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Day 22 - Anaheim

The magical world of Disney!

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Today we decided to have a lazy morning with late breakfast and the boys wanted a swim in the pool....... so off to Denny's for breakfast! we were laughing, as Denny's isn't rated very highly in the US as it is another 'chain' restaurant so everyone tells you to steer clear. but we went anyway - for $50 we had a cooked breakfast for all of us including drinks. It was like a more upmarket sizzler. Compared to me sometimes paying $20 for myself for breakfast in Sydney, This place was wholesome, fast service and a bargain! So for something that does the job - take a visit if you find yourselves here.

Then a lay by the pool while Alex and Lachie swam and got rid of some of their restless energy and excitement. While mike and Josh went to the games room for a game of air hockey!


I was very excited to be taking the boys to Disneyland! Tonight was fireworks night and they were open until 11pm. hence the late start, we didnt want a full exhausting day. So we arrived at Disney into a massive parking area with a little tram to drive you down the road to the parks. In we go and there is a buzz of excitement from the boys, I am grateful that they aren't to old to enjoy this!


There really is a magic to disneyland, despite your age. We decided to head to some of the popular rides, space mountain being one of them. On the way there Michael was approached by a family with 9 fast passes to Space Mountain who were leaving and they gave us their passes! A fast pass is where you put your entry ticket into a machine that allocates and hour where those with a fast pass can go onto the ride. It is a great idea as the ride is closed to everyone else for that hour. Alex said that he could have kissed that guy for giving us the fast passes. We had an hour until our fast pass time, so rode a few other rides close by in 'Tommorowland'. What was funny was that the boys wanted to have a ride on some of the rides that were for the younger children, they said it would kill time and we thought they would get off saying it was lame. In fact it was the opposite they came off raving about them. We went on a buzz light year Laser shooting ride where you had to shoot the targets, and a ride where you had to drive the car although it was on the track. Alex and Lachie had loads of fun with this! Not looking forward to teaching them to drive after that!


We saw a 3D movie made called 'captain EO' with the first 3D camera in 1986 that featured Michael Jackson, there was also a few 4D elements thrown in like wind and bouncing chairs! This was pretty amusing, considering the advanced technology and 3D that we have now. It was one of those movies that make you cross eyed for watching - those of you around 35 and older will know what I'm talking about. Lachie thought it was lame and couldn't believe how high Michael Jackson's voice was!

Then off to space mountain, I was hesitant to go on this because I knew it was a roller coaster, so the boys went first and said they would report back, well they loved it and convinced me to go with them. It was great, a roller coaster in the dark, but fast rather than big dips.

We then had dinner in a pretty little cafe a perfect vantage point for the fireworks, over looking the sleeping beauty castle - after dinner, an announcement was made that the fire works were cancelled! NOOOOOO! They don't have it week nights only weekends, so we will have to settle for the Pixar parade instead tomorrow night.


Off to New Orleans Square for 'pirates of the caribbean' we had no wait time and the boys loved it so much we went a second time. Late night at Disney is a good time to be there. At 10.30 we caught the Disney train back to the main entrance to come home, we are tired and happy and still have the Magic of Disney with us until tomorrow!


Posted by Auggiesfamily 11:48 Archived in USA

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Love the pics of Disneyland. Do you and Mike remember Space Mountain in 1991? Loved it then!!
What a magical place.
Dad and Mum xxx

by Joy Collier

Hey guys , wow Disneyland looks ahhhmazing.... It must be overwhelming at times , all the bright sparkly lights , the people , the noise , oh it just looks magical! What was each of the boys favourite ride/thing to do at Disneyland ? How's the weather & temp ? Looked really chilly when you were in NYC & Washington ... When do you guys head home ? Luv Penny xx

by Penny

Oh Linda I loooove your Minnie Mouse Ears .... So cute xoxo

by Penny

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