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Orange County

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  • Day68

    Meine letzten beiden Tage auf US Boden verbringe ich nochmals am Pazifik, an dem auch hier die Strände um diese Jahreszeit nur vereinzelt besucht sind. Ausgesucht habe ich mir den Touristenort Laguna Beach, von dem es dann auch weniger als 100 km zum Flughafen LA sind. Die Filmstadt selbst lasse ich aus, da ich auf den ganzen Trubel keine Lust habe.

    Gleich am Dienstag Abend bin ich in das Finale einer lokalen Version von „The Voice of Germany“ geraten. Die Bar war zum bersten voll und es gab auch eine Jury, die nach einer Kombi von Musikern und vielleicht Radiomoderatoren oder DJs aussah. Die 4 Finalkandidaten hatten alle eine gute Stimme und schnell war ich mir mit meiner Tischnachbarin über unseren Favoriten einig. Leider sah die Jury das nach der zweiten Songrunde anders und er wurde nur Dritter... Aber auf jeden Fall hatte ich viel Spaß!

    Gestern war ich dann in San Juan Capistrano und habe mir vor allem die dortige Missionsstation von 1776 angesehen. Die Kapelle ist vermutlich das älteste Gebäude Kaliforniens, auch wenn das für europäische Verhältnisse natürlich nichts heißt. Den Rest meiner Zeit hier habe ich mit Bummeln und Strandspaziergãngen in den beiden Städtchen verbracht.

    Auf den heutigen Reisetag habe ich so gar keine Lust. Um 10h abends muss ich den Mietwagen am Flughafen in LA zurückgeben, mein Flieger startet um halb eins nach San Salvador. Dann 7h Aufenthalt vor dem Weiterflug nach Belize City. Meine Freude hält sich in Grenzen. Mit einer Stunde Verspätung sitze ich nun in der Propellermaschine nach Belize. Etwas beunruhigend ist es, dass Mechaniker sehr lange auf der linken Flugzeugseite über dem Reifen rumgebastelt haben. Aber beim Start war alles normal, ich hoffe es bleibt auch so.
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  • Day78

    Am Thanksgiving Wochenende sind wir nach San Diego gefahren. Auf dem Weg dorthin machten wir einen Stopp beim Laguna Beach. Dort chillten wir ein bisschen am Strand von Laguna Beach. Dieser Ort ist einer der schönsten Küstenorte Südkaliforniens.

  • Day3

    Nochmal den ganzen Tag relaxen in Newport Beach

  • Day27

    The day is finally here. The day a single 31 year old Disney fan enters the Magic Kingdom ON HER OWN!

    To help justify my solo attendance I opted to undertake the exclusive 'Walking in Walt's Disneyland Footsteps' Tour which was a special 3.5 hour tour including lunch with which we would be taken around the park and told stories about its construction, the imagineering and ultimately it's creator- the man himself Walt Disney.

    I've done a lot of research on Disney over the years especially during my degree. Many people have referred to media degrees as Mickey Mouse degrees so during mine I steered into the curve and wrote essays on Disneyland, Baudrillard, Hyper-realism and Mary Poppins. I think I thought I was proving a point. Regardless, I already knew a fair amount about Disneyland's construction and how much the park had meant to Walt in his later years. Due to the crowds, we wore ear pieces to ensure we could hear our tour guide but this also meant he could play us significant audio clips from Disney history. I can't lie, I got chills when he played us his opening speech from July 17th 1955. It's short but sweet so I thought I'd include it below:

    "To all who come to this happy place - welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams and the hard facts that have created America with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."

    I believe this speech still epitomises Disneyland today.

    The true highlight of the tour was spending half an hour in Walt's very own apartment above the Fire Station in Main Street USA. This really did give me tingles. Walt spent a lot of time here in his later years especially during the park's construction and early days. There is a lamp in the window which was always left on during his times of residence. As a mark of respect the lamp has remained lit since his death in 1966.

    As the park was so busy I opted to go on very few rides and simply soak up the Disney atmosphere and indulge in my photography. Doing this I made several inreresting observations. The first was the realisation that kids were still carrying around autograph books and they were on sale in all the gift shops. This was a nice surprise as I'd assumed the autograph had been subsumed by the selfie. Second was the 'Bibbidy Bobbdy Boo Boutique' just inside the Castle. On entering you struggle to focus at first through the mist of hairspray and glitter but once the fog clears you are greeted with a frenzy of little girls sat in parlour chairs having their hair done by Fairy Godmothers and being dressed as Princesses. It was magical and a little creepy all at the same time! I confess I was tempted to ask whether big girls could play too! My 3rd interesting observation was that there is no signal on the Haunted Mansion. Spooky huh? I was also chuffed to find the entrance to 'Club 33' which was Disney's exclusive club set upstairs in the New Orleans houses of Frontierland.

    The day ended with 'Fantasmic' - Disney's infamous night time show on the water in Frontierland. I first saw this in 1994 and thought it was the most magical thing I'd ever seen. I still do.
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  • Day5

    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

  • Day6

    Another day of rides. Not as busy or fancy as Disney but the rides are good. Rohan is becoming extremely daring and loved some of the fast roller coasters with loop the loops. Levi loved the coast rider and the log ride and puts his arms up at every opportunity. Both loved dinner that night at Bubba Gumps.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Orange County, مقاطعة أورانج، كاليفورنيا, Ориндж, ওরেঞ্জ কাউন্টি, Comtat d'Orange, Condado de Orange, Orange'i maakond, شهرستان اورنج، کالیفرنیا, Orangen piirikunta, Comté d'Orange, מחוז אורנג', Contea di Orange, オレンジ郡, 오렌지 군, Orange Comitatus, Hrabstwo Orange, اورنج کاؤنٹی، کیلیفورنیا, Kondado ng Orange, Orange İli, Орандж, Quận Cam, Condado han Orange, 橙縣

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