In keeping up with my annual tradition, I made a short trip out to the Disneyland Resort this year, but took it a step further with a back-to-back vacation on the Disney Dream as soon as I returned from California! As I'm sure you've expected, I geeked out on both legs of the trip, ate lots of food and took a ton of photos (over 3000 actually). I'm happy to say I whittled those photos down for you quite a bit, but I'll start up this year's report with a look at our first day and a half of fun at Disneyland...
Isn't it funny how Paradise Pier has become the place that I always go to first when I get to the Disneyland Resort?
Maybe this is why...
It's great to be back!
Still finding new details to love in Cars Land.
Luigi's Flying Tires continues to be one of my favorite attractions at the resort. It is simple and fun but it really gets me each time.
It's no Captain EO, but I seriously loved the Guardians of the Galaxy extended preview in the Magic Eye Theater.
Neat to see a Frankenweenie tie-in added to the Haunted Mansion queue...
This. This gets me.
The monster in me has returned.
Yes, I am that addicted to Mint Juleps.
The Conquest of the Planet of the Mint Juleps has begun!
He's probably just getting gorgeously tanned in Summer...
Still doesn't make any sense to me.
Hunny is one strong hallucinogen.
Do you wanna eat a snowman?
Well, this is new.
Man, I love this place.
First Space Mountain ride of the trip!
This portion of Paradise Pier really isn't any worse off without the Maliboomer... You might even say it is better.
I love the Golden Zephyr.
Seriously, seriously love this ride.
I always forget that the monorail passes through the main entrance of Soarin' over California.
Very different from Florida's inside.
Well, this is new...
Thankfully, this is virtually the same.
"You are with Sigourney Weaver aboard the Spaceship NOSTROMO."
Yeah, these are brilliant too.
I can stare at this mountain range all day long.
Much detail. So water. Many wow.
I can never get enough of Radiator Springs Racers!
Love this ride!
Where could I be now?
This always amuses me at the Boudin Bakery Tour.
What have we here?
Since we were already here...
That is the best looking Tomato and Mozzarella Sandwich I've ever seen!
The Jolly Holiday Combo for the win at the Jolly Holiday Bakery!
Cone you believe I'm here AGAIN?
This is also known as a "Handwich."
I had to try this.
I was so eager to try it that I didn't wait to eat half before I realized I hadn't grabbed a photo. It was pretty solid. Not Corn Dog Castle-level, but solid.
So then this happened...
Take the Tunnel!!!
It feels so awesome to still be able to sit in the front cab of the monorail here. The views are incredible!
It was a real bummer that the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage was closed for refurbishment during this visit, but I'm glad to know it will be re-opening later this year, contrary to popular rumors.
The Pixar Play Parade still rocks the route at California Adventure!
Still fun after all these years.
Fans of Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom Park will recognize the design of most of the characters in the Pixar Play Parade as they are copies of the ones used in the show in Florida, though some are mounted to floats, like Crush here.
That Tinker Toy is still the most evily-awesome parade contraption ever!
Stopped by the Mad T Party for old time's sake.
I still miss Flynn's Arcade.
Went to Wine Country Trattoria for the World of Color Dinner Package and got my favorite lamb shank again!
The dessers here are great too!
Sure, we got soaked for it, but standing at the absolute front of the lowest tier on the water for the Paradise Bay viewing area was worth it.
The view is killer!
So much for me to gush over with this show!
Still one of my favorite effects!
The giddy fan in me flips out every time I see The Old Mill segment.
Still my favorite.
And I got soaked for it, but I have no regrets!
Annual tradition photo!
Because I love my camera...
Time to ogle over Cars Land at night...
Such awe. So wow. Many awesome!
So much neon!
Still a fun little gag!
I love this park so much!
Rock Candy Moutain tribute!
Guess who's coming here soon? Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is coming to Disnet California Adventure!
Frozen Pre-Parade before Soundsational...
I stare at this a lot.
Time to enjoy the splendor that is ASIMO!
He's peer into your soul thru the internet.
He's the latest in a long line of robotic beings that will eventually lead to humanity's downfall.
He can stand on one foot. And annihilate humanity.
So... New Orleans Square. Everyone's been up in arms over the Club 33 expansion visibly altering the place too much. But I'll be honest... I barely noticed a difference as a fan. I doubt the general public would even know at this point that anything ever changed.
The Court of Angels is now a part of the main entrance of the new Club 33.
This is the new entryway to the club.
Here's the buzzer.
Here's some glasses.
You can now see into the club along this pathway, but I think it is still pretty subtle.
The old entrance remains for historic value.
Pirate Red has been retained!
I love this version of Big Thunder Mountain!
Neat new shout outs to the other parks!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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