Over the weekend my friend and I also went to Disney Land and Disney's California Adventure for the first time. I had been to Disney World probably four times now, but this was my first time visiting the original on the West Coast. Maybe it was because the weather was a bit chilly and it started to drizzle as we left, but I was generally disappointed. I mean I had fun, but not like I used to. I guess I'm older and used to some more impressive rides.
The main castle was much smaller as was the park itself in comparison to the Magic Kingdom in Florida. The smallness factor made the park cute though, but not as grand or magical. Part of the castle was also under reconstruction so that took away from the overall appearance as well. Plus there weren't many characters walking around, which disappointed me. I wanted my photo with Chip and Dale or Donald Duck, instead we only spotted Woody from Toy Story and Goofy but that was it. I think for me the magic has gone from Disney, because I couldn't help but think it was like Great Adventure, Universal or any theme park in some respects. Since we couldn't pose with characters we tried on hats and turned into our own.
I did enjoy Soarin' Over California, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (I made it to Level 3) and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which were all new rides for me plus the usuals like Pirates of the Caribbean, etc. Oh and Space Mountain until April will be Rockin' Space Mountain and blasting Red Hot Chili Peppers music and light show during the ride, which was a new riding experience than the original space theme.
The next morning we traveled out to Monterey Park area for some Dim Sum on Sunday at NBC Seafood. I hadn't had Dim Sum since September when I was in New York at Jing Fong and my friend had never been at all. I had written a blog post before about what the authentic experience is like here. If you haven't been, you have to go, it's a lot of fun.