Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
Trip End Jun 28, 2013

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Disneyland Park

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, June 22, 2013

Day 2 at Disneyland and today we had a Magic Morning Pass which entitled us to get into the park an hour before it officially opened to the rest of the public, i.e. 7.00am.

That mean't for a really early morning wake-up as we intended to have breakfast before our shuttle departed at 6.30am. We headed down to the hotel restaurant at 6.00am only to find out that it didn't open until 6.30am, when we were due to leave. Shit-balls !

We waited the half hour for the shuttle and pillaged some bottled water and muesli bars which were available in the hotel lobby for guests.

We jumped on the shuttle and immediately bumped into a mum and daughter from Tokoroa. Marie, the mum, was about our age, and Shantelle, the daughter, was the same age as Danielle. We all got on like a house on fire and they spent the best part of the day with us.

We arrived at the Disneyland Park, which was what we were tackling today, and joined the queue of people with Magic Morning Passes, ready to head swiftly to our first ride. The intention was to do as many of the bigger, busier rides as we could and avoid having to queue for hours, where possible. The 'Morris Plan of Attack' was set in motion.

And we're off !!! The gates were opened and the 5 of us set off at a brisk pace to our first ride, Space Mountain. Space Mountain is a high-speed indoor roller coaster set in the dark where all you pretty much see are stars whizzing by. It is still a pretty cool ride despite being about 35 years old. Marie had decided to sit this one out. There was no queue to speak of and we had it nailed by 7.15am. As we were already in Tomorrowland, we headed next door to one of the other big attractions, Star Tours. Again, we hardly had to queue at all. Star Tours is a simulator ride which sees you riding with C3PO and R2D2 on a spaceship flying through cities in space, fighting other space ships and cruising around other planets. This ride was much better than I had remembered when I did it years ago.

Next, we headed to the Matterhorn bobsleds where we had about a 20 minute wait before we were screaming down Matterhorn Mountain in our bobsleds.

By now it was after 8.00am and the masses were streaming in. We headed over to Adventureland and jumped on the Indiana Jones Ride which only had a 10 minute queue. Another cool ride based on the movie series.

Next stop was Splash Mountain and again, we only had a 10 minute wait. Splash Mountain is a Log Flume Ride and the good news is we managed to stay pretty dry compared to some of the other water rides we had been on at the previous theme parks we had visited.

It was now 9.00am and we had pretty much nailed all the big rides at the park. We couldn't believe our luck especially as it was a Saturday and School holidays here in the US.

We had intended to do Big Thunder Mountain Railroad next but unfortunately it was closed for maintenance.

We were all pretty hungry as we had skipped breakfast so we stopped and ate at the Disney Riverside Cafe overlooking the Rivers of America, Mark Twain Paddle Steamer and the Pirate Ship, Columbia.

With full tummies, we started on a few of the easy rides. First up was Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted House. The rides were still pretty cool considering the era they were built in.

Our next ride was in 'Critter Country'. It was called ''The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh' which was the first of several rides that were pretty lame. Good for little kids but not for us big kids.

We said goodbye to Marie and Shantelle who were heading back to the hotel to attend a Pirate Show later this afternoon. Meanwhile, we headed to 'Adventureland' and jumped on the Jungle Cruise. The wait times were getting longer with us waiting about half an hour for this ride. It is one of the oldest rides at the park and whilst it is a bit cheesy, the guide made the ride with her jokes.

We then did a series of lame children's rides in 'Fantasyland', namely, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Peter Pans Flight and Mr Toad's Wild Ride. Wild, my arse. I've had wilder times in the toilet.

Wendy actually sat out Mr Toad's not so wild ride as she needed a sugar fix to boost her energy levels. Danielle and I met her after the ride and we grabbed some lunch.

We then jumped on the famous King Arthur Carousel. I don't think I have been on a carousel in 40 years !!! I now remember why. Borrrrrring !

We headed back over to 'Tomorrowland' where we had started the day and did the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters game. This was surprisingly fun. It was one of the few interactive games where 3 of you sit in a space ship, 2 with laser guns and 1 driving and controlling the direction of the space ship. Danielle and I were the shooters competing for points by shooting various targets while Wendy spun us round. Wendy was favouring Danielle to give her more opportunity to hit the targets. What a tart !

We grabbed some Fastpass tickets for the Autopia ride and while we waited for our allotted time, queued for the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. This was the longest queue we waited in all day - about an hour. The submarine ride was pretty cool I thought but obviously not that cool as Wendy fell asleep.

We headed across to our last ride of the day, Autopia, which is a car ride on a track. Danielle drove in one car with Wendy as a passenger and I drove in a separate car. Danielle was all over the show and was getting plenty of feedback from Wendy. The upshot of it was that Danielle will be getting driving lessons when she turns 15 because neither of us want a bar of teaching her after that performance.

We were done. We had managed to bowl about 16 rides and, by and large, had avoided lengthy queues. To kill time while waiting for our 5.00pm shuttle bus, we watched some of Mickey's Soundsational Parade, which we had seen the day before.

We got back to the hotel and were looking forward to meeting up with the Stace Clan who were arriving at the hotel today and would be staying for the next 3 nights. As it turned out, they had only just arrived as we got in from Disneyland.

We said our hello's over a couple of beers (Morris & Stace tradition) and headed to the pool for a swim. Wendy grabbed us a long-island ice tea each and it was good to have a soak in the hot tub.

As the Staces were tired after their long flight and we were pretty buggered after our big day at Disneyland, we decided to have dinner at our hotel. Big mistake. It took us an hour to get our first round of drinks. We only ordered 2 bottles of wine for feck sake. Me and Phil had steaks which were pretty good but the girl's food was junk and Danielle's nachos looked like a big dog turd on corn chips. Jed bowled his and Danielle left hers.

We complained and got Danielle's meal comped . They also forgot to put one of the girls' meals on the bill which was a bonus. We buggered off and didn't worry about tipping the useless waitress either. What a shambles !

We all retired pretty shattered - another big day ahead at Disney tomorrow.

Over and out !
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