September Beach and Baseball Disneyland Trip, Day 2

We woke up to a foggy morning in Anaheim. The fog comes in off the coast this far sometimes although it was pretty late in the season for it. We were looking forward to the burn-off that was predicted for mid-day.

Today was Early Entry Day at the parks, so since regular opening time was 10:00 a.m., that meant we could enter at 9:00 a.m. We ordered a small continental room service breakfast with a pot of coffee, and despite the fog, got ourselves going and walked to the monorail station in Downtown Disney for the ride into Disneyland.

After showing all the appropriate cards and APs to get into the station, we made it to the platform to find that a monorail train was just about to leave and a couple large groups ahead of us couldn’t get on the almost-full monorail. We’d have to catch the next one. But wait! They said that there were two seats left and when we identified ourselves as a party of two, they squeezed us on. We love good timing!

Getting off the train in Tomorrowland, we checked out the line for the Nemo Submarines. Too long – as always. Will we ever get on this ride? Guess we’ll have to wait for our opportunity. We decided it was time to ride Peter Pan. We missed this one on our May trip.

The wait for Peter Pan was listed as 20 minutes, so we got in line and flew over London. The ride at Disneyland is different than at WDW, mostly in the flight over London. The perspective is designed to give the illusion that you are flying high above the city, not close in like in the WDW ride. It was great to ride this again.

We decided to ride some other attractions in Fantasyland, so we got on Snow White and then Alice in Wonderland. Then it was time to wander over to Tomorrowland and catch Buzz Lightyear. We were anxious to try this version. We had ridden the one at WDW where the laser guns can’t be lifted from their connection to the car. In the DL version, the laser gun has a long cord that allows you to move the gun around much more freely. We thought that this might help us aim better. But, alas, we were totally wrong. My score was not very good. And it was nowhere close to the couple ahead of us that got in separate cars and scored over 200,000 points a piece.

We had a little time before our PS at Blue Bayou, so we made our way to New Orleans Square and rode Pirates again. Woo hoo! Or should I say “Yo Ho!”? After our pirate encounter, we checked in at the desk for lunch at Blue Bayou. Our PS was for 11:30 a.m., opening time. We were definitely expecting to get a water-front table.

It was about 20 minutes until lunch, so we strolled down the streets of New Orleans Square, stopping to listen to the jazz/blues harmony of the Royal Street Bachelors trio. They were fantastic. Then lunch time arrived and it off to Blue Bayou.

Our Menu at Blue Bayou

Appetizer: Kathy & Rich: Lettuce Wedge Salad

Entrees:

Kathy: Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya – A robust combination of king crab, jumbo gulf shrimp, mahi mahi, tasso ham, andouille sausage and chicken, tossed with Cajun-style “dirty rice.”

Rich: Buccaneer’s Beef Short Ribs – slow-roasted, then finished in a Zinfandel demi-glaze. Blue Bayou potatoes and sautéed spinach.

Dessert: Rich & Kathy: Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream (Birthday Dessert)

We were the third party seated. We were given a water-front table where we could watch the Pirates boats go by. The atmosphere here is fantastic! And very dark. Thankfully we already knew what we wanted to order. And the service was fantastic too. With our delicious wedge salad, they gave us dinner rolls. The main courses were very tasty. The prices are high here, but the food, atmosphere, and service make it a must, at least once a year. To add to wonderful ambience, the Royal Street Bachelors appeared on an inside balcony overlooking the diners and serenaded us with soft Jazz music.

Dessert was free because it was my birthday lunch. And then, when we gave our AP to get a 10% discount, our server came back with two Ratatouille pins that they give to AP holders who dine here. Very special!

As we left the restaurant, we noticed the fog had burned off and the sun was shining again. But we weren’t up to enjoying the sun right then. We were full and tired, so it was back to our comfy Disneyland Hotel room for some much-needed R&R.

Before we knew it, it was time to get ready to go to our baseball game. We got all decked out in our Angels gear, including plenty of red. We picked up our car from the valet and drove the 3 miles over to Angels Stadium. This is first time I’ve been to this ballpark, although it was not the first for Kathy. I’ve been to numerous parks, but this one is the easiest to get in and out of, being right off the suburban streets of Anaheim.

We nabbed our parking spot and headed into the stadium, grabbing a $3 game program on the way in. We had seats in section 133, about 6 rows from the field near the right field foul poll. These were great seats and we had purchased them for ½ off with a discount we got from being Disneyland AP holders.

Once we found our seats, it was back up to the concourse to get some dinner. We weren’t sure what to have, but when Kathy saw the Panda Express sign, we headed in that directions.

Kathy: Beef & Broccoli Bowl
Rich: Mandarin Chicken Bowl

We headed back to our seats with our food, but before we could dig in, it was time for the 9/11 tribute, including a moment of silence, and the national anthem. Then we sat down and enjoyed our food, waiting for the first pitch.

Soon the game began, and it was very exciting. It was hard to believe that we hadn’t been to a game in almost 10 years. Our favorite Angels pitcher, Jered Weaver, was pitching. And the Angels were playing the Seattle Mariners, another of our favorite teams from our days living in the Northwest. It was fun seeing Ichiro not that far us in right field.

During the game, we enjoyed the requisite bag of Cracker Jacks. And for a souvenir, we bought an Angels Rally Monkey. The game was fantastic and the atmosphere was incredible.

Thankfully the Angels played a great game. They had just clinched the AL West division the day before and they were still playing well. The Angels won the game 7-4 and Frankie Rodriquez tied the record for the most number of saves in a season at 57 (he broke the record just a couple days later).

Before long, we were headed our of the park and back onto Orangewood, Hwy. 57, Katella, and back to the Disneyland Hotel. As we dropped the car off at the valet, they noticed our Angels gear and asked us how the game went. We were happy to tell them. Some folks inside the hotel stopped and asked us too.

We needed a nighttime snack, so we snuck into the sundries shop in the hotel just as they were about to close. But they very friendly, and let us buy a couple Mickey milk chocolate candy bars before the gates came down for the night at 10 p.m.

It was the end of another full, exciting, incredible day. We were definitely ready to get some sleep before the next full day tomorrow.

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.