I’m going to Disneyland tomorrow; it will be the first time I’ve been to the park in January. All the holiday decorations will be in the process of being taken down, the Haunted Mansion will be closed to remove the holiday overlay, construction walls will be up all over Disney California Adventure … it is what’s known as “off-season,” a new visiting experience for me.
I started thinking about how often I’ve been to Disneyland, and whether there is anything else I’ve never done before. Turns out, there are still plenty of new experiences to be had. For example, I’ve never ridden in the Lilly Belle before. The Lilly Belle is the caboose at the end of the train, formerly a traveling lounge for Walt’s V.I.P. guests, and it isn’t always in use. I’ve heard that if you ask really nicely, you might be able to take a spin around the park in it, so that’s on my list of things to do this trip.
I’ve also heard that guests are sometimes allowed to “steer” the Mark Twain Riverboat, so you know that’s also going on my list.
There are a couple of dining spots I’ve never been to: the Harbour Galley, the Hungry Bear restaurant, the walk-up gumbo counter in New Orleans Square. I’ve never eaten a turkey leg before. These are all things I’m looking to try out.
At California Adventure, I’ve never been on the Golden Zephyr, the Silly Symphony Swings, or the Jumpin’ Jellyfish. I haven’t seen the World of Color water show yet. And I haven’t been on Mickey’s Fun Wheel (though my huge fear of heights is probably going to keep that on the “Never” list).
I’m looking forward to this trip, and to making it all about new experiences for me and for the people I’m going with, as well. And I’m curious to know, what is something you’ve never done at Disneyland? Is there a food you’ve wanted to try but never have? Have you always wanted to take a seat on the floor in the Main Street Cinema and watch all of “Steamboat Willie?” Or maybe ride Splash Mountain in the dead of winter? What’s new to you?