Since it was such a nice day out today, I decided to take a drive to Disneyland for a few hours. Other than laundry and homework, I didn’t have much to do.
There must be some changes going on considering they had large portions south and north of Main Street blocked off. I wasn’t able to access the fire house, nor the stores to the southwest side of Main Street. Today was my 7th time visiting since I got my pass in November, and for the first time Splash Mountain and It’s a Small World were closed as well.
I did, however, have the opportunity to go on the Haunted Mansion. Other than seeing it all dressed up for Christmas, it was closed the last time I went while they were removing the decorations. Prior to getting my pass, it has been about 15 years since I have visited the Disneyland Park so I was looking forward to checking out the Haunted Mansion as it normally is throughout the year. Going through the Haunted Mansion was pretty much as I remember it too. Although I am sure there have been some changes to it, as I can’t imagine it being the same for all these years, they either weren’t noticeable or they didn’t stick out to me. Compared to all the extreme changes at Knott’s Berry Farm, Disneyland is pretty much like I remember it growing up with the exception of Disney’s California Adventure.
Although I can’t see myself, nor anyone else actually, purchasing a ticket just for California Adventures, as I don’t think there is enough there to do to call it a standalone park, I do have fun jumping back and forth between both parks.
At Disney’s California Adventure, I really enjoy California Screamin’, The Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, and Soarin’ Over California. They also have a pretty cool show at California Adventures called “It’s Tough to be a Bug”, shown in 3D. I didn’t visit California Adventures this evening so I am unsure if any of the attractions I enjoy were closed. On past visits it is also fun to visit the Mission Tortilla Factory as well as the Bakery Tour. They give samples of both tortillas and sourdough bread.
I wanted to watch the fireworks before I left, however they moved the time up from 8:40pm to 9:30pm. While I was getting on the freeway returning home, I could see them going off in the distance. I will make sure I stick around next time for them, as I really enjoy them.