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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.

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Adventures in Disneyland – Day 2 Part 1

After a fun but long day 1, we got a good night’s rest.  For those just joining the trip report, you can catch up on day 1 here and here.  One of the nice things about being on east coast and staying on the west coast….making a 7 am breakfast reservation is not a daunting task especially when the restaurant is at the resort you are staying at.

On our first full day at Disneyland, our reservation was at Storytellers Cafe and because we were on “east coast time,” we had the first dining reservation slot at 7 am.  As a result, we almost had a private dining experience at Storytellers Cafe.  There were only about a four or five other families in the restaurant with us.  This led to LOTS of time with the characters and multiple character visits.

Chip tried to sneak up on us.
Chip tried to sneak up on us.

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Adventures in Disneyland – Day 1 Part 2

For those who have found the trip report, you can catch up with Day 1 Part 1 so you can get up to speed with the upcoming post.  It was a busy morning and afternoon.  It was also becoming a long day since we were at 4:30 am Eastern time and it was now rapidly approaching 6 pm Pacific time.  Could we stay awake until our 6:50 pm dinner reservation at Blue Bayou Restaurant.

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General Impressions of Disneyland

Late Friday night or early Saturday morning (depending on your perspective), I returned from five days at Disneyland.  This marked my first visit to Disneyland since the early 80’s.  A lot of things of change and I am glad to say that most of the changes were positive.  My family and I had a wonderful time at Disneyland.  I’ll be sharing my trip report in blog posts over the next couple weeks but today I wanted to share just my overall impressions from the vacation.

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Taking a Spin on The Matterhorn

Born from the dirt excavated to build the moat for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle rises a 147-foot high mountain on the border between Disneyland’s Fantasyland and Tomorrowland.  We know this mountain better as…..The Matterhorn.

Matterhorn #1Disney Imagineers, like they did with a lot of tall structures, used forced perspective to make The Matterhorn seem bigger than it actually is.

The Matterhorn attraction rose out of Walt Disney’s desire to rid the parks of guests who were using the Matterhorn area (at the time known as Snow Hill) as a late-night rendezvous area since this really did fit into Disney’s vision of the park.  Like many of Walt Disney’s visions, his initial vision needed to be scaled back.  His original attraction concept was a toboggan ride with actual snow on the mountain.  Obviously, the logistics of keeping real snow fresh on a small mountain in southern California would be near impossible.

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