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A Half Baked Disney Adventure

Disneyland: The tale of two teenagers, two hours, and one memorable night at Disneyland.

From Victoria Jurkowski
Posted October 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM
Yesterday, at 8:30 at night, I felt the theme park itch. More specifically, of the Disney variety. And so I embarked on the most ridiculous quest ever: Disneyland, in 2 hours. Now, I didn't walk into this blind. I knew I could only do a few rides. I knew that the park being open til midnight meant there would be lines and crowds. I knew that Fantasmic was playing twice, so the back half of the park was off limits. But overall, I was majorly impressed with what I actually accomplished.

So here's what went down: at 8:45 I was on the road with a friend in tow. We arrived at the parking garage at 9:15, and discovered that you don't have to pay for parking that late at night! The trams took a good 20 minutes, and then I had to go through the process of actually getting my annual pass. I had the online printed ticket, but I had to scan it, go thru the turnstiles, leave the park, go to a ticket booth and get my actual pass, add parking, go back into the park, and get my picture taken.

OK, so I got all that done. It was 10:00, 2 hours til park closing. Every single person we passed was fighting us, trying to leave the park. Before we headed off to a ride, we stopped at City Hall to pick up "I'm Celebrating" pins, to prove we were there, and a diabetic medical pass for my friend, just in case.

We beeline to Tomorrowland, cuz I've never been on Ghost Galaxy before. The standy by time is 65 minutes, and the fast pass line is all the way down the hill. And, my friend was feeling a little light headed from excitement, so we asked what the medical pass would allow us to do; she wasn't sure she could stand for an hour on an incline, so we figured we could at least have her sit and I'd wait in line and she could join me later with the pass. But the CMs told us better, that we could join the fastpass line. And boy did that line MOVE. We were on the ride in 15 minutes flat.

Now that we knew the secret of the medical pass, we shamefully abused it; we only had 2 hours in the park, otherwise we would have waited our rightful turn. We used the pass to get onto Star Tours, which had an hour wait as well but we only waited 20 minutes. Then we walked over to Indiana Jones, where the fastpass line was just as long as the stand by at about 20 minutes. After marginally escaping the wrath of Mara, we took a cruise through the jungle, then at only 11:30, we decided to call it a night. Afterall, I did have midterms today. Including the tram wait and driving home, I got to bed around 12:30, making the perfect timely end to one heck of an adventure. Was it insane? yes. Could we have stayed later? absolutely. Should we even have gone in the first place? Probably not. But was it worth it? I'd say yes.


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From Thomas Crain
Posted October 12, 2011 at 11:38 AM
See, this kind of adventure is EXACTLY why I want to live in Anaheim or Orlando.

"Gee, it's six at night and I'm bored out of my skull. What to do? I could play Playstation. Or I could watch some TV. Or... I could jump in the car and hit Magic Kingdom for a couple hours. Yeah, that sounds fun."

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted October 18, 2011 at 6:48 AM
Yes, this is exactly what I'm talking about when I think 'sponteneity'!!! If you live in the area, this has to happen at least twice...

The only thing I came close with, was a last minute night on the town...supposed to be getting ready for bed, was in fact getting ready to go out, and hit the bars at 11pm...fun but tiring. And still wish it had been Disney!

Kudos to you chica.

From Steph Ramos
Posted October 18, 2011 at 10:11 PM
You and your friend are my heroes....

Seriously, that sounded like one killer adventure! I tip my hat to you and your awesome adventurus spirit...(bonus points for doing the park in under two hours and then taking midterms the next day like a boss....XD)

The closest I ever got to doing anything like that was about a year ago when me and the BF did two parks in one day. We had gone to SFMM with the sole intent of spending the day at the Hurricane Harbor waterpark next door and then heading back home. Of course, as we were heading out of the water park an hour before closing time, we realized that driving all the way to the mountain and not riding at least one coaster or two would be a waste. So we did the best thing we could think of....we ran back to our car, grabbed our season passes, then headed back into the park and spent the rest of the day at Six Flags....with absolutely NO wait time between rides! I kid you not...longest wait time for a coaster was like 20 minutes....which was weird considering that this was in the middle of August and a park of the caliber is usually overflowing with annoying kids and their families!

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted October 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Hey family is fun and by the way those are the people that do that spare the rod but anywho your adventure sounded like it was awesome and I wish I could do that when Im older that will be on. My bucket list

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