Living in Orlando, I go to Disney World a lot. It's probably my favorite thing about Orlando if I'm being honest. I go to ride things, I go to ride nothing. I go to walk off what I've eaten, and then the next day to eat what I walked off. It's a giant sprawling land filled of wonder. Where it doesn't snow like in the lands of my childhood and I'm told the temperature will eventually return to hospitable levels. But I've often wondered what other Disney parks were like and growing up adjacent to Six Flags Great Adventure, Magic Mountain always seemed like that cousin you always hear about but never see. Plus, Knotts always seemed like a really nice place. I've had their berries a few times and they were always seemed like berries. But alas, those place are 3000 miles away so they were just distant goals that repeatedly fell by the wayside as other, more convenient trips jumped the line.
But then the stars and my time off aligned and I realized it could work.
And what's that? TPR is having an event at a some of those parks?
This can happen! This must happen!
So it happened! It's been about a surprisingly long amount of time since this all happened but I want to try to capture some thoughts and maybe relive the trip vicariously through my own photos before the details become lost to time. Since it's already starting to fade I'll start at the beginning and work my way up to the actual West Coast Bash event later. I should probably also warn you that I have not done ever done a trip report but better late then never I suppose. Plus, it helps when the places are new and exciting!The plan:
Wednesday: Late night arrival to Knotts Hotel
Thursday: Park Hop Disney (Link)
Friday: Do that again.
Saturday: WCB: Magic Mountain
Sunday: WCB: Knotts Berry Farm / LeaveDay 0Day 1: Disney Land
That sleep was glorious.
I slept in to the wonderfully late hour of 9 AM! The only caveat being that it was 9AM Eastern time so it was actually 6 in the morning. So I took a trip to IHOP, and Walgreens, and saw chickens. I learned that morning that the Knotts area is lousy with chickens for some reason. I would be told the actual reasons later in the weekend. That day though, walking down a road at 7 o clock in the morning, hearing roosters do that rooster noise that I forgot the name of at this moment but am too proud to look up, with roller coasters just across the street, was quite the introduction to southern California.
The pancakes were okay.
Anyway, back to that whole Disney thing.
Who wants to go to Disney!
Luckily Disneyland was super quiet that day so I was able to do a lot of the things I wanted to do in a pretty short amount of time. Ghost Galaxy and Mansion obviously had to wait till the next day. Fantasyland remained largely untouched as I felt it wiser to wait until my party consisted of more than a single adult male. Plus, I really wanted to go to DCA but in my mind, to get the proper experience, my first order of business on property had to be walking down main street USA.
With no real Florida equivalent, DCA loomed over as the first completely "new" park of the trip.
But I'll get to that, hopefully the next part won't sit in my saved drafts as long as this did.