Day 2 Disneyland California has 2 parks, the main Disney Park and California Adventures. The entrances to the 2 parks are opposite each other, across a big square. The other sides of the square are Downtown Disney / the Disney Hotels and the shuttle transport area.
There are bag check areas and ticket booths at Downtown Disney and at the shuttle bus area.
Main Street USA
New Orleans Square
Buena Vista Street
A Bugs Land
S collected me at 9 am at my hotel and we went straight to the parks. After parking in the Mickey and Friends Parking , we took the Disney shuttle to the parks.
The entrance to DLP is much more impressive with the Disneyland hotel, as at California you just have the turnstiles and you can see Main Street Train Station as you approach the turnstiles.
As I had said the night before I wanted to see World Of Colour night-time water show, we went straight to California Adventures. After a breakfast stop at Starbucks ,which is in California Adventures park, we went to the fast-pass area for World of Colour. This is one of the hidden tips many people don’t know about. The fast-pass gives you access to the viewing area near the water. The best fast-pass to get is BLUE viewing area, which is the area with the best view. There is also yellow viewing area and then after that, general viewing with no fast pass.
While we were in California Adventures, we also got a Fast-pass for Radiator Springs Racers. This is one of the more popular rides in the new Cars Land, which is part of California Adventures Park.
By now it was after 10 am so we went back across to the main park and straight to Fantasyland. We did Peter Pans Flight, Snow White and Pinocchio. It was so nice to hear the audios in English instead of French.
Then we went though Frontierland, past the riverboats and it was time for Pirates. I prefer the theming of the DLP Pirates queuing area but the California updated Pirates is far better than the DLP. Not just the additions of Captain Jack Sparrow,(there are 3, the last one is the really really lifelike) but just the overall feel, it seems longer and in better condition than DLP.
After Pirates we went over to Haunted Mansion. Again it was really nice to hear the audio in English. The don’t have Boot Hill here though and some parts of the ride are different.
After Haunted Mansion, we came back to New Orleans Square and got the train to Tommowland. Captain EO had just closed the week before, which was disappointing.
In Tomorrowland we got on the MONORAIL. A hidden tip is to ask to ride with the driver. As there were only 2 of us, we were lucky that no one else had asked on this journey. We were right at the front of the Monorail, beside the driver. We had an amazing view. The front section can hold up to 6 people. The Monorail goes from Tomorrowland through Hollywood Studios in California Adventures , through Disney Grand Hotel California and stops in Downtown Disney. The return journey goes back through Downtown Disney, past the main park entrance, 2 loops through Fantasyland and back to Tommorrowland.
After the Monorail, I went on Star Tours. S doesn't like it so I went on my own. OMG the new 3D Star Tours is AMAZING!! Its far far better than the 1st version which is still in DLP. There are a number of different start, middle and end scenes which are in random sequence. This means that you could do the ride 10 times in a row and get a different version on each ride.
We then did Buzz Laser blast, which of course S beat me at, as she has been to Disney alot more times than me. The photos were funny though
After Buzz, we got the train back to New Orleans Square as we had a lunch reservation for The Blue Bayou Restaurant in Pirates of The Caribbean.
Our reservation was for 2.30 pm but we got there at 2.00 pm to ask for a table by the water. We were lucky, we just had to wait about 15 minutes and we brought to a table by the water. I did take photos but they are a bit dark.
The lunch menu at Blue Bayou
My starter New Orleans Gumbo
My main course Tesoro Island Chicken
My dessert Creme Brulee
S Main Course Le Special de Monte Cristo Sandwich
S dessert Lava Cake
After lunch, it was time to back to Cars Land in California Adventures for our Fast Pass to Radiator Springs Racers.
Radiator Springs is a Cars themed ride, like a roller coaster but on a track. You race another car around the track. Its the most popular ride in Cars Land and without a fast pass you can wait over an hour or more.
Then it was onto to Toystory Mania, Little Mermaid and Soaring Over California.
Toystory Mania is a 3D shooting game similar to Buzz, Little Mermaid is a dark ride, similar to Phantom Manor and Soaring Over California is an IMEX type video but you are suspended in the air and it feels like you are in the screen.
We then went over to Hollywood land and found we were just had 30 mins to wait to see Aladdin. S was getting tired though, so just before the show started she decided to go home. We arranged to meet at 9 am the next morning at my hotel.
Aladdin was amazing, the proper Broadway show condensed to 40 mins. I managed to get a brilliant seat, centre of the front row of the balcony.
After Aladdin, I had a wander through Hollywood Land and found the Mad T Party in full swing.
It is a outdoor evening entertainment live band themed in the style of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. The band was playing covers of rock music so I stayed for a while, enjoying the music and atmosphere.
By now I was getting hungry so I had a quick snack of hotdog and chips. After eating I found Muppets 3D. This is a mix of 3D film and live action in a special theatre.
It was getting close to the time for World Of Colour. My fast-pass gave me access to a viewing section right in front of the big Ferris wheel, which is where the show is centered on.
My camera battery ran out just as the show was starting but I found this video on YouTube. It is not my video but whoever filmed it had the same view as I did.
World Of Colour is amazing, far far better than dreams. Before the show started , there were announcements that people in the front section at the water would get wet.
After World of Colour, California Adventures closes (10 pm) so I went back to Disney Main park. I headed straight for Pirates and as Fantasmic water show was on, there was no queue for Pirates.
Then I went back to Haunted Mansion again. By now it was after 11 pm and I was getting pretty tired so I decided to head back to my hotel. I was staying at Motel 6 Main Gate, which is one of the partner hotels. There is shuttle transport provided by Anaheim Resort Transport
to many of the partner hotels. The shuttle buses are located just beside the main entrance to the parks and there are about 10 different routes to various hotels in the Anaheim area. I was lucky I only had to wait about 10 minutes for the bus to my hotel. The last bus leaves at 12.30 am, 30 mins after the park closes. I didn't want to stay that late in case the bus was very crowded, so it was about 11.30 pm when I got the bus.
Back at my hotel, exhausted I fell into bed.