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  • Day3

    California Adventure!

    February 21, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Our second full day was spent in Disney California Adventure. We spent the morning getting wined and dined. (Okay, coffee'd and cookie'd) by the Disney Vacation Club. The presentation wasn't very high pressure, and we got 50 dollars each, and two Fast Passes out of it, so I'd say it was totally worth it.

    We got some lunch in Downtown Disney (Jambalaya, a Shrimp Po Boy and a mint julep) and headed into California Adventure. We had no idea where to go and what to do, so we walked around for a while, and decided to head to the Incredicoaster to put in our Fast Pass selection. Pixar Pier was fantastic! It's like a big Carnival there was a lot of great live music happening in California Adventure. We made our first ride the ferris wheel. We opted for a non-swinging gondola because the swinging ones are way too spooky. They slide along a track and will really swing when it gets going. We learned on our way to the DVC presentation that there are only 3 wheels like this in the world. (The others are non-Disney, in New York and Tokyo.) When we got off of the wheel it started to rain, but we had a good view of that from the wheel. We prepared for the rain better this time. We ended up doing a lot of walking around the park a little aimlessly, just taking it all in. We tried to use our next Fast Pass to get onto Guardians of the Galaxy but they were sold out by the time we got there. We ran back to the Incredicoaster and I loved it! There was virtually no line because they had just reopened it after the rain/lightning. I learned something new about myself. Apparently I like roller coasters! I loved it! We dashed back over to Guardians because the wait time was under an hour. One thing I wasn't crazy about in California Adventure was that it didn't feel as easy to navigate. We did a lot of running back and forth, and it pretty much wrecked both of us.

    We waited for a bit in the Guardians line, until we learned it was a Drop of Doom type ride, and Wallace does not enjoy those (and I'm not overly fond of them anyhow) so we ditched the line, and went to meet Spiderman, Black Panther, and then I got pulled up to dance during a little dance show with Star Lord and Gamora. This was super fun. Wallace said it was his favourite part of the day. I really wanted to see the World of Colour, and the Pier all lit up, so we wanted to stay just until it got a little dark. I realized that the World of Colour is also under refurbishment. Next time I'm coming back in a slightly busier season. There are so many iconic things that they had down! The pier was still amazing all lit up. We rode a ride called Soarin' which was a simular or type rode, with smells and everything. (We could really smell the elephants!) Then we rode the Zephyr, which is a swing, but with rockets. Then I rode the Silly Symphony Swings, we got a picture with Buzz Lightyear and we did the Incredicoaster one more time.

    We met Goofy on our way out, and retired to our room a little early with a pizza and sat to soothe our poor muscles. We're both hoping to be a little kinder to our bodies in the next few days, although our plans are for Universal (the Wonderful Wizarding World!) and another big day at Disneyland on Saturday. Wish us luck. 👍😂
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  • Day4

    Disney California Adventure, Anaheim

    February 12, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Por fin llego el dia!

    Todos amanecimos bien temprano y salimos en la camioneta para Disneyland. Ni bien llegamos dejamos todo en el hotel, agarramos las seis entradas y nos fuimos rapidito a recorrer California Adventure.

    Los chicos ya estaban con la lista del tio JJ a mano, sin saber bien por donde empezar, asi que asi como entramos empezamos por Soarin' Around the World, y de ahi a mojarnos todos al Grizzly River Run...

    Guardians of the Galaxy nos quedo para el final, y ya tarde a la noche la (unica) lluvia que nos toco en el viaje nos echo de World of Color. Nos quedara para la proxima visita.
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  • Day7

    More Cars, and beer!

    July 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

    Day 3 of our Disneyland Park fun had us revisit California Adventure Park. Once again we headed straight to Cars Land to get Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers. We then made a beeline for The Collectors Store at Guardians of the Galaxy. We were on the hunt for Groot. We left with one Groot and new shirts for Corey, Isaac and Oliver. Corey could not convince anyone to go on the Guardians ride again. We headed over to Flo’s V-8 Café in Cars Land for some breakfast. We rode Radiator Springs Racers and Goofy’s Sky School. I rode the Incredicoaster and Soarin’ Around the World. We again decided to end our park fun and head back to the hotel. Enroute we stopped for lunch at Splitsville in Downtown Disney. After some time at the pool we got ready and took a cab to the Anaheim Brewery. Jen and Corey enjoyed some beers. We had dinner next door at Umami Burger. After dinner our waitress Amanda arranged a Lyft to take us back to Disney California Adventure Park where we watched the Paint the Night Parade. After the parade we explored the lights of Cars Land before once again heading back to our hotel. Another busy fun-filled day.Read more

  • Day5

    The mouse’s west coast house.

    July 4, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Ok Mickey, Minnie and Walt’s whole gang, we are ready to check out your west coast digs.

    What brought us here?
    Well, first it was the kids (sort of…), second it was Cars Land, and third it was us (because of the kids and Cars Land). Disney’s Cars movie felt like such a significant part of our lives as our boys were growing up, especially with Isaac. Lightning McQueen and Mater were staples around our house. We watched the movie, had the toys, watched the movie, had the Halloween costume, watched the movie, got more toys, watched the movie and loved it every time! The chance to visit Cars Land was something we could not pass up (hopefully the kids like it as much as Mommy and Daddy will).

    Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Buzz, McQueen, from the classics to the modern we are here to see it all at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park.

    What happened here?
    Our first day of park fun was spent at Disney California Adventure Park. Our alarm went off at 6 am to get us up and ready to head to the park for guest resort Magic Hour (resort guests get park access 1 hour before the park opens to the public at 8 am). Our first stop was the Fastpass station for Radiator Springs Racers. Once we had those in hand we enjoyed some breakfast at Flo’s V-8 Café. Sitting there, in this real-world of make-believe, it was quite an experience. We were literally in Radiator Springs! This was one of the moments we were waiting for. During the day we enjoyed numerous rides including Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout, Pixar Pal-A-Round Ferris Wheel and Toy Story Midway Mania… but we all agreed our favourite was Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land. We also got to see Mater, Groot, Captain America and Red (the fire engine from Cars).
    Late in the afternoon we headed back to the hotel for some pool time and the 4th of July Bar-b-q Extravaganza (food, music and fireworks.) Long, busy, exciting, tiring, hot, amazing day!

    DYK: Typically July 4th is the busiest day of the year at Disney Parks.
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  • Day4

    Destination #2, Anaheim

    July 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 21 °C

    A place to hang our hats… or ears.

    Destination #2, Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland Resort California. Unpack the bags and get the sunscreen, we are here for a few days.

    What brought us here?
    A family vacation past the south western US does not seem complete without a visit to Disneyland. Our family trip to Florida’s Disney World a few years ago was an amazing experience and hopefully this Disney experience will be equally as exciting. So here we are at Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel. Disneyland and California Adventure parks are just across the street.

    What happened here?
    We were welcomed to Disney Paradise Pier by Gisele, who assured us Tinkerbell had our room ready and waiting. We got checked in and Gisele was also able to get us our park tickets. We were all tired but excited to have arrived.

    Our 10th floor room had two beds and a convertible couch. Out our window we could see half the pool and pool deck. Should work for the next few days.

    We dropped our bags in our room and headed back down to the restaurant for some late dinner. After dinner we turned in… need to get our rest before tomorrow.

    DYK: Paradise Pier Hotel has a ‘casual beach’ theme. It was built in 1984, has almost 500 rooms and a rooftop pool area with a ‘roller coaster’ water slide called ‘California Streamin’”.
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  • Day40

    Disney California adventure park

    July 25, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Another fun day is starting! We are in the Paradise Pier hotel, and the Disneyland parks are close by so we can walk to the theme parks. One is the Disney California adventure and another one is Disneyland. We went to the Disney California adventure park today. Firstly, we rode the “Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: BREAKOUT!”ride. I was really scared before we went on the ride but it was really fun! It was a lift ride with seat belts and the lift goes up and down. When it is going down you can feel gravity lifting your legs up to your waist!
    After that we went to the Grizzly river run ride, the the Cars radiator springs racer ride, the Toy story midway mania ride, the Goofy sky school (this ride was really jerky) and the Cars coffee cups. Maya was not feeling well so she went back to the hotel with daddy after the Toy story ride.
    It was a really fun day and tomorrow we are going to Disneyland.
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  • Day6

    Disney Adventure Park

    December 19, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Up and on the go again. All a bit slow but once we were in the park and saw Cars Land, we forgot our aches and pains. It is just like in the movie I was just in awe of it. Every little detail has something to do with cars- planter boxes, fences. Kids went on a roller coaster, I skipped that one. Went on a water ride which we all got wet, but Kellie copped the bulk of it.🤣🤣Her shoes were squelching as we walked out. Decided to go again before we dried off. After the second ride I don't think Kellie had a dry patch on her. Paid $5 for the dryer but didn't really help as she was dripping. While we had lunch and sat in the sun, she had her socks and shoes off trying to dry off. We had a casual afternoon, watched a bit of character dancing, learnt how to draw Goofy. We waited for the neon lights to be turned on in Radiator Springs. After, we walked down to Bubba Gump Shrimp for tea. 6.30pm we are bed.Read more

  • Day84

    Los Angeles und Highway No. 1

    May 8, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Claudias ursprünglicher Wunsch war eigentlich gewesen, in L.A. ins Disneyland zu gehen (sie war bereits einmal mit ihrer Familie dort gewesen und hatte es in besonderer Erinnerung). Da wir aber im Vorfeld unserer Ankunft bemerkt hatten, dass es gar nicht mal so günstig ist, hatten wir uns zunächst gegen einen Besuch im Disneyland entschieden. Christophs Familie aber erzählte uns viel von ihrem Besuch im Disneyland und waren so begeistert, dass Christophs Mutter uns dieses Erlebnis auch ermöglichen wollte und uns die Eintrittskarten schenkte. Also führte uns unser Weg zurück nach L.A. und ins Disneyland. Wir folgten dem Tipp von Christophs Familie und kauften eine FastPass Option, die wir aber bis zum Mittag nur zur Hälfte richtig verstanden hatten... Trotzdem sind wir an dem Tag, vor allem weil wir den Fastpass zum Abend hin dann perfektioniert hatten, unglaublich viele Bahnen gefahren (insgesamt 22 Stück). Ganz besonders gefielen uns die verschiedenen Themenwelten mit ihren Figuren und Effekten. Die Shows am Abend waren natürlich auch ein Highlight. Bei ihrem letzten Besuch war Claudia mit ihrer Familie Indiana Jones als letzte Bahn gefahren und hatte dies noch als extrem spannend in Erinnerung. Deshalb war es natürlich ganz besonders, diese Bahn nochmal zu fahren und nachdem wir gemerkt hatten, dass sie wirklich so cool war wie in Claudias Erinnerung, fuhren wir sie gleich 3 Mal an dem Tag (dank dem FastPass)! Am Ende fielen wir total erledigt, aber überglücklich um 1 Uhr nachts ins Bett.
    Am nächsten Tag machten wir noch ein paar Stopps am Walk of Fame und Malibu Beach und fuhren dann auf dem Highway No. 1 in Richtung San Francisco. Wir nahmen uns drei Tage für diesen Roadtrip in den Norden Zeit und genossen die vielen Strände und Steilklippen. Die meiste Zeit ging die Straße wirklich direkt am Ufer entlang und war erstaunlich klein für amerikanische Verhältnisse. Ein ganz besonderes Highlight war eine Whale Watching Tour in Monterey. Schon in Neuseeland hatten wir mehrmals versucht, bei einem Whale Watching dabei zu sein, aber aus verschiedenen Gründen hat es leider nicht klappen wollen. Auf der Tour in Monterey sahen wir zunächst lange Zeit keine Tiere und wir hatten schon fast die Hoffnung aufgegeben. Doch dann tauchten am Horizont mehrere Wasserfontänen und unzählbare Finnen auf. Wir erlebten ein richtiges Spektakel aus hunderten Delfinen (sogar zwei verschiedene Arten) und sicherlich 10-15 Buckelwalen. Delfine waren überall um uns herum und sprangen und spielten im Wasser, alle paar Minuten tauchten die Wale an unterschiedlichen Stellen auf. Ein Paar Mal konnten wir sogar beobachten, wie die Wale aus dem Wasser hervorsprangen. Dies ist wohl besonders typisch für Buckelwale, sie drehen sich dabei auf den Rücken. Warum sie dies machen, ist aber nicht bekannt (vielleicht auch einfach nur, weil es Spaß macht)!
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  • Day10

    Disney Dag 2

    May 23, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    In zowel Californië als Florida bestaat Disney uit 2 parken. Gisteren hadden we het ene park gedaan en vandaag daarom het andere park. Beide parken liggen wel naast elkaar, maar blijft een eind lopen. Daarom is het hoppen van parken op 1 dag niet aan te bevelen.

    Vanwege de lange dag hiervoor, besloten we om pas rond half 12 in het park te zijn. Ook hadden we afgesproken om na het avondeten te vertrekken richting ons volgende hotel. Anders loop je rond etenstijd het risico om in de file te komen en in sommige gevallen kom je het eerst komende uur geen afslag (en dus restaurant) tegen. Dan kan je maar beter met een volle maag op pad gaan.

    De populairste attractie in Disney Adventure Park is een attractie omtrent Cars. Hier race je in een soort karretje over de baan. De wachttijd van deze attractie is echter circa 2 uur. Een fastpass is dus de ideale uitkomst. Dit was dan ook het eerste was we in het park gingen doen. De fastpasses waren al zover uitgegeven dat we pas om 18:15 aan de beurt waren! Daarop besloten we dat dit dan maar de afsluiting van Disney zou worden en we daarvoor dan al wel zouden eten.

    Na de fastpass te hebben gescoord zijn we de musical Aladdin gaan bezoeken. Deze musical duurt bijna een uur en is erg mooi. Een musical bezoeken in Disney is goedkoper dan deze musical bezoeken op Broadway in New York.

    Vervolgens hebben we een aantal kleine attracties bezocht. Bij het verlaten van 1 attractie kwam een medewerker achter ons aan waarmee we eerder hadden staan praten. Omdat we net getrouwd waren wilde hij iets voor ons regelen. Hij vroeg of we al in de Tower of Terror waren geweest. Hetgeen de naam al doet vermoeden is dit een attractie die niet bepaalt boven aan ons lijstje stond. Dit gaven we dan ook aan en zeiden dat we nog wel in een bepaalde achtbaan wilden. De medewerker vroeg of we wilden blijven staan en hij ging kijken wat hij voor ons kon regelen. Een paar minuten later kwam hij terug. Hij zei dat bij de betreffende attractie er op dit moment geen lange wachttijd was. Daarom had hij een gratis tegoed bon geregeld voor 2 drankjes + popcorn. Altijd fijn in een park waar een flesje water 3-4 dollar kost.

    Uiteindelijk zijn we volgens plan op tijd wat gaan eten in als laatste in de Cars attractie gegaan. Erg leuk.

    Rond half 7 zaten we in de auto richting het hotel in Palm Springs, waar we omstreeks 21:00 arriveerden.Terugkijkend op een paar leuke dagen vielen we vrij snel in slaap.
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  • Day5


    December 1, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After 11 hours of sleep and breakfast we were ready for our first day at Disneyland. We met Goofy on the way in and had loads of rides through the day. Our favourites were splash mountain, Indiana Jones, space mountain, buzz lightyear, the matterhorn but our most favourite was the Big Thunder Mountain train ride which we went on 6 times. Crowds were ok and had a great time. Walked about 17 km for the day and ready for bed straight after dinner.Read more

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