It's been two years since I went to Disneyland, so I had the opportunity to experience the new attractions last weekend.
Here are my takeaways.
Fantasmic Dessert -- great seating with a great CM (best one I met the entire time I was in the parks)
RSR -- great ride and short line if you go single rider; rode this twice--waited at most 15 minutes
Wine Country Trattoria -- ate here twice; best food I was able to find in the parks--I'd like more food options, though.
Star Tours -- great ride; however, a kid almost projectile vomited on my girlfriend as we got off the ride (his puke just missed her)
Fireworks -- far better show than two years ago
Pirates -- looks great
Indiana Jones -- looks great
More healthy food choices at the vendors, but it's pasta and soup in bread bowls everywhere else.
Disneyland Parade -- better than last time, but they still used that celebration song (remixed).
World of Color -- I get pirates but no Star Wars. What's the deal?
French Market Restaurant -- my girlfriend got food poisoning, and I got an upset stomach. I won't eat here again. Looks like just bad food prep practices. I'm guessing cross contamination.
Red Rockett's Pizza Port -- bad tasting food, but two PROs: it's inside and we got a 20% off discount receipt
Little Mermaid Ride -- beautiful building, but the ride is a let down. I expected this to be at least better than Snow White, and it wasn't.
Carsland -- the theming could have been done a lot better. Besides RSR, there isn't much to do here for adults or teenagers. This area needs at least one more good attraction, and the shops need merchandise that fit the theme. I was very disappointed by Sarge's. And I was afraid to eat at Flo's. It looked like lunch meat with gravy. Can somebody comment on this one? Besides the Trattoria restaurant, I'd like another good food option at DCA.
Smoking Areas in the Parks -- come on guys, move these out of the park; kids go to these parks.
Stuff that Just Went Wrong:
Lilly Bell -- I tried every day to get reservations, and I failed. I need some tips for this one.
Jazz Kitchen -- They didn't have fried green tomatoes for some reason, but the food was good
Swings -- My girlfriend's favorite attraction was supposed to be running, but it was down. And the signage upfront was often wrong.
CMs -- I had a mix of luck with CMs such as a girl in the information booth afraid to use the phone, so her coworker called for her. (Her signage was wrong.) I had a CM that didn't know to tell me to get reservations for the Lilly Bell the first day I showed up. I had a CM that told me that I couldn't sit in open seats at Fantasy Faire after the kid and her mom moved to sit upfront on the carpet.
Tickets -- So my girlfriend forgot her ticket at the hotel. So she went to the ticket booth to see if they could look her up since they took her picture and captured her info. But the systems don't talk. The good news was that she got a complimentary ticket; the bad news is that it took a long time before it was offered. Guys, if you're gonna move us to MyMagic+, maybe have systems that talk.
Food Poisoning -- I'm guessing it was cross contamination at French Market--ruined half a day for my girlfriend. Why is Disneyland so bad with food?
Canoes. I really wanted to ride them, but they weren't running when I went over to them.
Why is it so hard to find hot chocolate? Really, it's cold at night during fireworks. However, we found Mickey Snuggies that were awesome. My girlfriend wondered why the vendors during the fireworks weren't selling the snuggies.
What happened to the Ice Cream shop? It looks so different now.
Photo passes. At WDW, they shove these down your throat. At Disneyland, they're just tough to get. But seeing characters is a lot easier. We had a great experience by Winnie the Pooh.
What's Disney's fascination with soup in bread bowls? I don't remember this two years ago.
Entertainment. It's improved a lot. I just sat down by the bathrooms near the fire station, and within minutes, you have character pictures going on and someone singing either by the fire station or by Lincoln. This aspect of the park has improved a ton.