We got to see a lot of the street shows, enjoy Mickey themed treats, and explore the ultra new Radiator Springs in Disney's California Adventures. I must say that was my favorite photo-op spot in the whole park because it looked exactly like you were dropped into the town int he movies!
We even got to see The Little Mermaid ride (aka Ariel's Undersea Adventure). When I was at Disneyland 2 years ago on 4th of July, the waters were (quote) "too rough [that day] so Ariel can't come out to play." Haha.
We finished day one of our 3-day disneyland experience, with some rides and then dinner in the Disneyland park. Also, with it being 4th of July, we enjoyed the Disney themed fireworks while sharing a Mickey Apple Pie flavored caramel apple. JN