This is my first trip report. It is picture heavy but because we don't get to visit very often we take as many pictures as possible. I will post some of the high light photos, if you want to see the others I will post my album site and you can look at them there. So here it goes.
We were up pretty early. I was up at 3:15 to be ready to leave the house by 4 in the morning. My aunt, uncle and cousin were picking me up and we had a 40 min ride to the airport to get there. It was a terrible morning. It was cold and raining(Which is normal winter for us up here in Vancouver). We were all looking forward to a little California sunshine. When they arrived we quickly loaded our suitcases in the car and headed for the airport. We made a quick stop for Tim Hortons Coffee(it is a Canadian Staple and we miss it very much when we are visiting in the states) we arrived at Vancouver International Airport(it is currently under construction for the 2010 Winter Olympics). Once through all of the check in, customs and security we were ready to get our Disney vacation started and it was just 2 and a half hours away. We arrived in sunny California and headed straight for the baggage terminal and then out to the Disneyland bus. Some time later we arrived at our hotel. We checked in and after a quick lunch my cousin and I headed straight for the park. After picking up our park tickets and waiting in the line we were finially inside Disneyland. Just as we walked in the gate I got the best surprise ever. I spotted to the left Snow White and I was so excited. I dragged my cousin over with me. As we got closer I spotted Belle, then Cinderella then Princess Aurora(my fave). They were there playing duck duck goose.
My cousin tried to get me to play, but I wouldn't go for it. maybe if I was 5. We only stayed for a few mins before we headed off to ride some rides. The parade was just about to begin as we climbed into the Matterhorn line. We waited only 40 mins. As we got off we decided to head to the other side. We tried to cross Mainstreet but the parade was going by. I was excited because the princesses were just about to go by and I wanted to see for myself what Ariel and Princess Aurora's new dresses looked like. I only got to see Ariel because Aurora was on the street and there were too many people for me to see her.
We decided to skip the trek across Mainstreet and instead opted for the train. We headed back to Tomorrowland and for some strange reason as we were heading to the train station had to walk through the smoking section. My cousin(who is a smoker) and I thought that was the most idiotic placement of a smoking section. We stood waiting for the train and watched all of the children walking through as people were smoking.
We got off the train in New Orleans Square and headed for Big Thunder one of our favorite rides. We first had to pass through the crowds of people.
We arrived at Big Thunder and got ready to name the animals( it is a tradition we all ways point out the animals as we ride). While on the ride we were disappointed to see that the goat was gone, it was one of the best animals. After Big Thunder we decided to ride Indiana Jones another of our favorites but when we got there it had broken down so we decided to ride something else. Later that evening after a quick stop for a bite to eat we were right back at it. We had worked our way over to Tomorrowland and were riding rides over there when we decided to try and see if we could ride Indiana. We headed for Adventureland by walking across Mainstreet. They however had roped off a pathway for you to walk around past the castle and into Frontierland. As we slowly moved along feeling very much like cattle we got to Adventureland, the cast members there informed us that we infact could not go that way and had to go in through Frontierland so we had to back track through the crowd to get to Frontierland. It was really a terrible system and the cast members standing at the entrance to Frontierland should have maybe warned the guest who wanted to go to Adventureland that this was the way they would have to travel, but oh well we made it there. When we got to the line it was back up and running and we caught a lucky break. As we were about to head into the line my cousin was stopped by a famil who offered her two expired fast passes. They couldn't decided who was going to ride with the little boy so they offered them to my cousin. My cousin almost didn't take them because they were expired but the family explained to her that a cast member had said that they would be good for anytime later that evening because the ride had broken down during that fast pass time. We were quite happy because when we entered the fast pass line the stand by line was 75 mins long. After that we checked out a few more rides and the beautiful castle, before leaving the park.
TO BE CONTINUED...