First of all, I had the date above wrong. We were present on Saturday, July 8th, not the 9th, which was a Sunday (and a beautiful day also - even if a little hot).
On that day, we entered Disneyland early, and saw Goofy at the Toontown opening. He tried to kidnap my kid, I think.
Then we went on the teacup ride, although I think the little one thought this was supposed to be a swimming pool... where's the water?
Then over to DCA. It was past 10am (opening time for DCA) on this Saturday, in July, but... where are the crowds?
That's okay, Monster's Inc. is a walk-on! Here are some of the details from the queue:
And, as previously reported, there was a change in the towels on this attraction, which no longer have the "Hollywood Hotel" towels up...
Then back to Disneyland for the Indiana Jones ride...
And then it's on the Columbia, where we saw the Rivers of America....
And still saw a line for Pirates. A lot of people hadn't seen the new changes yet, so this remained a popular ride.
And then the boat got hijacked by a pirate! With makeup on! And a microphone! And a fake Jamaican accent!
(Maybe it wasn't fake... he could have been the brother to Miss Cleo, I suppose). He led the boat in "interactive entertainment", and was pretty good at what he did. We sung, we answered his questions, we did everything pirates do on a ship (except for the rum and the swords).
And then it's lunch time! I was lucky enough to host a large group of fellow MiceChatters at one of the nicest places to eat in the park... I'll give you three clues -- it's exclusive, it was built by Walt Disney, and has the numbers 3 and 3 in it...?
Here's the elevator/french lift right inside the lobby. I noted that many people wanted to ride with CrazyLegs just to go up in this unique antique elevator...
I'm almost certain there's nothing more disgusting than food with a few bites taken out of it, but here's the salmon, and below it the London Broil (which was quite popular):
Here is the PixieChick table...
Here is the Disneyphile table:
Here's the table I was at the head of... there's CrazyLegs and Captain Phoebus at the end, and Cuzco-topia on the right, all having a great time:
Our server, who had been there since 1972, told us the history of the room we were in, the Trophy Room, and outlined some of the more interesting aspects of the room, including the animatronic California Condor, the pictures on the wall, and the furniture, the remodels done to the room, and the interesting chandeliers above each table--
The chandeliers each have, in the middle, a microphone, which led to the rumor that Walt would eavesdrop on guests in this room. In reality, it was there so that the staff could pick up on wishes of the guests, and allow the Condor to interact with the guests, but it was never put into operational practice, unfortunately. However, the microphones remain... look closer...
All in all, a great time - even the tadpole had a good time, and was vocal about it too!