Ok, so I lied. I actually have been to Disneyland once before with my high school music department, but I spent my entire day there performing. So this was (pretty much) my first time to Disneyland. On with the report!
The Flight (skip this part if you don't want to hear me gripe about Delta airlines)
We left Logan Airport in Boston at 6am (Eastern time), arriving in LA around 11am (Pacific time). The flight itself was fairly terrible. The stewardesses were impolite and the plane was dirty and in disrepair. Booking the flight was also a hassle as Delta changed our flight from a direct flight to a connecting flight in Utah. This wasn't a huge problem except for the fact that we only decided to fly with Delta because they offered a direct flight. They also changed our seats twice, so that my family was forced to sit apart. When we called customer service, the worker decided that she should hang up the phone on us because she couldn't do anything about it. After all, she told us that a computer "reconfigured the seating and computers don't think, you know."
Honestly, the flight home was great. I had a direct flight from LAX to Boston and the flight crew was fine. I will never fly with Delta again, though.
Los Angeles International Airport (the first palm tree I've seen in a year)
After a terrifying ride from LAX using the Supershuttle service (you Southern California drivers are crazy), we arrived at the Disneyland Hotel. I don't have much to say about this hotel that hasn't been said before. It's expensive and doesn't stand up to Disney's standard of luxury and excellence. The rooms were nice but old. The proximity to the parks was my biggest disappointment. There is no adequate transportation and the hotel is actually quite a walk from the parks. Overall our stay there was pleasant and the service was as good (if not better) as I expect from Disney.
Disneyland Hotel Entrance (from Downtown Disney)
Because I've been to WDW so many times, I was expecting this park to be very small. The only area that seemed considerably smaller in the park was Main Street. I grew up with the Florida park, so I'm biased, but I really did miss WDW's Magic Kingdom. I think the overall feel of the Florida park is better, but the individual rides in Disneyland are much better and more updated (with the exception of Splash Mountain).
Seeing Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time...
And it's dented?
Looks like a kamikaze bird struck or a rocket flew off of Astro Orbitor...
Snow White's Wishing Well
I got this same greeting from my Supershuttle driver earlier that morning...
And now, the amazing, the stupendous, the incredible, the undescribable
BACKSIDE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY CASTLE!
Or front side, if that's what you prefer to think
About to ride Dumbo for the first time
An elephant's eye view of Fantasyland:
Bathrroms near Village Haus at night
The new doors on Casey Jr. look great. They were still running one train with the old cloth doors, which look terrible in comparison.
Peter Pan (I'm undecided as to whether I like this version better than the version in WDW. I like the Neverland scenes better, but I think I like the London scene better in WDW.
Flowers in Fantasyland:
Does anyone know the name of these flowers. They were in the gradens outside of Peter Pan's Flight.
We sat and watched the parade from where this picture was taken. We got the Urula float parade stop
Sleeping Beauty Castle behind some beautiful blooming trees.
This photo was taken from around the same area
Another photo taken while waiting for the parade
Don't know if this was intentional, but it came out kind of pretty
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
The bubble machine was going crazy
Minnie blew me a kiss. Me and the mouse have a little somethin'
This was actually taken on Alice in Wonderland. We just happened to get on at the right time.
The new monorail is beautiful, but it was extremely loud.
Inside the monorail at night. See those purple lights near the top of the picture. Those are invisible and could only be seen through my camera. Anyone have any idea what they are for?
A snail at Tomorrowland terrace in the early morning
Astro Orbitor at night (my camera takes terrible night shots, sorry)
Quick toontown pic:
and onto the other side of the park!
New Orleans Square during the day
And at night
BTMRR (I love this)
Again, sorry for the grainy shot.
Too bad the fort is closed, but overall, I feel like Dead Man's Grotto is a fantastic addition to the island. The rest of the pirate makeover wasn't bad either.
Captain Jack sparrow
More of the island. Fantasmic was amazing here. I think I may have sat near Kritter actually. We went to the 10:30 show, getting a seat immediately after the other show ended. I believe it was Thursday ( not sure) but Remember...Dreams Come True was cancelled due to high winds. We got a dead center seat for Fantasmic, though, and I loved it.
The Mark Twain
The Mark Twain skipper
This CM was terribly rude. When I didn't think he could be any worse, he pulled out his cell phone and began texting...
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies are great! I sat near the front and the lead singer commented on my Hollister shirt a few times, saying how Hollister was a great college and such. They were a riot and great to listen to.
The Mile High Chocolate Cake was amazing.
speaking of food:
Has anyone else ever done this? I didn't even notice I had bitten the wax paper until I looked down for another bite and had already swallowed it.
More flowers on Main Street
The Main street Train Station at night
I was fortunate enough to be there the day that the new Art of Disney stamps were issued. I didn't watch the presentation but got a set of signed first day of issue stamped envelopes.
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