The California Leg-Part One: Disneyland
We divided the driving into two days, and once there stayed at a Marriott near Disney which offered a daily shuttle to the park as well as a great breakfast spread each morning. We spent four days there, one which was dedicated to California Adventure. In my estimation, California Adventure has better food and Disneyland has better "cast member" uniforms. Check out the ones from Fantasyland-super cute, methinks!
Each time we came into the park we got to The Hub in a different way. The first day it was on an old fire truck. The next it was on a double decker bus. How fun to enter Disneyland somehow special! Anyone can walk! We walked the rest of the day! But when we arrived, we ARRIVED in style!
We did a lot of rides, but some of the more crazy ones my husband did solo or with my brother Andy, who joined us one of the days. One of the first CRAZY rides we went on was Space Mountain, which I remembered being my favorite. Somehow twenty years later I did NOT think it was a favorite. I remembered loving the treehouse, too but it's since been converted to Tarzan's treehouse and it's just not the same as the Swiss Family Robinson's tree house plus my old lady kicked in again as she had on Space Mountain and was a little leery of how high up off the ground we were.
Not only did Space Mountain rattle me, Avery was wailing at the end, so we avoided several "scarier" rides because of that. Basically if they had any sort of sign at the beginning about requiring good health to ride it, we did not all go on it. We still did Star Tours-we just looked at each other the whole time to make it through. Our speed was the coaster in Toon Town-good velocity, but short. That has become my kind of thrill at the age of 39. Avery loved the Dumbo ride, Julia the Storybook ride, my husband Space Mountain and me Pirates of the Carribean.
A family wearing matching t-shirts that say something like, "Grandma's Disney Adventure 2011"
Someone walking around chomping on a huge turkey leg
Brides and Grooms walking around with Bride and Groom Mouse Ears with Mr. and Mrs. Whoever stitched on the backs
Mr. Toad's house on the Storybook boat ride-it is so dang cute nestled into the bank and I did NOT get a picture but I wish I had (this was the closest I got, it's in lower left hand corner)
Barbells in Toon Town
Minnie's kitchen in Toon Town
The cool huge trees out on the island in Adventureland(and basically everywhere)
The super realistic model of Jack Sparrow during Pirates of the Carribean (my favorite ride)
Giant clover in A Bug's Land in California Adventure (we really loved this area)
The World of Color night time water show
Adorable plush versions of Mickey
Okay, Tarzan's Treehouse (even though it will always be Swiss Family Robinson's Treehouse to me)
A sea of strollers parked en masse near big attractions
The Mad Tea Party and all the cool lanterns strung above it
Personalized parasols with ruffles
A robot named Asimo