Woo hoo! We are going on a road trip to Disneyland with our Minnesota friends!!
First stop is Casa de Fruta, because even though we have only been in the car for an hour and a half this is the best stopping point.
A substantial flock of peacocks wander the grounds and occasionally show off.
There is a basic playground.
Lunch at the Black Bear diner and a quick grocery stop because we are planning on a night in the cabin (spaghetti dinner, eggs and bacon, loaf of bread. This will be important later). We get to the cabin with plenty of light to spare, but there is snow on the drive so we have to walk through some of it, damp feet, but all okay. I start getting the heaters going, E goes to open the water. E falls into the lightly covered with snow septic pit!!!
Of course now he has poo-water up to his thighs. He takes a snow bath because the water is actually not functional, yikes! We abandon the clothes in the bushes. Everyone piles back into the car. I will spare you the pictures. We drive to Bakersfield and get a room with a kitchenette. Children are hungry... kitchenette had only a microwave and zero utensils. Emma and I go down to the conference rooms and grab two mugs, and a used knife and spoon (left in the yogurt container). Back in the room I clean the utensils then make everyone dinner. Scrambled eggs on warm bread. Two eggs in a mug for 60 seconds-thank goodness I remember our 1980's microwave cookbook-lol! Enough drama, Wednesday we make it to Disneyland!
Mikey finds Hidden Mickeys in the Grand Californian.
Pool time: a little too cold for the grownups, but there is no stopping the kids. Thursday in Disneyland with the Extra Magic Hour in the morning!
Fantasyland because if we don't do it now, it won't happen. It is already more crowded than it should be for the early morning, but we manage to get in a couple of rides that only have 15 minutes wait.
Alice in Wonderland, ah the psychedelic 60's
Pinocchio: easy car ride through the story-sad sad donkeys
Breakfast is Mickey pancakes at Gaston's. Somehow I've never eaten here - it is super cute!
Star Tours: plane travel of the future-snarky robot chats at us in line, C3PO is our pilot, bumpy flight through space. The physical fast passes will likely go away in the future. There is already an app that they want you to use. It sounds like it is an improvement. And yet. I like the little paper tickets and the clever kiosks that dispense them.
Astro Blasters: laser game fighting evil emperor Zurg. Michael wins!
Finding Nemo: quick review of the story in the comfort of the claustrophobia-friendly room.
Autotopia: the best/worst ride in Disneyland. Elizabeth gets extra karma for going on this one when none of the adults wants to.
Astro Blasters again because of quick thinking E with fast passes. Michael wins! Astro Blasters is maybe the best ride ever.
Jungle cruise: bad puns all the live long day. I love this ride so much.
I usually stop into the trading post across from the Jungle cruise to rub the genie's lamp and get advice from the head hunter, but this time I noticed Esmeralda on Main Street.
Lunch on Main Street: chicken and waffles with icing, excellent meatloaf. Not my usual place, but it has charm.
Train to Toon Town
A land where we don't even stop on most trips. But this is where you meet all the classic character and Mikey is all about that-so yeah, we'll do Toon Town!
Gadget go coaster: Ollie is living his best life for sure.
Run around Daisy's house, Goofy's house, Chip and Dale's tree house
Meet Mickey Mouse after seeing his house
Small World: Longest wait of the day but so worth it!
Monorail: to get back 'home'
Pool time to show mom the cannonball Mikey learned the other day
Nighttime for Ollie, he gets to watch the story time on tv
Friday in California Adventure-also an extra hour in the morning
All day long we see baby Groots on wrists and shoulders.
The Food and Wine fest starts today-about mid-day it gets really crowded.
Cars land. Still so good!
Mater's Tractors: a bit like the scrambler, but not too mad
Radiator Springs Racers: We really made good use of the extra hour and rode the Racers 3 times!!!
Breakfast at Flo's Cafe
Tractors again! This is such a nice variation on the scrambler, love it!
Meet Lightning McQueen and Mater
The look of Cars Land is just so lovely.
Onto Pixar Pier which is getting more themed.
Toy Story Mania: Video game style ride. Michael wins!
Meet Kathy and Caroline - oh boy!! Friends who are nearish that come up to meet you in Disney
Goofy Sky School: Michael's big ride of the park. It is a bit intimidating but he went for it!
Incredicoaster: Best roller coaster in the park, re-branded with the Incredibles. I did not get on it this time...I think I am getting old - yikes!
Okay, this is new. The Mickey sink/pants are a container for a sundae, but what is this Minnie sink/skirt!?! No time to see, will have to ask others to check it out.
Lunch at the wharf, ice cream (so much ice cream, we should have shared but each got their own) at Ghirardelli, nap time for Ollie and Bapu.
Turtle Talk with Crush/Animation studio
Meet Spider Man and Black Panther-this is new!
Monsters Inc: Easy drive through of the movie
Toy Story Mania again. Michael wins! (There may be a theme here)
Sue and E on their own for the bread tour, ride the space ship swing thing and Luigi's dancing cars (which is actually the best ride in the park).
Main group back to the pool, Sue and Erik return at the end of the day-dinner in the cafeteria, good mushroom pizza!
Next day everyone leaves and it is pouring!! Good timing folks :)