I've seen some people write up trip reports, and since my girlfriend and I had a busy two days, I figured I'd share our schedule. We tried to be very strategic with our Fastpasses, and we were able to ride lots of rides and see lots of attractions as a result.
We drove from Arizona on Monday the 25th, and got to a friend's house in Anaheim about 8 hours later. A little trip to Downtown Disney was all we had energy for that day. It was an early night, as we knew the next day would be busy.
Tuesday morning, we woke up around 5:30, to be standing in line at the park by 7:30. When the gates opened at 7:50, I was so overwhelmed by everything. If you remember the first time you ever set foot in the park, that's what it was like. Everyone was smiling and very happy... Just beautiful.
Once they let us all the way in at 8, we went straight to Indy and rode it (since we didn't understand everything about Fastpasses yet). Indy actually broke down for about 15 minutes, first thing in the morning. I loved the amount of detail in everything, and began to understand the difference between Disneyland rides and every amusement park's rides. Next, we grabbed fastpasses for Thunder Mountain, and walked on to Haunted Mansion, then Pirates of the Caribbean. Next, it was time for Splash Mountain (the ride I was most looking forward to). After this, we got our first delicious Disney Churro. SO GOOD. We then got on Thunder Mountain. We walked back Splash Mountain to fastpass it, then back to New Orleans Square to ride the train around to Main St. Next, we checked out the Mr Lincoln show. It was a bit over patriotic and silly at times, but it was very well done on the whole.
Then came the first trip to California Adventure! The park was a bit underwhelming at the beginning. I understand they're in pretty major construction right now though. We walked through Bug's Land and took pictures with the various bugs. We got fast passes for Soarin, and hopped on Tower of Terror, as there was only a 15 minute wait. We checked out the Animation Studio. The Toy Story thing that spun around was incredible!
Then it was back to Disney, where we were delighted to find Space Mountain, after being closed for the better part of the morning. We fast passed it, and went to Splash Mountain, then Jungle Cruise. We had some time to kill before it was back to Soarin fast passes could be used, so we went to Astro Blasters. It was cute, and fun like a video game. Then we finally got to Soarin, which I'd heard so much about. It was beautiful! Probably my favorite ride in California Adventure. We went back to Disneyland and got Space Mountain fast passes, then checked out Tarzan's treehouse on our way back to New Orleans Square for clam chowder bread bowls for dinner. We did Pinnochio, which would be fun for kids. And finally, Space Mountain.
SPACE MOUNTAIN WAS SO COOL! SO COOL!!!! You all know that, but I didn't. We stopped by Innoventions, which had some interesting inventions. Next, we did It's a Small World. That ride is dated and could use a touch-up. I enjoyed the classic Disney aspect of it, which I guess is the major appeal. Then, we went to Toontown and checked out Mickey's House. Grabbed some pineapple soft serve on our way out, and decided to double back to watch some of Fantasmic, then the Fireworks. Finally, it was back to California Adventure for the late showing of World of Color. It was a phenomenal show. So beautiful. Lastly, we took advantage of short lines back in Disneyland, and hopped on Pirates and Haunted Mansion one more time.
We skipped Wednesday, and were back at Disneyland at 7:30 am on Thursday. We went straight to Star Tours, got fast passes, and rode Indy. Next up was Splash Mountain, where we walked on. We immediately went to do it again, and were surprised to see the boat filled with exactly the same people as last time! A middle eastern family of 3, they were very excited and funny throughout the ride. After the ride ended, the dad turned around to us and said, "We go for record- Six times!" We swung by Winnie the Pooh and Mr Toad, before getting fast passes for Splash Mountain. We then went to CA Adventure and grabbed fast passes for Soarin and World of Color, and hopped in line for Ariel. We were surprised to only wait 5 minutes, considering how hard Disney is advertising it. Next up was Grizzly. Then back to DL for Star Tours. It was amazing, and definitely worth the hype.
We took a little ride out to Tom Sawyer's Island, then got Thunder Mountain fast passes (the return time was 30 minutes later; the standby wait time was 35 minutes!). So yes, at this point, we had Star Tours, Space Mountain, Soarin over CA, Thunder Mountain, and World of Color Fast Passes!
We went on Space Mountain, then back to CA Adventure, where we got CA Screamin fast passes. Then we did Muppets 3D (a very cute show!), Soarin, Aladdin (the genie stole the show- very funny), and finally Screamin. Then it was back to Disney, we rode that final quarter from Main St to NO Square and hopped on Thunder Mountain. Then came dinner (My girlfriend had a corn dog and I had another bread bowl- this time, broccoli & cheddar). Then back to CA Adventure for Screamin. We had some time to kill before WoC, and didn't want to go back to Disneyland, so we hung out on the pier and rode Silly Symphony Swings and the Golden Zephyr. Then World of Color, Grizzly Rapids (in the freezing cold!).
And back to Disneyland one more time! We went on the funniest jungle cruise! Our tour guide's schtick must have been funny drunk. He was saying things like "What's that silly zebra doing with those lions up there? You silly, silly zebra..." And "I love my life! Love, love love it!" All in a very slurred, sarcastic, dry way. It was very funny. He didn't point out many things and didn't bother to pretend to steer the boat.
It was the final hour and a half now, and we did our three favorite rides from the weekend, Indy, Space, and Splash. We left the park at about 12:15, after a very full day.
Hopefully this was a bit interesting to some people. I know I didn't go into much detail, but it just gives you an idea of how much can be done in one day, without feeling rushed and still being able to enjoy the scenery. It was the perfect first trip to Disneyland.
Attached are pictures of us on Space Mountain (in the back row) and of the Ferris Wheel from the Zephyr.