Disneyland: Jan. 30, 2005

Yesterday we went to Disneyland with John (a co-worker) and his girlfriend. We started at 10 AM as California Adventure opened by going straight to Sorin’. Then we went to the Tower of Terror, Screamin’, and the Sun Wheel. We had lunch at Cocina Cucamonga.

We hopped (not literally) over to Disneyland itself and rode Pirates, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Small World, the Carrousel, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Alice in Wonderland, Haunted Mansion, Matterhorn Bobsleds, and another trip on the Jungle Cruise.

We took the cruise twice because the first time we got a really bad guide. I hope he was new, but they really should do better training before putting guides like that in front of guests. The used the throttle the whole way, so the trip was about twice as fast as it should have been. It was really hard to understand what he was saying for the people in the back with the engine running, and he wasn’t very enthusiastic. The second trip was much much better. Our guide stopped at all of the major points, told a lot more jokes, and truly seemed to be enjoying herself. At the end of the trip, the whole boat applauded her.

We had dinner at the Blue Bayou, and left there in a rush so that we could catch the Electrical Light parade back in California Adventure. We tried to see It’s Tough to be a Bug after the parade, but it was closed for the night. We did a little shopping in Downtown Disney, and flew home.

Overall, it was an excellent trip. I want to go back a couple times before our passes expire in April. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch some of the new attractions (like the Buzz Lightyear ride) that will be opening for Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. Space Mountain won’t be open until this Fall, but it’ll be interesting to see what they do with the Tiki Room. I noticed several changes to the Haunted Mansion that I was very impressed with. (I’ll let you find them for yourself.) Don’t you love how Disneyland (and CA Adventure) are always changing, and usually improving?