Disneyland – page ten

Still in Tomorrowland…

Astro Orbiter 1 Disneyland

While it’s cool to see the detail of the attraction up close, this version really can’t compare to the one in Florida. Being 80 feet up makes a huge difference.

Undersea Voyage with Nemo Disneyland

One of the attractions I was most looking forward to was the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. I only have vague memories of riding 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I remember it just being completely awesome. But now I have to recognize that I was eight years old and also thought Krull was awesome. As an adult, there’s nothing fun about cramming yourself into a metal tube and looking out a tiny window.

Submarine Voyage 2

There’s no arguing that the sub ride looks cool, though not as much as the Nautillis subs. It’s just too long a wait (due to low capacity and a slow load time) for too little.

Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine Mine Disneyland

And the seagulls screaming “Mine! Mine! Mine!” are a nice touch.

For the record, I still maintain that Krull was awesome.

Space Mountain Disneyland

There aren’t enough good things I can say about Disneyland’s Space Mountain. I pretty much love everything about it: great layout, great effects, great audio (with a score by composer Michael Giacchino). It really is just a fantastic ride.

Space Mountain Interior Disneyland

And the two-across cars are way more comfortable than Florida’s single file system.

Main Street car

Back around to Main Street USA, let’s catch a ride out.

Disneyland Main Street vehicles

This is our first time on a main street vehicle. Normally we scoff at them, preferring to just hoof it. But for some reason, it seemed like a sweet thing to do here. It helped that it wasn’t too late in the day so there wasn’t a ton of folks dragging ass out of the park.

Karen riding down Main Street Disneyland

Not going to lie. It actually is nice to just stop for a bit and relax (which is why we like the Tomorrowland Transit Authority in Magic Kingdom so much).

Steve on the vehicle

My eyes go straight to the guy taking a picture, and it makes me wonder just how many strangers’ vacation photos we have inadvertently appeared in.

Sleeping Beauty Castle again Disneyland

One last daytime shot of the castle (and I will confess that I am a total sucker when it comes to pictures that have balloon vendors in them.

Dapper Dans

Managed to bump into the Dapper Dans on the way out. Which is actually kind of crazy, because I’ve never seen the Dapper Dans at Magic Kingdom after dozens of visits.

Main Street Indian Disneyland

Dunno why I loved this picture so much.

Great Moments with Mr Lincoln Disneyland

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was originally supposed to be The Hall of Presidents, but they ended up focusing on Lincoln (Walt was kind of a Lincoln nerd). It’s a well done presentation that hits the right emotional resonance without being too heavy handed.

Tiki Realms Disneyland

The Great Moments theatre is adjacent to the Disney Gallery. When we were there, they had a small exhibition for the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Enchanted Tiki Room. We didn’t immediately realize that they were two separate exhibits, as Karen almost got security called on her when she carried unpaid merchandise into the Lincoln area.

Bench Disneyland

According to the signage, this is the actual park bench Walt sat on in Griffith Park when he was first conceived of Disneyland. I’ll be honest and say that I don’t know if I believe it. Disney has been known to exaggerate – the plane from Casablanca being in the Great Movie Ride (false), Brigham Young’s hearse at the Haunted Mansion (also false).

Carousel Horse Disneyland

In the same vein, this is supposedly a mount from the Griffith Park carousel that Walt’s daughters would ride. I want to believe that they wouldn’t just make stuff like this up.

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