The second day of my Disneyland Adventuring was even better than the first. As I mentioned, I woke up absurdly early on Friday, but I used the time to unpack and get settled and arrived at Disneyland Park as they were letting people on to Main Street. I had never been in a Disney park at rope drop – people get really crazy, running to their favorite rides! I strolled over to Dumbo first because I figured I needed to give my childhood favorite a whirl in my Dumbo race shirt.
Afterwards, I rode Peter Pan’s Flight and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and then headed to Tomorrowland and went on Space Mountain, which is a little tamer in California than in Florida. So is Splash Mountain, except you definitely get soaked more on the west coast! A journey with Indiana Jones topped my Disneyland Park morning, because it was really jerky and as I mentioned yesterday I don’t really like that, since I get migraines. I didn’t that time but my stomach was really shaken, so I took a break and strolled over to California Adventure. I got a Fastpass for Soarin’ and then got in the single rider line for Radiatior Springs, which was much faster than the absurd regular wait and made me wonder why more people aren’t willing to split up just for a ride.
It was pretty awesome, although maybe not the best idea for my tummy. After using my Soarin’ Fastpass, it was just about noon, so I went over to First Aid and headed back to my hotel for a little rest. I wanted to be in good shape for when my cousin Meredith and friend Ashley arrived!
That afternoon, my cousin and I went to the Expo to pick up her bib and strolled around a bit before an early dinner at Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square, Disneyland Park. They had a good allergy-friendly menu, from which I selected the Vegetable Ragout with Blackened Chicken. It was basically Cajun chicken breast, a firm polenta cake, veggies, and sauce, and it was quite good.
Afterwards, we took trips on It’s A Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean, both seemingly a little longer than their Florida counterparts. We then opted for dessert prior to calling it an early night for our 4:15am race day alarm. The candy shop and Gibson Girl ice cream parlor are connected at Disneyland, meaning she could get an ice cream cone and I could get a GF Mickey Rice Krispies treat on a stick, just like the one I had in Florida in January. It was on a stick which made it even better 🙂
Stay tuned for the recaps of the 10K and half marathon, coming soon to complete my Dumbo Double Dare weekend!
Have you been to both Disney World and Disneyland?
What do you think the biggest differences are?
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