Sunday, January 29, 2017

Disneyland Park 2017 (Weekly Wrap-up Edition)

I haven't run since I ran the half marathon a couple of weeks ago.  This was the plan to take two weeks off so that I could get the love back in running.  Well I'm actually excited to go on a run tomorrow.  A short one, but hopefully I will enjoy it again.  Especially if I am now looking forward to it.

The only other thing I did this week was go see Hidden Figures.  I can't believe that this story hasn't been told before.  It's very inspiring to know what brilliant woman did in NASA.  This movie could have been three different stories as each woman was very smart and interesting.  I bought the book a couple months ago, I can't wait to read it now.

Since I don't really have any other update, I'm going to recap my day at Disneyland.  It will be a long post with a lot of pictures.

If you want to catch up on the previous posts, here are the links.

Once we were done with the 5k, we went back to the hotel to shower and change.  The park opened up at 9 so we down to the park a half an hour early.  They started letting people in, to wait on Main Street.  While we waited we had a visit from the Mad Hatter.

There were tons of people waiting to get into the park.

We got released at 9 sharp and sped walked to Hyperspace Mountain.  We were able to get on the ride without a wait.  If you haven't been to Hyperspace Mountain, it's like the Space Mountain in Disney World, but with a Star Wars theme.  We got a fast pass for later in the morning to ride it again after our breakfast.

We had a little more time before breakfast so we headed to Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters.   I enjoy those types of fun shoot 'em games.  And look, I won!

It was time to head to our breakfast reservations.  We had reservations for the Minnie and Friend's Breakfast at Plaza Inn.  We were shown to this very tinny circular table.  Like smaller then a coffee table.  Every time we moved or tried to put something somewhere else things fell off the table.  It was very nerve racking.  We were not too impressed by the whole setup.  We had to get our own drinks, no one came to bus our tables, the bathroom was outside the restaurant in the park, and that table, that itdy bidy table.

But we had fun meeting the characters and the breakfast was good.  The first character we met was Max.  Neither one of us knew who he was, but Kelly had a signature book and he signed it Max.  There was also characters from Winnie the Pooh, my favorite group of Disney characters.  There was Tigger, Eeyore, and Pooh.  Captain Hook, Rafiki, and of course Minnie Mouse.

We then headed back to Hyperspace Mountain for our fast pass time.  We stopped by the Path of the Jedi so we could let our breakfast settle.  The Path of the Jedi is a bunch of clips from all of the Star Wars movies.  After that we headed back to Hyperspace Mountain for another ride.

Once we were done with the ride, we headed over to the Star Wars Launch Bay.  This is were they have a bunch of Star Wars props from the movies and you get to meet Chewie and Darth Vader.  On the way there we followed Storm Troopers.

After we left, we started walking around trying to decide what to do next when we saw the Evil Queen outside the castle.  Of course we had to stop for a photo.  

While we were in line, Peter Pan decided to step in line.

We then headed to It's a Small World.  I have been on this at Disney World, but not Disneyland and not when it's all decorated for Christmas.  I have to say I like it better with all of the Christmas Carols mixed in with the Small World song.  You didn't leave there with the Small World stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  It was fun to see everything in Christmas decoration.

We decided to head to the Pirates of the Caribbean.  On our way there Kelly asked if I had ever done the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through.  I had never even heard of it, so of course we had to do it.  It was a walk up and through the inside of the castle with cubby holes of the Sleeping Beauty story.  We walked by the Haunted Mansion which was closed to take down the Christmas decoration.  Kinda sad.

We really were getting tired by this point, but we had to wait it out till our dinner reservations at Blue Bayou at 4:30.  I know that sounds like an early dinner, but we had been up forever, ran a 5k, and had been in the park since opening.  We were bushed.  And my knee was really hurting.  I don't know if it was from falling earlier that day or my normal knee pain.  Probably a mix of both.  We had another hour or so to burn, so we headed to Critter County.  Kelly had never been through that part of the park so we went to explore.

Neither one of us had ever been on The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, so we decided to ride it.  I love Pooh and his friends.  It was a kid ride that told some of the story of Pooh.

Wasting more time we headed back to Adventureland and went to the Enchanted Tiki Room.  Kelly loves that show and I had never seen it.  She had said that I would either love it or hate it.  I loved it.  It may be do to the fact that I was tired and hungry and was just happy to sit.  But it was fun in a very disturbing way.

It was still a little early, but we headed to Blue Bayou Restaurant.  We were both happy to sit and finally get some food.  Our table really wasn't anywhere near the Pirates ride, so we didn't see much of it, but it's a fun atmosphere.  I had lamb chops with mashed potatoes which was very good.

We headed back to the hotel to get some sleep for another early morning and the 10k race.

Check out my vlog for Disneyland!

Have you been to the Disneyland Park?  What is your favorite ride?  

Linking up with Holly and Tricia's Weekly Wrap Up.


  1. How fun! I have never done a Disney race, but it always looks like it was a blast!

  2. I love this recap! So many fun memories of Disneyland!! :) I'm glad you liked the Tiki room...I think the fact that it's a Walt original makes me like it even more! That's a lot of characters at Minnie's breakfast! So sorry you guys got the funky table!

  3. I love the Tiki Room. It's fun to get a dole whip and sit before the pre-show of the attraction.

    Max is Goofy's nephew.

  4. Fun! I'm a huge Disney fan. I now have the Tiki Room song stuck in my head! LOL. I've never been to Disneyland but it sounds like there are similarities to its Florida cousin. A few weeks ago, we were given Fast Passes after being on Pirates when it broke down. The crowds were light that day and we already had some FPs, so we decided to use them at Peter Pan. The wait on that ride is always unbelievable. Thanks for linking, Heather!

  5. Looks like you got some great character pics! I only ever seen Evil Queen once and it was at the Tower of Terror after party.

    I wouldn't have been too impressed at the Breakfast at the Plaza either. I hate when you are a table of two and they put you at a really small table that isn't even suitable as an end table. Never enough room for food and drinks.

    I have never heard of Hyperspace mountain. Is it new?