Miss B and I are fans of Disneyland, but we don’t get there very often.
Recently, I decided if we were going to go, we should go at a time when the Park would be less crowded than usual. (Even with the small number of people in the park, we were awash in Elsas and Annas). I chose a mid-week day in the middle of December and, as luck would have it, the weather was very iffy (wonderfully grey and rainy) so the first thing I did was buy a hat. Miss B already had one because she is Prepared. We were able to simply walk onto most of the rides.
The 15-minute wait time for Indiana Jones was the 10 minutes it took to walk from the entrance to the ride itself. We actually waited about five minutes to board our vehicle. It was glorious. The longest line we stood in was Peter Pan.
I have had the pleasure of getting stuck on several rides over the years: Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, the Haunted House. This year it was Peter Pan and Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin. Alice in Wonderland was down for a bit because of the rain because part of the track is outside (???), but only two rides were closed: Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats. We rode Alice in Wonderland later. It has been
ruined improved. I hated it. The same was true of the Matterhorn. They have changed the bobsleds so you’re not squishing anyone or being squished, but I had to place my shoulders in my ears to use the handles and the track is so out of whack that the ride was actually painful. They put those stupid Yeti in place after the Skyway was removed in 1994 and I have hated them for 20 years. Combine the cramped position, the lousy track, and the Yeti and I don’t think I will be riding the Matterhorn again, which is a pity because I remember watching it go up.
It’s a Small World was decorated for Christmas and they had incorporated a couple of Christmas songs into the usual song (seamlessly, I might add).
The castle was MUCH prettier after the fireworks, but Miss B has that photo and hasn’t shared it with me yet, so we simply have Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with “snow.”
Before we left the hotel we met two-year-old twins and infant triplets. While we were in line for Peter Pan, I noticed three boys (about eight years old) all dressed alike and all about the same size, so I asked if they were triplets. Their mother only spoke Spanish, so I used my Spanglish and sign language. Her response? No. Quadruplets, and pointed to her daughter. Their 18-year-old sister was there, so I said, “Cinco ninos???” and she replied, “No, siete.” I told her there was definitely a place in heaven for her and she laughed.
Quadruplets!!! I saw them and I still can’t imagine such a thing!
I went to California Adventure and I felt like I was in the cheap seats at the County Fair. I will admit that the art deco buildings on Buena Vista were glorious (I do love me some art deco).
And I will confess that California Screamin’ was AWESOME; but I won’t be going back to that Park again. Unless they will let me in just to ride the roller coaster. Did I mention that it was seriously AWESOME? Which is highly unlikely and I am not paying $96 to ride the thing, so I guess it was a one-time thrill.
But at least it was a thrill.