Yeah, it's going to be huge, so prepare yourselves!
Trip Dates: June 2-7, leaving on the 8th.
Let me be the first to tell you, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are far different. Having grown up with a few visits to Walt Disney World, the most recent with our band in 2006, Disneyland just seemed different. Neither bad nor good, the parks and atmosphere just seemed different from those things at Walt Disney World.
I hope you will enjoy a different perspective and lens on the parks--from a person who has traveled to Disney World only a few times and lives in a radically different place than California.
Being the total IMAX nerd that I am, I totally fell in love with Soarin'. It is, without a question, my favorite ride on the trip. Day One was all about Soarin', in various means--Soarin' because I had just finished school, Soarin' because we traveled via airplane, Soarin' because we had arrived at the place 'where dreams come true.'
Okay, I know, enough of the romanticism. On with the photos! (Oh, and if you want a larger version of any of the photos, just let me know!)
The day began at our local airport, Moline/Quad-City International. Heeyyyy green shirt lady!
Believe it or not, this is actually a big plane for our airport... we'll take anything over the CRJ-200! This is a luxurious CRJ-700, which is considerably better than its smaller sister.
Our airport is purdy...
It's time to fly!
Apparently, this aircraft series is the 'second fastest in the sky', according to the not-all-there flight attendant.
We arrived and checked in at our hotel, then headed over to Disney's California Adventure while our room was still being prepped.
'Award Weiners' LMAO!
Time to go to two very nice attractions...
Brother and I...
It was fun, the theming was nice, and Roz was amazing!
I <3 The Muppets!
I thought the pre-show and film were funnier than the actual film, though.
Our Fastpass time arrived for Soarin'... loved it!
We then got settled into our room, had dinner, then headed to Disneyland Park for a little bit.
Matterhorn was fun... I really liked its retro feel.
They were testing Nemo.
Tomorrowland side totally kills Fantasyland side!
Love the seating...
I wish they had the Peoplemover!
This thing was quite strange.
Time for Pirates!
Starring Jack Sparrow!
Pirates eats people... the line moved very quickly.
I had heard great things about it, and it truly was. It's an amazing attraction--the details are great. I loved the Davy Jones mist and Barbossa's ship and its attack scenes.
Haunted Mansion had a huge line, but we enjoyed it. It's in much better condition than Magic Kingdom's was (in fact, this is true for all of the rides).
I decided to brave the huge line for Space Mountain.
Tomorrowland looks great at night!
Space Mountain was really cool... I loved the soundtrack!
If they could somehow merge Magic Kingdom's track designs with this theming and soundtrack, I'd have a new #1 (and 2!) coaster.