In a previous post I asked for the fans of this site to lend a hand with planning a one day incidental trip I was making to the Disney Resort. Folks came through great and gave everything from tips and pointers to a workable speed schedule. Using a combination of suggestions and my own knowledge from past trips I had a fantastic time. The day was well spent and I thoroughly enjoyed my first "solo" trip to the parks.
My morning started at Main Street Station to try and get a ride on the Lillybelle. I was told that reservations would be taken in 30 minutes so I proceeded to Star Tours to kill the time I had. The line was short and the ride fantastic. I returned in time to make my reservation and with my first ride done headed across the esplanade to see Carsland.
The Cathay Circle area was amazing, they did a great job of recreating Main Street in a Los Angeles way I thought. from there it was over to Carsland . I was completely blown away by the detail attention and the overall beauty of the area. I got in the single rider line and got on fairly quick. The ride was fantastic and I had fun exploring
From Carsland it was over to Paradise Pier. I caught a single rider run on California Screaming and Goofy's Flight School. From there I went to see the Little Mermaid ride and took a break behind Grizzly Rapids.
It was nearing close to my appointment for the Lillybelle and I went back to Main Street.I had some time to spare so used it riding Buzz Lightyear's ride I didn't do too shaby and ranked in at level 3. It was now time for my Lilly Belle ride. It was fantastic. I met some nice people, learned some facts from our personal conductor, and got to princess wave as we left the stations. Aftr we finished our lap I didn't want to go but there was so much more to still do.
Here is one of a very few shots I have of me in my "Noble Pose" aboard the train (note the loud shirt, maybe you saw me on Friday somewhere in the park
After the trip was over I headed for adventureland and New Orleans square to ride Indy, Pirates, the haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain.
By the time I finished up with Indy it was time to use my only fastpass of the day at Star Tours, between the crowds and timing things didn't fall well for me if was to maintain a good pace without crossing the park. My ride was completely different from the first time except for the Bobba Fett scene so I got to experience many new scenes. After that it was onto the Subs and the Matterhorn which both worked in nice for the wait. Single rider made the Matterhorn a very short wait
It was now dark outside so I went back to Carsland to see it at night as well as the rest of California Adventure lit up. I was amazed at how the park transformed at night
I returned to Disneyland after dinner to watch "Dreams can come true" I found a good spot near Small World where there were not many people and managed to dodge congested areas again. The show was fantastic and although I know the fireworks look great at the castle vantage I like the projections better on Small World. I also like the that I was not going to have to fight the crowds on Main Street. Afterwards I rode small world and most of the Fantasy land rides until close to midnight. I had saved Space Mountain as my last ride and when I finished it was just after 12.
I stepped off space Mountain just after 12 and got in a little pin shopping from friends. At 12:30 I left the parks for the day and had a security guard take my picture with the iconic entrance I asked him to include the clock in the photo so I could timestamp the end of my wondrous day. Thanks for all that helped me make a plan and a big hello to anybody I may have met. In 40some years of going to Disneyland this was definitely one of my favorites ever.