Summer of 2016: Disneyland Birthday Trip: Saturday, Part 1: Disneyland

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Anaheim
What: Kathy’s Birthday Trip
When: July 8-10, 2016
Why: Kathy’s Birthday

We woke up to overcast skies, which surprised me because I’d only seen sunny skies on Periscope the day before. But the clouds were expected to burn off soon.

We hopped aboard the Hilton shuttle at about 8:40 and arrived about 10 minutes later. After going through the bag check line, we were a bit confused about where the entrance was but then Security pulled us back and made us go through the metal detector. Of course, that annoyed me because I didn’t even have a bag – just my cell phone. As the Trackers mentioned on their Disneyland vlog, it is so annoying that Disneyland does not have a bag free line the way WDW does.

I get it that security is heightened but it was all rather confusing. Eventually, we made our way to the ticket booth and the Disney magic began with the friendly CM at the ticket window who chatted with us about me growing up nearby. We still weren’t sure if we wanted a 1-day single park or a 1-day park hopper. But faced with only getting to do 1 park, we got the 1-day park hopper.

I took a video with my iPhone and Rich started up the GoPro in front of the 60th Anniversary sign in front of the Disneyland park entrance.

Then we entered on our favorite left side and stopped to record Pluto hanging out with some of the guests. The skies were still a bit overcast.

Then we walked down Main Street and Rich captured it on the GoPro.

We’d just learned that Rancho del Zocalo now serves breakfast so we headed over there. You can order from the American breakfast menu or the Mexican breakfast menu and we chose the Mexican breakfast. Rich got the breakfast burrito and I got the tamales. It was huge but it would also serve as lunch.


Breakfast Burrito

IMG_7080Tamale Breakfast

Enjoying our breakfast in our favorite spot next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, we were inspired to jump in line and see how we fared. Actually, every ride we rode was a walk-on. We couldn’t believe it – on a Saturday in July? But we must have hit a slow weekend in-between two very busy weekends (4th of July and Disneyland’s birthday).

We were happy to note that BTMR now has the cushioned seats like at WDW, along with the new effects that WDW is now just getting.

The sun was also out by now and we had a blast, jumping on Pirates of the Caribbean next, Haunted Mansion, and Pooh. We stopped it at the bakery by Pooh and got a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Snickerdoodle and then browsed in some shops in Frontierland. We then headed for Toon Town (we’d heard a rumor it was going away but discovered later that was no longer true). We were just about to get in line for It’s A Small World but it was shutting down so we kept walking.

We stopped in at a Five and Dime in Toon Town to pick up some sunscreen we’d forgotten in our car, which was hanging out in valet parking back at the resort. We sat down for some relaxation and to enjoy the atmosphere.


We continued to capture Toon Town with the GoPro and then walked back through Fantasyland. Ah, this is where the crowds were. Peter Pan had a 45-minute wait and we decided to skip it.

It was getting close to noon now and we were ready to catch the shuttle back to the resort for a bit of rest and a nap in preparation for our dinner at Carthay Circle at 6:10 p.m.

We might have spent some time in the pool but I forgot my swimsuit – oh no! We took a nap and relaxed instead. After our nap, we ate our cookies and washed them down with a diet coke to wake us up a bit and to tide us over for dinner. This was, basically, lunch.

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