The One with Hard Core Disneyland Fans

Monday, January 18, 2010

We went to Disneyland today, even though we knew it would be raining. I was actually excited about the rain cuz I read somewhere once upon a time that it's not as crowded when it's raining. I'm from Seattle, I can handle a li'l (or a lotta) rain.

When we got to Disneyland it was practically deserted.

Nothing like the last time we went to Disneyland during the madness of Christmas:

We'll call this the 'before' picture:

So we got to Disneyland right when it opened at 8am and by 9am we had ridden every single (open) ride at Fantasyland including (but not limited to) Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan's Flight, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, and Snow White's Scary Adventure. We had never been on most of those rides because they're the ones that always have lines a mile long cuz they're the only rides little tykes can go on. It was also our first time on the King Arthur Carousel. (And when I say first time throughout this post, I mean first time since we've lived here in California and had passes :)

Yee haw!

It started pouring when we were sitting in the caboose of the Casey Jr. Circus Train (our first time on this ride as well).

We even got right on the Dumbo ride! Whatdoyaknow, our first time on this ride, too!

Then we floated down the Storybook Land Canal Boats. We didn't even know this ride existed! I loved it!

We weaved through the water and saw miniature castles and scenes.

So picturesque with the Matterhorn in the background.

This is supposed to be a picture of the Genie's lamp from Aladdin inside a cave on the boat ride, but it turned out quite blurry, so now I call it "art".

We even ventured into Mickey's Toontown for the very first time, but everything was closed due to the monsoon. We'll have to go back next time.

I want one of these benches:

We went into the Innoventions building (for the very first time...I'm sensing a pattern here...). During the intro the host was asking questions and quizzing the group we were with. Chris was supposedly the very first person to ever guess the answer to the question, "What was the first movie to be shown in High Definition (HD) on television? The movie was a live action remake of a cartoon original." Chris whispered to me "101 Dalmatians" and then the host was like, "What'd you say?" and he said, "101 Dalmatians" and the host like freaked out cuz no one had ever gotten it before the clue of "it has a lot of puppies." He was so pleased and confident with himself he volunteered to be on the "game show."

Then we went on Space Mountain (definitely not our first time on this fantastic ride!)

I was licking my lips when the picture of us was taken....meh.

As we were eating our lunch a bunch of Star Wars characters came out.

I'm pretty sure Darth Vader was looking directly at me when this picture was taken. And is that Storm Trooper on the left trying to pick his nose? That ain't gonna work so well buddy...

Other rides we went on for the very first time include Star Tours, the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage (so scary), Autopia, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, and Astro Orbiter.

You'd think we never go on anything when we go to Disneyland for all the first-time rides we went on! But really we just have a select few attractions that are "musts" that usually take awhile to get on and after that we're ready to go home. But today, since there was hardly anyone there, we felt like going on as many rides as we possibly could. It's more like what DIDN'T we ride?!? I loved it.

So Chris heard from one of his classmates about the super-exclusive "Club 33." It's a private club located in the heart of the New Orleans Square section of Disneyland. Officially maintained as a secret feature of the theme park, the entrance of the club is located next to the Blue Bayou Restaurant at "33 Royal Street" with the entrance recognizable by an ornate address plate with the number 33 engraved on it. When riding Pirates of the Caribbean, just as the ride departs, the Blue Bayou restaurant is visible, but the balconies above it are actually a part of Club 33. Club 33 members and their guests have exclusive access to the club's restaurant, and the premises are not open to the public at large. Of course we had to check it out!

Let us in let us in by the hair on our chinney chin chins!

After riding the Haunted Mansion (which is back to normal) it really started to pour. We decided to go on Splash Mountain. Might as well, we couldn't get any more wet than we already were. This my friends, is the after picture:

Sorta blurry and dark, but we are DRENCHED.

We went on one more ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which was insanely fun because the rain was pelting our faces and added a whole new level of excitement.

And then we came home and got warm and dry.

Lesson learned: it's totally worth it to go to Disneyland when it's raining. Just make sure to dress warm and wear waterproof shoes :)


  1. What a fun day! How do you know that the Stormtrooper wasn't trying to flip you the bird? That wouldn't work out so well either, would it? I'm glad you had fun. I'm glad you like rain!

  2. 24 rides in only 5 hours = amazazing!

  3. This post is not accurate. I personally have witnessed Christopher going on Star Tours. I will be willing to say this under oath. - Andrew Thomas Evans

  4. When I say first time I mean first time since we've lived here in California and had passes :)

  5. Looks like you guys had a great time! I love the nose picking storm trooper... too funny! You guys are going to be spoiled now! You will only be able to go when it is raining so you won't have to wait in those lines anymore!

  6. wow, you guys are amazing! way to tough out the nasty weather!

  7. wow, you ARE hardcore. :) uh...if you ever find anyone w/ club 33 memberships you should GO. that place is off the hook.

  8. i LOVE you guys!!! we'll have to go next time it rains!

  9. I love D-Land when it rains. I can't believe you didn't know about Storybook Land! It's Katie's favorite ride. Alice in Wonderland is mine. I'm soooo jealous. Seriously. I love the rain and Disneyland and could really go for both right now instead of all this snow and cold!

  10. Looks like fun to me, too. Your text, "Then we floated down the Storybook Land Canal Boats. We weaved through the water and saw miniature castles and scenes", reminded me of the end of the movie Elf where the giant elf is reading from the book.

  11. peggy, i live for your Disneyland posts! i love that you battled the rain for Disneyland! i want to go so bad! and i will second what Marlene said about the canal boats. its my all time favorite ride. i am obsessed with miniatures!

  12. Looks like a really fun day.
    I'm completely jealous that you still have Mr. Toad's Wild Ride! They took it out of Orlando many years ago and replaced it with a Winnie the Pooh ride. (sigh) It was one of my faves.

  13. I'm glad you had fun! And I'm glad you posted so many photos! You know... I DO love vicariously through your Disneyland adventures. I had my eyes glued to the screen the WHOLE time! :D

    And isn't the Storybook Land ride AWESOME?!??! LOVE that ride! I used to declare that my favorite ride when I was a kid. :-) Made me feel like I was in another world... even out of Disneyland. LOL.

    I'm so impressed that you got REALLY drenched too! Love it!

    Thank you for this post. :-) Made my day!

  14. Allie: that hat was in the giveaway basket in my closet!!! Finder's keepers! If you really want it back, I'll mail it to you :)

  15. Wow you really are diehard fans of Disneyland. I thought we were committed but you guys take the cake.

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