The Rourke's take on Disneyland in sunny California!
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  • Day6

    I touched an ocean!

    February 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    I forgot to menton, before we departed LAX we took an Uber down to Dockweiler Beach so I could touch an ocean. I couldn't be that close and not touch it, it seemed ridiculous. I touched it, and kept a shell to remember my first ocean experience. (As we were walking back up to the shore, we saw more people hauling luggage across the beach. It must be a popular spot to visit the ocean, because it's literally just down the street from the airport.)Read more

  • Day5

    All-day Disney Extravaganza

    February 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 9 °C

    Okay, so, all-day Disneyland.

    We are exhausted, and happy. Only 5.5 hours of sleep, but we've lived on less on this trip. (I'm writing this in the shuttle on the way to LAX.)

    Our full day in Disneyland was crazy fun. We got to Magic Morning at about 7:30 and started our day right by riding Space Mountain while the line was short. We decided to buy the Max Pass on the last day. I cannot stress enough how absolutely worth it the Max Pass is. It saves you so much time and running around, and you for sure get to ride the rides you want to go on, because you can book them hours in advance. The Max Pass also gives you free Photo Pass downloads for the day. Again I cannot stress how awesome this is. While waiting for our rides we went to go get photos taken, and try food, and shop for souvenirs. We got to meet a lot of characters today. Unfortunately the Star Wars ones didn't sign, so our frame will be missing those signatures.

    The character experiences are a lot of fun. They really engage with you and make it an experience, not just a chance to get a photo. Wallace knelt before Vader, Kylo Ren didn't trust me, Rey was incredibly sweet, and Chewbacca was big, fuzzy and fun.

    We went on a lot of rides today. Space Mountain was my favourite. Wallace has a soft spot for Indiana Jones, which is super fun. But we also made sure to do the Matterhorn, Thunder Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and "it's a small world!".

    We got more California sunshine today, and I realized I had left my sunglasses on the Hippogriff in Universal... I'm the heat of the day (17°, but it felt like over 30° to me) we went back to the hotel for a midday siesta and some food. Feeling refreshed and fed, we made it back to the parks to live our Disney right up until midnight. I got to see the famous Disney fireworks, and it was magical.

    We had a lot of fun at Disneyland, and overall on this trip. It's going to be good to get home, but I don't know if it's ever going to be easy to say goodbye to Disney.
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  • Day5

    All-Day Disney Extravaganza (Teaser)

    February 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We did the Magic Morning and stayed until the park closed basically. Too tired to write. 😴 I'll make a post either waiting in LAX, or I'll write it on the flight and post in when we land in Vancouver tomorrow. Here's a teaser photo to tide you over. 📸

  • Day4

    Universal Studios Hollywood (1/2)

    February 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Alright, so aside from Harry Potter, Universal was still fantastic. We met Beetlejuice, Homer and Marge, Sideshow Bob, saw Water World, (which was a super fun show) ate a super massive donut from Lard Lad, Wallace got a Squishee, we took the super fun Studio Tour, and saw some amazing sites of the mountains, especially as the sun was setting!

    We got Just Married pins, and 1st Visit pins, so everyone was especially super nice to us. They took fancy pictures, which we opted not to buy, because we're doing the Max Pass tomorrow at Disneyland, so we are going to get professional photos from that. We still have options to buy some after if we want. :)

    I really liked the Studio Tour, but I don't think Wallace loves breaking the movie magic. (Even though I always point out when something is so obviously green-screened.) Wallace had a great time in the Simpsons part, he said he didn't even realize how engrained the Simpsons is for him.

    Overall, we just had a really fantastic day. 😊
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  • Day4

    The Wizarding World of WOW!

    February 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Oh my gosh, what a day. Universal was an absolute blast. We were the first pickup on the bus line, so we were up early and running to make sure we were in the right place. (We were, and we got there with lots of time to spare.) We got picked up at 7:50, and dropped off to the park at 10. It was a long trip, but the bus had comfy seats, and we just relaxed.

    The weather was beautiful today. We enjoyed that famed California sunshine. It was clear and blue all day. No wonder 17 million people live here.

    When we got to the park we beeline'd straight to the Wandfitting (as per my earlier footprint). I didn't cry, but it was super magical. I was surprised that the shop didn't have Pottermore wands, (for example, the Pottermore quiz told me my wand was Pear wood with a Unicorn Hair core) but instead they tell you which ones might best match your personality. I chose a Holly wand, and Wallace chose an Oak. I'll post the pictures of why we chose these.

    The wands interact with the park, so we ran around casting Spells and it was way too much fun. We ate lunch at the Three Broomsticks and had a hot butterbeer with lunch. We made it a goal to go to every shop in the Wizarding World and we did! We also did both of the Harry Potter rides.

    Really, the best part was just looking around and enjoying living in the Wizarding World! (And Butterbeer!)
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  • Day4

    Ermehgerd Herry Pertter

    February 22, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    We just got to Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We're in line for wand fitting. Will update if I cry. (I probably won't drop as quick of footprints like this. But this one deserved its own.)