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Our Southern California Vacation Day 2

Day 2 – First day at Disneyland

The last time my wife and I were in Disneyland was 14 years ago for our honeymoon. Philip got to go on a day trip thanks to Dreams Take Flight 4 years ago. The other two had never been before. So it was exciting for me to walk through those gates again. Even more exciting was watching the expressions on my kids faces. The first ride of the day was Space Mountain. I am not a roller coaster fan but my wife is and she convinced me that I went on it 14 years ago. I am still sure that I didn’t. This time it was also Halloween so it had added scary projections. The bottom line is that only Mommy and Philip liked it. Ian spent the ride with his head buried in mommy’s arm. I practically crushed Margaret’s arm and she kept her eyes closed. I had promised her before the ride that I would not make her go on it again and I would not let mommy make her go either. We both swore we would never go on it again.

Praying Mantis

The next ride I can’t remember the name of but the cool thing was the Praying Mantis sitting on a leaf as we were waiting in line. I always like finding wildlife in strange places. Margaret also saw a lizard of some kind on the sidewalk but it scooted into the brush before anyone else saw it.

Margaret Iron Man Suit Up

They had a display of all the Iron Man suits that was cool to look at but even better was the interactive where you could become Iron Man on a screen. It used a camera to put you on the screen and then it built the suit around you. Ian was the most fun to watch as he got so excited. There was a bunch of teens recording him on their phones. I checked for Youtube uploads but I couldn’t find one of him.

My favorite ride was Pirates of the Caribbean. The last time we were here was before the movies so it was cool to see the changes that had been made. Since the movies had been based on the ride there were not a lot of changes. They did however put in references to Captain Jack. I also remember the ride from the very first time I was there and that was back in 1978 so it obviously left an impression on me then.

Lunch was good but I came to the conclusion that I needed to plan food. Eating wherever we happen to be when we get hungry results in burgers. While that was fine I was not willing to do it everyday and I knew there was good food in the parks.

Finding Nemo Ride

We also went on the Finding Nemo ride that had been updated from the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That was actually the first ride that made us realize the changes that had occurred to some of the rides since our last visit, 14 years ago. The funniest bit was the three animatronic seagulls that woke every once in a while with a chorus or ‘mine mine mine mine…’ I grabbed a photo of them with one of their real brethren. We also went on Star Tours that didn’t exist 14 years ago. That was cool as I am a Star wars fan.

Three animatronic seagulls and one real

We got through to about 8pm, by that point everyone was to tired to continue and we walked back to our hotel room. It was a bit of a long walk after a day at the park but we made it.

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Our Southern California Vacation Day 1

Day 1 – Flight to Vancouver and on to Anahiem

The first day of our trip was almost all travel. First we had to fly to Vancouver where we pre-cleared US customs. Then we flew on to John Wayne Airport in Orange county. The flights went fine and we made all our connections. We had breakfast on the secure side of the US departures in Vancouver. This is where I discovered that you can wash and dry a child’s shirt in the men’s room. I knocked over Ian’s Hot Chocolate. Since all our clothes were already checked I went and washed his shirt in the men’s room. The hand dryer did a great job of drying it out for me.

Landing at John Wayne airport is so much easier that landing at LAX. It is closer to the parks and far less busy. We had our luggage and where waiting for a cab within 30 minutes of landing. Our original plan was to take the bus but with the amount of luggage we had that proved to be a difficult plan to implement especially since it would involve a transfer.

Anaheim Garden Walk

We got into our hotel and decided to go for a walk and find something for dinner. Danielle had seen something in the hotel for something called Garden walk. It sounded cool so we walked over. We were expecting a garden but it is actually a high end open mall. It was interesting but not what we were expecting.

The walk also had a trap on it. We got called over by what looked like the concierge service of another hotel. They started out with some free coupons and then tried to get us to come to a free breakfast. The final bit was that we would get a hundred Disneyland dollars to spend at the park. It was at this point that I clued in and realized that the breakfast was going to be a high pressure timeshare sales presentation. We walked away at that point. It did get us a coupon for a free kids meal at the place we stopped for dinner.

Dinner was excellent at a place called Bubba Gump. It was all seafood with shrimp as their speciality. I think I have seen the restaurant on tv somewhere as I recognized the signs that they used to call over a waiter. Each table had a pair of licence plates with ‘Run Forrest Run’ and ‘Stop Forrest Stop’. The service and the food was excellent, plus we got one free kid’s meal.


We also walked around Downtown Disney. It was a Halloween party so there were a lot of people in very elaborate costumes. I think my favorite was the guy dressed as Fox Mulder but that may just be me being nostalgic. We also did a bit of souvenir shopping as we had the time and wouldn’t have to do it in the parks. We did shop in the parks as well but this allowed us to get some things that we knew we were going to get without having to search.

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