I've been meaning to make this post for a while, but it was going to be somewhat long so I've delayed it for a while, but it's ready to go now.
Contrary to many, I strongly enjoy visiting Disneyland during the peak season, why? Because to me it makes me feel like the park is this huge party and I'm one of the guests invited to enjoy this magic with all these other people, it feels like the right place to be.
This Thread is designed to examine the "daily life" of a Disneyland peak season day. The one I fondly have experienced since 2001 when DCA opened its gates, still my most favorite park to be at during dusk, though I'm afraid the recent refurbs may soon change much of that.
6:30-7:00AM-Early Magic Morning Entry
Whenever I get to go to magic morning's it gives the most wonderful opportunity to enjoy an uncluttered view of the park and the entry plaza, sometimes even a Jamba Juice while walking through Downtown Disney. It feels so fresh and beautiful, especially looking across and seeing the beautiful colors in the sky above the park.
8:00AM-10:00AM Disneyland's Morning Magic
Just as fresh, but with more life. Walking down Main Street you encounter the Disneyland Band and Disney characters everywhere, the music plays, and the scents fill the air. The lines are short and the first stops are Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, with an emphasis on Space Mountain, Buzz, Matterhorn, and It's a Small World.
10:00AM-12:00PM Slowly coming to boil
Guests continue to arrive and the park begins to fill up as DCA opens and daytime shows around the park begin to start performances.
12:00PM-4:00PM Afternoon: The most boring part of the day
for me, continuous feeling of a bustling community.
4:00PM-7:00PM The Late Afternoon Hours
This is when I go to DCA, watch PPP and hop on Tower of Terror multiple times along with GRR and grab a smoothie from Schmoozies and explore Disney Animation. The last of the daytime shows pump out their last audiences and the lights slowly come on.
7:00PM-8:30PM Dusk Magic
As the California sunset unfolds in the sky, I decide to ride California Screamin multiple times along with Maliboomer and Midway Mania, but especially Screamin. The beautiful blue lighting of the coaster matched by flying alongside the palm trees in the beautiful California Sunset is my favorite part of the day. I wish I could be there for every sunset.
8:30PM-10:00PM A Nighttime Party
We reenter Disneyland, lit with lights, in this last 1/2 hour before fireworks, it seems like everyone is doing something, people are dancing in Tomorrowland, waiting for fireworks, eating ice cream at the Gibson Girl, and waiting in line for Matterhorn. The 1/2 hour after the fireworks contains the same feeling as well.
10:00PM-11:00PM The 2nd Morning
It's like morning all over again. Moderate crowds still party on Main Street as characters come out to play once again and people dash for new destinations. People are eating in Plaza Inn and viewing the 2nd Fantasmic
11:00PM-12:00PM Midnight Hour
The park starts to shut down after the 2nd Fantasmic as everything slowly closes. It is magical to be one of the last few people exploring the park after closing hours.