My mom was completely exhausted (frankly I wasn’t far off from it either) so I told her to sleep in a bit and I would meet her later in the park. We did have the opportunity for an early entry that day however I just didn’t think I could get up early enough to get ready and be there before seven… I did get there just after opening so I didn’t miss much.
Before I got in I had to stop by and see my dad’s stone. I love how close it is to the entrance to the park.
The crowds were not too bad so I decided it would be a good time to take some pictures.
Another gorgeous day in the park!
This is the first time I noticed this bench in the town square area of Main Street just across the street from the train station.
I love the different facades of all of the stores on Main Street.
The color of the Penny Arcade goes very well with the Christmas decor.
I thought this was a fun view of the Hub. The Matterhorn in the distance and the fire truck going around the bend.
Had to stop and say hi to Uncle Walt and Mickey!
I love this castle so much. I know I haven’t been to Disney World and I’ve heard from plenty of people how once you see how massive Cinderella’s Castle is, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will seem like a let down, but we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t think I’ll ever love it any less than I do now.
Decided to walk the other way around and have a visit at Snow White’s Grotto.
Nice and quiet.
It’s quite peaceful over here and even on a crowded day, it doesn’t get a whole lot of foot traffic.
These statues were given to Walt Disney anonymously from someone in Italy in 1961.
I love the architecture of Fantasyland.
One of the remaining E-Ticket Booths in the park.
The line for Matterhorn wasn’t that long so I wanted to get a ride on before it was too late. It was my first time riding in the new cars.
Again, something I didn’t notice (Unless it’s new) are these cool “cabiny” (I am aware that is not a word) looking lamps. They remind me of Lake Tahoe for some reason.
The new cars fit one to a seat now. Not sure if that’s an improvement or not.
The seats look roomy enough…
You can’t quite tell, but it was kind of a tight squeeze for my legs and I’m short! Well… I’m average for a woman but I can’t imagine someone taller than me being comfortable… And I totally just noticed the bag holder in this picture… I don’t know why I missed that when I was on the ride! Overall, it was just as bumpy as if I was riding in my own seat before they were single seats AND the seats themselves were much harder to sit on. Not the most comfortable ride in the park!
Eidleweiss Snacks wasn’t opened yet as it was still really early. I haven’t eaten here yet, but they have some of the regular snack fair such as Chimichangas and Turkey legs in addition to Corn on the Cob. So I need to get back there for the corn!
It was early enough that Small World had a really short line so I got on that too.
This is one of my favorite rides in Disneyland and I was so excited to see the overlay for Christmas. I heard it was amazing.
Looks a lot different in the morning than at night.
I like the color of the balls against the white of the wreath and garland.
The Christmas overlay blends in very well with the theming of Small World which did not come as a surprise to me at all.
I totally didn’t see the woman blowing the wind and snow until I saw this picture in the viewfinder of my camera.
Santa at the North Pole!
The area where this tree was smelled like candles. A detail I wasn’t expecting.
This area smelled like candy from what I remember.
The Middle East
You go through a little tunnel to get into the next room and right before you get into it you go through bubbles.
Dory and Nemo!
You can’t see it, but there is a little Elvis bobble head doll on the end of Lilo and Stitch’s surf board which goes up and down. Tried to get a picture but it didn’t work out. My mom’s friend told her about it.
I don’t think I’m the only one that is a little disappointed with the USA section of the ride. It’s like they just half-assed it…
It’s just cowboys and indians type stuff and there is so much more to our country.
Now time for the finale room.
Christmas threw up in this room.
And I love it!!!
Overall I absolutely loved it. Small World is one of my favorite rides and the Christmas overlay made me love it even more! I had a smile on my face the whole time I was on the ride. Completely amazing!
Toontown didn’t have many people in it so I decided to take some pictures there as we try to avoid it like the plague on most of our trips. Despite it being primarily a children’s area, I love it. It reminds me of the Disney cartoons I watched growing up. I like the lack of straight lines and hard edges.
They decorated for Christmas too!
This land cracks me up. There are so many little things to do and see. Like answering a phone and hearing a conversation on the other side or opening a door that shocks you!
There is a lot of goofy (no pun intended) humor.
The GAG Factory is a great store that I don’t think many people know about. It’s located in the back right corner to the left of Roger Rabbit’s cartoon spin.
This is a great photo-op area.
Mickey’s house behind the Mickey Mouse water fountain.
This snack stand reminded me of the old Disney cartoon where Mickey, Goofy, and Donald went on a trip with a motor home that kept falling apart.
I was going to take a trip on Autopia but the line was super long and my mom called saying she was getting off the shuttle so I headed back to the entrance to meet her.
We attempted to get a fast pass for Radiator Springs but they were already sold out. It wasn’t even ten in the morning! The lines for the other two rides in Cars Land weren’t too bad so we took advantage of that.
Looks different in the daytime, not in a bad way, just different.
We went on Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree first.
The queue looks just like a junkyard.
The ride has two loading areas and you go around four circles in sort of a figure-8 and as the tractors go around the circles the back-end whips you back and forth.
It was a lot of fun!
We strolled through the Cozy Cone Motel area.
Everything is orange.
It is so cute! Each cone serves different foods. We didn’t get anything to eat but maybe next time I’ll try it.
The umbrellas are even cones which I realized the next time I watched Cars (I watch it every time my nephew, Nicky, comes over because it’s all he wants to watch!
It’s so cute! I would want to stay here if I were on a road trip!
Literally just like the movie. I can’t get over it!
Mater was greeting people. The cars actually talk and I can’t remember how they work that out.
Cone Christmas Tree.
Route 66 Christmas Tree next to the Route 66 Store.
Up next was Luigi’s Flying Tires. I got the biggest kick out of this ride.
Once you get inside, you hear old Italian music like Dean Martin. My dad would have LOVED this queue.
I texted a picture of this to my brother and he thought it was really funny.
Trash cans. Only Disney fans with understand the significance!
I think the tires are wrapped to look like blocks of cheese but I could be wrong…
Luigi only follow the Ferrari!
Olive Oil joke.
Italian everything! It reminds me of an Italian festival.
Race car topiary.
Lots and lots of Italian flags.
You have to lean in the direction you want the tires to go.
My mom’s “don’t take my picture,” picture. Had to add as proof I wasn’t there alone!
They are big and roomy and the vents on the ground are what make you float. It feels quite windy when you’re on the ride. It’s pretty fun and I’d go on it again.
We walked around the board walk to try to figure out what we were going to do for lunch.
I should have taken a picture with Duffy, there wasn’t a line!!!
Another Christmas Tree.
The line for Soarin’ was super short so we took advantage.
They added the characters from Planes to the video.
My hometown! (well not entirely but close enough!)
Haven’t been to Yosemite in years. We need to take a trip back.
We decided to head back to Disneyland and get a hot dog for lunch.
The streets were crowded so we cut through some of the shops.
After a quick lunch, we went on Pirate’s.
I want one of those santas in the trees! Small enough to hang on my own tree.
Didn’t go up in the tree either.
The Disney Dream Suite.
The light poles were decorated with masques and other New Orleans decorations.
Each building had different decorations.
I have no idea what those people were doing on that balcony.
Finally got inside.
I haven’t eaten at the Blue Bayou in a few years because our last meal wasn’t the greatest. Maybe another time because I miss the ambiance.
We walked around a few of the shops and I got a really cute scarf I’ll show in my souvenirs post after the rest of the trip report.
I love the shops in New Orleans. They have stuff here they don’t have anywhere else.
Nightmare Before Christmas Store.
Walked back by the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. They are ending Billy Hill and the Hillbillies. I hope they put something in here!
We walked back to get in line for Matterhorn. The line was long but we didn’t care. My mom didn’t get to go on and the line was only going to get longer.
Mine! Mine! Mine!
We walked back to Small World so my mom could see it. I wanted to go on another ten times but we went twice.
I also go Minnie Ears. There is holly on the right side but you can hardly tell. It’s kind of behind the bow. There’s a peak at my new scarf too.
Can’t get over the candle smell!
Africa is my favorite room. Never could get a good picture but this isn’t bad.
The reindeer made an appearance!
Santa and his reindeer riding over the arch.
Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye. See, not much thought went into this room…
Bear and a penguin!
We took a ride on the Monorail to go have dinner in Downtown Disney.
The line wasn’t too long. This is a great place for a photograph. The time of day wasn’t great for my camera though…
We decided to eat at Naples Restaurant.
Food wasn’t as good as it was before.
We got the world’s best snow cones at the Jazz Kitchen Express. My mom got cherry and grape and I got coconut. Hence the lack of color. It’s like eating snow!
Back on the Matterhorn.
Back by the Golden Horseshoe.
Got ripped off by Shrunken Ned.
Didn’t even get a card…
Sat for a minute deciding what to do.
We were both tired and decided to take a quick ride on Captain EO because God know’s how much longer it will be there.
Then decided to call it quits and head back to the room. More fun with this camera app.
I love Disneyland at night. It’s so magical!
The tree is gorgeous lit up.
And that ended our second day at the parks.
We got to bed as soon as we got back to the room. We wanted to run straight into California Adventure to get fast passes for Radiator Springs Racers first thing and we were meeting my cousins who were spending Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day at the parks.
That’s day 2 for Disneyland. I hope you’re enjoying my trip reports. Stay tuned for our last day in Disneyland, then Thanksgiving weekend in Fresno!