It’s Monday. One of my children didn’t nap. Forgive the lateness of this post.
(Also, this post is a continuation of this post, if you are confused about why I seem to be starting in the middle of my story.)
As the afternoon began to approach, we decided it was time to head to Fantasyland for the inevitable waits we were about to endure. I don’t know why I was so sure it was going to be miserable (I guess I’ve been spoiled by the FastPass system), but I really wasn’t bad. I think we waited 30 minutes to ride the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which ended up not even being as long as our wait for the Haunted Mansion, so I really just needed to stop whining/worrying about waiting (that’s just what you do, though, when you only have 1 day and you’re literally trying to do. it. all. so you will feel like you got your money’s worth).
Speaking of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, boy what an overrated ride experience. Everyone claimed it was “just like Expedition Everest” and, let me tell you, it was not. It was bumpy, jerky, and not nearly as fun from start to finish. AND it was a 1-seater. Yes, it was one of a few roller coasters in the park, but I would say SKIP IT.
After our backs recovered, we rode Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Pinnochio’s Daring Journey, and Alice in Wonderland. Each of these rides is unique to Disneyland, but they can all be compared to rides in WDW like Snow White’s Scary Adventures (which, sadly, is no longer), The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
Because we did have some waits on each of those rides, we opted out of Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s A Small World, Mad Tea Party, and Prince Charming’s Carousel because we had researched them and found that they were almost identical to the rides of the same name in WDW.
I did get some great photos of It’s A Small World decorated for Christmas as we made our way over to our last stop, Mickey’s Toontown.
Mickey’s Toontown is really geared toward the under 10 crowd. There are great attractions for that age group like Mickey’s House, Goofy’s Playhouse, and Donald’s Boat. Most of those attractions involve walking around inside and looking at all the fun things you can open, pull, twist, and flip on and off. Some of them even have character meet and greets at the end! Neil and I did want to try out Gadget’s Go Coaster because it appeared similiar to Goofy’s Barnstormer, but it was temporarily closed when we got there.
No matter. We were kinda pooped by that time in the evening, so we decided to grab some dinner, browse around in the shops for a bit, and hit up the Starbucks on our way out.
Man, if there was ever a good idea for change within the Disney Parks, it was the addition of Starbucks. I know some folks out there don’t like the idea of that company “invading” and “commercializing” Disney, but have you ever had Disney “coffee?” That junk was nasty. And that’s putting it mildly. The ability to get Starbucks quality coffee without leaving the park is a VAST improvement on all fronts.
Well that about sums up our ride experiences on our first trip EVER to Disneyland! What do y’all want to hear about next? Food? Atmosphere? Something other than Disney? (Sorry if you’re bored with this topic already). Let me know, and I’ll get to it. I’ll probably give y’all a break from Disney after this and pick back up with my recent trip to WDW in a few weeks. So much time and so little to cover!
Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. 😉