It's time to bounce over to Disneyland!
Since I saved some time, I figured I'd explore downtown Disney and get a bite to eat since my FP for Indiana Jones was at 9:10p. It was pretty packed but I was able to snag a seat at the bar @ La Brea! https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney-district/la-brea-bakery-cafe/menus/
I ended up passing on food and just sticking with beer, haha.
They had a great selection of beer on tap and the bartender was happy to charge my phone while I had a few beers and chat it up. The Racer 5 IPA is friggin' tasty, one of the best west coast IPA's IMO. After some time to sit down and relax for a bit, I couldn't tame my excitement to get on Space Mountain. I figured I'd go check it out first since there was a single rider line and maybe I could get lucky with a ride or two before Indiana Jones.
Tomorrowland at night is spectacular and I was elated to see that the single rider line was able to get me on in just 5-15 minutes. The regular line was over an hour so I found my way down to a group of fellow singles and we were quickly forwarded down into the station where I was lucky to score a front seat ride! This is my favorite Space Mountain. The James Bond-In-Space music that blasts throughout the whole ride is just so perfect and honestly I did not remember it being as dark as it was in the coaster section! I could barely see anything but the specs of white floating around. Space Mountain is just pure fun for everyone; it's so fast paced! Pop of airtime, turn, pop of air, turn, helix, pop, repeat. I was really buzzin' as I came off the ride!
I had been up since 3:30am, had walked over 10 miles, crossed off all possible coasters at Knott's, got one the two new (for me) attractions at DCA, and checked off my favorite Disney coaster WAY SOONER than I had imagined. The delicious mix of drinks along the way was also adding fuel to my fire, too
I still had another 30-40 minutes until my Indiana Jones reservation, so I just re-rode Space Mountain a couple more times. The insanely efficient load/unload process is amazing to watch/experience in person, and the lift up to the changing/flashing light tunnel before the main lift never fails to get me hyped up. I was definitely making a case for happiest person in Disneyland last Friday, haha
Okay, time for Indiana Jones! At this point, it was looking very likely that I'd be able to get on IJ then skip across to DCA for one more ride on Cars + Guardians of the Galaxy if everything worked out right.
The queue for Indiana Jones is as legendary as the ride itself and I *love* the cheezy ride instruction video before you get to the platform. We boarded the car and set off on the journey. I had seen that IJ was down when I first checked the map upon arriving on Disney grounds, so I think it was still having issues on my ride. There wasn't any fire, most of the sets were very hard to see, which made it a very lackluster ride knowing what it's like at 100%. Seriously, I could barely see the snakes, the bridge didn't have any fire or lava beneath it, and it just made the effects seem random. It's still an amazing ride and I'm happy I was able to get on it, but I didn't return for another ride when I probably could have.
Time for the big time crunch. It's 9:30. DCA closes at 11pm. I jogged out of Disneyland and over to DCA straight to Cars and grabbed a beer before getting in the single rider line. It wasn't as long as it was before, so I was able to get on and off by 10:15. I went straight over to Guardians after that and got one more ride before going back to Disneyland for a couple more rides on Space Mountain before it was time for the park to close.
I got an uber and was home by 12:45pm. I had nearly been up 24 hours straight. I was drunk at this point
But wow. I had walked/jogged 16 miles throughout the day, and in the end:
Knott's - 10:30am~3pm
Ghostrider, Iron Reef, Pony, Coast Rider, Sierra, Jaguar, Mine Ride all 1x
Supreme Scream, Log Ride, Boysenberry Beer 2x
Silver Bullet 3x
Unplanned missed coaster: Montezuma
Disneyland/DCA - 5pm~12am
Cars, Guardians both 2x
Indiana Jones 1x
Space Mountain 5x
Mystery Glowing Blue Drink, Margarita both 1x
Racer 5 IPA 2x
Sorry Big Thunder and Matterhorn! Splash Mountain was closed for refurbishment otherwise I would have been all about that action, boss.
I'll have bonus updates of Joshua Tree and LA/Santa Monica Pier later! I couldn't have accomplished what I did without the direction and help of a handful of stellar cast members. Before I went over to Disneyland for the first time I wanted to stop at Guest Services to tell them about Mollie and Garcia that helped me out.....but there was a massive line! UGH. Thankfully when I came back to DCA for one more ride on Cars/Guardians and went back over to Disneyland it was late and there were only 2-3 people in line so I was able to tell them about how they made my day and helped me save time.
If you've got the stamina, the time, and a ticket, you can easily hit up your favorites in a limited time! I really didn't have any time to plan/reserve FP in advanced due to the improvisational manner of this trip - this was probably the lest effective way to do Knott's / Disneyland / DCA
The only thing I would have done differently is I should have eaten something for dinner. I was so caught up running around I didn't eat anything at DL - I was on the hunt for the red corndog cart but couldn't find it. I always turn up my nose to overpriced theme park food but end up spending on $12 drinks so I'm a dingus, haha.
I took way more snapchats/videos than pictures now that I'm going through my gallery - I really thought I had taken more pictures, sorry for the lack of content! I'm posting some TBT snaps since I was there a week ago - feel free to add me: photoboothezizi
Thanks for reading everyone!