After our sightseeing in Los Angeles which included seeing WALL•E at the El Capitan Theatre then seeing our engraved paving stone in front of Ollie Johnston’s train station near the Disney Tunnel in Griffith Park, we got back to our room at the Disneyland Hotel as the sun was starting to set. Here’s the view from our room of that:
The construction crane (in the above picture on the right and the picture below in the center) is being used in the expansion of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel. If the hotel wasn’t there, we’d also have a great view of Disney’s California Adventure.
After freshening up, we headed out through Downtown Disney to spend one last time that trip in Disneyland.
If you count us going to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on the previous day, we actually did take time to see a movie on this Disney vacation… we just didn’t do it in this very conveniently-located AMC Theater in Downtown Disney.
We were in luck! Monorail Red came into the Downtown Disney monorail station after a short wait and we were able to take it into Tomorrowland at Disneyland.
Gates keep new passengers behind a half-fence until all the passengers get off of the monorail.
Here we are, inside the monorail, looking through the open door and a partially-open window. That’s the maximum amount the windows will open — designed to prevent Guests from jumping out (amazing that one has to do things to stop stupid people from doing things like that). However, it was quickly learned that the interior of the monorail would get way too hot in the California sun, so these windows will be redesigned/replaced with ones that slide down, like the older monorails’ windows.
A big tip of the mouse-eared hat to the designer of the backlit Disneyland Monorail logo!
How would Guests get out through these windows in an emergency?
There’s the Main Street Train Station as we speed along towards Tomorrowland’s monorail station.
We hadn’t seen Mickey’s Toontown at night, so we walked there first. Sadly, Roger Rabbit’s CarToon Spin was already closed for the night.
His wacky fountain was still lit up and running!
One last look over our shoulder at the ToonTown hills and Mickey’s ToonTown itself.
Approaching the Matterhorn, with Michael shooting a video of it.
It is great to see that they still draw portraits of Guests in a courtyard at New Orleans Square…
…and how faithful Walt Disney was in recreating a bit of the French Quarter at Disneyland.
This is near the back of New Orleans Square, with the restrooms down the alley on the right and the Frontierland/New Orleans Square train station behind us.
Gotta go on one last ride at Pirates of the Caribbean!
“We wants the redhead!”
“Quiet, ya scums!”
Main Street USA is ablaze with the new-fangled turn-of-the-century invention, the incandescent lightbulb.
Any Hidden Mickey’s in the arrangement of flowers there in Town Square?
One last look at floral Mickey and the Main Street Train Station, with Tinker Bell aglow…
…as she gives us a “goodnight kiss” of pixie dust. A farewell Disneyland memory of this trip.
The picture above and the two below combine to make a panoramic last look at the entrance to Disney’s California Adventure.
There are plans to change this entry way so this might be the last time we see it with our own eyes this way.
And now, one last walk through the exit of the plaza between DCA and Disneyland…
As we enter Downtown Disney for the last time this trip…
…we see a poignant message from three of our favorite Disney Characters…
We hope to seeya real soon, too, guys!
Each entrance to the giant World of Disney store is decorated differently.
It was hard to resist going in one last time, but we had an early plane to catch the next morning — and packing to do before then.
Bye-bye, World of Disney!
One last walk through Downtown Disney.
And then, all too soon, a last nighttime view of the Disneyland Hotel.
I can see our room from here!
Tired, but happy after a wonderful vacation that ended all too soon, before sunrise on Saturday morning I drove our rented SUV to in front of the Disneyland Hotel lobby where we had just checked out.
Goodbye, Disneyland Hotel! You’re… the best! 8=o)
Goodbye, California! We’ll be back… sometime!
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