On our recent trip to California, I spent the first couple hours in Disneyland park solo, as I mentioned in the My Disneyland Morning post.
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When the family arrived at the park, I was out on Main Street in the hub waiting. We then headed into Fantasyland together. Most rides had a posted 20 minute wait. We started out at Snow White’s Enchanted Wish. While waiting in line, I got this cute video of Mary Poppins riding the carrousel.
When we were done there, we went to Pinocchio’s Daring Journey. Both of which did take about 20 minutes to get through the line and onto the ride.
After that, we grabbed a churro near the Casey Jr ride then started a journey to meet characters! We got hugs from Mickey, Pluto and Moana, while missing out on Gepetto and Goofy.
You can tell from the pictures they were sad to miss out, especially Goofy. These characters were all at the Promenade near it’s a small world. In the 360 pic below, you can kinda see Moana to my right, but the pic is dark under the trees. Mickey and Goofy were further down behind me.
After meeting characters, we rode it’s a small world together, where I got asked to hold the wait time tracker! First Time for that for me. Then I rode the Matterhorn Bobsleds, also a first, using Single Rider line, which took about 15 minutes to get on.
After Matterhorn, we wanted to watch the Lion King stage show, however, after arriving at the theater, we found out it was closed for the day. So instead, we headed to the Royal Theater to see a reenactment of Tangled, which I think my child enjoyed more anyway.
At this time it was just after 1pm and we had a lunch reservation at Plaza Inn for the Main Street Electrical Parade dining package at 1:20, but first, there was a Cavalcade coming through at 1:15pm, so we stood along Main St in front of the Plaza Inn to watch. I really enjoy the Cavalcades, and this was no exception. They’re short, include a fun song, and have lots of characters to see, though sometimes in a weird combination, such as Minnie Mouse and Gepetto on a double decker bus together!
At the Plaza Inn, for the MSEP dining package, adults get 1 plate of the above, 2 or 3 pieces of the famous fried chicken, carrots, corn, salad, and Mickey shaped cornbread, as well as a cheesecake dessert and a drink. This was $40 per person, and while it’s a lot for 1 plate of food, you also get the amazing lanyard shown below. It both gets you a great spot in front of the train station for the Main Street Electrical Parade and is a fantastic souvenir! Joking aside, since we had 1 shot to see the parade, it was worth it to us to have the guaranteed spot. The food was also pretty amazing too though. Between the chicken and cheesecake, we definitely got filled up, of course, being in the hot sun, you kinda lose your appetite a bit. While we did eat pretty much everything, I think we all agreed we couldn’t eat another bite.
After we ate lunch, we saw the character cavalcade one more time, this time, I was standing in front of the castle, which seemed to be a great location. When we were told about the Cavalcade times, they didn’t say it’d be the same one! Oh well, I recorded 2 different angles of the same parade.
Next, we headed over to the Jungle Cruise to ride on that for the first time ever! We had never gone in at either park, so was exciting to finally get the opportunity to ride. The in app wait said 15 minutes, but it was probably closer to 25-30 when we arrived. Here’s the full ride video:
After this, the family headed back to the hotel while I stayed to get some additional videos. I’ll follow up with an afternoon post soon! Thanks again for reading along!
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