Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by ashw100, Jul 17, 2018.
Great trip report!
Thanks, there was so much to see on the Riverboat.
Day 2: Part 3
The boys didn’t want to nap but, we insisted they had to lay down for an hour, even if they didn’t fall asleep. Well Nicholas and James were out immediately, as was Joe. However, after an hour Connor and I were still awake, so we went down to the pool. Around this time, our window opened to get another fastpass so I grabbed it for Soarin. Connor had so much fun going down the monorail slides.
It was a little cold for me, so I watched from the sidelines while I talked to my mom on the phone. Eventually Joe and the other two came down. James didn’t want to swim, but Nicholas was ready to go.
This is how he does thumbs up
I popped into Trader Sams for a drink, but after five minutes and no service I went outside and got drinks from there. I got a Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum, which is rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice dusted with cinnamon and nutmeg.
It was a delicious tropical concoction, but not very strong. After a little while more at the pool, we all went back up to the room to get ready for dinner. Somewhere around this time I was able to grab another FP for TSMM. In case you have lost count we currently were holding four FPs, the anytime one from BTMRR, RSR, Soarin, and TSMM. We took the monorail back to DL.
Nicholas has all the necessary accessories
We still had time before our dinner ADR, so we decided to use our anytime FP for BTMRR. James and Connor did not want to go on this ride. Connor, as I said, is just not a thrill ride person, although he can be convinced sometimes. James on the other hand, refuses anything that is unknown to him, regardless of what it is. We bribed them with the promise that we would have a predinner Mickey bar if they rode.
Nicholas is ready
James, not so much
On one side of me James screamed like he was dying the entire time and the other side I had Nicholas giggling and whooping through the whole thing. Needless to say, James hated it, and Nicholas loved his first big boy rollercoaster. Although I predicted that would happen as he made us ride Barnstormer over and over and over on our last WDW trip. As for Joe and I, these WDW vets loved the ending here so much better. As was quickly becoming the trend, the rides are just better here. We got them their promised Mickey bars, James and I opted for the ice cream sandwiches.
One interesting this we noticed was it said hard frozen, and we weren’t sure what that meant. We quickly learned that these frozen treats were in fact frozen into solid hard bricks. It was super hard to eat and not very pleasant, we finally found something we like at WDW better. We still had some time, and Winnie the Pooh had a short wait, so we decided to try it out.
Waiting in line
Joe's very bad attempt at a family selfie
Having done very little before this trip, I thought this was identical to the WDW version. And surprise, surprise, we liked this one better too.
It was super hard to take pictures on this ride though
We made our way over to New Orleans Square for our ADR at Café Orleans and we noticed a constant stream of chefs walking away from New Orleans Square. When we finally fought like a fish trying to swim upstream to get to the restaurant, we learned that New Orleans Square was closed for the night as a fire had broken out. We could see all the abandoned tables outside, with food still sitting on them, it was a sad sight. Apart from being sad about missing our dinner, the only reason I had bought park hoppers was so we could eat in Disneyland both nights, and now that was unnecessary. The boys were very hungry, so we stopped at the first place I could think of, Refreshment Corner. Everyone got hot dogs and we ate outside on the beautiful night. While it wasn’t what I had planned, we ended up having a fun time. The boys played games on the bags they got and Joe and I talked about our upcoming plans for the night. I was also able to snag another FP, this time for Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout. As we made our way down Main Street I spotted the very coveted rose gold ears at the Emporium. I ducked in real quick to buy them and then we went over to DCA.
The first thing we needed to see was Carsland.
Nicholas was done with family pictures
Cruz Ramirez was out meeting so we stopped by to say hello.
It was time to use our FP for RSR, and I was so excited to finally experience this ride.
James was freaking out, but I tried to calm him. He did the same thing with TT at Epcot, and I he ended up loving that ride, I just needed him to just try it again. Meanwhile, Nicholas was mad we didn’t get the Lightening McQueen car.
In the end, everyone absolutely loved this ride. I thought it was so well done, we got the Ramone side, the only time it got it all trip. I was also glad we had the chance to ride it at night, since it was our only opportunity, and I loved it at night so much more. We walked all the way back for TSMM next. This area was all under construction at the time so it felt like kind of a waste to walk all way back there for one ride.
We had a little time before our next FP, so we did some shopping in the store near Grizzly River Run. I know the boys got some stuffed animals and pins. We had our next FP for Soarin. This was another new one for Nicholas and James.
They both loved it. After the ride, the boys were getting hungry and wanted popcorn. We came across two stands, both were out of popcorn. We hoped we could find some along the way. We had our last FP for GotG, but when we got over there the line was super long. We didn’t think we would have enough time to wait and get a good spot for WoC, so we skipped it. Also we were still on the hunt for popcorn. We did not come across another stand on the way over to WoC. Joe walked the entire length of that area looking for something for the boys to eat, but it was all the food booths for the Lunar New Year celebration. Our mission failed, we went into the area for WoC. The boys were still hungry, but luckily I had goldfish packed. We had a pretty good view of WoC, but we had to hold the boys. My back was killing me by the end, poor Joe had it worse holding James. We had the Lunar New Year beginning, which was very beautiful. The whole time Nicholas kept saying he couldn’t wait for fireworks. I tried to tell him there weren’t any in this show, but low and behold at the end of the Lunar Year preshow, they did set off fireworks. I didn’t get many pictures of the show, because I just wanted to enjoy.
I absolutely loved it, it's now my favorite Disney nighttime show. We walked back to the hotel, making a pitstop at Earl of Sandwich. Joe and I split the chipotle chicken avocado sandwich. OMG this was a delicious sandwich, it had a nice flavor from the chipotle, and the chicken and avocados were so fresh. It was the perfect way to end, a pretty awesome day.
Sounds like a great rest of your day! That really stinks about your ADR at Cafe Orleans
World of Color is so amazing!
It's definietly on my list for next time. I just wanted to try some beignets and the monte cristo so bad
Day 3: Part1
It was another early morning magic day for us, so we were up early. It was Joe’s 30th birthday, as well as Super Bowl Sunday. While Joe was in the bathroom getting ready, I “decorated” the room.
On the walk to DTD, we passed some infamous Disneyland cats.
We also made the smart decision and preordered our coffee and pastries from Starbucks, so it was ready to be picked up by the time we got there.
It was a lot less busy this morning for early magic than the day before at Disneyland.
We picked another bad line this morning, but soon we were back in Carsland.
Our first stop was RSR.
While we were in line I purchased Maxpass again, and immediately booked RSR for 9 am. I was loving how easy Maxpass made everything. I took advatange of the early morning light to take some pictures of the ride this time around.
After winning our race, we explored Carsland in the daytime a little.
Our next ride was on Luigi Rollickin Roadsters. The queue for this ride is so cute.
Aww I love how much they love Lightening McQueen
Time to dance
This was such a fun ride, James and I laughed the whole time.
Day 3: Part 2
We explored Raditor Springs some more. I was so enchanted with this land, and couldn't stop taking pictures of everything. This is by far my favorite fully immersive land so far. Pandora is okay, I just don't think its that engaging with the details. And while I haven't been to Toy Story land, I don't think it will beat Carsland.
Going tractor tippin'
Next up was Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, again another adorable queue. This was themed with all the escapades from Mater's Tall Tales, which I thought was cute.
I don't know why they both look so upset
The ride was just okay, nothing really special. Early morning magic was wrapping up, and we wanted to do Luigi’s one more time. Nicholas was upset for some reason, so Joe sat it out with him. James, Connor and I had another great time.
With the park officially open, Lightening McQueen came out for his first meet and greet of the day.
Then we got to use our FP for RSR.
I was immediately able to grab a fastpass for GotG next. We walked over there, and even with their clever disguise, Connor knew it was Tower of Terror. The other two were clueless, thinking we were going on some awesome Guardians ride. We rushed through the queue so quickly we couldn’t really check it out.
We also weren’t in a great place to see Rocket.
We got on the ride pretty quickly, and it went by so fast.
What do you think the boys thought?
Every single one of the kids hated the ride. They were so mad at us, they wouldn’t even talk to us after the ride. While I think it was a fun ride, it still doesn’t compare to my beloved WDW Tower of Terror.
To make it up to the boys for being terrible parents, we took them on a favorite, Soarin, which we had gotten a FP for. And while we waited in the line we grabbed another FP, so we could just get right back on after. I was so apprehensive about FP, since I was so used to WDW, but I have to say Disneyland’s FP system is so much better. The park had only been open for two hours and we had already ridden 4 rides with fastpass. After our second ride on Soarin', we grabbed another one for TSMM, for a little later.
Yeah, they are pretty hard to eat! The CMs usually try to warm them up between their hands, but even on a super hot day it's not enough! I think the first time I got one at WDW I was so surprised I could eat it right away!
I agree - love that ride at night!
I had the same problem once when I saw WoC. I wanted popcorn, and ended up doing a full lap of the pier area trying to find a cart, but no luck. I think I ended up finding someone back the road towards Carsland, but it was prepackaged, so not that good.
Oh no! I love GotG: MB!
Sounds like a nice morning in Cars Land! I totally ag ree with you, it's so immersive and magical. By far the best area!
Aww I'm sorry the boys didn't like GotG!
Interesting, I wonder why it's different
It was a very frustrating quest for sure.
It was, glad we got to enjoy it empty for awhile
It's okay we figured they wouldn't like it
Their FP system seems so awesome! I can't wait to go to Disneyland, we are planning for most likely November of 2019 and I can't wait!
Following along! It seems like a great trip so far!
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