So long for now California Adventure! We will see you again (really) soon! For now, it’s on to Disneyland!
Can I just say how much I love that it’s super easy to park hop at Disneyland? You don’t have to consult bus schedules or travel time – you literally walk across the courtyard and you are there. It’s really similar to Disneyland Paris. Or I should say, Disneyland Paris is really similar to Disneyland 😊
Check out this train station!
This is it!
After breezing through the turnstiles I had to have a mini photo shoot with this iconic building. I may have been more excited to see the train station than the castle. I don’t even know… I was just in Disneland bliss!
It ended up being Astro Blasters with Buzz Lightyear! Kind of a strange choice, but it was better than my choice for first attraction at Disneyland Paris (Backlot Tour?!?). But it was one made of opportunity since we were there and the line was short!
Everyone said how much better this one was when compared to the Magic Kingdom’s, and I have to agree! I love that you can pick up the blasters and move them around. I have to say my score was nothing to be proud of, but I sure had fun! I also like that you can email your ride photo to yourself free of charge after you get off the ride. It’s not the best quality photo but still the free souvenir is appreciated!
After fighting Emperor Zurg we went over to the Finding Nemo subs. The line was posted as a twenty minute wait so we decided to jump in line as I’d heard the line can get pretty long.
Once we exited the subs we were hit with a wall of people. Something I noticed about Disneyland in general was how congested the walkways could feel, especially in the Tomorrowland area. I think because Disneyland was built during a quainter time it’s almost like the park doesn’t know where to put all of its guests. But the funny thing is that I never waited for any attraction longer than half an hour on a Sunday, the week after Easter. At Disney World you can wait much longer than that during peak times. I’m not sure if this is a side effect of Disneyland being a locals park? Its visitors are probably not strictly there for the attraction count, whereas at Disney World its guests may need to be constantly hitting attractions to feel like they are spending their time and money wisely.
Next we crossed over the hub and stumbled upon Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and the Partners statue!
Now I know there’s a constant running debate about Cinderella’s Castle vs. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle but honestly I can’t even compare them. They were both built in different times with different ideals and goals in mind. I love how Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is so pretty and pink and iconic! And now it’s so sparkly getting ready for its 60th! That’s the drawbridge that Walt walked across guys!
So we moved along from the pretty hub and castle and ventured into Adventureland! Time to go visit Dr. Jones!
We got up to the line and there is a sign saying to ask the Cast Member about single rider, so we did that and she handed us some cards and then pointed us to the stand by line. Wrong. Apparently when you do single rider you get in the Fast Pass line, or so it was explained to us by another Cast Member. So I’m not sure if the first CM was new, but lesson learned for next time. So we didn’t save any time here but that’s ok, because I had fun checking out the queue anyways.
This was a really fun ride as well. I knew going onto this attraction that the track and ride system were the same as Dinosaur in Animal Kingdom, just this one was themed to Indiana Jones. I loved the Indy theme and the story line but I have to admit I missed the Dino at the end! It kind of makes it seem like something is missing without a Carnatorous roaring in your face! Although I admit that would be more than a little out of place here… But I loved going across the bridge and the boulder coming down towards you at the end! I was hoping to make it back on this one again before leaving but for now we had other places to be! Like Bengal Barbecue!
We were doing pretty well so far and thought that since we were over on this side of the park we should go see what the line for Haunted Mansion looked like. This was one of the attractions I was most looking forward to since it’s a Disney classic. I think the half hour wait was maybe the longest line we waited in.
I loved the loading area for this one, but I wasn’t a big fan of the dump from the stretching room to the load area. It was such a mess of people and everyone was shoving and pushing one member of their party up so that they could trail along behind them. It just was so frustrating. I think because at World the line is much more narrow when you leave the stretching room it almost forces people to get into a line earlier on. I don’t know – I’m not a theme park designer – just something I noticed. But the load area was themed so well and we had some fun Cast Members here too!
After Mansion it was time to head back to Tomorrowland to use those Space Mountain Fast Passes!
Again, I loved the music on this ride and I was so excited when I found that it was on the official Disneyland album. The music definitely adds another element to the attraction, but I can’t say it is better than Magic Kingdom’s. Maybe it’s the nostalgia talking, but MK’s Space Mountain was where I first learned as a kid that I LOVED roller coasters. Hey, I never said I was unbiased…
Time to cross the park again for some more paper fast passes!
Mmmmm! So refreshing and delicious! There was also a fantastic jazz band playing here which added to the whole theme and atmosphere. I love the amount of live entertainment you can find throughout the park. The talent you can encounter between Disneyland and California Adventure really is impressive.
But for now it was time for a break consisting of Mint Juleps, beignets, and jazz music in the shade. We still had a full afternoon and night of more Disney fun!!