And our Disneyland Honeymoon continues!
After we were properly stuffed, we decided to conquer Fantasyland. And we were immediately hit by the 5-hour wait for Peter Pan’s Flight. I guess no matter what coast you live on, some things never change- that ride will always have a wait.
Even though the park was a relatively slow day, Peter Pan was the only ride with a monstrous queue. So, we went on some of the other Fantasyland rides, the highlights for me being: Storybook Canal Boats, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio’s Daring Journey, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough- basically, every attraction that we didn’t have at Walt Disney World.
We decided to forego Dumbo and the Teacups, since we have both of those at home. Plus, my stomach doesn’t do well on spinning rides. Then it was time for two attractions I had been looking forward to very much: Matterhorn Bobsleds and the holiday version of “it’s a small world,” neither of which disappointed.
It was at this point, however, that I was starting to grow weary of carrying around my heavy camera. Besides, let’s be honest, I was taking most pictures with my iPhone camera by now anyway. This was when I realized the most striking difference between Disneyland and Disney World- barely any rides at Disneyland released you into a gift shop at the end. I was looking for a shopping bag to carry my camera, and I actually had to seek out a gift shop- imagine that? I finally found one at the exit to the Alice ride, and retrieved a shopping bag. Mission accomplished!
We traveled to Critter Country and did Winnie the Pooh, and since it was starting to get dark and a bit chilly for us Floridians, we decided to skip Splash Mountain. I had actually really wanted to do this as it’s one of my favorite rides back home, but I didn’t want to spend the night with a wet bottom. Eric and I also skipped Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I know, we’re horrible Disney-goers- but this just means we must make a return trip!
It was at this point that I proved triumphant, and Eric finally put on his sweatshirt. I was right- it did start to get pretty cold. By the end of the night, I would be freezing.
We did Tomorrowland next, and had a fierce competition on Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blasters (with a picture to prove our determination to beat the other- Eric won, of course). I loved that you were able to email the ride picture to yourself for free- I wish you could do that at Disney World! So far, I was liking Disneyland much better than the Magic Kingdom- however, Disney World will always be home.
I’m sad to say that we skipped so many rides in Tomorrowland- Space Mountain was under refurbishment to get a Star Wars overlay, and Star Tours had a long wait. Plus, Eric and I were feeling pretty tired- we have been there since park opening and besides, we really wanted a good spot for Paint the Night. However, we did do the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage! It was really cute.
Paint the Night!
Oh gosh, what can I say about Paint the Night? It was everything I wanted in a nighttime Disney parade and more (although, what was up with the fifty-foot tall Belle?). My favorite song from Wreck-It Ralph (“When Can I See You Again”) played over the most magnificent floats. All the hype I had read about this parade before going was worth it. Eric and I were lucky that we staked out spots about an hour before the parade started- we got some really great views.
The rumor is that this parade will come to Walt Disney World. As of July 2017, we have no nighttime parade. I really hope we get Paint the Night.
(Edit- This rumor has since proved to be false)
On our way out, we did some shopping. I got a Disneyland sweatshirt (which I happily put on right away) and a Disneyland wallet. Everything was decked out in Diamond Anniversary decorations, so they made wonderful keepsakes.
Then, we had a small bite to eat at the Jolly Holiday Café on Main Street. I had a tomato soup and a hot drink. It was perfect to warm me up, and the atmosphere of that restaurant is just so charming.
I had to get a picture in front of the Cast Member sign!
We stopped right before the train station to watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks. They were beautiful, but didn’t compare in my heart to Wishes (RIP). Then, regretfully, we turned our backs on the twinkling castle and said goodbye to Disneyland for now.
I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to ride everything, but I was happy with the things we did get to experience. We rode everything that we didn’t have at home.
Also, we knew we would be back.
Hugs and Fishes,