The title of this post refers to the time span between my most resent trip to the Disneyland Resort and the last time I was there. This latest trip was a birthday present from my sister and her family, she gave me a “park-hopper ticket” and invited me to go along with her, my brother-in-law, my niece and nephew, and their cousins. In one of my previous posts, I admitted that I am a “mouse junkie,” so in preparing for this visit, I charged up my camera’s battery, and set out to take as many pictures as I could. I was looking forward to this visit as none of us had seen the new changes at California Adventure, which include Buena Vista Street and Cars Land.
In the 12 hours that we were there, we visited both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure (DCA). We arrived at the parking structure about 10 minutes after the parks opened (8:10am), but it took almost 20 minutes before we were directed to a parking spot (5th level, all the way at the end), then we headed down to catch a tram to get to the plaza between the parks. Since there was seven of us, in 3 different age groups, we mostly split up and enjoyed the parks in pairs, I was the “third wheel”. My sister, brother-in-law, and I first headed to DCA to get fastpasses for the Radiator Springs Racers. We had to wait in line for about 30 minutes just to get to the fastpass distribution for the ride, and we were able to get 5 of them (two of our party were leaving early and wouldn’t be riding). Then we walked all the way back to the entrance of the park, and exited to head over to Disneyland.
Once we got into Disneyland, we realized that this was one of the most crowded day we have ever seen there in all the years of going. It seemed that everybody and their grandmother was there… But all in all, we were able to enjoy rides such as The Haunted Mansion (the holiday version), Gadget’s Go Coaster (mini coaster, goes less than 20 mph, and last about 45 seconds), Indiana Jones Adventure (way too jumpy for my likes, but I went anyways), and the Matterhorn and Space Mountain (I sat these two out as I’ve been medically advised to avoid rides like these, with sharp turns and possible G-forces).
We were limited to what rides we could get on as the park was basically filled and most lines were way too long to wait in, in both parks. But we enjoyed the ones we were able to ride, and I was able to take a little over 130 pictures…
Here are some of the better ones:
we then headed back to DCA to explore Cars Land.
As I said at the beginning of the post, both parks were very crowded, so it was challenging to stop and take a picture without getting in someone’s way who’s walking behind you. I really liked Cars Land. I was very impressed with how Disney brought the movie “Cars” to life. I did my research and found that the Racers ride only goes about 40 mph at it’s highest speed, so I went on with the rest of the group. This is now one of my favorite rides at the resort. I didn’t take any pictures of it, as I wanted to experience it fully without having to stop for a picture. Maybe next time I go…
I wish you all a Happy New Year!
and, of course, ask:
HOW YOU DOIN?