Following on from my TR at Universal in Singapore, me and the missus managed to fly back via LA and had a few days to break it up, so there was only 1 place we were going to go of course (after a flying visit to Disney World, Florida, which we loved).
The visit started out odd as we left Oz at 10pm on Thursday 4th of October and landed at LAX at 1pm the same day, even though we had slept on the flight. Landing at that time, I had aimed to be in the park by 3.30pm. What I didn't count on was the vastly over cautious USA immigration and security. After landing we had to queue for almost 1 hour before we got to the security desk. They take fingerprints of all 10 of your digits, then a photo and ask you some daft questions. We even saw a boy who looked about 4yr old getting his finger prints taken - they're bloody mad. So, after going through this, getting our bags, waiting in more queues to get out, then finding that car rental companies aren't on property (get a bus), we finally got on the road at 4pm. The drive was about 45min, very simple to navigate there and we stayed at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, which is about a 15min walk from the gates, through Downtown disney.
The plan was for 1 and a half days in here, this evening, the full day on the Friday, then over to California on the Saturday and it all worked out pretty well.
Thursday 5pm till 9pm - we mainly just aimed to walk around, get a feel for the place and go on the bigger better rides, which we managed to do - 5 rides in total on this day, which doesn't sound much, but we knew we would get everything the next day and we had been on most rides in Florida before. Pirates - amazing ride visually, there are 2 drops at the start, both nice and you don't get wet, some of the scenes look great, particularly the skeleton on the wrecked boat thats lit by lighting with the wind howling. Big Thunder Mountain - another great ride, especially in the dark, 3 lift hills in total, but it just manages to keep the flow going without taking too long on the lifts. Sleeping beauty castle walkthough - its what you would expect. Pinnochio's daring journey - an ok dark ride, but you can tell it was made some time ago. Matterhorn - a good rollercoaster, nice to say ive been on the first steel coaster in the world, but mainly consisted of turns and twists with few drops. Tea was at the Village Haus, next to Pinnochio, a flat bread pizza, which was very nice - it amazes me how good the food is in all of Disney, even when eating at a quick counter service place.
Day 2 - Friday - We knew that the park was closing at 7pm for the Halloween event, but had planned ahead by booking reservations for the Blue Bayou at 6.45pm. Due to the early close it was due to be quiet and we found this to be the case. Most rides were walk on or a 5minute wait, other than the E-ticket rides and ones with capacity issues, which were around 30minute wait. We made good use of the fast passes.
I'm not going to go over every ride as there are so many, so I will just cover what I remember most. I think we did around 15 rides in total on the day. It started out with a great breakfast at the Carnation cafe - Mickey shaped waffles with bacon and maple syrup - very american!
Dark rides in Fantasyland were a little dissapointing, I think because we didn't appreciate that some of them have been there since 1955 and have had only minor changes. They are quite short so only worth a small queue time, but still knock the socks of anything in the UK. Spacemountain was a favourite, Star wars was ok - still just a simulator though and roger rabbit alright. Jungle cruise was fun, but the jokes wern't funny and the host just chucked out the spiel without trying to make it sound improvised. Indiana Jones was shut for refurb, which I knew before arriving, but not beofre I booked tickets. Extremelly sad about this - its one of my favourite films and reads as one of the best rides in the world and with LA so far away, its not a chance ill get again soon.
Haunted mansion was done over for the 'holidays' with a nightmare before chirstmas theme, which meant a 40min queue, but I love this film so the ride was evry good, but too long queues to go on again.
Tea at the Blue bayou was fantastic - fabulous food (if a little posh) and the atmosphere was stunning, beautifully created wit the pirates boats floating by.
We waited and met Mickey for a photo, all the shops are great, its amazing how much merchandise they pack in and all staff fantastic all day.
Ill do another post for day 3.