Our solution to getting into Disneyland without parking in the parking garage or Uber or shuttle was to eat dinner at Napa Rose and then with 5 hours of validated parking, we could eat dinner and then walk to the park from there. Our ambition was only to ride Haunted Mansion with the overlay, so that should give us plenty of time.
The day before while Rich stood in line for our ice cream sundae at Ghirardelli, I checked the dining App and found a reservation for Napa Rose, just in case. Indeed, we were glad I had done so. Again, this time, we ordered off the menu.
Rich & Kathy
Sautéed Diver Scallop
with Chanterelle Mushrooms, tender Green Beans and Corn Nage
Sautéed Heirloom Pork Medallion
with Braised Red Cabbage and Apple Pepita Relish
Lemon-roasted Chicken Galantine
with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Red Flame Grapes and Fava Beans
MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir
After dinner, we made our way to Disneyland park, admiring the pumpkins on Main Street, and then heading straight for the Haunted Mansion. The wait time said an hour, but it only took about 30 minutes.
Our doom buggy stopped during the ballroom scene, which was perfect so we could see more of that scene than we usually can as we zip by it.
After Haunted Mansion, we rode the train (our first time after the reconfiguring of the track for Galaxy’s Edge), to Main Street, where we got off just in time for the projection show on Main Street. I have no idea the name of it because we just don’t pay attention to those things. But it was a really fun way to end the night.
We then walked back to the Grand Californian to fetch our car from valet. It all really worked out perfectly.
We then drove home the next morning.