So every single time I go on a trip I go with the intention of taking tons of "documenting" type photos for a great trip report... and yet another trip has gone and passed and I still didn't take enough of these photos so here we go at an attempt!
My girlfriend and I had both recently upgraded our camera equipment, I went with a mirrorless Sony NEX 5R and she got a Nikon D7000 so we were both excited to get in the parks and try them out!
Our day started nice and early at 4:00am when we left the north bay to make our 7:00am flight out of Oakland for Orange County! We arrived at an airport parking lot at 5:30 and then took a shuttle to the airport getting in line for security at 5:45. The airport was very busy for so early with so many families heading off for spring break trips!
Flight was uneventful and we landed in OC around 8:00am. We hopped on a super shuttle to our hotel the Best Western Meridian Inn which is located across the street from the Outlets at Orange. The hotel was very comfortable and had a nice breakfast included but I would not recommend staying here for a Disney trip unless you plan on parking at the parks. The ART does service this hotel but only comes once per hour which makes it very hard because if you miss the shuttle you have a long wait until the next one comes which is exactly what happened to us when we didn't have any cash to buy an ART pass and our hotel only took cash. So finally after an hour of waiting we were on the ART at 10:30 headed for DISNEYLAND!
Once we arrived I noticed just how much this new photographing guests with multi day tickets policy was affecting line times to get in the parks! Disney needs to rethink how they implement this new strategy because it is not working.
After we got in we decided to checkout the new princess fantasy faire! We took the horseless carriage down main street and walked into the new area. Overall it looks great and really fits in with the castle but I have to agree that the Royal Theater is WAY to bright and cheap looking!
The meet and greet looked liked it was just opening for the day so we hopped in line and waited about 10 mins. We aren't big on waiting for these kinds of things but my GF loves the princesses and I wanted to check out the new royal hall
We liked the experience and the kids that were there really seemed to feel the magic of the experience!
After we checked out the Fantasy Faire we were super hungry, with it being around noon and having been up since 4:00am without anything substantial to eat, so we made our way to the Hungry Bear! Now we have been so many times over the last couple of years but still had not tried the Hungry Bear after its refurb and new menu. Sadly I forgot to take pictures of the meal but I had the fried green tomato sandwich and an apple cranberry mini pie, while my girlfriend got the chicken sandwich and the lemon cupcake. The FGT sandwich was super good and very substantial for a veggie only option. It was a very unique and interesting option! My GFs chicken sandwich was just okay and both of the desserts could have been better, but the lemon cupcake was huge! After lunch we headed over DCA for a while! We walked into paradise pier and finnaly took out our new cameras for some shooting! Here are some of the shots I took on the Golden Zephyr!
Now here is where I have huge break in taking any pictures and so I don't really have anything to remind me what we did the rest of the afternoon lol. But eventually we made our way back to Disneyland and ended up having dinner at the Carnation Cafe. We grabbed a seat outside just as Sound Sational was starting so we had a great view of the parade from our table. For dinner I got the special for the night which was an Alfredo penne with mushrooms and shrimp and it was really good! The GF got the meatloaf which was also good but we both agreed the pasta was better. Too bad I forgot to take pictures again lol. After dinner night began to fall and my GF wanted to head to King Arthur's Carousel to test out her new fish eye lens. While waiting for her to get her shots I played around with the carousel as well and here is what I got.
After taking some night shots around the carousel we headed to Tomorrowland to do something we both had never done...the Astro Orbitor. This ride generally has a really long wait for what it is so we have never had the desire to do it, but again we tried it out for the sake of taking some night photos!
After finishing up on the Astro Orbitor it was around 8:15 and becuase we had gotten such an early start that day we were both exhausted and decided to make the trek back towards the front so we could catch the 9:00pm bus back to our hotel. On the way out we were both craving a sweet treat so we decided to stop in at the Gibson Girl. We spilt the chocolate chip cookie sundae and it was HUGE and delicious and the perfect way to end the first night of our trip And I actually remembered to take a pic!
So after eating our ice cream we made it just in time to catch the ART back to our hotel and turned in after a long but great day! Coming soon is day two of our trip