My Daughters winter break was over, so we were taking her back to school in Long Beach. We were tagging along to check out apartments for the fall, not sure if she wanted to do the dorms again, oh yeah, and Disneyland is 25 minutes away!
We hit Long Beach around 2:30 on Saturday. First time on Jet Blue and flying into Long Beach. Liking Jet Blue, seats are wider, monitors for each seat, on time, smooth flight, only drawback is that there are only two flights a day from Sacramento. Grabbed our luggage and rental car and off to Anaheim we went. Check- in went smooth, stayed at the Anaheim Plaza Inn again. Older place, but clean and relatively close. Might check out a different place next time, beds a bit small and hard. Want to check out the Best Western, but it is always booked early.
We unpacked and made our way to Downtown Disney around 4.
My AP had lapsed so not hitting the parks today, had three-day hoppers and wanted to preserve the Magic Morning, would get an AP after using the MM on Tuesday. We had never checked out Trader Sam’s so we headed for the Disneyland Hotel.
Trader Sam’s is nicely themed, but very cramped inside. We walked around the grounds, place was packed, all pools full. Made our way back to DTD, hitting some shops here and there. My Son and I went to put our names on the list at Ralph Brennan’s for dinner, hour wait at 5. Checked out the Disney Store, my Wife wanted an Olaf plush, but he was nowhere to be found. Looked everywhere the next three days, nada.
When we were getting our table, guess who walked in, the Billy’s! I was talking to Dennis for a bit and he said they had just done a set at Knott’s. Didn’t want to bother them for a photo as they were trying to relax. But I took a hip shot from afar, so not best quality.
Dinner was outstanding, my Daughter had the fried chicken, my Wife had the pot roast, my Son had a bowel of gumbo, and I had the blackened Mahi-Mahi. The gumbo was good, but he preferred the Disneyland version, the rest of us thought our meals were outstanding. Love the live jazz music in the evenings. Sorry, no pics, was too into the food. Do not pass on the chocolate soufflé!
Sunday, Jan 19
My Son and I headed to the parks early, first in line at gate 26 a little before 8.
Runners still coming in, but the majority looked to have already finished. Some cool costumes, awesome effort on all of the runners. We were let in at 8:30 for rope drop, we were leading the charge until someone started running.
I thought for sure the snow would have been off the Castle by now.
Looked like crowd split in half for Tomorrowland and Fantasyland, we headed for Space Mountain. Walked all the way through the queue and on the ride by 9:05. We headed to Star Tours next, about a 10 minute wait in line. We hit the Wookie Planet and Hoth.
People were starting to poor in as we headed off to Adventureland.
We got through the Indy line in about 10 minutes, still my favorite queue. My Son was real bummed that BTMRR was still down, I was too.
We hit Pirates next, about 10 minutes to get on. Loaded boat, we were in front, we got pretty wet.
We skipped over to Haunted Mansion next, also about a 10 minute wait. Crowds coming in now pretty good.
We decided to head over to CA and see what was going on over there.
Carsland was packed so we moved on to the Pier. The anticipation…5-4-3-2-1.
Screamin standby was short, maybe 10 minutes.
We grabbed a FP after our ride. We contemplated getting in the 45 minute line for Toy Story, but decided not to. We are ok missing a ride or two during our visits, 30-40 minutes is about our tolerance wait level.
We putted around the pier for 20 minutes and then used our FP for Screamin.
It was little after noon when we got off, so we headed back to Disneyland for lunch at Café Orleans.
We pulled a FP for ST on a roundabout way to NOS.
We understand that everything needs a fix or a sprucing up, but this was not a pretty site:
A lot of our favorite things were down, we knew it, but were bummed a bit nonetheless. BTMRR was down for our last three visits.
Checked in a little early for our 1:00 reservation, overheard they were not taking walk-ups today. We shared a cup of gumbo, pommes frites and a Monte Cristo. We could not finish the sandwich, so rich. No room for dessert.
We hopped on the Train at NOS, had a slight delay as the train in front of us was having issues.
After about 5 minutes we were on our way. Had similar delays at the rest of the stations, no worries, I love to sit on the train and people watch.
We had been experiencing a warm spell up north, hitting the 50’s in the day, but we were a bit warm today as it probably hit the mid 80’s.
Once off the Train we checked out the Disney Galleria. Love everything in there, two different artists drawing cells.
Headed over to the big board to check wait times, Space was down, doh. Other wait times were not bad at 2:00.
We headed over to IJA and pulled a FP. Took a short breather at Aladdin’s Oasis. Headed over to the Hub next to snap some pics. MS to the Castle was packed.
Got in line for ST, not bad, 20 minutes and we were on. Hoth and Naboo this time. Spent some time in Star Trader, my Son was eying the build a droid area. We would come back for that and other shopping on Tuesday.
We crossed the park, pulled a FP for IJA and headed to the room for a rest around 4.
Made our way back to DL around 5:30. We entered CA and headed towards Radiator Springs Racers. Single rider line was 60 minutes, no thanks. Standby was at 80, ouch.
We made our way over to Ariel and walked right on.
We slowly cruised over to the Sorcerer’s Workshop and spent a good 15-20 minutes poking around. We split a chili dog at Award Wieners and made our way back over to DL.
As we entered, Step in Time was blasting. We actually waited a while to see Saving Mr. Banks, maybe about two weeks ago, so it was still fresh on our minds. I loved everything about the movie, the artistic liberties didn’t bother me a bit. My Son said he started to finally get some of the parade now (we all watched Mary Poppins together right after Christmas). Cool. You can explain things to your kids, through your lens, but when they get it through their eyes, it is a beautiful thing.
Our FP window was closing for IJA, so we headed that way. Really busy now, took about 30 minutes to get on with the FP. Didn’t mind too much, got to see everything in the queue this time around. Standby line was sitting at 70 minutes.
Made our way to HM again, about 25 minutes to get on around 7:30. As we were exiting a couple of young kids came running by and my Son jumped out of the way and twisted his ankle on the landing. He was in pain, our night was over. Back to the room slowly, ice bath needed for his ankle. Other than that, great day.