Victoria and I visited Disneyland yesterday and I've brought back some pictures. It was a perfect Southern California day... sunny and warm. The park wasn't too full, which made lines quite short. Our longest wait was 30 minutes for the Jungle Cruise. 25 minutes for Indy and 10 minutes for POTC. Teacups were practically a walk-on and with FP for Buzz, we rode twice.
The day started with a visit to the 50 Years of Memories exhibit. This is well worth seeing! The concept art, memorabilia and scale model of Disneyland 1955 are fascinating. The film starring Steve Martin was funny, nostalgic and will bring a tear to the dedicated Disneyland fan.
Main Street USA. You can see the crowds are light today.
A little further up Main Street on our way to Adventureland. The castle decorations are wonderful.
After a short wait, we boarded the newly refurbished Jungle Cruise. The boats are themed more to the Indy look... brown and well-used. It works. No sign of the Golden Boat today, though.
On JC near the Indy queue.
Not a great shot, but it shows the brilliant color returned to JC.
Many have mentioned that part of Disneyland's charm is it's relatively small size. I like the "mix" shown here. Can you spot Sleeping Beauty's Castle?
Rivers Of America from a different angle.
Victoria and I asked another guest to take our picture. After he snapped the shot he asked, "Have you ever eaten there?" Victoria was able to say yes. He answered back that he had too. I stayed silent.
I just liked this shot.
The Teacups always look cheerful and fun! The golden cup is front and center here. They don't spin fast enough, though!
OK... that's the end of the photographs. I got tired of carrying the camera around so it went to the locker. Tomorrowland is looking much, much better, but there's still a lot to be done. It's in a sort-of halfway place now, in my opinion. We got a quick look at the submarine lagoon while riding the Matterhorn Bobsleds (another short wait!) It looks really strange drained.
We also visited DCA for some wine, cheese and the Block Party Bash. The winery is a good viewing spot while you sip. We liked the parade a lot. Very high energy, colorful and fun!
It was then back to DL for some food and to find a good viewing spot for the fireworks. We find a spot between the hub and the castle... which proved to be perfect. What an awesome display! Wonderful effects.
...then it was over and time to go. But there was one more bit of magic yet to happen. As we passed under the tunnel to exit, all the DLRR cast members stood above us, smiled, waved and said "Goodnight!" It made you wonder whether you were going home... or leaving home.
Here's a few more observations:
1. On our boat in POTC was a group of girls (probably British from their accents) who were riding for the first time. It was fun to hear their comments.... especially when we realized that they thought the ride was inspired by the film, not visa-versa!
2. The park sparkles!
1. Food service. Don't get me started. This is a topic for a whole other thread. No Dole Whips. The machine was broken and the CM was busy talking on the phone. You'd think they could afford a backup machine. Waited 30 minutes for a couple of hot dogs at Coca Cola Corner. There were about 6-7 ahead of me in line, but it still took about 5 minutes per guest. They're already pre-cooked! C'mon... McDonald's has figured it out. We wanted to eat at Rancho Zocalo, but they closed long before the park closed... as did most of the other "sit-down" places. This put a tremendous burden on the walk-up places who began to run out of food and experience long lines. This division could use some work.