|Look at that excitement!!!|
May 16, 2013
"To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world." ~Walter E. Disney, July 17, 1955
It was approximately 6:40pm on a Friday. Despite being closed since mid-April, as though by kismet Space Mountain magically reopened precisely as we walked passed its entrance. Although most lines for the good rides were more than a 40 minute wait, our impeccable timing allowed us to breeze through a short queue for one of Disneyland's most renowned attractions. Our excited energies kicked in during the final stretch of the line, awakening the child within each of us. We requested front row seating to enhance the thrill of this classic, indoor coaster, and it didn't fail to impress - like a mental orgasm of epic proportions. The SanDiegoVille Disneyland adventure was going just as planned.
Living in San Diego has innumerable perks besides our beautiful beaches, amazing food and world class beer scene, our diverse neighborhoods and lively downtown. Our great city has readily accessible the snowy mountains, arid deserts, Mexico, L.A. and, as we recently explored, the 'happiest place on earth': Disneyland! Just ninety miles north of San Diego is the second most visited theme park in the world and SanDiegoVille was invited to experience a bit of the magic.
|Our view from the Crowne Plaza's pool|
We awoke on "Disneyday" (as was coined weeks prior in eager anticipation) raring and ready to go although 'first tracks' had long passed us by. As forecasted, it was already hot as hell with highs of nearly 100 degrees expected. With our park hopper passes in hand ($125/pp), we chose to explore Disney California Adventures (DCA) first. Lines for the more popular rides began to build early. Our cherry popper was Soarin' Over California, an exciting simulation over a gigantic IMAX screen showing some of the beautiful sites of California, including our very own San Diego skyline. Disney should update this ride to high def (and clean the screen), but it was entertaining nonetheless. Soaring made us thirsty.
Heavy heat combined with crowded lines made for a frustrating day, but thankfully shuttles between Crowne Plaza and Disneyland ran every half hour, so we got a hand stamp and headed back to our calm and cool sanctuary for an afternoon dip in the pool and some burritos from a friendly spot named Sabroso, all prior to our evening return to the parks.
Having ventured to Disney World in all of its glory throughout our east coast childhoods, we have fond memories of the scary rides, the alluring aroma of massive turkey legs, the majesty of the expansive Sleeping Beauty Castle, and the all around 'magic' that transports one to Disney's elaborate theme lands, and this trip brought us back to those moments. Thank you Disney, for the fond memories, the joy, and inspiration!