I had never been to Disneyland and never quite understood the appeal of waiting in line for hours just for stupid cutesy rides probably designed for children. Even though none of the rides were exactly thrilling like other amusement parks I have visited, some of them were, well, pretty damn magical. Okay, you win, Disney! Most visitors (men, women, and children alike) are decked out in Disney goods--it sure was quite a sight!
It was very busy even on a Tuesday, despite the fact that according to the crowd forecast calendar in Japanese, it was green, meaning the park should be pretty empty with under 29999 visitors. We did 10 rides and 3 attractions in 10 hours, waiting 20 to 40 minutes for each ride. We also got 2 fast passes which is a ticket you get to come back through the fast pass entrance a few hours later so you won't have to wait as long. You can get one every 2 hours, and I believe they stop issuing them in the evening.
The second time we visited was also on a Tuesday but in May, with the crowd forecast calendar indicated as beige at 34000 visitors; however, it was actually less busy and most lines were only 15 to 30 minutes long, with the exception of Splash Mountain. In 8 hours from 11 am to 6 pm, we managed to get on 9 rides plus 2 shows.
Here's what I thought of the rides we went on :
|Awesome rides : Do not miss|
|Nightmare Before Christmas made this ride surreal and utterly amazing. It was like entering the movie with incredible sounds and sights. The second time we rode it was the "normal" version so it was a little darker and scarier.|
Car Toon Spin
|Who Framed Roger Rabbit, this is a ride that makes you feel like you're in a cartoon. It was very cool!|
|Pooh's Hunny Hunt
|Star Wars. It felt very real! I felt a bit nauseous after though.|
|It's a Small World
|Big Thunder Mountain
|A roller coaster ride through canyons. Pretty fun!|
|Alright : Can do without|
Ride & Go Seek!
|Monsters, Inc. Although there are characters from the movie, it wasn't very exciting and was a bit disappointing.|
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|A 3D music video type film featuring Michael Jackson in space. The theater ground vibrates at times. It was a nice break to sit down for 20 minutes.|
|An outdoor boat ride through the "jungle" with various automated animals. At night some of the animals looked pretty life-like! It was amusing at least.|
|Swiss Family Treehouse
|Boring : Wish I'd skipped these|
|Gadgets Go Coaster
|This roller coaster is clearly for kids. I didn't understand why non-children were screaming on it.|
|Grand Circuit Raceway
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|A go-cart on tracks. It doesn't go very fast. Clearly for children, but you have to be over 130 cm to "drive" one.|
Fairy Tale Hall
|I want to kick myself for lining up for 20 minutes just so I can go see what's inside the castle. Sometimes not knowing is better. There really wasn't much in there apart from very few displays related to Cinderella.|
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