Disney Trip Planning: Disneyland May 2014 Trip Report Part 4 – Day 2
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We woke up way earlier than park opening, so we decided to get ready and head over to the Disneyland Hotel to explore. I bought little Minnie Mouse ear clip ons the day before instead of the headband I wanted to get because they were more secure and didn’t make me feel like I had a headache, so that’s why I have little black pom poms with bows on my head in the pictures. And we put on our “Just Engaged” buttons, which they actually don’t make anymore, so we sharpied it in, but if we would have known, maybe Keith could have made them for us before hand!
The Disneyland Hotel entrance was a 5 minute walk from the Mickey and Friends Parking structure, so it was about the same distance as it would have been if we walked all the way to the parks.
The entrance way to the hotel:
This sign is on the wall inside of the check-in lobby of the hotel at the bottom of an awesome map of the park:
Then we headed over to Disneyland Park for the second day.
Oh, Good Morning!
One of the first things we did (besides coffee) was head over to the Matterhorn because it would be my first time riding it, but we didn’t want to wait in a long line, and there are no Fastpasses available for this one! I probably wont ride it again because it just hurt a lot, but I’m glad we did it and I can appreciate the history of the attraction.
Today was a day full of spontaneous shows and it was great. I think I accidentally mentioned this as happening on the first day at Disneyland park, but it actually came the second day because we got there at rope drop. Mary and Bert, the Disneyland Marching Band, Alice and the Mad Hatter, and Mickey and Friends showed up in front of the castle throughout the day and we just happened to notice them and stopped to watch!
I was hungry, per usual, so we walked to New Orleans Square to the Cafe Orleans for some beignets and Mint Juleps. Yum yum.
There was a lot of wandering and riding things here and there. We especially made sure to get in a couple rides of the newly refurbed Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the effects were amazing!
We realized we needed a castle photo, so tried doing a selfie. Someone who was sweeping up saw us and offered to take it, and it became one of our favorite photos from the trip.
One of the meals Josh really wanted was the Vegetarian Gumbo in New Orleans Square, so we shared a bread bowl of it, and it was plenty of food for the two of us. It was delicious, though not the best bread bowl in Disneyland, but we will get to that later!
At some point Josh was like “We should go to The Golden Horseshoe blah blah blah” and I said “Ok, I think they pick people from the audience for that show though, so let’s sit right in the center,” and sure enough I got picked and had to go on stage and I hated it more than anything ever.
I still was a bit shaken from the whole on stage thing, so we sat down on Main st for a bit and people watched. We realized people were preparing for the parade, so we decided to just wait until then, since we were planning on seeing it at some point anyway because Josh heard Jose Carioca would be in it and he just loooooooves him. I mean, he wants to be him basically.
We headed to Fantasy Faire to see if the princesses meet and greets were going on and got an obligatory Disney duck picture.
and Josh discovered this little gem.
We wandered around, road some things – Mad Tea Party, Storybookland Canal Boats, Space Mountain, some Fantasyland things, and of course the Carousel.
Josh watching it go round and round:
For our last ride of the day, we headed over to the Jungle Cruise. We had the best skipper I’ve ever had. His jokes were just so on point. “Snakes always travel in groups of 4, let’s count them. 1…2…3….where’s the 4th one?” **looks down** “OH LOOK AT THAT my socks actually match today!”
And upon leaving the park for the day, I spotted this guy in the window of the Jolly Holiday Bakery.
Next up: My Birthday at Disney’s California Adventure!
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