It was a gorgeous Southern California day today at Disneyland, with temperatures in the 70s and a light breeze.
The park's traditional summertime red, white, and blue bunting on Main Street came out for Memorial Day Weekend:
Summer flowers were out in full force today:
We arrived before "rope drop" and headed straight to the remodeled Star Tours ride. Star Tours - The Adventures Continue officially opens on June 3rd but is currently in its "soft opening" phase, when the ride is tested out with guests.
The remodel was nicely done, with many fun tributes to both the films and the previous edition of the ride. For instance, the woman who used to give the pre-boarding video spiel is now one of the passengers in the seat belt instruction video. The great variety of story options for the new ride, with 54 different possibilities for characters and story scenes, should prevent it from becoming "stale," as happened with the previous version.
Another "value added" feature is that one of the passengers is identified by Darth Vader as a Rebel spy. On our very first ride, the Rebel spy shown on screens in the Star Tours vehicle turned out to be our 16-year-old daughter! We got a kick out of that.
I have some reservations about the 3D glasses possibly making the flight simulator ride a little too real, as my stomach lurched uncomfortably for a couple moments (grin). However, I felt fine during most of the ride so hopefully that won't be an issue in the future.
We also rode Pirates of the Caribbean today so we could check out the video image of Blackbeard (Ian McShane) being used in the ride this summer in place of Davy Jones.
Coming soon: The new Mary Blair exhibit at the Disney Gallery, and our first ride on The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney's California Adventure!
Update: Today at Disney's California Adventure: The Little Mermaid - Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
Update: Disneyland: The Colors of Mary Blair.