This trip was very much a mission to breakout from my stressful daily routine. Get up, try to ease into the day with some yoga, eat my usual banana ice cream for breakfast, and then fling myself head on into my chaotic job where we’re either all shouting at each other or escaping into back rooms to try to breathe for at least a second.
I had missed going to Disneyland in May and my annual pass was starting to gather dust, so I booked a hotel, packed a bag, and go on a plane. Before I knew it was dripping in sweat (Washingtonians are not used to that big yellow thing in the sky. Especially not after the winter we had this year) but standing in front of the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride that took over the Tower of Terror.
I’d been pretty upset they were getting rid of the ToT for this new ride but decided to give it a chance.
A chance was all it took.
I rode that thing 5 times, and each time was different than the one before. Seriously, there are different audio, video, and drop sequences. And it is beautiful. Being the emotional nerd that I am, I had my hands over my mouth and dare I say a tear or two in my eyes as I screamed on the first go around.
Surprisngly, the longest I waited out of all 5 times was only about 55 minutes. Radiator Springs Racers still has a longer line.
I should know better by now than to doubt Disney to create amazing things. They have this unmatchable ability to completely immerse you into a new world by covering every single detail, including the ones you didn’t even think they would cover and probably won’t even notice (like the smells they pump out on Main Street). And I am impressed by how far technology has taken us. The video screens in the queue for the pre ride shows were CRYSTAL CLEAR and CRISP which usually unnerves me (especially when the TV shows on these fancy screens are from years before those screens were even invented) but it works for the fictional world in which the Guardians live.
True to the GotG vibe, you launch immediately into the ride instead of the slow, suspense and fear building pace that ToT took, with immediate drops and of course 80s music.
I spent my weekend mostly in Hollywoodland. With the Season of the Force over in Disneyland and new Marvel things setting up shop there it was the perfect getaway. While I love escaping into the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy, I needed a more heroic escape this weekend to a world where I could pretend that everything bad happening could be fixed by a bunch of hot people in spandex with large muscles, great catchphrases, and witty banter. And I got to meet Black Widow so it was a good weekend.
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end so here I sit, on the airplane home, where I’ve just been informed that we’ll be touching down shortly. I hope I brought some of the sun and heat back with me.
Until next time
I’m gonna skip the drive because it was just long and boring. We stopped over in Redding and ate and slept then got back on the road. We stayed at the Disneyland hotel in the Frontier tower which is the closest one to the Paradise Pier hotel.
We went to Naples in Downtown Disney for dinner and split a pizza.
The next day we got early entry into California Adventure and went on the Tower of Terror first. The guy who loaded us into the elevator was the best! He came out while we were all on our little squares for seating and every time I made eye contact with him he gave me a creepy little smile and nodded. Then he singled out the Actor and me during the safety spiel and just did it in the creepiest way. Then before the door closed he looked at us like “what?” it was great!
We went over to Disneyland after going on Radiator Springs Racers, California Screamin, and Toy Story Midway Mania and lunch.
I got to see one of the cats of Disneyland sleeping on a rock by Big Thunder Mountain. It was so cute! We got to go on a bunch of stuff, totaling about 15 rides in the entire day, and we even stopped riding stuff around 7 when we went to stake out a spot for the new World of Color Celebrate show!
I really liked it. There are some mixed reviews about it, but I thought it was really cool. I missed the original and stuff, but this show was more about Walt Disney and celebrating everything he has done, whereas the original show was more showing off the cool new thing they could do with water and graphics and lights.
The park closed immediately after so we went back to our hotel, but met up with some friends later and went to In N Out. It was a good first day, but I was exhausted. Those beds in the Disneyland Hotel feel like clouds! I slept great.
Our 4th day was spent at Hollywood Studios, which two people so far have asked me how I enjoyed Harry Potter World. Disney does not own Harry Potter, that’s at Universal. Hollywood Studios was great. We knew we were getting closer to the Disney magic when we entered the gates (Disney’s California Adventure’s new gates were modeled after these, so it felt a little like home). Speaking of gates, I didn’t get any pictures, but WDW has this new entrance with RFID chips. They’re rolling out their Magic Band bracelets as I type but we just had our key to the world. Basically, you touched the card to a mickey, it lit up, it scanned your finger, and you were good to go! No more swiping of cards anywhere. Not even in the hotel room. You held it up to the mickey over the handle and the door just unlocked. It was pretty neat, actually. No news on whether or not it will be coming to Disneyland yet, though.
We rode Midway Mania first because we missed that in Disneyland. It broke down. We got to skip ahead because we were a party of 2. 2 is usually the magic seating number and a lot of times will let you skip ahead in line because you’re easier to seat than parties of 3 or 4 or 5. We rode the Tower of Terror twice, and loved it! It’s got more to it than the one in DCA and it’s always fun to drop straight down over and over again. The Rock n’ Roller Coaster was great, as well. 0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds? Yes! Don’t move your head though. Seriously. We got fast passes to it from this guy. He just gave them to us. That was so nice, and good because the line looked crazy long!
Being film people we really liked it. We ate at the 50s Prime Time cafe which had really good vegetarian lasagna, and the Actor had friend chicken. The cast members were acting like family, even trying to feed the people at the table next to us their vegetables airplane style. Loved it. I had a pb&j milkshake. The best! I loved it all so much that I ate it all and spent the next few hours sick. We caught Fantasmic that night, too, and got to sit in the handicapped section. They have a lot of those sections, so there was this huge one open in front of a bunch of us who had the worst seats in the house. One lady asked if we could sit up there and once we got the go-ahead, we all rushed down. It had already started, so they couldn’t say no.