Adventures in Disneyland – Day 2 Part 2

There was a lot of speculation has to where my family and I ate lunch during the afternoon.  My daughter and I finished our ride on Space Mountain and met my wife at……….

photo courtesy of wdwinfo
photo courtesy of wdwinfo

Our family had one of the best, if not the best, counter service meals at either Walt Disney World or Disneyland.   My daughter had a giant plate of pasta (no sauce or butter) for her meal.  My wife got the pot roast which again was a big portion of pot roast.  For me, the menu came down to one item….the fried chicken.

Plaza Inn #2

The chicken was juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  There were three pieces (a breast, a thigh, and a leg).  The mashed potatoes were great as well and there was just enough gravy to cover the potatoes but not spill out on the rest of the plate.  We were too full from our entrees so we passed on dessert.

After lunch, we started to make our way to the front of the park to head back to the hotel and pool.  But, we had to make a couple of stops along the way.  Our first stop was to watch the Firehouse Band along with Firehouse Chip n’ Dale at the beginning of Main Street.  The band was phenomenal.  They hit the right mix of humor and musical ability.  Also, they did a great job of getting the crowd (both young and old involved in the show).

Firehouse Show

After the show was over, we headed across Main Street to catch a show of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.  A show had just started when we got there so we had plenty of time to wander around the vast waiting area with plenty of United States and Walt Disney historical art work to look at while we wait.

Vintage Disneyland Picture

I love old documents and this old picture of Disneyland in the planning stage is just great.  There is a basic outline of the park but none of the attractions or lands are named.  You can see what the park has become from just this basic outline.

After our showing of Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, we made our way back to the hotel and importantly the pool.  It was getting close to 3 o’clock and it was getting hot and crowded in the park.  Our plans for the evening were very fluid.  We knew that we wanted to see Paint the Night and the fireworks but after that we had no plan.

The pool at the Grand Californian is nice and has something for everybody.  My daughter found some kids her age and joined them for the afternoon going down the slides and jumping into the pool.  My wife and I spent some time in the hot tub and just relaxing the lounge chairs.  All told, we had a relaxing late afternoon in the pool.

By 6 or 7 o’clock, we were starting to get hungry again and we headed back into Disneyland Park.  We took a look at the parade route and set up camp at the Jolly Holiday Bakery to have both dinner and spot to watch the parade.  Dinner and dessert was great the Jolly Holiday Bakery.  However, our view of the parade was not.

I would love to fill the rest of this post with pictures from the parade from our table at Jolly Holiday Bakery.  However, our view become blocked by a family who planted themselves directly in front of us on the other side of the walkway.  We politely asked them to move.  They refused.  We politely asked a cast member to ask them to move.  The cast member declined because they were not blocking the crosswalk.  Then, the family had the audacity to ask us for our extra chair.  My wife told them, “you can have the chair if you move.”  They just turned their back to us and continued to watch the show without our chair.  As a result, I had a great view of the parade through the iPad that the family to take pictures and record the show.

We finished the night by going against the flow and walking back to Pirates of the Caribbean.  I will admit that I am not a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Walt Disney World.  However, like It’s A Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland is a much different experience.  It’s a much longer and more immersive attraction compared to the attraction at Walt Disney World.  Plus, it feels like a more natural fit, to me, in New Orleans Square compared to Adventureland at Walt Disney World.

After our visit to Pirates of the Caribbean, we worked our way back to the front of the park and headed back to the room to rest up for a very busy morning and afternoon on Wednesday.

Thanks for reading!

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