Since we had a few hours to kill before our friends showed up, we went into Disney's California Adventure and headed over to "Soarin' Over California", without a doubt my favorite ride of the park. The line wasn't too long and we really do like talking with the others around us in line. We told them how excellent this ride was, not scary at all (one of the members of their party was a little afraid of heights). After the ride, they exclaimed how truly great this ride was. We knew that. *lol*
After we left the building, we walked over to BurrBank and got waffle cones with a single scoop of ice cream. We didn't want to over do the food. Not just yet, anyway. We decided it was about time to take the Bronco over to the hotel and get all of our luggage up to the room.
Once we had the parking taken care of, we went with the bellman (Mark) to our room. He told us that the hotel was pretty full because the upcoming World Series (we had completely forgotten this; another reason why the rooms may have been unavailable). After all, Disney owns the Anaheim Angels and their park is within two miles of the Disneyland Resort area. While we had been at DCA, the refrigerator we had requested had been delivered to the room and was quite cold. We unpacked perishibles from the cooler (milk, cheese, hard boiled eggs and turkey) and put them in the frig. This was going to be good. Besides the makings of sandwiches, we also brought cereal and instant oatmeal (the rooms all have small coffeemakers, great for hot water). This would save us both time and money. And we knew that we'd have at least one meal we knew we'd like that wasn't overpriced. Heh heh heh....
The phone call came about 4:30. We made arrangements to meet with everyone in front of the first "A" in the California Adventure sign.
Once everybody was together and the passes distributed, it was on to Disneyland. Traditionally, our first ride of the day is Space Mountain, so in keeping with our tradition (and it's also a superstition, because our best times at the resort are when SM is the first ride) we made our way to Tomorrowland and Space Mountain. Alas, it wasn't to be, because the ride had broken down. From there, the time was just a blur. I don't recall much of when (either the time or the day, which, strangely enough, doesn't hold true for what we ate and when we ate it...*grin*) we went on which ride. There was an awful lot of walking and an awful lot of riding.
By the time the weekend was through, we'd been on Star Tours (went on the back row, too much for my tummy! First time I've actually felt green walking off of the ride), Autopia (always fun), Space Mountain, Great Moments with Mr Lincoln, Haunted Mansion Halloween, Mr Toad's Wild Ride, Casey Jr, Storybook Land Canal Boats (a must at night), it's a small world, The Jungle Cruise, Indiana Jones, Tarzan's Treehouse, Pirates of the Caribbean, Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, The Golden Horseshoe Stage and Fantasmic in Disneyland.
We didn't do quite so well at Disney's California Adventure this year. We did get to ride California Screamin' (not me, upset tummy), Maliboomer (not me, don't like this ride), Soarin' Over California, the Sun Wheel, Grizzly River Run (back to back rides) and some of the rides in the new land, "Flik's Fun Fair" and, of course, the show "It's Tough to be a Bug". We also saw the movie "Golden Dreams" again.
I have some photos of some of the rides and some great memories and one not so good memory (this was on our last night there and the last attraction we went to) that I'll share in the coming pages.
There were twelve of us at one point. Brian and me, Susan, AJ and Susan's sister Sally from the Bay area, Fud Ladee (we call her "Fudd"), Mr. Fud and Little Fud (real names, Liz, Eric and John), Jennifer and her friend, Sal, Peggy and last, but not least, Sally's old flame, Larry, who arrived Friday afternoon. And everybody but Brian and Susan were wearing the pinwheel headbands. We were quite a sight.
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