After the walk we again got breakfast at the Hearthstone Lounge and took it back to the room to eat and relax/nap until the park was open. We planned to spend this day and the next at Disneyland, so we were not in any hurry today.
|A menacing shadow behind the curtains turns out to be just a big moth. We managed to shoo him out onto the balcony where he glowered at us before flying away.|
|Good morning Disneyland|
|First stop: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln - an attraction at the beginning of Main Street that we had never done before (and probably won't do again). Robot Lincoln speaks; historic and iconic, but *yawn*.|
|Wait for it...|
|wait for it...|
|wait for it...|
|Bam! Sleeping Beauty Castle.|
|Big Thunder Mountain. You can see a crane in the under-construction Star Wars land in the upper left.|
|Always a fun ride|
|Splash Mountain. We'll come back to you later; right now we have lunch reservations at...|
|...the Blue Bayou Restaurant|
|The Blue Bayou is a restaurant inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride - boats of passengers float by on the river on one side of the restaurant.|
|Bottomless nonalcoholic mint juleps. Delicious and refreshing. Recipe here.|
For lunch Todd had the Jambalaya and I had a Monte Cristo sandwich.
|After lunch it was on to the Haunted Mansion|
Unlike Walt Disney World where the monorail is a means of transportation with many stops, the Disneyland monorail is really just meant as an attraction with one station in Tomorrowland and another in Downtown Disney. This wouldn't be so bad, but it's slow which means a long wait in line, and once you're on the actual ride is nothing special - a lot of the view on the journey is of the backs of buildings, parking lots, dumpsters, etc. The view was a little better on the return journey when we went back to the park later, but it's definitely not worth the wait when we could have walked the same distance in 10-15 minutes.
That said, like Mr. Lincoln, I'm glad we experienced it at least once.
|Waiting for the monorail, watching the Finding Nemo submarines make their loops|
|Splish splash I was takin' a bath...|
|I'll call this one The (sub)Mariners and the Matterhorn|
|I like this shot. There's that crane again.|
|Looking the other way in the monorail line reveals Tomorrowland and Space Mountain|
|Later afternoon in the lobby|
We got a Fast Pass for the Matterhorn Bobsleds then walked over to Adventureland. The line at the Tiki Juice Bar had been horrendous earlier in the day, but wasn't bad now so we waited and got a Dole pineapple whip. Yum yum yum. Afterwards we rode Pirates of the Caribbean then crossed the park, dodging the crowds lining up for the parade that was about to start. We got corn dogs (yay!) at the Little Red Wagon next to the Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street then found a place to sit down and eat.
We then used our Fast Passes to bypass the 40 minute wait and rode the Matterhorn. It's a rough ride, but the yeti animatronic inside the mountain is scary and great fun. By that time it was dark outside so we rode Splash Mountain while everyone else was watching the parade, then took a tour on the Jungle Cruise.
We stopped in the Royal Street Veranda for a sweet before walking back to our hotel and turning in for the night. The next day would be another good day at Disneyland.