Up just after 6, breakfast and then hit the freeways to Anaheim. 40 minutes later and we were safety parked and on our way to the gates of Disneyland, right on opening time. Our first ride was Indiana Jones. We went from there to Big Thunder Mountain Railway and then Pirates of the Caribbean. Because we'd arrived early there was barely any wait to get on a ride. We headed across Main Street for Tommorowland for Space Mountain and Star Tours. We picked up a fast pass for Star Tours as it already had a sizable line and waited only 20 mins to ride Space Mountain. It was totally wild, decided we definitely needed to do it again, so picked up a fast pass for another ride and moved on to Splash Mountain. Wet and wicked. Filled in some time watching Captain EO, a 1986 3D SiFi starring Michael Jackson. The dancing in the film was amazing, but for all his incredible talent, he can't act. We drove on Autopia and shot our way through Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. Time to hit Space Mountain again, even better the second time around. On our way back to do Splash Mountain again we climbed Tazan's Treehouse and stopped for a mint julep in New Orleans Square. After all the excitement we finished with a gentle boat ride through "it's a small world" and caught the Disney Parade purely by chance. It was time to head back to the motel, get some dinner and relax a little.
Brilliant day, full of fun and excitement. Disneyland is really well run. It looks and feels new and fresh and the gardens are beautifully maintained. We were concerned that most of our day would spent in lines waiting, but by carefully using fast passes we managed wait no longer than 20mins for a ride. By the end of our visit we were happily exhausted.
margotim's Sunday April 8th, 2012