11.01.2014 - 15.01.2014 29 °C
We woke and left early (for us) to arrive at Disneyland 1hour before opening time for our magic morning. As parking didn't open until 9am, (perhaps Disneyland could have thought this through better) it was more like magic half hour! But as Lachlan pointed out everything happens for a reason - and he was very right. Magic morning was included in the 4 day pass or if you stay in a Disneyland resort. It allows you to go into Main Street and they have characters walking around and also open a section for early rides- this was tomorrowland. We had been there for rides, so decided to have a character buffet breakfast! With much eye rolling from the teens, they agreed the food was better here so we sat! Although it was costly, the food was great - omelettes made to order, Mickey Mouse waffles, bacon etc etc. We started with food and there was the characters walking around some of the tables. There was pooh bear, tigger, Minnie, Peter Pan, the boys were hoping like crazy they wouldn't come near them....... There was a little 3 yr old boy sitting at the table beside us so when the characters visited him, they of course visited us. What was great was that the boys relaxed and went with it....... Their mother has taught them manners....... So they couldn't do anything else. In the end the characters were playing with it a little, you can see the hug pooh gave the boys while they went to get more breakfast, Peter Pan was mocking Josh, by pulling faces, he was also taking drink bottles of another boy similar age to Lachie and hiding it........ It really was fun and playful and a great start to the morning. There was that Disney magic again!
We finished off rides at Disneyland, on recommendation from some people around the camp fire last night, we made sure we dropped into those. Our definite favourites at Disneyland were Indiana jones, space mountain, splash mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Star Wars.
It was time to head to California Adventure park, now while this was another theme park, it is a beautiful park, very well set out like Disneyland, and clean! But what they have done from the movie 'Cars' is ahhmaazing! They have a whole street set out like the animated movie. Flo's Diner, Luigi's where they change the tyres, maters - towing, I said to Michael that I want to live there! It is exact and so fabulous! I had been told this by friends and others I've met, along with the recommendation not to miss the cars ride 'radiator springs' we were warned to get a fast pass ASAP. So when we arrived (12pm) we went to the fast pass line for this ride and the time slot was for 6.20pm! An attendant mentioned that she heard the ride had smaller wait times if we wanted to line up. So we headed over........and the ride was having technical difficulties and was temporarily closed - oh no! We were already missing world of colour as they were making adjustments to that......not this too. Well we found out wait times for all the big rides the boys wanted to go on were down at 15/20 minutes so went to the twilight zone tower of terror, California screaming (roller coaster), grizzley river run (water rapids and there is a drop in this one, it is over fast but not pleasant if you're like me and don't like them!), Ferris wheel (which was sadistic...... Will explain why.......) and along the way kept checking in with radiator springs ride. Still not, still not..... As we were walking past cars land again I asked one of the many staff placed to answer queries at the corner and she said it was now open. By the time we walked down the street the wait was an hour....... So we went in the single rider line (30 minutes wait) where as a single rider they top up the ride by placing you in the empty seat, so if you are happy to be split up then this is a much faster way to get on. Well you guys weren't kidding, this was my favourite ride of both parks...... Perhaps of all time. What a clever ride, it feels like a car race in radiator springs, you actually race another car full of riders....... It takes corners, goes fast, but no scary dips etc..... Just the right amount of awesome! So yes...... Do not miss this ride - and get you fast pass early, or single ride it, you may just end up racing someone in your group -as we did- anyway.
So the sadistic Ferris wheel - as mentioned from Santa Monica, I do not like Ferris wheels, so did not go on this, the boys did though. The ride has the Ferris wheel cars going around as normal, but if you look closely at my photos, the Ferris wheel car is on an oval loop, so as the wheel goes around the cars slide along the loop and rock and hang out the side of the wheel. Just watching it made me squirm, of course the too cool for school teens said it 'got boring after a while'. Also to our friend Ian, the boys and Michael 100% agree with your claim that California screaming is an awesome roller coaster - I think you said the best you have been on. They loved it and were lucky enough to go on twice...... I got in trouble because the boys wanted another turn and I was not waiting for one more ride on ANYTHING after 3 days of theme parks!
Lastly, one of the attendants suggested soaring over California, a simulated hang gliding ride, this was great and very cleverly done - so this is a definite if you go......
Following the last of our theme park days, I paid a visit to a few outlet stores, there was a SAKS, not worth a visit, I bought a handful of things, more for the kids and Mike than me..... And this was from Calvin Klein. There was not much in the way of big savings, Camarillo definitely the best so far!