Me and sara tonin went to Disneyland this weekend and had a great time. Going during spring break certainly didn’t help with the population size/line times, but overall it was pretty manageable.
- Tower of Terror. This is actually at California Adventures, the other park right next door to Disney proper, but it was my favorite ride out of both. Basically a mix of Haunted Mansion and one of those sheer-drop rides where you plummet very fast. Great fun. Here’s me and st on it:
- Jedi Training Academy. Brilliant live show that made me wish I was a kid. Bastards wouldn’t let me join up, participation is only for “younglings”. Basically the Jedi Masters pick a bunch of kids out of the crowd and teach them basic lightsaber moves with plastic sabers, then Darths Vader and Maul show up and the kids get to take turns fighting them using the basic fight coreography they’ve just learned. A bit cheesy but totally totally awesome. If you have little kids and you and/or they are into Star Wars, this is a must-do.
Overall I think I enjoyed California Adventures more than Disney itself, if only because it’s far less crowded than the main park and has a better choice of rides. The big rollercoaster, California Screamin’, is sensational, I think perhaps the best one I’ve been on.
Oh, and a thumbs-up for Disney’s FastPass system. Once every hour or so you can hit up a machine for a ticket that lets you come back at a designated time and cut to the front of the line. Very smart system and allows you to spend the day doing other things (like spend money) rather than waiting in line all day.