I visited the parks yesterday with a few family members, and I wanted to share some thoughts and observations. I only went on a handful of rides, unfortunately. It was really crowded yesterday.
I LOVE the new effects in Indy and Haunted Mansion Holiday. Indy as a whole was great and I've always loved Haunted Mansion Holiday. That gingerbread house sure is huge and the smell... WOW. YUMMY.
Pirates is great, as usual, though the queue could use a serious paint job. I've noticed chipped paint in other areas and queues of the park as well (especially Toontown). These problems need to be fixed.
Pinocchio's Daring Journey is still one of my favorite dark rides... But man, it needs updating. I'm hoping the rumors in regards to the dark rides receiving love for the 60th are true. Toad, Pinocchio and Alice need them the most.
Went on Soarin' Over California. The last time I went on this ride, there were a few black spots on the film and a couple of little strings. When I went on yesterday, I was really happy to see not one spot, string or any other distraction on the film. It was spotless, and the smells seemed stronger. This made me very happy. Still don't like the Planes reference in the intro videos, but I'll get over that.
I was able to witness Remember... Dreams Come True again last night. It's still the greatest firework show to ever appear in Disneyland, although I really miss the Big Thunder section. I could watch that show for the next 50 years.
We decided our last ride would be Matterhorn. Although the ride is still so much fun, and still remains one of my favorites, I'll say it again, I HATE the new sleds. I don't know what they were thinking when those sleds were approved. "Let's decrease the space in both length and width so lots of people will have their knees to their chest and feel uncomfortable." Really? Those who came up with this idea and those who approved it need to be fired.
So after Matterhorn, my sister wanted to get a keychain in Tomorrowland. After that, we decided to take the train from Tomorrowland to Main Street. That plan failed, and with nine minutes left of park time, we said to ourselves, what the heck, let's do Autopia. I must say, it was one of the best times I've had on that attraction. There was pretty much no one on the ride. It was so nice and peaceful. No bumping into each other, and my car drove very nicely. The Monorail passed over us as we drove, and it was great to see Matterhorn looming in the background. It was great and I'll be crushed if Autopia ever makes it to Yesterland's list.
In regards to Market House, I'll just say the charm is gone. It's so big inside! It looked like Magic Kingdom in Florida. It's really unfortunate.
I had a great time yesterday and I'm looking forward to my next visit. Thanks for reading!