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Old 07-22-2013, 02:22 AM   #361
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I think night time at Disneyland is the most magical time to be there. All those beautiful lights that make it glow.....from the inside.

Now that you've finally taken what I call the Washing Machine Spin Dry Cycle ride off your "shunned" list, do you think you and Tracy would ever put your hands on that wheel and turn it....even a little?

And yes...the classic rides at Disneyland are the BEST!
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Fun rides, all of them

I actually think the refurb-ed Matterhorn bobsleds are more painful So if they hurt ya before ... sound like you made a good choice in passing
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Love the Tea Cups. They are my first memory of Disneyland, riding with my Mom who actually hated rides but did it just for me and my sister. I always have to ride them!
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:31 AM   #364
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I think night time at Disneyland is the most magical time to be there. All those beautiful lights that make it glow.....from the inside.

Now that you've finally taken what I call the Washing Machine Spin Dry Cycle ride off your "shunned" list, do you think you and Tracy would ever put your hands on that wheel and turn it....even a little?

And yes...the classic rides at Disneyland are the BEST!
I absolutely agree. Disneyland at dusk is probably my favorite, but I love the parks at night. The lighting is just absolutely perfect.

Sometimes Tracy threatens to spin the wheel just to get a rise out of me, but in general we just really don't like anything with the potential of making us too dizzy. I already spend hours feeling dizzy each day, so I don't want to induce it by choice...

We love our classic rides. Always our go-to's whenever we head to the parks!

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I actually think the refurb-ed Matterhorn bobsleds are more painful So if they hurt ya before ... sound like you made a good choice in passing
Very fun!

So at this point, I have ridden the Matterhorn once, and it didn't hurt me too bad. My stipulations were that I had to sit in the front to minimize whiplash, and we had to choose the "tamer" side (Tracy had been on both sides and could attest that the right one is much less jerky). It's still not something I could do that often though...

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Love the Tea Cups. They are my first memory of Disneyland, riding with my Mom who actually hated rides but did it just for me and my sister. I always have to ride them!
That's a great memory! I'm glad that we have accepted the Tea Cups into our lives. Now we always have a fun time when we do them!
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Since I was still waiting with no idea when the Matterhorn would come back up, I decided to head back over to King Arthur’s Carrousel and take another ride. It still wasn’t too busy in Fantasyland this evening, so I was able to walk right on.





Finally, while I was on the Carrousel, I think Tracy texted me saying that the attraction was back up and she’d be going shortly. I meandered back over near the Matterhorn and took a seat on one of the benches. It still took a little while, but soon she was done. Her verdict was that the ride wasn’t as bad as it had been on our last visit, but it certainly wasn’t smooth either. She didn’t know if I’d ever want to go.

Reunited, we made our way out of Fantasyland and past this beautiful fountain.



We were jonesing for a snack, and Tracy knew just what she wanted. This was right after Jess (Disneyfreak508) had started her college program at WDW, and she kept Instagramming pictures of the Cinnamon Rolls at Main St Bakery (which no longer exist now…). Tracy thought they looked delicious, so she NEEDED a Disneyland cinnamon roll ASAP.

Looking it up on the Lines app where they sold them, we ended up at Jolly Holiday Bakery. This spot had been under construction during our last trip, so it was our first time here. It looked quite pleasant from the outside though.



Inside, it was covered with references to Mary Poppins, and since that is one of my favorite movies ever, I was very happy with it.







The line wasn’t too long, but it seemed to take forever for us to get to the front.



Finally, Tracy was the first one to succumb to tired legs, so she had to go find us a table. I was very proud of myself for having been able to stand this long today. Usually, I would have started feeling dizzy after even a fraction of this amount of time on my feet. Luckily, however, I always do best in the evening after dinner, so I was still feeling okay.

Eventually, I made it to the front of the line. The Signature Cinnamon Roll looked delicious in the case.



I ordered one (and some water cups), and before too long, our pastry was ready.



Looks delicious, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, the sign failed to mention one thing. That icing is cream cheese icing, which neither Tracy nor I particularly enjoy. I’ve never in my life had a cinnamon roll have cream cheese icing, so I know that’s not a normal occurrence, and we were unpleasantly surprised when we took our first bites.

I didn’t mind it too badly. The cinnamon roll itself was okay (though not particularly fresh), and in some bites the sweetness of the icing drowned out the taste of the cream cheese. Tracy really didn’t like it, however. Honestly, we couldn’t believe we were zero for two on our first night of in-park Disney food… If it were a different day, we might have taken it back and asked for something else, but we weren’t really in the mood to do that this evening, so we ate our cinnamon roll and vowed never again. Does anyone know if the (now extinct) cinnamon rolls at the Magic Kingdom had the dreaded cream cheese icing? We never had one to find out…

After our slightly unsatisfying snack experience, it was almost time for the fireworks to start. We love Remember… Dreams Come True, and we knew our first night in Disneyland wouldn’t be complete without watching the fireworks, so we staked out a last-minute spot on Main Street.

The show began with the inimitable voice of Julie Andrews, and we immediately remembered why we loved this spectacular so much!



While I always cry during Wishes (and Remember features the whole Wishes song sung by the children), I was doing pretty well throughout the fireworks this time. Then Walt’s voice began reading Disneyland’s dedication, and tears sprung to my eyes instantly. There is something about Disneyland being Walt’s park that makes you feel very close to the man who started it all. I don’t pretend to be a huge Walt Disney scholar. I know less about the man than I sometimes feel like I should. But when one man is responsible for dreaming up this place that unites this enormous group of fans, I think there is something special about remembering his personal contributions.



The fireworks continued, and I feel like I was able to appreciate the show as a whole more than I had done the last time we saw it. All the salutes to the different lands are spectacular, the soundtrack is beautiful, and the fireworks themselves are expertly timed.



Not quite sure what to do when the fireworks concluded, we joined the masses going over to New Orleans Square for Fantasmic! We arrived with the crowds and were able to get seats on the ground. After waiting for a few minutes, however, we realized it was still almost 45 minutes until show time. We were already uncomfortable and weren’t really in the mood to wait. We decided, therefore, to give up our spots and go ride more attractions instead.

We headed over to Tracy’s favorite attraction, Indiana Jones, and got single rider passes. When we got to the front of the line, the regular queue hadn’t caught up with us yet, so we got to ride together anyway. We love Indy, and it looked great (having just been refurbished not too long before we got there).

We followed up Indiana Jones by walking back through to Fantasyland and admiring our castle once again.



We decided to take a trip on the Storybookland Canal Boats.



Always a great attraction that feels like a hidden gem, I think this was our first experience riding at night. Here’s a poor quality picture of Agrabah.



Next, we headed to Tomorrowland and rode Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. I don’t think I have any record of our scores on that first night, but I’m sure mine was awful!



Time was running out before the park closed, but we decided to ride Star Tours since it didn’t have any wait. We said hello to our best friend, R2-D2.



On our very first ride, I was chosen as the Rebel Spy! I began trying to keep track of all of our Star Tours destinations so that we could see how long it would take us to get all the possible combinations. On this first trip, we had Storm Troopers at the beginning, then visited our Wookie friends on Kashyyk, were given instructions by Admiral Ackbar, and faced off against Boba Fett and his sonic bomb at the Death Star. It was all quite fun.

When we got off Star Tours, we tried to race over to Space Mountain in case we could get in line right as it was closing. Unfortunately, it must have been about 12:01 as the ropes were already blocking our entrance.

All told, it was a fantastic first afternoon/evening in the parks. We exited and took the tram back to the garage. We were already making plans for the full weekend ahead of us, during which we could really start making the best possible use of our annual passes!

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:34 AM   #366
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First off, I loved the part about how you appreciate "Walt's park". I think that's the best thing about Disneyland, no matter what they do to WDW, Walt never walked the parks there, the fact that he was here in this park, living in this park makes it totally special.

I also found it humorous how you noted that while WDW has "unlimited space" they had to remove two of the most classic rides. Do you know about Mr. Toad's figure appearing in the Pet Cemetary of the HM in WDW?

We do love cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, and not that we have had them at Disney, but this is pretty common. I'll have to remember that since for us this is a plus. However, we are also quite "plus" so maybe I should just forget it right away!

I didn't even realize that they had updated Storybook land with current princesses and princes. I better go on that ride again, it's been about 20 years or so!

OMG! I can't believe you were the Rebel Spy on your first mission! I've been on that ride more times than I can count now. I did it 12 times during the previews and in that time I saw each of the different sequences at least once. I doubt that I have had all 52 possible experiences, but I get Darth Vadar most in the beginning and my favorite it Jar Jar Binks at the end. For anyone who still hasn't seen the new ST I don't want to reveal too much, but it is REALLY cool.

I remember when I was close to your age, going and jumping in the line for the attraction that we most wanted to ride 10 min before closing and waiting it out as they closed the line off after us. Now the only time that we're there after closing is if the park closes down before we've finished dinner or a show somewhere. They're sort of ushering you out of the park, not in too rushed a fashion, but they certainly don't want you wandering off anywhere. I miss being young. enjoy it while you have it! Challenges and all, they just get more pronounced the older you get. You two are so great and inspiring to read about!
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Another great update! Too bad about the cinnamon rolls Cream cheese frosting does not sound good at all!

Will def have to go on Storybook Land next visit - it looks so cute and I remember taking my youngest 3 on it on our first trip about 30 years ago. I love that you remember so much about the different Star Tours destinations! I really need to write down in a little journal what I love about each attraction because as soon as my tired feet get into the car for the 40 min ride home, I forget
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I'm another one that loves cream cheese frosting.
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I am equal parts jealous of your life right now and happy to be able to read about your adventures. Thank you for sharing!

Between your report and Jess' I'm having to work on not being so jealous of others.
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First off, I loved the part about how you appreciate "Walt's park". I think that's the best thing about Disneyland, no matter what they do to WDW, Walt never walked the parks there, the fact that he was here in this park, living in this park makes it totally special.

I also found it humorous how you noted that while WDW has "unlimited space" they had to remove two of the most classic rides. Do you know about Mr. Toad's figure appearing in the Pet Cemetary of the HM in WDW?

We do love cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing, and not that we have had them at Disney, but this is pretty common. I'll have to remember that since for us this is a plus. However, we are also quite "plus" so maybe I should just forget it right away!

I didn't even realize that they had updated Storybook land with current princesses and princes. I better go on that ride again, it's been about 20 years or so!

OMG! I can't believe you were the Rebel Spy on your first mission! I've been on that ride more times than I can count now. I did it 12 times during the previews and in that time I saw each of the different sequences at least once. I doubt that I have had all 52 possible experiences, but I get Darth Vadar most in the beginning and my favorite it Jar Jar Binks at the end. For anyone who still hasn't seen the new ST I don't want to reveal too much, but it is REALLY cool.

I remember when I was close to your age, going and jumping in the line for the attraction that we most wanted to ride 10 min before closing and waiting it out as they closed the line off after us. Now the only time that we're there after closing is if the park closes down before we've finished dinner or a show somewhere. They're sort of ushering you out of the park, not in too rushed a fashion, but they certainly don't want you wandering off anywhere. I miss being young. enjoy it while you have it! Challenges and all, they just get more pronounced the older you get. You two are so great and inspiring to read about!
We definitely love Walt's personal touches at Disneyland. I think that they will always be something special about this park.

I have seen poor Toad in the pet cemetery. I love those kinds of nods to extinct attractions! We also like in Pooh Corner here how if you look into the kitchen where they're making the treats, there are paintings of Pooh characters with the Country Bears as an acknowledgement that Pooh evicted them from Disneyland.

We just felt like they should have warned up about the cream cheese icing because that's not your "standard" cinnamon roll. At DCA, they actually have them at Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe, and there it does say "Signature Cinnamon Roll with Cream Cheese Icing." Oh well. Live and learn.

You should definitely go on Storybook Land again sometime! I think the Aladdin and Little Mermaid updates are the only ones from more contemporary movies, but we always have a lot of fun on that ride.

I was definitely proud of being the Rebel Spy. Tracy had gotten it on one of our rides in WDW, but this was my first time. I need to actually take a look at all of our combinations that we've gotten. We've definitely made it to each destination plenty of times, but I'm sure we're still nowhere near the 54. My favorites are probably Tattooine pod racing and the Naboo underwater ending. It actually took us until we had ridden at least 20 times to get that ending for the first time, and since then, we get it all the time!

We will definitely take advantage of our Disney time while we're young! Even now, though, we find we only make it to closing once in a very long while...

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Another great update! Too bad about the cinnamon rolls Cream cheese frosting does not sound good at all!

Will def have to go on Storybook Land next visit - it looks so cute and I remember taking my youngest 3 on it on our first trip about 30 years ago. I love that you remember so much about the different Star Tours destinations! I really need to write down in a little journal what I love about each attraction because as soon as my tired feet get into the car for the 40 min ride home, I forget
Glad you agree with me on the Cinnamon Roll. I know some people love cream cheese frosting, but in a park with so many kids, I'm surprised they would have such a popular menu item have such a taste-specific feature like that. Ew.

Yes you should definitely go on Storybook Land soon. It's a lot of fun! And I've just been writing down all my notes about each visit in a Word document when we get home. Nothing fancy, but at least it helps me remember things!

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I definitely understand that some people like it. A warning would have been nice though...

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Between your report and Jess' I'm having to work on not being so jealous of others.
I definitely understand! That's all a part of reading trip reports, I think. You see what other people are up to and just want to be there! Despite how content we are with Disneyland, I still read Jess' report and get jealous of WDW, so I think there's just no way around it!
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Waking up on our first full day as passholders, I don’t think we quite believed it yet. Though we knew it would have been smart to head to rope drop, we just aren’t the kind of people who can do early mornings on weekends. Plus, I usually feel the worst before lunch, so by waiting until early afternoon to head to the parks, I had the best shot at feeling okay for most of the day.

After eating lunch, we did the now familiar journey to the Mickey and Friends parking structure, took the tram to the Main Entrance Plaza, and started our day at Disneyland.



Upon going through the arch and into Town Square, we saw Pluto walking hand in hand with this small child and thought it was very cute.



While we were in Town Square, our favorite Main Street Vehicle approached, being pulled by Danny the horse!



We climbed aboard the trolley, loving that Danny had his own nametag.



We quickly started off down Main Street toward the castle.



When we arrived, Tracy took a picture with her new friend Danny.



I did too.



We noticed the Omnibus taking people back down Main Street, and we decided we would have to ride this sometime soon as well!



There’s something so great about the Main Street Vehicles. We just love that they run them so much more often here than they do at the Magic Kingdom.

Without being absolutely sure, I think the main reason we came into Disneyland first this afternoon was to get our annual pass photos. The day before, we couldn’t find a single roving photographer without a tripod, and you have to go to them to get your picture taken. This time, I’m pretty sure we were more successful, and after being photographed, we actually walked back down Main Street toward the park exit.

Back in Town Square, we saw that the White Rabbit was doing a meet and greet, so we decided to say hi.





Across the square, Mickey was conducting the Main Street Straw Hatters.



We noticed that Pluto was back from his break, so we ran over to meet him.



He appreciated my hat.



On the way out, we saw Ariel was in front of the train station, so we waited to meet her as well because Tracy was wearing her Little Mermaid shirt (from the kids section at Old Navy, of course).





And now, we decided to leave. That was more than enough fun for one day.



I’m kidding, of course! We left Disneyland so we could park hop to Disney California Adventure!



As we prepared to enter DCA, we were ripe with anticipation! The last time we had been in this park, it was a giant construction site. It had been almost impossible to get around and had really felt like an incomplete experience. Now, we were entering onto the beautiful Buena Vista Street.





The first thing we saw on our left upon entering was Oswald’s Filling Station. I like the nods to Oswald at DCA.



Starting to walk down the street, we saw the striking silhouette of the Carthay Circle Theater.



We also just loved some of the architecture of the building facades, like this one on Trolley Treats.



Making it to the end of the street, we approached the Photopass photographer at the Storytellers statue. We had always been so used to buying the Photopass CD that it felt weird having to ask the photographers to take pictures with our camera. Luckily, they always oblige.



I really love that statue! I think it’s a great complement to the Partners statue at Disneyland and really helps set the tone and the scene of Buena Vista Street as being the home of a young Walt Disney.

We also loved seeing the fountain in Carthay Circle. You all know how I feel about kinetic water!



While we soaked in the atmosphere of this first section of DCA, one of the Red Car Trolleys went by near us.



We officially could say we loved this new land. It provides a great entrance to DCA, and it was obviously a million times better than the walled-off entrance we experienced on our last trip here!

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I'm sitting here with the biggest smile on my face.

I have an identical hat to the one you're wearing.
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I love that statue of Walt & Mickey, it's so relaxed and carefree, the way I feel when we are in the parks
Counting down the days until we are there again!
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We also loved seeing the fountain in Carthay Circle. You all know how I feel about kinetic water!


Yes, we do!

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Sorry, another cream cheese frosting fan here I agree with you though, it would have been nice if they included that info. on the bakery sign.

So cool that you were the Rebel Spy. I've been it exactly one time, back in January, and I've been on that ride tons! For some reason I get Hoth a lot and it's not my favorite scene

I love, love, love the new DCA. I liked, even loved, certain parts of the park before -- but not the park as a whole. Now I do.
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