Sunday, Sunday, Sunday...
My real Sunday didn't begin until around 2pm, when I woke up from my Half Marathon recovery nap and was very hungry. I got dressed and headed out to Disneyland, where I knew exactly where I was going to eat.
While Saturday had been a very "Southern California Locals" crowd, the Sunday crowd I encountered was more my style: Tourists. And there were a lot of them! Sunday was definitely the busiest park day during my weekend, but luckily for me, I really didn't have a lot planned for the day.
My trip to Cafe Orleans took me right past the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, which had an insanely long line that just kept wrapping around itself! People were confused as to why that queue was so long, but the answer was easy: the Haunted Mansion was closed, and so was the Jungle Cruise. Where were those people supposed to go?
When I was seated at Cafe Orleans, I barely looked at the menu. I ordered the pommes frites (French fries with parmesan, garlic, and parsley with a DELICIOUS dipping sauce) and the Monte Cristo sandwich (a ham/turkey/swiss sandwich which is then deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar). I would probably order the pommes frites on any regular day, but this was the only day I would have felt comfortable ordering the Monte Cristo. It was amazing, but so filling! I wondered early on why there was powdered sugar on this entree, but it's very clear that the sandwich needs something sweet to offset the massive amounts of salty goodness.
I set myself up at a table, put my jacket on a chair, and did FaceTime with my parents. It was my chance to tell them all about my races and what I'd been up to that weekend. It's been a while since they were in Disneyland, and they were curious how close California Adventure was. So I got up and walked out of the park and into California Adventure, which I was planning to do, anyway! It was fun showing off the parks to them.
We hung up once I reached Paradise Pier, and I was going to spend the rest of the night at the second park. My first thought? "I'm chilly! Where's my jacket...?" Oh. I'd left my jacket hanging on a chair in Tomorrowland!
Luckily, as I just mentioned, it was easy to walk back to Disneyland. The bigger question was, where was my jacket now? Was it still at the table? Or was it at the front of the park in Lost and Found?
I decided to try Tomorrowland first, since it was only 1/2 an hour since I'd left. The jacket wasn't on the chair, but I talked to a cast member, who directed me to one of the custodians of the area that had the jacket in the back! Problem solved.
I knew I had to do the Monster's, Inc. dark ride, so I waited 20 minutes in line to see it. It was very cute! And what was even better was when I exited the attraction, the Mad T Party was taking place right outside!
When they went on a break, I went across Hollywood Land and did another round at the Animation Academy, drawing Minnie Mouse this time. It wasn't as good as my Tigger, but I was still pleased.
|Water art done by a|
My final thing to do at California Adventure was to finally see the nighttime show, World of Color. I still had 1 1/2 hours to kill. The closest attraction near me, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure, only had a 5 minute wait, so I got in the queue. The cast member at the entrance congratulated me on my Rebel Challenge accomplishment (I was wearing my medal), which was very nice of him to do! He said he was one of the people volunteering, and waking up so early was really hard. I had to agree!
After my ride in the attraction, I picked a spot to sit for World of Color and put my feet up. Because I hadn't gotten to the park until later in the day, the best spots (that area that I loved so much yesterday that was empty but had a great view) were already taken up with people that had gotten Fastpasses for that spot, or had done a dinner reservation with a special viewing spot. I had to wait across the path right in front of The Little Mermaid. I was in the front of that section, but I had tree cover that really prevented me from seeing the full show. But honestly, that was okay with me.
I spent the hour that I waited for the show to start on the phone with my older brother, and we mostly talked about Star Wars, among other things. But it made the time fly.
World of Color was very nice - I had heard the whole show before and had seen snippets here and there, so there wasn't anything really surprising. But it does hit right in the feels at some points - especially when it shows family videos of trips to Disneyland from the 50s through now. I was glad that I was finally able to see it in person.
California Adventure closed at 10:00, but Disneyland was actually open until midnight. With that in mind, I made my way across the esplanade, hoping to knock off a few more attractions on my Disnyland must-do list. The first one I wanted to do was it's a small world, which was at the back end of the park.
When I arrived, I was surprised to see that Paint the Night was just ending, but it was going in the opposite direction that it had been going when I saw it on Friday! Instead of coming from the castle down Main Street USA, it was instead starting at Main Street USA and heading towards the castle. As I came in, the final float - the one with Sorcerer Mickey with the giant gyroscope light show behind him - was going around Town Square and heading down Main Street USA.
At this point, a light dawned in my head. I had heard from a few podcasters that one of the best things to do after a parade is to get right behind the rope at the end and follow the parade down its route! And since I was heading in that direction anyway, I might as well take advantage of the situation!
I was only one person, so it was very easy for me to maneuver through the crowd that had already gathered behind the final float. I dodged strollers, parents, slow-moving hand-holding couples, kids, and more. By the time the float had made it to the Hub, I was positioned at the perfect point: there was a group of college-age girls to my right, a grandma-mother-son trio in between me and the girl group, and a few single stragglers to my left. This group that was right behind the float was an amazing group of which to be a part, because we just danced and sang the whole way down! The loop for the song is about 4 minutes, but every time it started up again we got more excited than the time before.
The parade exited right at the it's a small world attraction, so I immediately hopped on the short queue (all of it is outdoor, which is crazy, in my opinion) and toured around. It was still the "holiday" version, so the normal theme tune was mixed with "Jingle Bells." It was cute, and I was able to see some of the Disney tags they put in this version that aren't present in the one at Walt Disney World.
Fantasyland was much lighter than it's usual craziness, so I ended up going on the Pinocchio ride as well. Man, that movie is crazy. I don't need to watch it again if I don't have to.
I took it to the Hub and ate it on a bench right by the "Partners" statue, enjoying the relative quiet of the area as people left the park. Once my food was done, I also exited the park, excited for the fact that the next day, I could actually sleep in!