Earlier this month, a group of our friends joined us in Disneyland. We’d found out at a party that one of the guys hadn’t been in 20-some years, and his wife hadn’t been in 15 or so. Well, we couldn’t have that! Time for a trip!
The group consisted of mostly Passholders, and those who weren’t Passholders hadn’t been to the resort in a decade or more. It was very strange for me, being a part of a group with such extremes -- especially since I ended up the designated leader. (I was told that they were going to follow me around like eager ducklings. They didn’t disappoint.)
Some of my eager ducklings...
The group went down in batches, since some of us were able to get more time off than the rest. We headed first to our rooms at the HoJo, and then to the ticket booths. Our first day (Friday, July 12), we headed first to DCA. First stop: Muppetvision 3-D!
The extended-visit part of the group waiting for Muppetvision.
I’d found out on the drive down that one of our members was a huge Muppet fan, so we had to make sure to watch the show.
Next up was the Little Mermaid, and then over to Soarin’ to use the fastpasses I’d grabbed as soon as we got through the gates. (The rest of the party had wanted to go hat shopping before we did too much, since it was a sunny day. This was a REALLY good idea.)
The next big stop was Cars Land. We wanted to catch the neon lighting, and we’d decided to have dinner at Flo’s that night. First we rode both Mater’s and Luigi’s, then we got dinner and settled down to eat and wait for dusk.
Took time out to pose for a Photo Pass Picture before dinner!
Just before the neon lighting, I sent out all the Cars Land newbies to stand in the middle of Route 66 while I (and a couple others) guarded the food. It’s a good thing we did -- before the rest of our group had been gone for half a minute, a Cast Member was there trying to take their plates away! They’re quick on the clean-up in the Disneyland Resort!
The neon lighting was a hit, and when our party was reunited and done dining, it was time to hit up Radiator Springs Racers. (By the way, if you haven’t eaten at Flo’s V8 Cafe, you should. The food was very good, basic American fare. Diner food, but the best kind. We also had the seasonal blueberry pie, and it was AMAZING.)
We’d been given some Disney magic by a fellow guest: enough RSR fastpasses for those in our group who hadn’t ridden it before to go on it! They weren’t going to be able to use the fastpasses before they expired, so they were nice enough to pass them along.
Storytellers has become a traditional picture spot for me, even though it’s only been there a year.
After Racers, we headed over to the lagoon for World of Color. None of the non-Passholders had seen it, so we wanted to make sure they had the chance. I also wanted to show them one of the nighttime shows per night on Friday and Saturday so they would have the option to re-watch one if they wanted. (They appreciated the choice, but opted for more rides instead.)
I’ve seen it many times, but still love WoC.
Once World of Color was over, DCA had closed down for the night. Disneyland was still open, however, and since my entire party was made up of nerds (myself included), the unanimous decision for what to do in Disneyland was Star Tours.
That ride was fun as always, and the standby line was actually short. (Not just reasonable, but short.) I think that this was the group favorite for this trip: every time there was a question about what ride to go on next, SOMEONE would bring up Star Tours. I think the group hit up this ride a minimum of once a day for four days.
There was still a little time in Disneyland’s operating day when Star Tours was over, but we were exhausted. Time to head back to the HoJo and bed!