I just got back from my normal summertime trip to SoCal, and had the good fortune of spending some time in Carsland as well. I always say that I'm going to L.A. to visit family, but the more time in Disneyland the better!
I told the family that I was arriving on Friday July 13th, but I actually hit town on the 12th (Shhhh - don't tell 'em!). I checked in at the Alamo Inn (basic older hotel, cheap but a nice room with a comfy bed), and headed into Disneyland. I started with lunch at the Plaza Inn (love that pot roast!), and then wandered about for a few hours. I moseyed over to Frontierland and New Orleans Square for Pirates and the Haunted Mansion.
I went up through Fantasyland, but all the lines were of course way long for a summer afternoon. I was happy to see the line for Roger Rabbit was only 30 minutes long. I never get enough time in this queue, so I jumped in line. Well, the line was moving MUCH slower than I expected, and at one point stopped completely. After 15 minutes or so CMs came through the line handing out universal FPs for any FP attraction at any time that day, but they still didn't say what the hold-up was. Turns out that a child, tired of the slow moving line, dropped trow and did his business right there in the line! CMs had to clean up the toxic waste and then we all had to wait till it dried before they'd move the line again. Total wait time was well over an hour. I said to one CM "well, at least it was just a kid", to which she replied "Last time this happened it WASN'T a kid!" Very strange!!! Ah well, at least it gave me a FP which I promptly used for my first ride of the weekend on Star Tours.
By now it was time to head to one of my favorite pubs on the planet, the Uva Bar in Downtown Disney. Justin was there, just as he's been since the place opened in 2001. Great drinks, excellent food (I did a couple of appetizers - small shrimp in a spicy sauce and some calamari), and a fine time with some old friends. I made it back into DL for the 8:45 showing of The Magic, The Memories, and You (which I think is a better show than the main fireworks!), then over to the fireworks show, and finally into Frontierland for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic! Still a great show, but that Ursula part is awfully dull without either the big Ursula float or even the Flotsam & Jetsom jet-skis that they did for a while. Somewhere in there between shows I had time to grab a tasty corndog from the red cart on Main Street (yum!). That's enough for a first day, so off to bed.
Friday morning and I'm still on my own - the family doesn't expect me till late morning. So I hit DL at rope drop, did all the Fantasyland dark rides, and then took in the new Matterhorn. I was all ready to poo-poo the complainers, but I have to say that this new vehicle is really uncomfortable. I couldn't even put my feet in the stirrups - they were just too wide apart! I had to curl one leg under me and ride that way. Very rough, very unpadded, and the low-down seat was tough to get up out of. Not an improvement, IMO - I do like the single rider option, though. Next I picked up a FP for Star Tours, and then did the Nemo Subs (many people give mixed reviews, but I really like what they've done with the Subs). A quick spin on Buzz Lightyear, then FP ride on Star Tours (I think I got 4 rides in this weekend!). Over to Frontierland again for Big Thunder Mountain, and then lunch at the Rancho del Zocalo (great taco salad, although for some dumb reason they call it a tostada salad). Time to go catch up with the family for the rest of the day.
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