Disneyland now offers Fast Pass. For my friends who don't know, you go to the ride you want (that is fast pass equipped) and rather than wait in line, you put your park ticket in the machine and it spits out a fast pass for you to come back within a certain hour to ride (usually an hour after you get that fast pass). Nice. We just learned that they offer a child exchange ticket. So at the exit of the ride you wait there with baby and they give you this red ticket. You just go up the fast pass lane and hop on the ride. Had we known THAT earlier, we would've done that for all the rides!
Another thing we learned (because we haven't been here in YEARS!) was that you can bring your OWN food and drinks in the park. No more dishing out $20 for a meal. Technically, you're supposed to go to some picnic area to eat your own grub. But we saw people eating their food all over the park. The last time we were here we had to hide our musubis and they were confiscating water bottles. Yes, it was THAT long ago.
We had fun and it was a little chilly in the AM and when the sun set. During the afternoon it did get hot and I can only imagine how hot it gets during the SUMMER! I don't think I'll ever come during that time. Not just because of the weather, but because of the lines.
My favorite ride of the day, Pirates of the Carribean. The worst ride, Space Mountain. That ride made me dizzy and gave me a dull headache. It was very loud and disorienting. Emily's WORST ride, Snow white. Her best ride, Finding Nemo. She's definitely a water baby! For those that ask why I don't ride Splash Mountain, it's cause I choose not to. The first and only time I rode it was with my Dad. I remember his face after we got to the bottom. The water all over his balding head and that big smile and laugh that came out of him as I looked at him with tears in my eyes. Yes, it was fun but I honestly thought I was going to die. I remember he kept telling me, it'll be fun, don't worry. I had NO idea what a big drop that was going to be. It's the one ride I don't want to share with anyone else but him. So, I just don't go on it. I'd like to keep my memory of that ride with just him. Maybe one day, I'll get back on it. One day.
The ride looks different now. I remember when we rode it, there was no thorny bush or something at the bottom. You could see the ENTIRE drop from the walkway on the way to the entrance. Now, the drop doesn't look that long anymore. I remember when my Dad took me, we parked in an open parking lot (not a huge garage) and the goofy tram picked us up. There was no California Adventure. That whole area was a parking lot or something. You literally got dropped off right in front of the gates to the happiest place on earth.
We all had fun, will be paying for this after we get home, but the memories will be forever remembered. If only RJ could've been with us.