I was once an annual passholder to Disneyland. Before that, my family made regular visits. From the stroller to my own legs, Disneyland is present in a large proportion of my memories and memorabilia. It has changed and yet it has stayed the same. Here are some of the things i noticed on my last visit.
I started in California Adventure alone. Out of habit, i started early, i was meeting friends later. It turns out that being alone has its advantages. The single rider program is an awesome way to zip through many of the lines. In truth, Disneyland has made many innovations to waiting in line since the original FastPass.
California Adventure’s changes went mostly unnoticed by me. I am less familiar with the park and as a much newer park there is less to remove. I did noticed the Pixar rebranding and enjoyed some of the additions to the coaster. The new lighting elements were very impressive. The World of Color show was something I’d never seen. I remember watching the building of it, but my pass expired before the debut and life distracted me for a while. That was going to change.
it was in California Adventure where i saw some of the famous Disneyland cats. that was exciting. (helps to show up early). Disney was celebrating the Chinese year of the mouse. Funny, I’ve always heard it referred to as the year of the rat, but that doesn’t match up with branding.
The next day, we started out with our initial intentions to get a reservation to the newest attraction: Rise of the Resistance! Apparently this was a popular idea. hundreds of guests idling outside the entrance to Galaxies Edge staring at their phones waiting for the app to accept reservations and the land to open.
Reservation achieved (we had a very high number). wondering if we would get to go on the new ride, we were determined to continue to explore the park.
I remember Tom Sawyer Island as a kid. It was where my parents could get a few moments breather while my sister and i would run around and explore. The island is now rebranded Pirates Island and has changed quite a bit in some places. Several areas seemed unfinished and unopened upon my visit (like the fort), but many areas featured references to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise. I found this amazing video on youtube to reignite your memory of the earlier incarnation of the island. I am told that this was the largest and longest part of the park that was left unspoiled from changes from Walt’s original design.
After exploring the available areas of the Pirate Island, we finally made it over to Galaxies Edge for our Cantina appointment. This was kinda silly. Wait in line and pay extravagantly for an incredibly limited menu. I did see Rex (RX-24) in his new vocation as Cantina DJ. Laying down the beats and keeping patrons moving in their seats. He occasionally gets a bit glitchy and recalls some of his higher anxiety trips to Endor’s moon as well as other great bits from his previous life.
So that was my most recent Disneyland adventure. I walked over 22 miles in 2 days and had a blast doing it! Checked out Pirates Island and Galaxies Edge, even went for a ride on Rise of the Resistance! I finally saw World of Color! Thanks Tess for the invite, it was incredible!