Since I wasn't able to make it to the D23 Expo this year, I made a last minute decision to take a short trip to the Disneyland Resort to enjoy some of my favorite things as a close out to my Summer. What ensued was lots of amazing food, some great new pictures on my new camera and a bit of new magic that had been added since my last visit.
As the foodie I am, I've been dying to try The Cove Bar at Paradise Pier for years, but never managed to get over there before this trip. With that in mind, it was my first stop when I arrived.
These are the awesome Bayside Fish Tacos!
But what had really drawn me to this small location was the Lobster Nachos. And they were fantastic!
Another great feature of The Cove Bar is the amazing view of Paradise Pier.
Can't help but play with my new camera...
There's something about Paradise Pier that I've always loved.
I'll definitely be coming back here during my next visit!
The Cove Bar was updated during the park's overhaul to add some connective theming to the rest of Paradise Pier.
We were also blessed with amazing weather during this trip!
Our next move was to see the Pixar Play Parade, complete with a new opener themed to Monsters University.
There's this guy.
And a reworked opening float too!
There are these awesome spinning saucers.
Go with the FLOOOOOOOWWWWWW!
Get the point?
Still the most evilly awesome parade float around.
And it is still very impressive to see these performers do these kind of endless flips on a moving parade float.
And it wouldn't be a visit to Paradise Pier without a stop by The Little Mermaid to visit...
Didn't get around to riding Tower of Terror this time.
But I was able to walk right on to the Red Car Trolley for a leisurely ride between the Tower of Terror Stop and Carthay Circle.
Love the Storytellers statue.
I really do love this quote too.
Weird that I made the conscious decision to walk into California Adventure before Disneyland, but that park really has become something incredible in my eyes, and I spent a good deal more time in that park than I ever have.
Time for favorite parade currently found in the US, Soundsational.
I've never been overly into parades, but Soundsational and Pixar Play Parade both really entertain me.
There are a ton of cool drum elements integrated into the floats, so you know that the drumming isn't just a backtrack in this parade, but actual live performance.
Panchito and Jose!
Close call with a Tumble Monkey!
Goin' down the Bayou...
Time a cruise into a small world...
In many ways, this version is very different than the one in Florida.
It also features small world-esque versions of notable Disney characters.
These were all very tastefully included in appropriate locales around the world and they really blend in quite well!
You've gazed into the eyes of Mara!
It is never not a good time to enjoy a spin on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin!
And a turn from the norm, we opted for Cafe Orleans over the Blue Bayou this time. And I still indulged in all-you-can-drink mint juleps!
But one item the Blue Bayou doesn't serve is the Three-Cheese Monte Cristo. And it is DELICIOUS!
Fantasmic's dragon is the one part of the show I envy over Florida's version.
That's because it is amazing.
I do like Steamboat Willie riding out on the Mark Twain though.
It may be cute enough to pet, but Sleeping Beauty Castle is still gorgeous at night.
I mean, look at this!
The following morning we took advantage of the short lines at Luigi's Flying Tires...
They now brief you before boarding the tires to give you a better idea on what in the world you are supposed to do.
It is the little things like this that make me smile.
I never thought the removal of the beach balls would make such a difference, but the ride felt more high energy than before, and it took a lot less time to load. Ended up riding this attraction five times over the course of my visit--it is just that fun!
Also a favorite of mine for Cars Land.
I've not even watch all of the Cars Toons yet and I love the amount of detail in this queue.
So much to take in!
And a great view looking forward!
Mater's homemade jukebox is awesome!
Such a fun Whip.
It isn't the Cars franchise that makes me love this land so much... It is the insane attention to detail and immersion.
Time for one of my favorite things to do on Paradise Pier!
Fun Fact: Grizzly Peak ended up being the main image on a wine label I had to design for a wine class I took in college.
It wouldn't be a trip to Disney California Adventure without several trips to the Pacific Wharf Cafe for Boudin Bakery sourdough and clam chowder!
Seriously one of my favorite quick service items on the planet!
This attraction is full of win.
Love this so much!
The way the queue intertwines with the ride path is incredible.
And that beautiful bridge.
This ride blows my mind.
I doubt anyone could argue that Cadillac Range's size and scope isn't insanely impressive.
No stone unturned.
Beautiful. Fully beautiful!
I want this in my backyard next.
So many things to enjoy over at the Cozy Cone!
Another great hangout spot on the backside of Grizzly River Run.
Over in Disneyland I couldn't help but enjoy the retro factor of the recently-returned mountain climbers.
I upheld my tradition of patronizing Shrunken Ned while in Adventureland.
The Casey Jr. Circus Train can't be described--it has to be experienced.
The way the Canal Boats are wrapped around by Casey Jr. is fabulous.
So many great views to take in!
Take the tunnel!!!
And one of the best Fantasyland dark rides in Disneyland...
One of my favorite attractions in all of Disneyland!
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