Monday, August 25, 2008

Disneyland - Week One

So, yesterday was the first of three on my three day pass at Disneyland. I decided to go to church first, so I met up with Angelique at noon in CA Adventure.

Now, considering it is summer, I expected it to be very crowded. But I was very pleasantly surprised at how uncrowded it was. Yeah, some rides had long lines, but the longest we saw were an hour for Splash Mountain and Grizzly Rapids during the heat of the day. Space Mountain was only 30 minutes when we went on it. And we were joking about the rides we walked on to.

But yes, we started in CA Adventure so I could do two rides I had never done - Toy Story Midway Mania and Grizzly Rapids.

Yes, Grizzly Rapids has been around as long as the park has. But this is the first time I have been there when it wasn't winter. It was fun, although pretty much a typical raft/rapids ride. Angelique got the wettest on the boat we were on, but even then we both agreed that it wasn't nearly as wet as people we've seen getting off it in the winter.

But Toy Story Mania was awesome! I went through the single rider line, which only took about 10 minutes to get through. Or maybe it just seemed that way since it was so anxious to get on it. Basically, the game takes you through five levels of midway games as hosted by Toy Story characters. You've got a ring toss, breaking plates, popping balloons, and various things like that. But it's all done in a 3-D world using the information from the trigger in front of you. Yep, everything is virtual.

And it was plenty fun. I would have loved to go back on it again, but we just didn't have time.

With the lack of crowds, we got everything on our normal wish list done pretty much by 10PM. We even road the train around the park one and a half times. That's when Angelique left, but I stuck around. I knocked out most of Fantasyland at that point, including Dumbo (which we never do because of long lines. And I loved doing it again!) and walking on the Tea Cups. And yes, that's when I did Peter Pan's Flight.

Of course, I am paying for it today, big time. Thanks to some road work on the way home, including one detour and the four lane freeway being squeezed down to one, I didn't get home until almost 2 AM. I have been feeling like I was in a fog all day. Slight headache. Generally tired. I need to make sure I got to bed early tonight.

Meanwhile, Angelique and I are headed back on Sunday and Monday next weekend because Debbie will be in town and visiting the park. Can't wait to see her! I know it will be as hot as it was this weekend. I'm hoping it won't be any more crowded. That would be awesome. But since it is a three day weekend, I'm betting it will be a madhouse. But we'll just wait and see.

1 comment:

Cynthia said...

Hey I found you through Callapidder Days Fall Reading and I saw Disney and had to look around. I am a big Disney fan and have been to Disney World three times with my family and we were thinking of heading to DisneyLand in March. How many days does it take to cover Disney Land? And whats the weather like in March? Do you know of any good sit down meal places to eat in the park? I have so many questions! Thanks for your time!