Wednesday my mom and I spent the whole day at Disneyland and California Adventure! One of the best days I've had in a long time! We have a friend who was able to let us in for free, so that made it even better - a late birthday present for me - and we could hop back and forth to each park whenever we wanted. And it was a really nice day for weather too: it was sunny, but there was a breeze so we never got too hot (although, later we got too cold, but that's a whole other thing).
Anyway, so it was Disneyland first - here's a summary in pictures:
waiting outside Cal. Adventure
Main St. (this was about the spot we watched the fireworks too)
more Main St.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Capt. Jack (If you haven't ridden the ride since the movies, they've added Jack, Capt. Barbosa and Davy Jones to the ride along with music from the movie. Love it!)
Splash Mountain (this line was ridiculous. we waited for an hour - most lines weren't longer than 45 min. - and the people behind and in front of us were completely obnoxious. we had planned on It's a Small World afterwards and then decided we didn't have anymore patience left for that lol)
Tomorrowland! (we rode Space Mountain next, which is a whole story in and of itself: we were about 10 feet from getting into the numbered lines to get on the ride when they had to stop the ride because three or four cars were stuck on the tracks. they turned on all the lights and we had to wait until they cleared the tracks, which took about 15 or 20 minutes - after we'd already been waiting for about 45 min. It was a long wait, but it was worth it. That ride is, hands down, the best ride at Disneyland!) we would have gone on Star Tours too, but it was closed :(
Disney and Mickey
Cal. Adventure entrance
I bought some shot glasses (I collect them, wherever I go) from this store and it looks really cool all lit up at night!
We went on Soarin' over California first - after we took a break and got some ice cream, of course - and then, as we were walking toward the roller coaster we came across Grizzly River Run, which we got soaked on (and ended up being a dumb idea because it was already 6 o'clock so we didn't have any time to dry), but it was a fun ride.
'California Screamin' - smoothest roller coaster I've ever been on!
After our dinner of tacos we went over to the ferris wheel and sat down where it was warmer and I started messing around with my camera as it got dark
The main reason we stayed over at Cal. Adventure when it got dark was because of their World of Color show that's going on this summer. People have been talking about it on the news and the Today show and I really wanted to see it, but it turns out you have to pay extra (ie, buy a fastpass) to be able to stand in the designated areas with the best view and there are only so many other areas you can see it; and then, on top of that, they rope off all the areas around the viewing area and don't allow you to stop walking. So, in other words, if you haven't paid extra (on top of admission into the park) you can't watch the show. Excuse my french, but that was the most fucked up thing I've ever heard of. And it says on the map for the park that you can get a fastpass, but it doesn't say that's the only way you can watch. And I'm sure most people assumed, like I did, that fastpass just means those are the better seats and you can watch it elsewhere. Talk about false advertising. I was so bummed that we had waited over at that park while we were getting colder by the minute only to find out we couldn't watch it! It was just really upsetting because that's a temporary show (it ends the 29th of this month, I believe) so I'll never get to see it now :(
It was a relief to go back over to Disneyland where they let you stand, and even sit, in the middle of Main St. to watch the Fireworks show at 9:30 every night. Free for everyone! And it's an amazing fireworks show! It's choreographed to music and the castle lights up along with the fireworks.
Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth, but I'm not sure I can say the same for California Adventure.