Monday was our first day at the parks, so we had to get to the security checkpoints bright and early. But first, breakfast.
I really enjoyed the variety of the breakfast buffet at Hyatt Place, and I think I’ve grown spoiled for hotels having free breakfast as one of their perks. This really saved a bunch of money for us since we ended up having a hearty breakfast, a few snacks at the parks, and then a decent dinner.
We generally only spend two days at the parks, with Park Hopper tickets, we’re able to hit most of what we want to do within those two days. Plus, with Pirates of the Caribbean being closed, that was one ride that we didn’t get to do, but we got to go through most of our other favorites. The first thing we did as soon as we got to the parks was get Fast Passes for the Indiana Jones ride, then we went to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because the wait wasn’t too bad early in the morning, so we got our coaster fix.
Then I had to get a Dole Whip Float:
Okay, now it’s really a day at Disneyland.
As we passed through Critter Country, we saw that Splash Mountain was open. Note that every other time we’d been to Disney in February, this log flume ride was closed, but I assume that since so many other things at the park were closed or being renovated, they decided to keep this ride open. So, for the first time, we rode Splash Mountain.
Aaaaaaaaand I got thoroughly soaked. There is a drop that happens in the dark that was unexpected and drenched my hair and some of my dress and my leggings, so by the time the huge drop happened, I was already soaked and didn’t care how much wetter I got. Did I mention that I was sitting in the very front seat? So that I got the brunt of the water? Jeff said I should duck down low with every drop, so eventually I ended up ducking, because I could see the drop coming, but since he was sitting behind me, he couldn’t see anything. So HE got the brunt of the water I avoided by ducking down.
But we were SOAKED by the time we left the ride. Oh, well, at least it was a nicely sunny day, and we sat on a bench in the sun in Critter Country watching people meet with Pooh & Friends. It wasn’t a bad way to dry off.
After riding Indy, we picked up Fast Passes for Star Tours, did the Jungle Cruise and Autopia and Buzz Lightyear and did Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (which is my favorite out of the Fantasyland dark rides, fight me Any ride where you get blown up, end up in hell, and then escape is fine by me.). Redeemed our passes for Star Tours (I have never been chosen to be the Rebel spy yet, dammit). We did get to ride through Hoth, even if it ended with the Gungans on Naboo, which is my least favorite of the “random” locations. Oh well…Hoth is one of my favorite scenes, so that’s something.
While in Tomorrowland we wanted through the Star Wars exhibit which got a few new things from Rogue One since the last time we visited:
GUYS THESE ARE BODHI’S ACTUAL GOGGLES
THEY WERE ON RIZ AHMED’S FACEEEEEEEEE
Chirrut’s actual Lightbow. DONNIE YEN HELD THIS
Cassian’s fancy convertible blaster rifle. DIEGO LUNA LEFT HIS DNA ON THIS
And of course Jyn’s Empire disguise. This is probably as close as I’ll ever get to Felicy Jones and I’m sad.
Eventually, it was getting around to dinner time so we took the Toy Story shuttle back to the parking lot and then took the short walk back to our hotel room. We rested a bit and showered to get rid of the worst of the chlorinated water from Splash Mountain and then, as a special pre-Valentine’s day celebration, we went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, which was located right next door.
Did I mention how much I love meat? Because I love a good steak. And this was a really good steak. I had the petite rib eye, which was just enough for me. Jeff got the regular rib eye, and for our sides we had the sauteed Brussel sprouts and the potatoes au gratin:
And here’s the aftermath:
Yes, we can’t believe we ate the whole thing. Our server was going to ask how everything was but it was pretty obvious that we enjoyed every single thing.
Happily stuffed with beef, we wandered back to our hotel room and fell into bed, resting for the next day when we head into California Adventure.