Growing up in Orlando meant being raised by Disney World & Mickey Mouse. So glad to check out Disneyland in Anaheim for the first time. Many of the same rides I remembered, some with differences. Space Mountain doesn’t have any drops like it’s east coast counterpart and the Haunted Mansion looked nice, well-kept and not scary from the outside. There were new rides for me like Alice in Wonderland, Winnie the Pooh, the Matterhorn. Funny that the Autopia car ride, being so loud and smelly from the gas engines, is still running at Tomorrowland. Also I like how in the Snow White ride, it’s so scary with the witch popping up everywhere. In the last room, you see the witch above you then you come out and see a storybook painting on the wall that says, “Everyone Lives Happily Ever After.”
I know I wanted to have one of those huge roast turkey legs. I didn’t know where to find them. Suddenly, we came across the Presidential pardoned turkey in its pen at Frontierland. And lo and behold, the roast turkey legs weren’t very far away. The thing was so hot when they handed it to me in it’s bag. It was pretty delicious. $7.
It seems like the better food was in New Orleans Square. There were a few nice looking restaurants like the Blue Bayou where the dining room this day was full and I would have needed to make a reservation ahead of time. The menu looks good with Monte Cristo sandwiches and Jambalaya. I ended up getting a Vegetarian Gumbo in a bread bowl at the nearby Royal St. Veranda. Pretty decent. The amount of gumbo is a little deceiving since the pit they dug out of the bread bowl isn’t too deep. I also read somewhere that the Vegetarian Gumbo is vegan if that helps any of you guys that read my meat-heavy blog.
Some day I wish to dine at Club 33, which is an exclusive/private restaurant at Disneyland. It costs thousands of dollars to be a member including thousands of dollars in annual fees, along with a pretty expensive menu and there’s a 14 year or so waiting list. I wonder if I’ll still have a food blog by then.