Disneyland! (and California Adventure)

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:30
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The boss In the immortal words of countless Superbowl winners: "I'm going to Disneyland!"

Tuesday was Disney day. I spent the day at the park visiting several Disney friends, and doing a quick tour of FTSI's greatest hits at Disney, including World of Color, Aladdin, Believe, and Radiator Springs Racers.

I also got to ride a bunch of rides that I never had time to hit during all the years I worked with them, including Tower of Terror, Soarin', and several others. Also hit some of the classics, like the Matterhorn bobsleds. (For the curious: Yes, there is a basketball court in the Matterhorn, and yes, I've had the opportunity to play a game of HORSE there.)

The nice folks at Disney were awesome enough to hook me up with admission Climbers on the Matterhorn, around some happy looking Tinkerbell lines  

While Disney is obviously really big with the under 4' tall set, there were quite a few more strollers and really small kids there than I remembered. I don't know if there was a policy change, or if it was "bring your stroller to Disneyland" day, or if I just never saw them because most of my time in the park was spent there after hours, but the stroller density was just crazy. Still, good to see a busy gate there on a Tuesday.

Strollergeddon Top-notch theming, and a great ride

Since this is at least in some measure a car blog, I spent a good amount of time at the new Cars Land...I was there for opening, but it was good to see it with all of the pre-opening walls down and check out the reactions of the general public. It was a little odd to have been on both the real Route 66 and the Disney/Pixar version within the same week, but neat to have the comparison. Basically, Disney's is cleaner and more colorful, but it's definitely got the right tone and flavor.

Welcome to Cars Land The Disney version of Route 66 There's a pitch-perfect 'information sign' next to the ride track Detail from the info sign, explaining the geology

The guests seemed to really enjoy it, too. There's a moment at twilight where they play "Sh-boom" by The Chords and all of the neon gradually comes on (and there is a lot of it, and it is pretty amazing) the whole place is transformed, and EVERYBODY stops what they're doing and just takes in the scene. I actually got a little emotional remembering just how many people put in countless hours of time and effort and care into making that place as good as it is (and it's practically perfect, as themed attractions go), and then watching it all really come together in that moment. Nobody does that better than Disney, and I'm glad that me and the FTSI team could contribute to a little part of that magic.

Lube-O-Rama Flo's Diner, lit up for the evening If this was real, I'd probably be staying here at some point on the trip
Entry to the Racers ride, with a 90 minute wait Welcome to Radiator Springs Some Route 66-abilia

I wrapped up the evening with VIP seats at both "World of Color" and "Fantasmic" (thanks, Molly!), both of which went off as spectacularly as always. The new "Brave" section in WoC is really good, too.

The wonderful World of Color "Color" isn't in the name for nothing Also lots of fire, because why not? More color

Tomorrow I'm headed up the coast to LA where I'll crash in Venice Beach for a bit and use that as home base for some of my upcoming LA adventures.

Big fireworks, every single night


#1 Zippy67roadster 2013-06-19 23:18
Sweet! Next time I go to Disney I want to take you since you have all the connections!! Looks like the weather is liking you still. Enjoy the ride.
#2 Mom 2013-06-20 04:41
maybe you should consider photography as the next profession. great shots!!
#3 laceytrynn 2013-06-20 07:15
I've always wondered what is the point of bringing small children, with all their gear and difficult schedules, to an expensive theme park that they will totally not remember...
#4 lectacave 2013-06-20 10:55
Well if "strollergeddon " doesn't put a person off breeding, I don't know what does! ;-) We all agree these are great photos, so your divestment was a good idea. What a delightful post!

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