I took my family to Disneyland the day after I retuned from Asia and ended up having a wonderful time. Today I will share some photos from our visit with a few brief reflections.
Disneyland During The Pandemic…What Pandemic?
Here are some thoughts on the day in no particular order:
- The park was super-crowded. Besides the masks, which were required in indoor areas and on rides, you would never know there was a pandemic. Lines are not conducive to social distancing and lines were longer than I have ever experienced (and I always try to time my visits to a midweek day in autumn or winter).
- Despite the packed park, the parking tram is not operating, meaning a long walk (with stroller) between the parking structure and park via Downtown Disney.
- Usually I am able to get a reservation at Blue Bayou, but not this time. It was packed with a big line of standby guests outside.
- I was incredibly impressed by the new Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride. It was incredibly well-done, a lot of fun, and well-managed with a virtual queue (you request a spot at 7:00am, are assigned a group number, and report to the line when your number is called).
- I miss the FastPass system, though I did not explore the new paid “Lightning Lane” option
- My five-year-old son Augustine did a fabulous job on “fast” rides like Space Mountain – I’m proud of him. Interestingly, he was most afraid of Pirates of the Caribbean because the thought the guns were real…
- I may be guilty for letting him think we actually entered a space port and took a joy ride on a rocket ship…
- Families with young children should take advantage of the Baby Center on Main Street USA. Lovely ladies and a clean place to change diapers.
- The Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean have been made politically correct…you can google that if you are interested.
- I ended the day, as I do every Disneyland trip, at Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln –
- Augustine commented: “I don’t know why Abraham Lincoln is still on earth. How is that possible? Did God bring him back from the dead?” (well done Mr. Disney and 1960’s animatronics)
- No fireworks show, which apparently only appears on weekends
- The park was already partially-decorated for Christmas and now apparently is fully decked out
Overall, it was a fun day and once I stopped being offended about the lines and just embraced them, the day went much better (and the lines seems to move quicker…). Enjoy the pictures below.
Have you been to Disneyland lately? How was your visit?