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.