The Cathedral of Magic: My First Trip to Disneyland Part 2

It is my hope that Part 1 of this series left you with a small impression of the wonder and appreciation I felt when stepping into Disneyland.  It stands today as more than just a collection of themed attractions but as an undying and ever-growing spirit of love, happiness and storytelling that as we know, all started with a mouse.

We began our journey into Disneyland as most do with a walk up Main Street, USA and into Disneyland’s hub.  From there our journey took us through Adventureland and into the beautiful New Orleans Square.  At that point my senses were already overloaded with the sights and sounds of a park that was buzzing even at that early hour of the day.  With the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, The Sailing Ship Columbia and more packed into this trip report, I’m more than excited to share it all with you.  So don’t lose another second and enjoy this latest update from an amazing first trip to Disneyland!

The story you know and love in a very different mansion...
While I love the way it fits into its surroundings, you don't have that sense of foreboding that one feels as they approach the Mansion in MK in Disney World.
Looking for 999 Happy Haunts...?
...apparently so was this horse 😉
After a quick zip through the Haunted Mansion, (which I believe the version in Disney World is better if you are keeping score) it is time for Splash Mountain.
Splash Mountain is as beautiful as ever...

...BUT I must say I didn't really enjoy this ride for various reasons (and I love the version in Disney World) but I'll leave that for another post sometime in the future...
This is Critter Country alright...
Did someone say honey?
That can only mean one thing, Winnie the Pooh!
Something very special about Disneyland...rides out in the open air. It is just beautiful and it adds kinetics to the various lands and an incredible experience once on the attraction.
Here is a good look at the ride vehicle...
You are probably wondering what's so special about this bee-hive? Well this themed element hides speakers for ambient sounds near the attraction.
Well, what do ya know? Pooh is at Pooh's Corner!
Not to be confused with Duffy the Disney Bear...
Simple but fun name...
OMG Canoes!
Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes to be exact!
...and just look at all those paddles...
Looks like a one-of-a-kind Disneyland Adventure, though sadly I must say this and the Matterhorn Bobsleds remain on the to-do-list on my return trip to Disneyland.
Disneyland truly achieves escapism.
Love Disney Americana...

Boats in all shapes and sizes, from canoes, to rafts...
to...well...the Sailing Ship Columbia!
Did you know this ship is a replica of the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe?
Well it seems we have a Disney D-Tale Mystery on our hands. This piqued my interest as soon as I saw it and looking it up brings me no further to a final conclusion about its meaning. Though if you want to find some interesting tales be sure to google it.
Every Pirate Captain needs a ship...
If I were to brave the high seas, this would be the ship of choice.
Can you blame me? Look at how majestic she is upon the Rivers of America. This is truly a sight to see.
An impressive figurehead no doubt, with the Mark Twain as a backdrop.
Well we are in New Orleans Square and that can only mean one thing...Jazz.
Disneyland Entertainment offerings really add to the mood of the park, much like it does for Epcot's World Showcase.

Disneyland French Market Restaurant
Yeah this section of Disneyland is especially beautiful.
Is that a train I hear?

This train approaches through such a wonderful setting.
Walt Disney is famous for his love of trains.
Hey there railroad conductor. Did you know Ward Kimball is a Disney Legend of animation and Imagineering? Yup and his first drawing as a little kid growing up? You guessed it, a steam locomotive!
Well this is different, everyone sits facing towards the center of the park. While I can understand the benefits of doing this, I must once again state I like the rows of seats in Mk's version much better.
Mark Twain through the forest...
The Disneyland Railroad is a pleasant ride around Disneyland and of course good transportation.
Riding into Fantasyland...
A quick peek back and we see Mickey's Toontown...there really is a ton to take in on my first trip to Disneyland.
OMG! It's A Small World! I never thought I'd ever say that! 🙂 LOL
It's a Small World looks amazing but I have other plans at this point in my day. Can you tell the Matterhorn is Disneyland's true castle? It's visible just about from everywhere in the park and its spectacular.
Passing by Autopia... Disneyland on the whole is very well maintained considering its age but Autopia is in serious disrepair. It needs to be painted yesterday. It is so bad its visible from the train station even though you can't make it out in this picture.

Main Street, USA...that's us! This sign just got my attention...
Sun is shining on Main Street, USA and well I don't think I even need to tell you how amazing it looks.
Castle in the distance...

City Hall Pink, on our way out of Disneyland! Wait what? But we just got here...I know, I know....
BUT Disney's California Adventure is just a few feet away...LITERALLY 🙂
...and there is a newly opened ride that is coming soon to the Magic Kingdom and I have got to ride it right now. Well actually in Part 3 of this trip report so make sure to visit us real soon.

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