Hello friends, and others:
I let my pass lapse yesterday. I've had a pass for a good long while, starting with a southern california pass and as my purchasing power increased, a deluxe and premium pass. I'd say that my choice was primarily based on price, but there are several other factors involved including how hard it's been for me to actually enjoy Disneyland.
I made my last trip on Sunday and I had a lovely time so I thought I might share it with you. If only the park was like that more often I might have changed my mind but I have a feeling that the rain helped keep some people away. As I age I have come to the conclusion that I'm not great with crowds. I could try to suggest that there are too many passholders or some thing about overcrowding but I don't think it's right for me to fault other people for coming to the parks to try and enjoy themselves.
I was a little disappointed when I didn't win the candlelight processional to see Dick Van Dyke. I bet he was one of the most popular speakers. And I was surprised at how easy it was for me to find some unobstructed standing room for a performance. Patricia Heaton was the narrator, and she seemed to have a little more solemness in her voice than I have experienced watching her on The Middle. That was nice.
Even in the cold and wet there was a line for the Dole Pineapple Whip but I enjoyed that. A while ago it seemed I would have a hit or miss experience with Dole Whip where the consistency wouldn't be quite right but that was years ago and either I've had good fortune or they found a better way of preparing that delightful dessert. This was followed by a fairly well attended performance of the Tiki Room which continues to be as entertaining as ever. The humor and songs I feel are classics.
I went on Thunder Mountain before the refurbishment. I got placed towards the front and I always have to wonder if I'm going to have to duck down because the engine is going to derail. I probably should not have read the incident report because now my mind just gets preoccupied. Which is sad, because Thunder was my favorite ride. (Before the tragic accident in 2003 that caused the death of a guest)
I wasn't brave enough to go on Splash! I salute you crazy people who do in the wet rainy winter.
Had to go on Indy. I think they did a very good job on the refurbishment. I went through the Observatory of the Future. It's so nice to see everything working*. Indiana Jones has my favorite line queue of any ride in any park. Granted I haven't experienced any of Florida's new interactive queues but it's the theming that I feel really helps to take your mind off just how long you have to walk before you actually get to the ride.
I wanted so badly to see the parade but it had been canceled due to the weather.
I spent some time in DCA...such lovely decorations for Christmas. I didn't know they had a Santa in the department store. How more appropriately themed can you get? I'm a little old to sit on Santa's lap so I abstained. I was eager to see the Prep and Landing presentation but then realized I had seen it before. I like the concept of showing 3-D movies in that theatre. I remember being very impressed with the Tron Legacy sneak peek.
I feel Monsters Inc gets neglected even though there are lots of people right in front of it so I boarded a taxi through monstropolis and got stuck in Harryhausen's. We were evacuated and even though I know better than to take pictures I did. I didn't have to wait too long for the cast member to arrive.
I visited Tower of Terror. I remember the first time I went on I was terrified. I have a fear of heights of course so that is an appropriate reaction. Sometimes I let friends drag me on it because it's a wonderfully themed ride and what's the point of living if you never face your fears? Don't think I'll try petting a tiger or wrestling an alligator but after doing a lot of research online I'm fairly confident in the safety of Tower of Terror. I had to go through a similar process for looping coasters. Bit of a coward as a child. I'm fine with that.
And then fingers crossed I went through Bugs Land to Cars Land. I went to the single rider on Radiator Springs Racers. I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to ride it because of the weather. But the ride was running and I had a new set of tires and we won the race. Hot snot!
Over at Ghiradelli's they sampled the peppermint bark which was nice.
And I went over to Little Mermaid when World of Color started and the cast member said I could stand anywhere...so even though I didn't have a reservation or any intention of seeing it I stayed for the whole thing and it was lovely. No half globes...I'm fine with that. I would think that some of the fire effects are excessive to the point where I can't look at them. Ah well.
And the Little Mermaid! It pains me how easy it is to get on that ride. So charming. It may not be the best ride and I have issues with the narrative but I'm ok with that. I'm ok with a lot. Maybe the only thing that really annoyed me was the ice cream hair. And since then...
Last ride of the evening was the monorail. Took it to Downtown Disney and then went home.
I apologize that this ended up being rambling. So ... try to enjoy yourselves at the park, don't be afraid of a little rain, and be nice to others. Also: try not to obstruct the walkways so other people can't get by.