KC here with my first trip report of the new year.
Gonna post this in sections cause I'm lazy and still need to get a few more pics, but I thought I'd start it now so I don't forget
The journey to Disneyland started
All right, so there are no real pics for this but you know thought I'd start at the beginning. So this plan was several months in planning. We take a family trip to Dland almost every year since Haunted Mansion Holidays started (excluding last year cause they all went w/out me because I was CP-ing over at WDW). So we wanted to go before X-mas but work didn't allow such things. Instead we opted for the week after New Years since we could catch Rockin' and smaller crowds and all the x-mas things would still be up.
So we piled in the Xterra at 5pm AZ time and took off for Disneyland.
6 hrs later through crazy family antics, a lack fo sleep, and too much caffine we reached the Disneyland Hotel.
The room was amazing, not going to lie. I've never stayed at the DL hotel (it's the only of the three I haven't been too and it did not dissapoint)
We headed to bed, ready to get up at 7am the next morning
So, my Dad and I got up at 7am and quickly got ready, hoping to beat the crowds cause I had this....
And this was special because the back looked like this
This, my friends, was KuzcoChik's very very first Annual Pass.
Given to me for X-mas by my grandma
Time to break that bad boy in
The lady at the front desk of the hotel had told us that the AP center opened an hour before the park... I knew that sounded weird cause I'd never heard of such things and all I can figure is she got it confused w/ Guesst Services.
We got in line which was relatively short but it was 7:30 after all
Look no one's at DCA.... maybe cause it's not open
Actually this was the only time I saw the sign this clear
First taste of The Year of A Million Dreams
These banners would be nice if you could see the images on them
So we headed to the bank and jumped in line... which was going the wrong way cause people are dumb. I was 4th in line. Everyone finally moved over once a CM told them they were dumb... the line made sense then.
They opened around 8 and I got my pass, woot!
Since we had to wait for my brother and mom to show up, my dad and I hit the bakery, where I used my food discount for the first time...
seriously, that was cool to me.
We chilled on the porch on Main Street before Dan and mom showed up.
I was informed that Alice and the Mad Hatter where at the front of the park.
I grabbed Dan and dragged him upstream down Main Street
KC loves the Mad Hatter
Back to the fam, we took off for Space Mountain, figuring with the new Rockin' overlay we needed to hurry to miss crazy lines.
It was a posted 30 minute wait.
We hopped in line and waited... and waited
Dan was excited
So here's my Rockin' Space Two Cents:
It's bright... but I like it.
The announcer dude at the beginning was annoying and very very Rockin' Roller Coaster-esque.
The song choice was excellent and very fitting (despite me not liking Red Hot Chilli Peppers) I kept clapping a drumming along
It's bright... my only major complaint
Because of the above you can see that weird meteor thing in the middle they never used
The projections on the roof were really cool too
As an overlay, I like it a lot! Never permenantly, but for a few months, it's cool
I'm the excited one in the middle row
After space we hopped on Buzz
Where I beat my mom
Then traveled across the hub and over to Pirates.
The fam hadn't seen the newly remodled version so it was fun and only about 20 minutes wait.
Santa was on vacation... at Disneyland of course
He needed the sorcerer hat cause he was out of holiday magic
We had a lot of time to think of all this in line
I love the NOS decorations
Like, I want them... or to live there
bizzare scaffolding shots... there was a bell up there I wanted a pic of
So definitely got soaked.... bloody pirates!
Obligatory blurry Jack pic
And finally, I want this sign in my room
As we headed to HMH we spotted the Bootstrappers
Bad idea, cause Kuzcochik loves pirates
They be a jolly good group
I'd never actually seen their show before
He looks like he's in pain
My camera flashed right as he turned... he'd been posing, I was mad
They're just cool... cause that's how Pirates do ^_^
And they like to hold notes
K... that's it for now.
Coming soon: Haunted Mansion Holidays, Fantasy Land and More Random-ness