Thursday, August 16, 2012
Trip Report Pt. 4: Early morning at Disneyland!
I rarely visit Disneyland during the summer; the heat and the crowds are not a particular draw for me. However, the recently added bonus of an early morning entry for Annual Passholders was enough of a perq to get me on the train back to Anaheim in the middle of an August heatwave. As you can see, it was the crack of dawn when I lined up at the security checkpoint. There was actually somebody in line ahead of me; a gent from Canada who decided to get up early and attempt to get some fast passes for his sleeping family.
A view of the entrance that you rarely see. Not a soul in sight.
My "strategy" for the day was to hit Tomorrowland. It had been awhile since I'd spent much time there, so with one hour of play time before the swarms arrived, I decided to use that to my advantage. Despite my strategy, I had to stop along the way to snap a few Main Street shots without guests.
Thanks to the early entry, I was able to walk onto Star Tours. Thanks, R2D2!
Snapped a few more guest-free shots:
Paid homage to the Moonliner tribute, which was a totally unnecessary (but very cool) set piece that was erected in honor of one of the most beloved attractions of the past.
Walked right onto Space Mountain:
As I was exiting Space Mountain, I realized that I hadn't been on The Matterhorn since its refurbishment. Here was my opportunity to bypass the lines! How does it look? Absolutely spectacular!
I can't get on the attraction yet; I need to photograph these cool light fixtures!
How does it ride? Fortunately, I had the front seat of the new vehicles. The poor guests behind me pretty much had their knees in their faces, and complained about the cramped spaces. The attraction seemed just as jerky in its movement, but it seemed to go much slower. Good for taking photographs:
But definitely lowers the thrill factor.
Back into Tomorrowland, Stacy & I played a round with Buzz.
Stacy was the 2nd highest score of the day, just shy of 1 million.
She's unbelievable at Buzz.
Next up was Peter Pan, which required a shot of the Castle on the way:
New Orleans Street sparkled, waiting for the first slew of guests to eat Mickey Pancakes at The Riverbelle Terrace Restaurant.
The Mark Twain was still docked, not quite ready to take its first spin around the Rivers of America:
The golden flowers with white highlights looked beautiful in New Orleans Square:
There were only two others wandering through the streets of New Orleans Square:
An empty Pirates of the Caribbean:
Which provided Stacy & I the rare opportunity of having our own boat through the attraction. I decided to enjoy it and put the camera back in the bag.
The last shot for this trip report shows the Treehouse with The Dream Suite peering out of the background.
With a train to catch and the crowds starting to trickle in, it was time for me to head home. Hope you enjoyed this trip report as much as I enjoyed experiencing it.
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