Hey all. I don't usually do Disneyland trip reports, but I thought I'd throw one out there this time. My SoCal visit was from Friday 7/22 through Monday 7/25. I spent a lot of time with family, but I managed to do some park time (and even combined the two!).
Friday, 7/22 -
I had a great flight from Dallas on American. Then things crashed to a halt when I hit the AVIS counter. Seems like Expedia, in their wisdom, booked my auto rental at another counter in the greater Los Angeles area, instead of the one at LAX like I expected them to. Took about 1 1/2 hours to get fixed, including massive amounts of time on hold with Expedia, a terminated phone call, and finally an Expedia rep that had things fixed in about 5 minutes. Ah well, at least I was only missing a bit of park time.
A quick drive down to Anaheim, check in to my hotel (the Super 8 on Katella - always comfy rooms and decent service), and on to my first park storming of the trip.
Disneyland was HOT - I got there at around 3pm, and it was probably the hottest I've ever been in the parks. But then inside at Pirates and the Haunted Mansion felt so incredibly refreshing! A few rides and it was out to the Uva Bar to spend a bit of time with my friends that work there. A nice time, and a few drinks later it was back into Disneyland for fireworks. Sadly, this was not to be, as the show was canceled (guessing due to high winds). I was really pooping out, so it wasn't a bad thing to head back to the garage, get my car, and hightail it to my hotel.
Saturday, 7/23 -
I had a 4 day park hopper, which included 1 early entry. This was the morning, hitting DL at 8am. I did a quick sweep of Fantasyland -
. . . and then on to Tomorrowland for a sweep of Space Mountain and Star Tours. Late breakfast was at Rancho del Zocalo (since my beloved Riverbelle Terrace is no longer serving breakfast!!!). A tasty breakfast of beef fajita meat and eggs, and then on to Big Thunder Mountain. I had tried to ride this yesterday, but they did a strange thing. The line seemed to stop, but the trains kept on running. I finally noticed that they were running empty! They did this for another 15 minutes or so, then announced that the attraction was closed. Never did find out what happened, but they were open for business today.
I was somewhat limited in my park time, as I had to go meet up with a beloved aunt and get my butt whipped in Scrabble, then on to a family reunion with some cousins that I grew up with. Not a full Disney day, but a good day anyway.