Saturday morning we got up early, had breakfast, and were at Disneyland a little before it opened at 8 am. The music in the morning between the parks is so peaceful and inspiring. For me it made me even more excited to go into Disneyland.
When Disneyland opened we made our way over to our first ride, it’s a small world. As Elisabeth and I walked over the bridge to go through Sleeping Beauty’s castle, two birds flew by overhead, making the moment even more special. I felt like they were doves, welcoming me into the magic.
It’s a small world was a great first ride. I was so giddy and happy. Elisabeth and I kept pointing out all the different countries and characters. I was snapping pictures constantly and singing the song. It was a lot of fun and started me off in the perfect mood.
I believe that we went on the Indiana Jones ride after that. That one was also a lot of fun, especially the part where the huge rock rolls toward the car. It was so realistic that I got a bit scared and closed my eyes right at the last minute. Thankfully we went on it again the next day so I was able to keep my eyes open the whole time in order to experience everything.
That morning we also went on The Pirates of the Caribbean ride and The Haunted Mansion. Neither were as amazing as I thought they were going to be. And Elisabeth did mention how both had changed a lot since she had last been there. They were still fun, but I enjoyed other rides more. I do have to say that Disney has such fantastic, realistic animatronics. The movements are almost without fault. Some of the animatronics I saw throughout my time there almost seemed real, I’m very impressed.
We went on the ride, Star Tours, that first day too. OMG, I LOVE that ride. I really enjoy the rides that bounce me around and immerse me in a story. Even though I’m not a fan of Star Wars, I went on that ride three times. I would have loved to have gone on it more too.
Another ride I really liked was Space Mountain. That was the perfect roller coaster for me. I really don’t like huge roller coasters or rides that make my stomach drop immensely, so Space Mountain was fantastic. It made my stomach drop, but only a little bit, which is what I like. I think it is so brilliant that the entire roller coaster is inside and in the dark. I loved the stars in the beginning of the ride. They were just so beautiful. I know they were just tiny lights, but I thought they were great. The cold air in my face was nice. I felt so giddy when I rode that roller coaster. We went on that ride three times too throughout our stay there.
We had lunch at Big Thunder Ranch. It was an all you can eat restaurant that served ribs, bbq chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread. It was so delicious. I had two ribs and chicken! After a really warm morning it was so pleasant to sit in some shade and just eat. Haha. We also got to listen to a guy play the guitar for a bit. Then we headed over to Woody’s All American Roundup where we saw Woody and Bullseye and listened to a group called Billy and the Hillbillies. It was a lot of fun.
In the afternoon we watched the Aladdin show. It was impressive because they had Aladdin and Jasmine flying on the carpet. Both Aladdin and Jasmine were great actors, they had fantastic voices. Genie was good with his impressions but he said way too many pop culture jokes and references that it got old really fast. I would have much preferred he stick to the original movie.
We went back to our hotel for a bit and went swimming and took showers. I had not gone swimming in such a long time that it was sooo nice. I did not want to leave the pool, but we needed to go back to California Adventures because later that night we were going to see the World of Color show. The pool was so refreshing though, it was exactly what we needed after a very busy morning and afternoon.
So we went back to California Adventures and went on the Grizzly River Run ride. We weren’t quite sure how wet to expect to get, so none of us brought a change of clothes. Becky and I got the most wet, Elisabeth made it out with only a few splashes. One whole pant leg was soaked for me and Becky’s entire pants got wet. Thankfully she had some kind of awesome fabric that dried really quickly.
We got some food for dinner from a New Orleans-style restaurant. I got some chili and hush puppies. Becky bought some beignets, French doughnuts pretty much. They were hot and delicious, oh my goodness. After dinner we headed over to watch the World of Color performance. That was one of my favorite parts of my trip. The show is performed on a lake with lots of lights and shooting water. They project images onto the water. It is absolutely breathtaking, I teared up because I thought it was so beautiful. The colors, oh the colors were magnificent. I love bright colors, and this show was full of them. The music was wonderful and so inspiring, I need to find it online so I can download the main song. I cannot describe how marvelous that show was.
We also went on the Soarin’ over California ride. That is a fantastic ride. One of my favorites there. You can feel the breeze and smell the oranges and the pine trees. It’s an amazing ride, very relaxing too. We were only able to go on it once, which is a bummer. But I figure it just means I’m going to have to go back!
So at some point we went back to our hotel and quickly fell asleep. It was a long, fun-filled day but we had to get ready for the next one!