Just got back from Disneyland for my sons 1st trip. We had a good time overall and there are many things I liked and some I didn't. This was only my 3rd trip ever to the park. 1 as a kid and 2 as an adult.
First the good. The first that comes to mind, the holiday overlay for haunted mansion is awesome! Basically it's a whole new ride and some of the best theming ever. I know they have been doing this awhile but this is my first time seeing it. The wait was rediculous but I will get to that. The Ghost Galaxy layover on space mountain was cool too but not quite as good.
Also my first time in cars land. Very cool. RSR is cool but I felt that it moved through the dark ride part way too fast, you miss some of the story and what they are saying. My son love the theming in that area, with Mater and Lighting driving around. Enjoyed the kid rides in that area too.
So much more so say but to keep it shorter, just to hit on the bad. First it was HOT! Wow. I was hoping it would have been cooler in Sept.. Wed and Thurs were nice and light. But man was it busy Friday, this is where Haunted mansion was busy. Could have been the 2 rides opening with holiday overlays. And after seeing a lot of people dressed up and some research found it was Dapper Day. Next time, Tuesday through Thursday or something like that instead.
My main issue was traveling with 6 people. It was nice to have help but doing what everyone wanted to do was tough. Some people wanted to do the adult rides most the time. Where I was fine doing the kid rides for my son. We jumped around a lot because of this. Problem is when you have fairly young I think you need to stay in one area and ride the rides that they can ride. Jumping around takes a lot of time and makes it hard to keep track of the rides and such. We hardly rode anything in Fantasyland and never did any shows or watched a full parade. I missed out on the refurbished Alice in wonderland and others. Next time, I will seperate from that group or not travel with as many people. Just a tip to any others in that situation.
The food was decent. The French market was probably my favorite place we ate. The price for the amount of food you get was fair. Tasted good as well.
I like bengal bbq for a quick bite to eat. The skewers were good. Rainforest cafe was good but spendy for me. I stuck with a burger to keep it cheap. One of the toughest is my wife has a wheat allergy and is gluten free. There were no options what-so-ever for her in the park. The only place we ate that did was the burger place on the pier on Newport beach.
All in all a good trip. But man was it hot.
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