I finally got to go back to Disneyland after many years of being away and a few of those years going to WDW for a change (My dad prefers it), and it felt so good!! 3 days seemed like just the right amount of time - yes, it was spring break so everyday it got more and more crowded, but hey, blue skies and sunshine all 3 days and I couldn't have asked for anything else!
After leaving Ohio on the 17th where it was 15 degrees that morning, we hit the friendly skies! First stop was Vegas for a few days, as it would be our home base in-between day trips on that vacation.
After a 4am leave time from my brother's place in Vegas, we hit the road, only stopping for the necessary Starbucks at the crack of dawn and then later on part of Route 66 for breakfast. The forecasted weather? 80 degrees. Pure Heaven.
We checked in at the Candy Cane Inn, which we loved. Nice, short walk to the front, optional free shuttle, it was great. Then, it was time to hit the parks!
Our first order of business was to hit up the newly re-opened Thunder Mountain Railroad!!! My brother's GF had never been on it, as the past 2 times they have gone, it's been closed.
I loved it! It was smoother than ever, all effects that I was aware of were working, only 25 minute wait (though the line made it seem like much longer), it was just great!!!
After that, we decided to hit up Splash, as it was getting warm and we needed a good cool-off.
After just about an hour (thanks to the many school groups who got in line) and hearing that due to circumstances, our wait may be longer than what was posted, we got on. And my poor brother got soaked and wasn't happy.
After some walking around in the warm California Sun to dry off, we decided to hit up Space Mountain. It is so much better here than at MK, it was dark - so dark I couldn't see my hand in front of me, which makes it all the more thrilling for me.
But, my dad ended up so bored with it that he fell asleep.
We then quickly park-hopped over to DCA, which has changed quite a bit since I had last seen it, but I loved the make-over.
We headed over to Cars Land to take some pictures to send to my 5 year old, Cars-loving nephew.
We would really travel and explore some of the real Route 66 later in the trip
I like how Lightning "Talked" and made other noises, the kids in line were in awe.
RSR had a good 120 minute wait and we knew ahead of time that fastpasses had sold out early that morning and we didn't want to wait, so we all 3 did the single rider line, knowing that we would have to wait for one another at the end, but for 30 minute wait, we were ok with that. I gotta admit, it was a cute, fun ride! I really enjoyed it. Is it worth 120 minutes? Heck no!
I literally felt like I stepped into the movie. All the details, etc just blew me away.
I loved the little details like these, even my dad was impressed, they were so adorable!!
My dad learned something valuable on this trip. Do NOT argue Disney with me because you will not win. It had to do with these cones and their real Route 66 counterpart. He insisted later in the trip that these were tee-pees and that they were white, just like the real ones. I brought up numerous images on my camera and on the internet to prove him wrong all the while he still argued (for over 30 minutes, I might add) that he was right because that is what he remembered.
Buena Vista Street was beautiful!!! I really like the Red Car Trolley.
After heading out of Route 66, we headed toward a ride that was a favorite of all of ours, one in which I have a love/hate relationship with. I love the thrill of the ride and the random drop sequence and the theming. I hate the way my legs turn to jelly as we stand and wait to board and how my insides churn and I feel my stomach drop as I fasten my seatbelt and they close the doors.
More to come...