Wow, I kind of saw it coming but decided to go anyway. I wish I hadn't.
I got off of work and went home and decide to wait a bit for Friday traffic to clear out before heading off to Disneyland. I ended up getting to Harbor Blvd around 7:30pm. Harbor was backed up a little bit (to about Chapman or so) and it took a good 15 - 20 min to make it into the Toy Story lot, only to be told that the lot was full and I'd have to go to the parking structure instead. I tried to follow the CM's directions for getting out of the lot but I got a little lost and actually ended up finding a parking space so I just went ahead and parked.
Getting into Disneyland wasn't too bad, but the villain party right at the train station created quite a mess for people trying to enter the park. After I made it past that, I headed over to New Orleans Square. It was probably 8:30pm or so by now and Fantasmic was getting ready to start. I managed to make my way past the French Market to head to the Haunted Mansion. They had the area by the train station roped off for another villain dance party that was going to start later on, and the line for Mansion was backed up all around the fountain and even around the popcorn wagon. I tried to find the end of the line but I kept getting blocked off by the ropes that they had set up for the dance party. Fantasmic started, so I thought maybe I'd get something to eat at the French Market and wait for Fantasmic and the fireworks to end and see if the crowds lightened up enough to find the back of the line for Mansion. It took about half an hour to get some food, but there were no available tables at all. I even walked over to the Café Orleans (which was closed now) and asked if I could sit over there since there were no tables at the French Market but they said no. I ended up sitting on the floor on the stage at the French Market to eat.
After the fireworks, I tried again to find the back of the line for Mansion, but now the villains dance party was starting and it was getting more crowded in New Orleans Square, so at that point I gave up and decide just to go home. I started heading through Adventureland but there were still a lot of the Fantasmic crowds trying to make their way out of the park, and I thought that the busses might be super crowded, so I hopped on Jungle Cruise and hoped that maybe I'd be able to let some of the crowds clear out while I was on the ride.
I did make it out of the park about 10:00PM or so. The lines to get into the park were super long and stretched well back into the esplanade. I made it over to the busses, and the line for the busses was the longest I've ever seen. I didn't time how long it took to get on a bus, but I'd guess somewhere between 30 - 45 minutes. I finally made it home around 11:30PM, and I only live 10 miles away.
Overall it was awful. I feel really bad for anyone who was visiting from out-of-town who was there yesterday and that was their one day at the park while they are out here. According to MouseWait, the wait for Space Mountain was 100 minutes when I got there and the wait for Haunted Mansion was 130. I really should have just turned around and gone home when they told me that the Toy Story lot was full.