California Adventure Park
The Happiest Place on Earth: Another
wonderful day with Our Family. Perfect weather again and we had so much fun. We
even found a few things to entertain Little Lucy.
Up and running early for our 7:10a (!) reservation for breakfast with Chip and
Leo's morning fuel: Mickey Mouse waffle, chocolate muffin and three strawberries
Chip, posing with Lucy and Lenny
DT has been sporting his "It's My Birthday" button for two days. Every Disney
employee/cast member he has met has said "Happy Birthday, Dave" and every
restaurant we patronize has brought him a dessert with a candle on top and sang
Happy Birthday! Even at breakfast.
Dale, posing with the kids
FYI: The characters were created for Disney in 1947 and their
name is pun from the famous furniture designer, Thomas Chippendale. Can't tell
them apart? Chip has a small black nose (it looks a bit like a chocolate
"chip"). Dale has a big red nose.
Again, because we stayed at a Disney
hotel, we were allowed into the park one hour before it
opens to the public. Today that meant 8a, and there is
no need to even look at your watch to learn when it is
9a. At 9a there is a sea of people instantly filling the
Our first stop was to the area devoted to the Disney
Cars movies, Cars Land.
Lisa, Leo and Lenny rode Mater's Junkyard Jamboree
Lucy was too short to ride, so we waited with her
But over in Bug Land, we found a ride with no height requirement, so Lucy
and I could both ride!
Lucy, Lisa and I also rode Flik's Flyer - hot air balloons made of "leaves".
Lucy gets a very serious face while on these rides. We think she is just
confused because she can't see out of most of the conveyances... but we are
not sure... and Lucy can't tell us.
Lucy could see out of Heimlich's Chew Chew - a caterpillar with a very bad
German accent eating his way
through fruits and vegetables. Lucy is so easy-going. She even amuses
herself while waiting in line by making friends with other little kids.
We continued through the park in a circular pattern, riding anything that looked
good and anything that didn't have a crazy-long line. Most of the rides for tots
had five minute waits, so sometimes Lucy and I rode the same ride twice. Why
Disney California Adventure Park
Randomly, while standing outside the restroom (waiting for me) a high school girls a
cappella choir sang Happy Birthday to DT. Lisa snapped this photo on her phone.
Everyone just loves DT!
The kids love carousels, so we all rode the sea-creature-inspired King
Titan's Carousel on Paradise Pier
Lucy has the best view in Disney
Continuing around the "pier", Dave and Leo rode up and
down at Jumpin' Jellyfish:
Sailing on jellyfish
Leo is so brave
Everyone (but your trusty photographer) was brave enough
to ride on a bullet-shaped torpedo suspended by thin
wires. Lucy rode, but could not see out. Probably
traumatized for life.
Leo ate an ice cream bar shaped like Mickey Mouse
I'm just crazy for this kid
We posed with Goofy
At nearly 6p, we went all the way back to Cars Land to
ride Radiator Springs Racers (using a fast-pass ticket)
- slick convertibles racing
on a track through beautiful red rock cliffs and canyons. It was
like a roller coaster, but I took it like a NASCAR
champion. Yeah, Bubbe!
Back at the hotel, it was grilled cheese sandwiches for the kids and then they all
drove home to Los Angeles. Dave and I strolled around
Downtown Disney and finally found a little table for two
at an outdoor cafe and had ourselves a quiet meal. We
were exhausted. Over ten miles on my pedometer today.
Just a lovely three days spent with the
kids. So many memories and so many good stories to tell
Until my next update, I remain, your resting correspondent.
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