This was the very first time I had ever planned for a trip to Disneyland. It was to help me with a feel of independence, although I got help from my dad. I booked my own hotel room and bought my own ticket (Dad bought his own).
We went down on June 27 and stayed at a Super 8 just steps from the park. I booked through AAA, which gave me a discount on parking. At the motel, I paid for the room. After settling in, I bought pizza for us.
The next morning, it was off to Disneyland! We drove over to the parking structure, where we placed our parking pass on the dashboard. We then went ALL THE WAY up to the very top of the structure! The escalator down is VERY tall!
After making it there by way of tram, Dad and I then got our tickets (like I said, we provided printed papers from AAA). I knew from the start that Big Thunder, one of my most favorite Disneyland rides ever, was going to be shut down, which was disappointing, but at least I knew. I also knew that it would reopen soon enough.
Anyway, we then went into the park and decided to get Fastpasses for Space Mountain. These passes, however, explained to be at the ride within the time slot or the passes expire. After getting them, we then quickly got in line for Star Tours 2 and did that. It was fun. I like the idea of them doing a different ride with different sections mixed and matched each time. We got the pod racer and then the underwater part. We then went off to Fantasyland and did, in that order, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Snow White.
As the Fastpass time for Space Mountain opened, we were able to get new passes, so we got them for the Indiana Jones ride. We then went back to Tomorrowland and did Space Mountain. We then puttered around in the Star Trader. But on the way, I stopped into the Starcade so I could see that real-live Fix It Felix game made to promote the release of "Wreck-It Ralph". We then looked around at some things we needed to buy for people who lived at home. My sister wanted a T-shirt with Darth Vader riding Dumbo or, failing that, some other shirt (but I forgot what it was). They did not have that shirt. Another thing we were to buy was a bendable Mickey toy for a cousin of mine's new baby.
So anyway, we then left to do another ride. As our return time for Indiana Jones was drawing near, we decided to do that. After that, we then went and did Splash Mountain. But first, we got some clear plastic bags from the nearby Pooh shop to keep our items protected from any stray splash. On the ride, I noticed some figures not working, but I decided to let it go at that, hoping that it would be taken care of sometime soon. Since it was right there, we then did the Haunted Mansion. We then went hopped on the Disneyland Railroad train and headed to Mickey's Toontown, where we did the Roger Rabbit ride. After that, we looked inside the Gag Factory store for some of the items we needed to buy. Then Dad needed to make some phone calls or something, so I went over to Mickey's House to kill time. I was wondering if I would be able to meet with the "talking" Mickey that I heard about in the videos some time ago. No luck.
We then reconvened near the gas station in Toontown sitting on some tables under some umbrellas. By now, it was starting to get toward 12PM and we were hungry. But I did not want to go to Redd Rocket's for pizza, since I had had some already in the hotel, nor was I fond of Mexican food, so I didn't want to do the Rancho del Zocalo either. We decided maybe to go to New Orleans Square for some clam chowder bowls. But on the way over there, we stopped and did the teacups and then the Carrousel, and then we passed by the Village Haus restaurant. I had not eaten there in a long time, and we decided to do that, provided I could find something there that was not a burger or pizza (I was trying to lose some weight). After looking over the menu, I finally got a sausage in a pretzel roll. It's really good. I gave Dad the sauerkraut that it topped. He got a huge apple-cheddar salad and added my sauerkraut to it. Instead of fries, I got a fruit cup. And I had water to drink. That was pretty much all I drank the whole trip, was water.
Here's where I'll stop. I'll pick up later. What do you think?