I was able to attend Media Day at California Adventure June 14, thanks to winning an online contest. Unfortunately my wife couldn't get out of work, so I took my two sons, and a friend of theirs who had never been to California Adventure. Micechatters were helpful to me in knowing what to expect, so I felt I should share a bit about our trip...
We arrived plenty early and had to wait to be let in... then we headed straight toward Radiator Springs Racers. First time we had a 20 minute wait. 2nd time we had a 30 minute wait... Two of us rode it again later in the day, using the single rider line. The two youngest, meanwhile, rode Grizzly River Run 5 times. The youngest in the group had ridden it once several years ago and kind of freaked out about going down the last hill facing backward, so this is the first time since then that he has ridden, and now he loves it. It was also the first time he'd ever ridden Goofy's Sky School, and he loved that as well.
I myself could have ridden Radiator Springs Racers several more times, but since we had a DCA first-timer, we were sure to see the whole park. Even after the conversion of Mulholland Madness into Goofy's Sky School, that ride seems so out of place in the same park as Radiator Springs Racers. And the queue for Screamin', and several other parts of Paradise Pier where the theme is still lacking, stand out much more now that the wonderfully immersive world Cars Land is open.
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree had a 10 minute wait. It was fun, but not outstanding. Luigi's flying tires had a 30-60 minute wait, so we skipped that.
CarsLand was filled with media folks, and those of us who got in yesterday were there as part of the scenery for their cameras. Don't know who all these media folks were, but there sure were a lot of them, clogging up the pathways. But we were grateful to experience the park with a small crowd, so definitely no complaints there.
I enjoyed the veggie sandwich at Fifer, Fiddler & Practical Cafe. I gave the kids (picky eaters, all) some money and they went over to Taste Pilots Grill and brought back a tray of burgers for themselves. We ate while the News Boys did their show in front of the Carthay Circle Theatre. I agree with what I read elsewhere here on MiceChat, that the overpowering bass beat that accompanies the show very nearly ruins it. It's so out of place. But otherwise, we enjoyed lunch, the show, Buena Vista Street, Carsland, and the whole day.
We did see John Lasseter, checking out the merchandise in Ramone's. He seemed preoccupied with getting the displays in the store right. I think he and everyone at Disneyland are doing everything they can to make sure the next few days, with the massive crowds that are expected, go smoothly. I wish them luck.
Here are some pictures from the day...