Saturday, November 22, 2014

Travel: Disneyland - Day 2

Family At Disneyland - Anaheim, California
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On the second day of our Disneyland adventure we headed straight for the California Adventure park to grab tickets for The World of Color show. There is only one place to get these tickets (over by the Grizzly River Run) and they run out quickly.

Once that was taken care of we made our way to Starbucks over on Buena Vista Street. I'm one of those people that require a good cup of coffee to get the day going, so this was a much-welcomed addition to the park. There is also a Starbucks on Main Street in Disneyland.

With those to essentials out of the way, we left California Adventure and crossed over to Disneyland for the first time this trip. We boarded the Disneyland Railroad at the Main Street station and rode it around to the New Orleans Square station.
Buena Vista Street Trolley - Anaheim, California
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We went to Mickey's Toontown, and I took the two older kids on Gadget's Go Coaster. The line was a bit long, but the kids had a blast. This roller coaster reminded me a little of the Roadrunner coaster at Magic Mountain.

Next we rode the Storybook Land Canal Boat because the line wasn't very long. This is definitely a slow-paced attraction. After that we went to the Royal Theatre to catch a Tangled play, which was great for the kids and mildly entertaining for the adults.

We ate lunch at the Plaza Inn on Main Street. The food was way overpriced, but that is what is expected inside the park.
Kid's Coaster - Anaheim, California
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By this time the crowds were growing quite large. It was Veterans Day, and it became obvious to us that visiting Disneyland on a holiday is not a great idea.

After lunch we went to Tomorrowland. I took the two older kids on Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters. It was very close, but my five-year-old son edged out my six-year-old daughter with a comeback victory (two riders go head-to-head in their fight against Zurg and his minions). We also went through Innovations. My son liked the Ironman suits, but otherwise this was a disappointment.

We needed a break, so we found some seats on the Monorail and rode it round-trip twice. The kids loved the ride, and we loved not walking or dealing with the thick crowds.
Monochrome Curves - Anaheim, California
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Just as the sun was setting we climbed aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia. This is a full-size replica of the Columbia Rediviva, which was the first American ship to circumnavigate the globe and also the first ship to sail the Columbia River (the river is named after the ship).

My five-year-old son was a little afraid of the big ship because he thought it was a pirate ship (a real pirate ship). Our next stop was Pirates of The Caribbean, so we made sure to not let him know what that ride was.

Surprisingly he did very well on Pirates of The Caribbean, but the ride was perhaps a little much for our 11-month-old (he was a little nervous on the drops at the beginning of the ride). Otherwise, this was one of the highlights of our trip.
Boy & Mouse - Anaheim, California
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We had dinner at the Stage Door Cafe. The chicken strips were alright, the corn dogs were below average and the fries were not good at all. All of it was way too expensive. On the bright side the funnel cake was quite tasty.

At this point our day at Disneyland was over. We hurried back over to California Adventure to catch The World of Color show.

Our viewing location was decent enough. We were close enough to feel the heat from the fire, but far enough away that we didn't get wet. The wait for the show to begin was a little much for the kids.
Girl & Mouse - Anaheim, California
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The World of Color is a really cool light/water/fire show with clips of Disney movies and cartoons included. It is entertaining for people of all ages, including young children. It was worth the effort to get the tickets.

After the show we called it a night and headed back to the hotel. Once again, we saw some of the Disneyland fireworks while walking back to our hotel.

It seemed that the crowds and long lines kept us from doing all that we were hoping. The next day wasn't a holiday, so we went to bed hoping to experience even more fun on day three
Pink & Yellow Blossom - Anaheim, California
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A Whale of A Mouth - Anaheim, California
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Stages of Blossom - Anaheim, California
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Happy Girl & Tired Baby - Anaheim, California
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Columbia Sunset - Anaheim, California
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Disney's California Adventure - Anaheim, California
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Paradise Pier - Anaheim, California
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Blue Water - Anaheim, California
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Laser Zurg - Anaheim, California
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Bright Fire - Anaheim, California
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Fire Show - Anaheim, California
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Frightening Fire - Anaheim, California
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Colorful Mickey Mouse - Anaheim, California
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