Dole Whip Floats, the Disney Blog was doing a video for the blog and asked us to be a part of it. Of course, we said yes! Look for us in the next month or so on the Disney Blog.

Dole Whip Float

Dole Whip Floats

Pele- Goddess of Fire

Pele- Goddess of Fire

Filming for the Disney Blog

Filming for the Disney Blog. Watch for us in June 2013!

Magical Chorus of Singing Birds

In the Tiki Tiki Tiki Room

During the Jungle Cruise

After the Tiki Room, we headed to Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

On the Jungle Cruise

Drew enjoying the Jungle Cruise. We can’t wait until we get to go on a real one!

Trader Sam

Do you know Trader Sam? If not, you will get to know him better in our next post.

New Orleans Square

Once our adventure in Adventureland had come to an end and the temperature for the day reached 99 degrees, we decided a little break was in order. We walked over to New Orleans Square to refresh ourselves at the Mint Julep Bar with Mickey-shaped Beignets and of course, mint juleps. Once rested, we hit a few more of our favorite rides; Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Disney Mint Julep

The only place you can get alcohol inside Disneyland is Club 33, so these Mint Juleps were of the virgin variety.

California Adventure

When we’d had our fill at Disneyland, we went across the way for our very first time to California Adventure. We know, it’s crazy that we had never been there before. We just never wanted to spend the extra money to go. Since our free tickets were park hoppers it finally gave us the opportunity to go.

Now we’d both heard a lot of negative comments about California Adventure which we just didn’t get. We both enjoyed the park and everything there was to do there.  Our favorite area was the newly remodeled Cars Land. Which also held our favorite ride for this park; Radiator Springs.

Flo's V8 Cafe

In downtown Cars Land.

Oil Bottle Wall

While in line for Radiator Springs, we passed through a little shack with the walls made with vintage glass oil bottles throughout them.

Radiator Springs

While on the ride, Radiator Springs. It was a fast one!

Another area of California Adventure that we really liked was built to look like It’s a Bugs Life. Sure, it was more geared towards small children, but it was neat to be feel like we were under larger than life plants.

It's a Bug's Life

Under the clover leaf.

Lighted Cocoon at California Adventure

Loved these light cocoons.

We started at Disneyland when it opened and left when California Adventure closed. We may have been extremely tired and in need of a good meal, however we didn’t stop there. As we headed out of the parks, we made our way through Downtown Disney and straight to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Room. But, that is a post for another day.

Stay tuned as we bring you our visit to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Room!

Have you ever been to Disneyland and/or California Adventure? What’s your favorite thing to do there?

All photography by Kimmy Hayes © 2013.

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About Kimmy Hayes

Kimmy Hayes is the founder and editor-in-chief of AfterGlobe; a site on becoming debt free and traveling the world as a married couple. In 2012, she planned and coordinated her own do-it-yourself destination wedding on the beautiful island of Maui while serving as a moderator for the on-line community, The Knot. She is passionate about traveling to experience new cultures, snorkeling the waters of the world and reading with her toes in the sand.


  1. Great post, Kimmy! I love the photos fro the Enchanted Tiki Room, I want a whip float right now. I’ve only been to Disneyland in Paris, not anywhere in the States. One day!

    • Thanks, Emma! The Enchanted Tiki Room is one of my favorite attractions at Disneyland. You have to go to the one in California. It’s the original and so much history!

  2. First, awesome pictures! You definitely captured the magic of Disney that appeals to all ages. I am very impressed with the free day of Disney, too! Good job on that! Disney is just awesome, no matter your age. My husband and I went twice before we had kids and loved it just as much then.

    • Thank you, Jessica! I’m really trying to improve the photography skills to be able to take awesome photos while we travel. I appreciate the positive feedback on the ones I took at Disneyland.

    • Thanks, Nicole. We sure did!

  3. Kimmy! Love the pictures, Disney is my happy place no matter how old I get. And, I can’t even express how excited (and a bit jealous) I am that you were interviewed for the Disney Blog! Epic!

    • Thank you, Kathleen. The Disney Blog was a complete fluke. We just happened to be in the right place, at the right time, look the part. I hope you will get a chance to go there, soon.
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    • Hi, Karisa. Welcome to AfterGlobe. I agree; those Dole Whips ARE heaven.

    • Thank you! Welcome to AfterGlobe, 2 Digital Nomads. Umm, I can’t believe you missed Disney, either.

  4. WHAT! There’s a place to get alcohol in Disney Land!!!! And here we were tearing out our hair surrounded by hyperactive kids with only cream soda to sip on. Bejesus.

    • Ha! Well, technically, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is outside Disneyland at the Disneyland resort. The only place to get alcohol inside the actual park is at Club 33.


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