After the wedding extravaganza, my mom and I woke up bright and early to go to Disneyland!!!! I love Disneyland and always have. My mom is also a huge fan so we take our trips pretty seriously. And by pretty seriously I mean that before I even left for LA, I had printed out maps of both parks and highlighted all the rides we wanted to do while we were there...I mean we only had 14 hours!! This is not our first trip- we are seasoned Disneyland go-ers so we do not mess around...get in, hit the major rides and get out.
We got to the park around 8:30 and ran over (literally) to California Adventures to get Fastpasses to the new Cars ride Radiator Springs Racers. It wasn't even 9 and the return time on our Fastpasses was already 1:40 so we knew it was going to be a popular ride (it sold out of Fastpasses by 11 AND the wait was 2 hours long- crazy!!). Then in a Disneyland miracle, the line for Toy Story Mania aka the best ride ever was only 7 mins long so we jumped in line. After beating my mom (100,000 points to 96,800 points <--- sucker!) we raced back over to Disneyland since we were taking a tour! Everything was all done up for Halloween so there were pumpkins everywhere - apparently on main street there are more than 300 and no two are alike.
opening/dedication day they had twice the number of invited guest show up, the asphalt was poured that morning meaning high heeled shoes sank in it, there was a gas leak and had to close part of the park, they ran out of food, it was 101 degrees and due to a plumbers strike they could have working restrooms or working water fountains but not both (W.D. went with restrooms- good call). Yea total chaos...they called it Black Sunday. Thankfully it has improved since then :-)
One of the tour highlights is that you get to go into the lobby of Club 33. Club 33 is a 'secret' exclusive club at Disneyland. Its crazy expensive (or so I've heard) and the wait list is years (yes YEARS) long. The only way to get inside is to be a member or a guest of a member so it was pretty cool even if we just got to see the lower lobby. The elevator is replica of one that WD saw in Paris but the Paris owner refused to sell it so WD had people go out to take measurements in order to build an exact working replica.
Walt's main street apartment above the fire department. Cool to see the teeny tiny studio apartment he stayed at when he was visiting Disneyland. The apartment used to have a hole in the floor for a fire pole so his grandkids could side down into the fire hall on main street. However, once WD was sitting in the apartment getting some work done when a kid decided he wanted to check out the apartment and climbed UP the pole...they sealed that up soon after :-) This isn't the only apartment in a Disney resort - there is also the suite at Cinderella's Castle in WDW and the Dream suite above Pirates of the Caribbean.
So yes, we happily checked off another item on my list at the happiest place on earth! Check out my new and very appropriate keychain:
Can't wait to go back!
|Pic I took during World of Color- seriously its awesome and you should totally check it out if you go.|