|Andy, Steve, Kristin, and I on the Subtlety Train.|
But it was super fun!
But seriously, it was crazy hot. I'm not even playing. Crazy hot. For reals. Ridiculous.
This incarnation of Disneyland will be very familiar to anyone
|What's that green thing behind the castle?|
Main Street USA
|We don't need no stinkin' Partners Statue.|
Once you step outside of Main Street and the hub, you enter a fantastic sampler of Disney attractions, lands, and show elements from all of the other parks all over the world. Let me explain with a tour of the park, by lands and attractions.
|This, people. This.|
|I want to live in this.|
I absolutely loved the art direction, characters, music, and special effects in this attraction. The animatronics were fantastic and the effects were impressive, especially the use of lasers and video projection mapping. I was surprised however, by the pacing of the ride. It felt slow at times and there were odd pauses in action. My educated guess is that the desired pace of the attraction (fast and energetic) was being dampened by limitations in the ride system. The trackless vehicles felt sluggish on acceleration and rotation and the vehicle seemed to have a low top speed. The pauses appeared to be caused by vehicles waiting for other vehicles to clear a path. It is unclear if these limitations were self-imposed or a condition of the available technology.
In the end, it was a great show, a great story, and Albert is adorable.
|The heat is on.|
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
|Straight outta DCA.|
Toy Story Land
|"Reft, right, reft." I know, I'm awful.|
The Green Army Men performers (same as DCA and DHS) did catch my attention though. It is culturally insensitive to say this, but hearing Sarge yell out "left, left, right, left" in a thick Chinese accent is pretty hysterical.
This land was a mind game. You know that crazy dream you had where you went to Disneyland and all the rides were all mixed up together? Been there. Like for real.
Though it started with the classic tribal gate that you see in California, most of this land looks and feels like Animal Kingdom in Orlando. And there are a lot of interesting blends of elements happening here too. As I said, there is no Frontierland so the closest thing to the Rivers of America is in Adventureland. There is also no New Orleans Square or Liberty Square so no steamboat or sailing ship either. Instead of Tom Sawyer Island, the island is home to Tarzan's Treehouse (which we didn't have time to see) and is accessible only by rafts. Now here's where it gets super weird...
|What is going on here?|
|Welcome to the jungle.|
|Can you feel the AC tongiht?|
And air conditioned.
|The future that never was...|
Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters
This is nothing unusual, but always fun and like its previous incarnations, it has its own slightly unique track plan and scenery. Despite being a new layout to us, Andy still managed to murder me at it.
|The force is strong with this one.|
|The DisneyQuest telescope. Look familiar?|
We rode it twice.
it's a small world
|it's a tiny, tiny world|
|A wonderful world of color|
I hope you enjoyed your journey with us. Please gather all your personal belongings and step out the same way you got in because we didn't have enough room to put an exit on the other side. Thanks.