this time, we decided to spend some time in disneyland since we hadn't visited that side in awhile. the castle is currently undergoing some renovations and so it's all covered up:
and the back side looks like this:
we'd snagged a fastpass for big thunder mountain, so that was our first ride of the day. i love that ride anyway, but even more so because we get a glimpse of the soon-to-open star wars-themed "galaxy's edge" land.
from there, we headed over to tomorrowland and got in the line for buzz lightyear astro blasters ride. i was pretty proud of myself for managing to find the secret spot that you hit to rack up big points, because this is the highest score i've ever had.
star tours across the way had just a 20-minute standby line, which is practically unheard of on a friday afternoon.
oh yeah, and i was super excited to finally wear the star wars pants i made last month!
we were pretty stoked at how much we were getting to do. it usually takes going to rope drop for us to get on this many rides in that amount of time, especially on the disneyland side. we decided to stop for a snack, and the bean chose a simple ice cream cone from the gibson girl parlor.
as she was enjoying her treat, we noticed an open spot on the curb along main street as people were starting to find seats for the upcoming parade. and since we had no plans and some time to kill before our next fastpass, we decided to sit down and actually watch a parade for once. and somehow we managed to find ourselves right in front of where the disneyland band decided to come out and entertain the crowd.
it'd been quite a long time since we'd seen the parade, so it was pretty fun to just sit there and peoplewatch before it started. i didn't even know which parade we were waiting for, and it turned out to be mickey's soundsational parade. so much fun!
just as the last float was starting to head our way, i realized we had just enough time to get over to matterhorn mountain to use our next fastpass. we made our way over there as quickly as we could and scanned in our fastpasses with about 3 minutes to spare.
by the way, that ride is terrible. it's super jerky and when you're an old lady who's pushing 50, so not a good idea anymore. my back was so sore when we were done. ugh.
i wanted to snap a couple of pictures of the adventureland entrance. they're revamping it to accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic when galaxy's edge opens, and i wanted to capture it before the redo.
we were getting hungry by that time, so we stopped at the jolly holiday cafe to grab something to share. we settled on the jolly holiday combo - a grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato basil soup, and scooped up a mickey macaron while we were at it. it's part of the "get your ears on" celebration of mickey and minnie's 90th birthdays, so it was super cute.
the guardians of the galaxy ride is one of our favorites, so that was our next fastpass.
and because we weren't done snacking, we stopped at a couple of the food & wine festival kiosks - one for our favorite grilled asparagus chicken caesar salad and then at sonoma terrace for the baked brie appetizer that the bean was craving.
our last ride of the evening was the incredicoaster. it's always a good time, and the adrenaline rush i needed to wake me up for the drive home.
another super successful disney day, check!