It seemed only fitting on the fourth of May to resume the telling of our California road trip which included at its southernmost point, a visit to Disneyland, the happiest place on earth!
How’s this for a welcome?
We’ve been to Disneyland many times before, both together, and as kids. It’s not for everyone perhaps, but we have always enjoyed it, so it seemed like a fun place to shoot for on our road trip to sunshine. In particular we wanted to see the new Star Wars land which mostly lived up to the hype.
At least the ‘land’ did, we only went on one of the rides there, due to the long wait times.
Speaking of rides – we started out at Splash Mountain since the line was short. We had great fun on what is essentially a roller coaster through water, with a big drop at the end. We got soaked and it was all good since it was 88 degrees – yes, we found the sunshine we were looking for!
But near the end of the ride, we got into a logjam as we stopped moving and cars (well, logs, I guess) lined up behind us. And there we sat. And sat. Slowed only? Or completely broken down we weren’t sure.
Until after 15 minutes some Disney helpers came and escorted us off and up the stairs to the right. Yes indeed. Our first ride of the day (not counting the train that circles the park) broke down. (Do you know how happy I was that this happened after the big drop??)
The upside was that we were rewarded for our troubles with a fast pass on any other ride which we used at Millenium Falcon in Star Wars Galaxy Edge. It was a fine ride, but we both liked the original Star Tours ride better which we went on later.
Surprisingly, there were other breakdowns that day, but we were not on them. Instead, we’d come along later after they’d just reopened, and lines were short. So we enjoyed many of our favorites – Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones, Jungle Cruise as well as the aforementioned Splash Mountain and Star Tours. But not our very favorite ride, Pirates of the Caribbean which was being refurbished.
Overall it was a splendid day. And even though I looked around and saw we were sometimes the oldest people on a ride, I’d do it all again. Old is just an attitude.
Here’s a gallery from the park including some very dapper looking ladies, all dressed up for Dapper Day.
And that concludes this episode of our road trip to sunny Southern California. More to come.
It is the “happiest place on earth!”
At least one of the many!! 🙂 🙂
It has been so long since I’ve been to Disneyland, Sue! My dad worked for the phone company in San Diego and every year the employees and their families enjoyed a free day. This was back when there were “E-ticket” rides–try explaining this concept to college students, LOL! I love Pirates, too, so sad it wasn’t operational. Glad you got off the Star Wars ride and they rewarded you with fast track! Sounds like the force was with you after all! Makes me suspect that the pandemic eliminated previous employee talent and they are starting from scratch will ill-trained workers.
What fun to have an annual free trip back in the day!! We had such a great time, but honestly, I was so surprised about the breakdowns! Splash Mountain was the one they had to escort us off of, but it did give us fast track onto Millenium Falcon. We got onto Indiana Jones quickly because it had just opened up again while we were walking by, after it had broken down. Brave, weren’t we to get back on these rides? 😉
Perhaps you’re right, that things are just coming back into normal functioning after the pandemic, and folks are either new or rusty.
It wouldn’t have bothered me, glad you didn’t have to wait in long lines and enjoyed the sunny skies!
We LOVED the weather and we never waited that long in line so it was all good!
Oh wow! The last time I was at Disneyland was when my granddaughter was about three years old, and she’s 19 now! Some of the attractions you mentioned weren’t even there back then. Glad you guys had fun and good weather too! 😀
Yes, so many new rides and even whole lands! And the weather was perfect. We had a blast, even without any kids! 😊😊
What fun! A place where everyone can be a kid again.
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I love love love Disneyland and have wanted to see Star Wars land for a while, looks awesome, thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
One of my favorite places! Sounds like a hot day, but always fun. 😎 Were the lines as messed up as the media made it sound? I went five times last year but am hesitant now…would like my Dland fix though.
I LOVED the heat as we’ve had such a cold and rainy spring in the NW. We were able to go on most of the rides we wanted to. It wasn’t too bad, varies quite a bit depending on the specific day, I think.
I guess I shouldn’t complain about the weather in SoCal then. 🤣 Glad you had a nice visit here. Dland is the best! 😎
Because I don’t like fast rides, I never wanted to go to Disneyland, even when I was a child.
However, I have been to where Star Wars was filmed in Tunisia, two years before the film was released. Now they have turned it into Star Wars tourism, but in 1975, people still lived there.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks, Pete. I like Disneyland more for the themed lands, than for the rides. (Other theme parks have more daring and fast rides which I am not a fan of!) But how cool that you visited the real thing – Tunisia!! That must have been quite interesting! 🙂
Many years ago when my oldest was 3 we went to Disneyland. She and I got stuck underground in the “It’s A Small World” ride for about 30 minutes. To this day she can get me to laugh and shudder at the same time when she starts humming the tune!
So the ride got stuck but the music kept going?? That would drive you crazy in a hurry! 😄😆
Yup. In the dark. Those little munchkins singing away.
Makes me laugh just thinking about it! Glad you survived the trauma! 😉
It looks like you had an amazing trip! Thanks for sharing!
Yes, we had a great time! Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
I have never been to Disneyland but I have been to Disney World several times. I would still like to go to Disneyland some day, but I doubt that will ever happen because my partner lived not too far away from it and visited it many, many times in her life and NEVER WANTS TO GO AGAIN!
I’ve been several times and always enjoy it. I went to Disneyworld once too. You’d notice how small Disneyland is by comparison.