It was absolutely sweltering in Anaheim today! 35 degrees Celsius and not a cloud in the sky. Today was out ‘Magical morning’, so we got to the park at 8:00am, and were happy to find it fairly quiet.
Immediately inside the park, we grabbed a FastPass for Indiana Jones, and while we were waiting for our FastPass to become viable, we explored Tarzan’s Treehouse. It’s interesting to see how Disneyland has adapted older rides, and attractions as new movies come out. When we first went to Disneyland, the Treehouse was associated with the Swiss Family Robinson story. I think converting it to Tarzan’s Treehouse was an excellent adaptation.
After exploring the Treehouse, we wandered over to Pirates of the Caribbean, which had virtually no line at all! I remember being a bit scared of this ride when I first went on it at age 11, but now I find it quite a bit of fun! Another ride that has been slightly modified to fit the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but I thought all of the modifications were great, and quite subtle!
Then it was time for the Indiana Jones ride, which I remember being my favourite ride when I was 11. I am happy to report that it is still my favourite ride! Full of adventure, excellent special effects and great animatronics, I was so happy that I still found this ride so thrilling! After Indiana Jones, we went to line up for the Matterhorn. For the first time, we took advantage of the ‘Singles’ line, since the Matterhorn bobsled seats three. We only had to wait in line for about five minutes before it was our turn to ride! I have to say that the Matterhorn was the first ride I was disappointed by. The seats are incredibly uncomfortable, and I wasn’t able to cinch my seatbelt up as much as I would have liked, so I spent the entire ride rattling around, hurting my neck and back. I definitely won’t be riding the Matterhorn again any time soon!
We decided to take advantage of our Park Hopper pass, so over we went to California Adventures. This park was just being finished when I was 11, so it was very exciting to see California Adventures. It has a very different feel to the Disneyland Park. It was great to see many favourite Pixar/Disney Movies represented, but also to see neat areas like the Hollywood Backlot, as well as the Golden State section.
We started exploring the Golden State section first, and it was fascinating to see the Americana there. The Grizzly River Run quickly caught our attention in the blazing noon sun, so we stood in line for almost 45 minutes (even with a FastPass) to get a turn on the rafting ride. It was well worth the wait though! Not only was it a ton of fun, I got absolutely drenched, and I didn’t mind one bit, because it felt so good, after the sweltering heat. And my dress dried in all of 10 minutes!
After the Grizzly River Run, we headed over to Paradise Pier, to check it out. It reminded us a lot of our trip to San Francisco, and a little bit of Navy Pier in Chicago. Then we went to check out Cars Land. Though we had definitely missed out on getting a FastPass for the Cars ride, it was still amazing to walk down the main street. It felt entirely surreal, and completely magical.
After wandering back to the Hollywood Backlot section, my sister finally convinced me to go on the Tower of Terror ride, which I did indeed find quite Terrifying. There’s something about being dropped from a great height, feeling the ground slip out from underneath you for just a moment too long, that I found absolutely horrifying.
After our early morning, and the unbelievable heat of the day, we decided to head back out of the park for a quick dinner at Subway, before calling it a day!