“I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained” – Walt Disney
It was another enormous day. It started off with a real poor sleep as our bodies had not yet realised we are in America and felt the need to wake me us up at 1am. Jetlag is real. Took us a few hours to get back to sleep. Nevertheless we were up at 7:30 to begin what ended up being an amazing day in Disneyland.
Prior to this day Ronnie had done much research around Disneyland including tips to get the most out of our day by utilising the fast pass system. This research proved to be invaluable. When we arrived at 8:30 (half hour prior to park opening) we waited in one of about 30 lines that had over 100 people each. We got in by about 9 and we were in the park for 14 hours. Leaving at about 11pm. We went to literally every attraction that we had planned. Not particularly in the order, but we were flat out the whole day and got it all done. Pretty proud of that effort.
Disneyland is special. Ronnie’s favourite ride was probably the Haunted mansion. You go around in a slow cart with meticulous theming of a haunted house that is haunted by dancing ghosts. Aimee liked Star Tours, the Star Wars themed simulation ride. They were all awesome though. The theme parks in Australia are all about the thrill rides. Disneyland is not like that. There are really no thrill rides. They are themed storytelling rides that focus on really immersing you in the experience as opposed to raising the adrenaline. We also really liked the Mr Toad ride. It was old but it had so much charm. The longest we waited in line was for about 45 minutes for the pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Lots of buzz around the park that Kim and Kanye were in the park with theirs kids today. We kept our eyes out for them, but no such luck!
As far as food went today, we skipped breakfast completely and waited until lunch to indulge where we had our first corn dog. Pretty similar to a Dagwood dog I must say, but not as good. The batter was really thick and greasy. For dinner we had dinner at a restaurant in the park called Fuente Del Oro. Ronnie got a Mexican chicken plate and Aimee got enchiladas. It was pretty good, we enjoyed it. A few people told me that after a while we’d get sick of fast food and desire vegetables and healthy food. Well it’s taken a total of one full day for that to occur!
The park still had some of the same downfalls of yesterday, way too many people, prams, little kids and lazy people on motorised scooters everywhere. The worst though is that people here walk way too slow and then stop right in front of you, many a time did I run into people. We were less frustrated today though as we had actually gotten a few hours of sleep. We did try to buy some souvenirs for our nieces yesterday and Ronnie told the guy behind the counter that I would “pay on card”. It literally took him about 5 repeats to understand what we was saying – we didn’t realise his Aussie accent was so heavy!
It is now 11pm and we are absolutely wrecked. We walked 18kms today in the park. It’s massive. Our feet are sore, we’re a little bit chafed, our heads are tired, our throats are sore, our faces looks like I haven’t slept in a week, but there is a smile on our face. A great day indeed! We have an early morning tomorrow, for a third theme park day in a row – Universal Studios Hollywood.
Ronnie & Aimee