Day 2: New Years Day


The Happiest Place on Earth


Right from the start, we started hearing smack talk from USC fans... who were also Disney employees! A security guard and the ticket agent both started saying how Texas was in trouble for the game. We just smiled and gave them a "Hook 'em"... which is far better than their lame "V" hand sign.

The park was PACKED! We walked down Main Street USA stopping in a few shops and taking some pictures. At the end of Main Street is the main circle and the "big" castle. It was really amazing how small the castle is, especially compared to the one at Disney World.

We made our way to the New Orleans Square area to ride the Haunted Mansion. While the park was crowded, the lines weren't that bad. We moved pretty quickly through to get on the ride. The Mansion wasn't the traditional one as it had been changed for the holidays (as we would find on many of the attractions). In line we met these two young guys who told us that it had been re-themed to "The Nightmare Before Christmas". It was still a great ride with a lot of the classic elements, like the creepy elevator, dancing ghosts, and cheesy animatronics.

After the Haunted Mansion we headed over to Splash Mountain. The line for that was even shorter. We couldn't have been in line more than a few minutes before getting on the ride. We tried to pose for the picture that they take on the big drop, but Jonn's face blocked Jimmy and they placed this "frame" around the image which covered up Jimmy's "Hook 'em". Several of the employees running the ride were USC fans and made a few joking comments in our direction.

We ate dinner in Critter Country outside Splash Mountain then walked along the waterfront over to the Pirates of the Caribbean. Again, it was a REALLY short line... it felt like we just walked right on in and into the little boat. It was as cheesy and wonderful as expected. It was a relief that not all of the rides had been "updated" for the holidays.

Walking out of Pirates, we went into the gift shop. Jonn got this great fortune card from one of those automated fortune machines while Jimmy got a phone call from a customer... a website emergency. No amount of Disney magic can make that go away!

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Christmas Tree in Main Street
Christmas Tree in Main Street
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The Wettest Place on Earth
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion
Jonn in front of the Haunted Mansion
Jonn in front of the Haunted Mansion
Jimmy at Splash Mountain
Jimmy at Splash Mountain