Hi everyone. This is my first trip report on Micechat, so cut me some slack if I'm no good. I first posted this article in the "Fun" section by mistake, so I've changed the category to "Trip Report" and taken down my old one. Hopefully there'll be no more technical hitches like that in the future. I'm still grappling with my computer's picture conversion system (don't ask) so this one is going to have to be text-only, I'm afraid. So, here we go:
DAY ONE: 27/7/2012
We were staying in the Hotel Menage, Anaheim, which, conveniently, was only about a 5-minute drive from Disneyland, and, even better, the Menage ran a shuttle service, the ART, free of charge. Lucky us. So, we had our breakfast in the hotel restaraunt (best food ever, seriously, try staying here the next time you visit DL) and then hopped on the bus and made our way to Disneyland Park. We'd decided beforehand that we'd devote 2 days to Disneyland and just the one for DCA. We lined up at the gate, got out or snazzy pre-bought-online tickets, and were in the park by 8:04, just 4 minutes after opening. It felt amazing.
As soon as we got in, we were tackled by a Cast Member who was conducting a few interviews for first time park visitors, and wasted three precious minutes of our day answering pointless questions. It was, to say the least, a little bit irritating. After we managed to shake her off, however, we tore through Main Street and made a beeline for Tomorrowland and headed straight to the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, having heard of the awful wait times it gets. And (this is going to sound like a miracle) there was NO LINE at all, we simply walked right on. I was thrilled. The ride wasn't bad, but for my sister, who is a huge fan of the film, the effects were simply mind-blowing. My favourite part would have to be the anglerfish - it's really well done! After exiting our sub, we made a mad dash to Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, where, also, there was no queue. The ride was, as always, excellent - I beat Pete by about 400 points, which for some reason seemed to aggravate him a bit....
Having bought an autograph book from Buzz's gift shop ($7) we headed to the Astro Orbitor, where, again, there was no line. I don't know if we got lucky, or what, but all I knew is that we were making excellent time! I had a rocket to myself, as did everyone else - I don't know what Disney is thinking saying that you can fit two to a rocket - sure, maybe if you're about a millimetre thick or something, but, if you fall into the category that 99.9999% of the world's population does (ie: not 1mm thick) then no dice. Since no-one else was wanting to ride, the Cast Member was kind enough to loop the ride twice for us without having to queue up again - score! After our flight, much to our dismay, both Star Tours and Space Mountain were shut (what is this blasphemy?!) and so we bit the bullet and went for a drive on Autopia. No wait. We got the little red card that the Cast Members use to gauge wait times. I suck at driving the cars. End of story.
After this, I refused point-blank to buy a "Driver's License" and so we headed to Tomorrowland Terrace for a drink. $15 for a regular Coke each. Not bad. Star Tours and SM were still down for the count, so we - dare I say it, *gulp* - went into Innoventions. *Thousands of MiceChatters simultaneously draw their guns on me* OK, OK, it was an accident! *Guns are withdrawn* ...phew. So we arrived there too early to see the Asimo robot show, so we had a go on that ice hockey thingamajig and found a retro video game based on Song of the South to play on in the House of the Future bedroom. We sent a photo of ourselves to our email address on that monitor device at the end of the building. It never arrived. I think that sums up Innoventions quite nicely.
So we somehow managed to make it out of Innoventions alive, and decided, begrudgingly, to give up on our flight to Hoth (or *shudder* Naboo) and made our way out of Tomorrowland and past a huge crowd that had gathered in front of the Castle to see Mickey do a little show of sorts. We thought that this would work to our advantage, but no such luck - after entering Fantasyland, making a detour to take a spin on the King Arthur Carrousel, and meeting with Peter Pan (no, not that one that everyone is always on about whose name escapes me, a different one) our first port of call, Peter Pan's Flight, was already a 55 minute wait. I knew our winning streak wouldn't last forever....
Well, that's all I've got time for now, but I'll be updating soon, never fear (hopefully with pictures...)!