I started off in California Adventure about 1pm, figuring that most people would be eating lunch or wandering around Downtown Disney.
I decided to head over to Soarin' Over California to see how long the wait was (15 Minutes) and since I was a single rider there was relatively no wait.
SOARIN' OVER CALIFORNIA---2 Minute Wait
I suppose it was lucky to be placed in the front row, but also a bit scary for a first time ride. I love the whole experience of this attraction, and once I was off, the butterflies in my stomach were there for about 20 minutes. The only other ride I can think of that leaves me with the same feeling is Maverick. 10/10
Next I decided to hit up California Screamin' as well as stop by the new Toy Story Mania attraction. The Toy Story Mania I believe is still in the Cast Members only stage, but when walking by you can still check out the awesome Mr. Potato Head in which the Imagineers did an amazing job!
CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN: 1 ride wait (single rider), 5 Minute Stand-by
I was paired up with someone right in the middle of the train, but still had an enjoyable experience as this ride is extremely fun. I would've preferred to be closer to the front or back, but whatever I still love this ride. 10/10
Since I decided to try my luck for back or front I went on Screamin' a second time and was placed in the back. It was a bit rougher
in the back seat, but still the ride is amazing!
I headed over to ride Soarin' a second time and left California Adventure to go into Disneyland.
First attraction in Disneyland was the railroad going from the Main Entrance Plaza to New Orleans Square. After the train I headed to Pirates of The Carribean.
PIRATES: 5 Min Wait
This ride is very well themed, but I do not understand why people insist on screaming as it is not very scary. I would not wait longer than 20 minutes for this ride however. 8/10
After Pirates I was going to call it a day, but decided to go inside of Tarzan's Tree House and then Jungle Cruise for the last attraction of the day.
JUNGLE CRUISE: 5 Min. Wait
I love the theming for this ride, but the jokes are really corny and lame. Some of them are funny, but I'm sure if you go on this ride then they all get really old really fast. For the first time it was a nice relaxing and enjoyable ride. 9/10
Overall Disney Experience 95/100
Of course, there's NO way I'm going into DL without at least one trip on Matterhorn (take that, Everest, LOL) - and for me at least, the CA Space Mtn. surpasses the FL version (save for the trains, which are FAR superior ion the FL version...IMO).
Oh, and Gator, I think the Cali trains on Space Mtn are much better than the Florida ones.
Also, no one brought up the awesome Sun Wheel :) One more week and I get to check out the original :D Yay!
DCA is kinda like an "IoA lite" in that there aren't very many attractions
DCA - my only visit was this spring and while I wouldn't say I *disliked* the place, I can certainly rattle off a pretty long list of everything wrong with the place.
That being said though, for me it's all good because the good stuff over there is just like icing on the Disneyland cake.
DCA on it's own? Eh...not crazy about it. Spending a few days at DL and hopping over to ride Soarin' or Screamin' or Monsters whenever? Oh yeah, that's some awesomeness right there. Even better when Disney operations are THE BOMB and it never takes me more than 3 minutes to get through the gates at either park once they've been open a while.
What suprised me the most was the lack of theming. The mouse ears around the loop are far more interesting when viewed from off the ride, since you can't even see them when you're on it. I saw a good bit of bare dirt where I had imagined Disney would have invested in landscaping. To me, the theming experience was about a half step above a Six Flags parking lot coaster.
Don't get me wrong, the ride's not horrible. Just uninteresting and mediocre. If it had been built at Cedar Point, it would probably be about the tenth best coaster at the park. At Hersheypark, the fifth. And what this tells me is that this is why Disney doesn't build straight coasters. They have much greater success when the coaster ride can be dovetailed into a greater experience, a la Space Mountain or Matterhorn.
It's also true that Disney had CS built with family ridership in mind, so it might be that comparing it with more 'adult' coasters at other parks might not be fair. Still, Disney is the king of family, and I think they could have done much, much more with this ride while still keeping it family-friendly.
I will agree that Soarin' is absolutely amazing.
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