After the amazingness that was DisneySea in Tokyo, I sort of figured Disneyland would have a hard time measuring up. And yeah, it’s definitely not as good; DisneySea was such a memorable experience that I could easily recommend it to anyone, even people who wouldn’t otherwise be all that interested in visiting a theme park.
Disneyland, on the other hand, was great (I don’t think there’s such a thing as a bad Disney park), but it’s definitely more ride-oriented.
There were some pretty memorable rides, though.
There’s the classics, of course. Pirates of the Caribbean, which is fun, though it can’t quite live up to the version in Shanghai, which uses cutting-edge technology in a way that’s downright mind-blowing (it’s probably the best ride I’ve ever been on).
There’s Splash Mountain, which I really enjoyed, and which certainly lives up to the “splash” in its name — I got thoroughly soaked, though I think I was just unlucky, because it seemed like everyone else in the car (the log? The vehicle? I don’t know what to call that thing) barely got wet at all.
The Haunted Mansion was fun, especially because they had completely overhauled it with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme for the season. It was seriously impressive how thoroughly they had modified the ride; it wasn’t just a few cosmetic changes, it was a complete transformation.
There’s a Winnie the Pooh ride, which was insanely popular, with crazy long lines all day. Meanwhile I don’t think I waited longer than five minutes for Pirates of the Caribbean, so go figure.
I also quite enjoyed the Who Framed Roger Rabbit ride, though I have to wonder if anyone under the age of 20 has even heard of that movie.
And there’s a Star Wars ride — a motion simulator that has you flying around with X-Wings (and going underwater with the Gungans, for some bizarre reason). I actually skipped this in Paris because I was afraid it was going to give me motion sickness. And it kinda did, but totally worth it.
Plus, like at DisneySea, the food was surprisingly great. So come back tomorrow for way more detail on the food in Disneyland and DisneySea than any rational person needs.