What Tomorrowland lacks in futuristic feelings, it makes up for with lines. At least that’s what I tell myself when I come away with so many photos like this one when I spend time there.
We’re back with Part 2 of our 24 Hours in Disneyland trip recap. Be sure to check out Part 1, in case you missed it.
Our last post left off at the back side of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Where better to start than where we went next? That’s right. The front side!
I’ll admit that the majority of our time in Disneyland was spent at the castle, going from one side to the other. It was pulling us in like a bug zapper… with less zapping.
The gloomy skies sent us wandering around the park in hopes of finding a patch of blue sky or a short line. We headed back into Fantasyland and made our way to the Tea Cups where we found a hint of blue.
From there we set out into Tomorrowland. I was interested in watching the Tomorrowland movie sneak peak but found that the theater had been taken over by a Marvel Movie Marathon, which was actually a great call by Disney to offer.
Before too long, it was time for us to transfer rooms. Because the Grand Californian was booked solid through the weekend, some shifting had to be done. So we headed back down Main Street, following one of the vehicles.
The room transfer ended up working in our favor, and despite concerns about making it back into Disneyland, we were able to make it back in after a short wait. This time we used the other tunnel and took the opportunity to capture the caboose above the famous plaque and 60th anniversary bunting.
The park had become very crowded at this point. Main Street was packed with people waiting to see the Paint the Night Parade. So we headed into New Orleans Square to use some Haunted Mansion fastpasses. It was our second trip seeing the newly returned resident, the Hatbox Ghost. We’re saving him for an upcoming post!
After we took our turn through creepy old crypts we headed over to Big Thunder Mountain.
The lines for just about everything were more than we were willing to endure, so we decided to continue meandering. And this is where we will leave you once more. We’ll return with Part 3 first thing next week!
I think the thing that most excites me about Ghost Galaxy is the simplicity of using an existing platform to tell a new story, even briefly. It may not seem as successful a transformation when comparing it to Haunted Mansion Holiday but that misconception only persists if you insist on comparing apples to oranges. Space Mountain doesn’t deliver the same depth of story that the Haunted Mansion does to begin with. The fact that Imagineers were able to cook up what they did with a minimalist pantry only encourages me for how they will continue to adapt and improve seasonal experiences over time.
Space Mountain’s queue turns into a ghost station for its Halloween makeover to Ghost Galaxy. The feed playing on the screen gives way intermittently to some sort of otherworldly interference. A disquieting hush is magnified by the green glow that dimly illuminates station. There is just enough out of place to instill cause for concern.
Apologies for not posting this last night, as was intended. We’ve been experiencing technical difficulties with our server and it seems we may need to transfer our blog once again. If anyone has web hosting recommendations, I’m all ears!
My biggest gripe in Disneyland is my inability to be everywhere at once. With so many neat things to see, it would be swell to see them all at times like this.
I tend to spend time in Tomorrowland either in the morning before it gets hot or at night after the neon comes on. It’s not often that I meander through Tomorrowland at twilight. It’s amazing to me how drastic an effect lighting has and how it can completely transform a setting.
The way the Monorail snakes through Tomorrowland has always been fascinating to me. I’m sure there are engineering reasons for its course but to me it just seems to wind around for the sake of being interesting. Often times, I haven’t been watching for it and it surprises me, emerging from some hidden location.
I particularly love this stretch of track over the rocks of the submarine lagoon. The rocks feel so alien, lending a strong sci-fi feeling to the setting (almost John Carter-esque), which, in turn, makes the Monorail feel more like a spaceship traversing the Red Planet. That’s right ladies and gentlemen, with a little imagination, the future is now.
I’ve always found myself soaking in the Tomorrowland train station when I’m on the train in a very focused way. Maybe it’s the architecture and lines that lead your eye in or the pop of color amidst concrete or maybe it’s the contrast of looking at the idea of progress while firmly seated in the past (on a genuine steam locomotive). I don’t know how many times I’ve stared at this view before it occurred to me to take a picture of it. Do you have any unusual places you consistently find yourself getting lost in at Disneyland?
Innoventions, with its neon lights, is one of the things that draws me in to Tomorrowland at nighttime. It’s the time when the land really comes to life and shows what it’s made of. For some reason, it had never occurred to me to capture the building’s spinning motion before the night I took this picture.
The Space Mountain queue is something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time. I love it in there. It’s a challenge but what’s life without a few hurdles to jump, mountains to climb or obscure theme park pictures to take?