This is my first-ever photo trip report. All pictures taken by my girlfriend or myself unless otherwise noted in text, or with a *.
My girlfriend and I had long been planning a trip to Disneyland. She hasn’t been in 15 years, and I wanted to indoctrinate her into the Disneyland fandom, mwahahahahahahaha!
Here she is wearing the controversial “Peace and Love Experience” Tinkerbell t-shirt, which she bought at a Disney outlet store in Pismo Beach. (I don’t know if the store is still there or not. It was open on a trial basis in April and May).
“Peace and Love”…and then we broke up, and the trip was cancelled, as mentioned in this thread:
…and then we made up a few days later.
After my disappointment over the cancellation of the first trip, my girlfriend told me that she was going to surprise me with something for my birthday, but that it might be “cheese-making” and “going on a tour of a cheese factory” (since I had recently been approached about writing for a local wine magazine, and cheese goes with wine.) There came a point when we both knew that the trip was for sure, but continued saying… “when we go to Dis – I mean, ‘the cheese factory.’”
Friday evening we went to the local FoodMaxx and stockpiled snacks and goodies. Then, it was off to the cheese factory!
We had a smooth and practically traffic-free drive. As we approached Anaheim on the freeway, the fireworks began going off in the distance – we really were going to Disneyland!
We stayed at the Days Inn and Suites on Ball and Harbor. Everything was great, except for the slowwwwwwww wireless internet access.
The next morning, while I was getting ready to go, I naturally watched some Saturday morning cartoons – the new “Spectacular Spider-man” series looks interesting.
(The art design reminds me of Disney’s Kim Possible series a bit.)
We took the 10:30 a.m. shuttle to the park. GF bought the passes online, so we went right to the gates.
Here at last!
We split a hamburger that was actually pretty good at Tomorrowland Terrace. However, I still feel that Tomorrowland theming leaves something to be desired compared to the other lands.
After FP’ing Space, first ride of the day was Star Tours (with a line that actually went into the overflow queue!) and then the Matterhorn. I finally figured out once and for all which side of the Matterhorn I love – the Tomorrowland side!
We FP’ed Roger Rabbit, then went to Minnie’s House.
Princess GF felt right at home
Part of our visit did involve cheese after all!
We also did Mickey’s House, which was curiously dimly lit compared to Minnie’s. Is Mickey’s electric bill too high? And to think the Toontown Power Co. throws away electricity on anyone who opens that “Do Not Open” door!
Roger Rabbit was down, so we walked to Splash and FP’ed it, then did HM, BTMRR and Pirates, and FP’ed Indy.
On our way through Fronteirland, I presented GF with the petrified tree that Walt had presented to Lillian.
She seemed to appreciate it better than Lillian reportedly did .
Here we are committing our first Disneyland sin of the day – taking a picture with merchandise we didn’t buy (the sunglasses are really mine, at least):
And here we are committing our second Disneyland sin of the day: taking pictures of our on-ride picture at Splash without buying one:
We fled to the DLRR, escaped to Tomorrowland and rode Space. We sinned again, but the picture came out blurry this time…(retribution? )
Determined to do all the trains in DL, since “Love Train” is kind of our song, we rode Casey, Jr., which I had never been on before. (Storybookland many times, though. GF had never been on either.) While waiting in line, the CM made up a little poem about tiara-wearing GF – something like “I see over there/ A princess most fair/ I am most sincere”.
On the ride, the little “I think I can, I think I can” hill was cute.
We rode Alice, on which I discovered that the faster pace of the older dark rides does indeed make the limited movements and lack of lip movement on certain characters less noticeable than on Pooh or Monsters. GF wanted to do the teacups next, and I acquiesced. Much to my surprise, I loved them! The spinning was much faster than I expected after reports I’ve read on here.
We got someone to take our picture in the photo-op teacup:
Very nice of them, but they seem to have left a smudge on our camera lens. To be continued, with smudges…