Thursday, February 04, 2010
Trip Report for 2/1/2010, pt. 2
When last you saw Janet and her family, we were just bidding Little Leota farewell. With Splash Mountain right nearby, Ryan wanted to ride that attraction next. Janet and the rest decided to wait this one out (however she did support our drop down the waterfall with a very enthusiastic wave!).
Fortunately, the camera stayed dry!
On the way to Pirates, I snapped a few shots of the drained Rivers of America; pretty freaky to see it empty with cars and trucks driving around in it!
The whole family was very excited to be able to walk right onto Pirates without any wait. I also believe that for the next trip to Disneyland, Janet will have to take the kids to Blue Bayou for lunch! The trip into the world that Marc Davis helped create was awesome as always. I tried to get a few detail shots and improve some past photos that I have snapped many times before.
No trip would be complete without a few of my favorite gal at the park:
Definitely wouldn’t want to cross this guy!
The (formerly) gluttonous pirate was still rambling on and on...only now it’s about Jack Sparrow.
And here’s Jack himself, showing off his treasure and still looking somewhat out of place in the room that appears to have been shoehorned into the end of the attraction:
We all went our separate ways after Pirates; I climbed the Tarzan Treehouse to get some better shots of the Rivers of America:
Anybody able to identify "the shirts" (they seem somewhat out of place in their freshly starched outfits, walking around the muddy riverbed!).
The Mark Twain sure could use a little scrubbin’!
While the rest of the gang was taking a bathroom break, Janet waited patiently below, all smiles as usual!
Ah, a remnant from the original Treehouse; how I miss the original Robinsons that used to live here.
Deciding to pass on a 45 minute wait for Indiana Jones, we took a leisurely Jungle Cruise. The tour guide knew his spiel and did a great job!
The natives were still restless:
The kids were chompin’ to go over to California Adventure by now, so we walked briskly down Main Street...until we hit the Magic Shop. Tyler had some money burning a hole in his pocket, so he watched a few more demonstrations by the pros at the Magic Shop before he decided on his purchase.
As you can see, Janet was not interested. All she could think about was her Almond Roca bars that she had recently gotten at the Main Street Candy Palace and how delicious they would be when she finally got a chance to eat them!
California Adventure was a whirlwind as I had a train to catch and Janet & her family had dinner plans. I snapped a shot of the "new and improved" attraction at DCA. Although the Silly Symphony Swings look fun, they are still an off-the-shelf uninspired carny ride.
Toy Story Midway Mania was probably the longest we waited for an attraction, but it was worth the wait, as we knew it would be!
Janet & I were in the same vehicle; as the scoreboard shows, she was close...but no cigar. Apparently she needs to work on her technique and get a few tips from her boys!
While Dale went to get the car, Janet & Tyler headed off for a frozen treat, and Ryan & I braved the Tower of Terror. I love the attraction and queue here, as there is plenty to snap!
While waiting for "our" elevator, Ryan & I had to suffer through the very drunken ramblings of another guest who was by himself but desperately wanted attention. Kudos to the cast members who tolerated his taunts of them. You can see this dork holding up his hardback book on the far right in the back. The smell of his stale cig and alcohol-laden breath was enough to make me sicker than the drops of the attraction!
And then it was a mad dash to the Anaheim Amtrak Station for my ride home. What a fantastic day! Hope you enjoyed this trip report which pre-empted my regularly scheduled Pirates of the Caribbean post! See more vintage & current Disneyland photos at my regular website.