This is what I'm doing for my wife for our 2nd anniversary.
We're staying a night in New Mexico, then driving to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, staying for three nights at the Lodge on the North Rim. Then we drive to Anaheim, and our first night, we're going to see Sting performing at the Hollywood Bowl with the Royal Philharmonic. The next day, we have a Magic Morning early entry into Disneyland, and we'll be at the parks for three days. We have three more days to drive home, so we may go the Getty Museum, or the Santa Monica pier, or (if possible) the Magic Castle or Griffith Park. Or we may take few days driving home, stopping at off the beaten path sites in Arizona or New Mexico or Texas.
My wife has never been to Disneyland, so this is going to be a very special trip. I figure the first thing we do is go to City Hall on Main Street and get her a "First Time" pin, and a "Anniversary" pin, and head straight for Nemo. After Nemo, we'll ride the Matterhorn and then get a FastPass for Peter Pan and spend time in Fantasyland. Then we'll just see where the day takes us and we'll take our time exploring the rest of the day. I have the Preferred Seating for Fantasmic (pricey, I know, but I'm sparing no expense to make this trip memorable for her). I haven't decided on the Blue Bayou or Cafe Orleans for dinner.
Anyway, if you guys have any "inside baseball" on little known secrets or tips to make this visit as special as possible, I'd appreciate it. Is it true that you can ask to ride in the engine car for the Disneyland Railroad? Same thing with the Mark Twain wheelhouse? Does anyone know if there will be Preferred Seating for World of Color? If so, does anyone know how to get it? I assume we'll have to eat at one of the restaurants at California Adventure, but if anyone has any other info, please let me know. Do they still hand out Death Certificates at the Haunted Mansion? Is the BBQ dinner at Big Thunder Ranch worth the time? How is Cafe Orleans, anyway? (never been there)
As you can tell, I have 1000 questions, so if anybody here wants to make suggestions or has knowledge to share, by all means, please do so. I want to do everything I can to make the three days as special as possible for my wife, so I appreciate any advice you have to share.