Day 2: Operation Disneyland
Outcome: My legs are tired
We spent two full days at the happiest place on earth, and if we’d only spent one-and-three-quarter days, my legs wouldn’t be so tired. Between Monday and Tuesday, we walked a full 21 miles.
Admittedly, it was 21 miles of pure, unadulterated fun. The closest I came to a roller coaster yesterday was Goofy’s Sky School, which was, well, goofy. But fun-goofy. Bill did the Tower of Terror by himself first thing in the morning while I went to pick up a couple of my must-haves – Matterhorn Macaroons.
It was during my trip from California Adventure (where the Tower of Terror is located) to Magic Kingdom (where the Matterhorn Macaroons live) that I saw my strange-person-of-the-day. Another grandmother like myself, but wearing a green shirt, green shorts, and fairy wings. All over her gray hair she had 30 or 40 flower barrettes. That’s all I’ll say about Grandma Tinker Bell. But, FAIRY WINGS.
The first time I ever went to a Disney park was Disney World as an adult. My family of origin didn’t go to Disneyland; we went to Colorado. That’s how the Gloors rolled. But it was love at first sight. And I passed that love on to my son, who loves it as much as his mother. From my first visit, my favorite ride has always been Pirates of the Caribbean. The Haunted Mansion is second runner up. That has never changed.
It is with great trepidation that I admit that I am leaving Jack Sparrow for another man. Lightning McQueen. I decided after my second round on Radiator Springs Racers that it is my favorite ride. But Pirates is still a close second.
One final remark about Disneyland. I have no idea how the company treats their employees (though I would suspect well). But as far as running a great organization, I don’t think they can be beat. If I had a question, it didn’t matter who I asked. They knew the answer and they were cheerfully helpful. Disney’s attention to detail cannot be matched. We had dinner at the Blue Bayou which is the restaurant adjoining Pirates of the Caribbean. As we sat at the table, we watched the boats float by. There was an old shack by the water, and fireflies flickered on and off. You would have sworn you were outside sitting by the bayou. You could almost hear the crickets. I noticed a cloud in the “sky” and, as we ate, the cloud slowly changed its shape – just like clouds do in real life. I finally asked our waiter how in the world that was possible. He explained that the cloud was really just light projected onto the wall. And the “fireflies” were really just tiny lights at the end of a long stick that were being blown around by a big fan.
After two days, strategic use of Fast Passes and Park Hopper tickets, planning ahead, and very many trips back and forth from Magic Kingdom to California Adventure, here’s what we were able to ride during our time at Disneyland…
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride
Big Thunder Mountain
Haunted Mansion (twice)
Pirates of the Caribbean (twice)
Boat ride to Tom Sawyer’s Island
Tarzan’s Tree House
Radiator Springs Racers (twice)
Hollywood Hotel Tower of Terror (Bill by himself)
Goofy’s Sky School
After two days of Disney, our legs are tired and we’re ready to go home. But it was great fun indeed.