Welcome Back Space Mountain

Yesterday afternoon, Jesse and I remembered that we were planning to go to Disneyland for the day. Coca-Cola is currently selling two liter bottles of Coke with coupons for $20 of the Southern California Annual Pass. The coupons expire on Dec. 15, so we needed to go sooner rather than later.

It took us about two hours to drive down there and get parked, and we had to wait about an hour in lines to get our passes, but we were all set by 6:00. We headed over to the Pizza Port in Tomorrowland for dinner.

Once we were done with dinner, we got in line for Space Mountain. The ride was closed for two years for a major refurbishment. Since it’s one of our favorite rides, we were really looking forward to riding it again. The line was pretty long (about 50 min.), and it stopped moving for about ten minutes, but eventually we made it on. The new coaster carts are very comfortable, and the track is very smooth — not that it wasn’t smooth before. The new effects look great, but I don’t know that they’re quite as stunning as Disney claims. I never did feel like I was spinning in free fall. The ending was really cool, but I won’t spoil the surprise.

After Space Mountain, we wandered around and ended up getting stuck behind a parade. The sub lagoon is all boarded up in preparation for the Finding Nemo that’s coming in ’07. Tomorrow land was already busy with the Buzz Lightyear ride and the return of Space Mountain. It’s going to be very busy and exciting when the subs are back in action. We hit a couple more rides (Big Thunder, Pirates, the Mansion, and Buzz) and watched most of the fireworks before leaving at 10:00. We had a really great time, and I’m looking forward to returning at least a few more times in the next year.