Day Trip From San Diego to Disneyland Resort’s New Cars Land is a Breeze

San Diego has often been called an ideal family vacation spot, because of its great weather, over 70 miles of beaches and all the wonderful attractions and museums in the city. Another bonus? Disneyland Resort, at just 100 miles away, is the perfect destination for a day trip from San Diego.

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

Enjoying Disneyland for the day!

My two kids got the excitement of a lifetime when they were surprised one morning and told we were going to Disneyland for the day. We hopped in the car and a little over an hour later, we arrived at the happiest place on Earth! Even though they have been lucky enough to go before, their excitement is always through the roof since Disneyland and California Adventure always have something new. With our Park-Hopper tickets in hand, we made our way to California Adventure for our first stop, the new Cars Land!

Cars Land at Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure

Cars Land - Disneyland Resort's California Adventure

Step back in time for a walk though Radiator Springs.

Cars Land genuinely feels like you are transported to Radiator Springs. There is Flo’s V8 Cafe serving Route 66-inspired comfort food, Luigi’s Tire Shop, where in the back of his shop riders hover on air by floating on “flying” tires, and the most popular attraction; Radiator Springs Racers. This ride will take you on a high-speed race through Ornament Valley, inspired by the first Cars film. Radiator Springs Racers offers a fast pass and I suggest getting one as soon as you enter the park. They were sold out by 11:00 a.m. on the day we were there.

Cars Land Radiator Springs Racers

Take a race around Radiator Springs

Our favorite ride outside of Cars Land is definitely Soarin’ over California. If you didn’t love California before this ride, you will after. I have to go on this ride every time and get excited when we soar over San Diego!

Save On Your Southern California Vacation in San Diego

Pick up a Southern California CityPASS from one of the San Diego Visitors Centers or online and save up to 32% on admission to SeaWorld San Diego, Disneyland and Universal Studios (another easy day trip from San Diego). Add on CityPASS admission to the world-famous San Diego Zoo and save even more!

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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