Well I finally, finally made it back to the park today! Twice, actually. I mean, Theo and I went to the park for a couple of hours this morning, and then once I got home I checked my phone and had a text from a friend saying, “Hey, me and your other friend are at Disneyland, wanna meet up?”
Seriously. Right as I walked in the door coming back from Disneyland.
And I was so proud of spending quality time with Theo that I stayed off of my phone basically the whole time. And then, as it turned out, it wasn’t quality time after all. Theo wanted to go on Small World but the wait was a bit long and he was being really antsy, so I said no. Then he wanted to go on the Jolly Trolley in ToonTown, except that the Jolly Trolley doesn’t actually move or go anywhere anymore, unfortunately. He got to play in ToonTown but didn’t get to ride any rides.
So when we got home, Kevin asked him what he did at Disneyland, and he said, “Mommy said no rides. Got time out.” Way to make me look like the bad guy, kid! And for the record, he did NOT get a time out, he was just threatened with one when he wouldn’t get back in his stroller. But if you followed his logic, it was pretty much the worst trip to Disneyland ever.
Whatever. That’s what you get with a 3-year-old.
Anyway, here’s a picture:
Right above the East side entrance arch
I figured I needed to throw a picture in there. That’s the Lilly Belle, the private train car I didn’t even know existed until I started this blog.
February and March are generally a good time to come to Disneyland. The crowds are low, except on holidays like President’s Day. However, the drawback is that you can run into a lot of things down for refurbishment.
They did finish up the Jolly Holiday Bakery back in the building that used to be the Annual Pass headquarters called the Plaza Pavilion. In exchange, they shut down the Blue Ribbon Bakery:
With a giant tarp too, talk about shut down with extreme prejudice!
The Carnation Cafe and the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor are also shut down. They both will be returning, but the Blue Ribbon Bakery will not.
Let us hold a moment of silence for the Blue Ribbon Bakery.
Feeling better now? Yeah, me neither.
They also blocked off the opening of the Penny Arcade
I have no idea why
Really, I don’t. I don’t think it’s part of the Carnation Cafe expansion, but I suppose we’ll know soon enough.
Probably the biggest refurb going on at Disneyland right now is the Matterhorn.
Does the real Matterhorn have scaffolding?
This is a major refurb, with everything from re-doing the exterior to replacing the bobsled cars.
Yes, I said replacing the bobsled cars.
Back in the old Matterhorn you sat in your bobsled car with another people sitting between your legs. I mean, it was awesome for Date Night and all, but a bit awkward with your friends. The new sleds have individual seating for 3 with two sleds per vehicle. This should increase the ride capacity (yay!) which means quicker lines (yay!), but less opportunity for groping. I believe they are also fixing the track to be less jerky and bumpy (a welcome improvement) as well as the abominable snowman (or snowmen, as the case may be). What’s not changing is the fact that the two sides are slightly different, with the Fantasyland side being better than the Tomorrowland side.
Insider tip there. If you go when it’s actually open.
Anyway, other than the refurbs, I also wanted to point out one of my favorite eating establishments in the park.
Yes, I consider a red cart to be an "eating establishment"
The Corn Dog Cart is found on the hub at the end of Main Street. The corn dogs are hand-dipped, which makes them delicious but also takes them longer to cook, so you end up with this:
There were actually more people in line but I was getting funny looks so I had to pretend to photograph something else, and then I just got this shot and called it a day
I also think the Corn Dog Cart is one of the best values for your money at Disneyland.
And I'm not talking about the $2.79 bottle of water
Corn dog and chips? Pretty good!
If you don’t feel like waiting for the cart, however, you can get the exact same dogs over at the Stage Door Cafe which is usually faster and less crowded.
And that rounds up our miscellaneous pictures for the day!
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I think it’s funny you said that the Fantasyland side is better. It seems like the Tomorrowland side has the longer line when the lines are not grouped into one. I like both sides.
It is weird, and when they only have one line open, it’s always the Tomorrowland side. I believe the Fantasyland side is a slightly longer track. I do like both sides though :).
I love the corn dogs too! The challenge I had with the bob-sleds is that if you choose to go by yourself in the one section, you fly around the cart. It’s painful. It will be fun to see the new Matterhorn.
Oh my gosh, yes! You leave with bruises on your hips. Well, at least the ladies do ;). I believe the new track will be a lot smoother, and the interior of the sled is specially designed to prevent the in-car slamming. I think it’s going to be good, but part of me will miss the old sleds.
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