Adventure Is Out There!

Now that we are back from lunch, we can continue on with our tour through California Adventure which was quite adventurous! Sorry i just had to use that once and get it out of my system. Before lunch we had taken the time to figure out when the parades would be going through both parks and decided we would rather see the parade at California Adventure than the one at Disneyland so it was back to the California Adventure after lunch.

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We wanted to be able to find a good spot (and avoid the crowds) so we strolled down the amazing little streets towards the parade route. I loved all the old Art Deco style bulidings and old Hollywood style that they created in central part of the park. I could have spent the whole day there just soaking up all the little details, but alas I was there as a mama and had limited memory space on Ansel and these cute faces won over the architecture.

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If you can’t tell in the top photo Padawan is showing off the tooth that he is about to lose (he actually loses later in the day at the park which is kind of cool to think about, I sure never lost a tooth at Disneyland).  We gave Padawan our old point and shoot Nikon to take his own pictures of the trip since I could not find any one-time use cameras anywhere; do they not make them anymore?!?!? Maybe if you are lucky I will show off some of his pictures with ya all, but that is only if you guys behave and laugh at my obviously corny jokes.

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He seems so serious just sitting there and waiting for the parade. Trust me, he lost all seriousness when the parade hit though except for when they hit his sleeping baby sister with the water guns they had going during the parade; ever the watchful big brother.

We were bummed that Little Miss timed her afternoon nap during parade time especially since her favorite movie is Monster Inc. and her hero (besides her daddy and big brother) is Sulley. She does the cutest Sulley impression this side of a closet door.

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The parade was a big hit! Seeing that until recently princess movies were not a staple in our household most of our family night movies were Pixar movies. So seeing all the characters and the amazing choreography (that made me really sad that our little dancing queen was missing all the fun) was totally worth sitting on the hard sidewalk in the hot sun for a good 30 minutes.

Speaking of cute Sulley’s, how cute is the entrance for the Monster’s Inc ride??

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Our Little Miss is even on it. Ok, so it Boo from the movie but Little Miss could be an awful cute Boo with a little monster costume.

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We figured even if our own Boo was still knocked out for her afternoon nap, we had to go on the ride about her favorite movie! You have to hand it to the designers of the rides, they make even waiting in line a part of the experience.  I must admit that the lights that are next to the poster were about to be swiped and stuffed in our backpack, they were so awesomely vintage inspired that they may have made it into a few photos just on their own.  But I won’t bore you with those, instead feast your eyes on the crazy, amazing details like the “Monster” themed vending machines:

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I think this ride was hands down my favorite of this trip. What can I say I am a sucker for a giant blue and purple “kitty” and a cute little girl who likes to hide in Chinese take out boxes.

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Then add in the end of the ride where your hubster gets hit on by none other than Roz; apparently he has a cute little monster and they should do lunch sometime. Yep, hands down the best ride ever!!

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The boys had planned it so that once the parade was over we would hope back over to Disneyland for them to use their fastpasses for a ride (and for this mama to get another heaven in a cup YUM pineapple soft serve). Ok, so it wasn’t in the original plan to get another pineapple float but when you have twenty minutes to kill while your boys ride a ride and there is practically no line it’s hard not to resist this once twice in a lifetime treat.

But before we were able to indulge we encountered this

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Well played signage Disney, well played. What you may ask cause this traffic trouble?

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A whole flock of dancing princesses!! Are a group of princesses called a flock? Who cares! We didn’t account for walking into the end of the parade route but we were so happy we did because one special little princess woke up just in time to see all the princesses go by!
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Such a big girl waving to all the princesses!

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Then this mama’s favorite “princess” came by: none other than Miss Mary Poppins herself.

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We pushed our way through the crowds to the best of our polite Oregonian ability and made it just in time for the boys to cash in on their fast pass tickets, but not before we got in a couple of cute pictures.

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So the boys went off to their ride and the girls got their pineapple yumminess and a short walk around a couple shops. We had a quick snack/dinner that we had packed in before we headed back over to California Adventure (lots of park hopping happening here!) The reason for this park hopping madness: The World of Color water show!

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I know these night photos aren’t the best but I was happy to at least get some that weren’t terrible! If only I had had a tripod to bring with me (and hubster that was willing to cart it around the parks for me), but there is always the next trip!

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When it came time for show we thought we would be safe from getting wet, but we were wrong. There is no dry zone for this show! But the drizzle you feel throughout it is TOTALLY worth it! This show was nothing short of amazing and crazy beautiful! I will admit I got teary eyed it was so beautiful and moving!

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Kudos goes out to the hubster for these shots from his iPhone! Thanks hun!

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And of course, the obligatory selfie of Little Miss and I (told you we got good at them!) It was soon after this photo that Padawan lost his tooth! He pulled it out during the show and thankfully did not lose it on the way back to the hotel.

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We made our way out of the parks even though we could have stayed til midnight (CRAZY!) But we were beat and the husbter had an early morning for a work engagement before we would board the plane and head home. Our second day was definitely full of adventure (planned and unplanned) and we could not wait to crawl into bed with bellies full of pineapple floats, feet glad to be out of shoes, heads full of Tinkerbells and Princesses, and hearts full of memories.

So there it is our Disney vacation (well, not all of it I have a few more posts to share with you all about it). How are you feeling, your feet holding up? Are you ready for a couple other adventures with our crazy little family? Better go grab that coffee cause we plan on sharing a lot more of them with you all!

In case you missed the big revealour character experiencethe magic beginning,  the continuation of the magic, or our California dreams just follow the links to the previous posts.

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California Dreamin

When the hubster and I began planning our awesome Disneyland trip, we were faced with a cross roads: do we spend our 2 days in Disneyland alone or split the days between Disneyland and California Adventure? Since neither of us at been to California Adventure we decided to give it a go. And boy are we glad we did! We walked out of our second day wishing we could have spent more time there instead of Disneyland!

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The boys knew right off the bat which rides they wanted to hit up before the crowds started showing up but they still obliged this mama and let her get in some quick snaps along the way to the first ride of the day (which ended being the favorite ride of the whole trip)!

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What was the first ride you ask? Why Grizzly Mountain of course! Cause who would not want to spend the whole day in wet clothes?

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Little Miss and I did not have to wait long to see the hubster and Padawan make their way down and we had taken note on the rafts before theirs when to time and place our camera (and ourselves) so we could get a good shot and not get wet!! But poor Padawan got plenty wet! He didn’t let that damper his good spirits and he was happy for a reason to wear his new rain jacket (where we come from you ALWAYS pack a rain jacket)! See doesn’t he look dashing in it? Poor hubster restorted to holding Little Miss to get warmed up again (not that she minded being out of her stroller).

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Funny thing happened at this park, we saw more characters out and about in California Adventure than we did in Disneyland. Weird right?!? I remember them being ALL OVER the park when I was little and was there. But now it seems they are hidden away and then you have to wait in line for forever (like a ride) just to see them. I miss the old days when photos like these were easier to catch.

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Love Little Miss’ look on her face when she is next to Jessi. It seems she liked Donald more lol.

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We did have to wait in line a couple times for a quick pic with a character or two but no more than 15 minutes so we can’t complain too much. Especially when you add in the cute entertainment we got while waiting: cue the cute dancing nugget we call Little Miss.

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Awe that smile kills me!! She is way too cute for her my own good.

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Then add the hubster in there and I am in serious trouble! Pictures like this one make me want to have another or ten, I am telling you I am in serious trouble with these two.

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Moving on to the rest of the trip. The boys had plans for their next big ride which just happened to be located in Cars Land. The park scape for this “mini park” was so cute and really made you feel like you were plopped right into the movie. It had the leaning tower of tires and all!! The line was nearly a 2 hour wait but the boys were lucky enough to be able to jump the line with the single rider option which turned out to be really really lucky cause as soon as they were done the ride broke down (I swear, it felt like the whole park was constantly shutting down).

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After a high speed race (and a quick nap/nursing session for Little Miss) we bee-lined it for Bug Land. Hahahaha you see what I did there right?!? Please say you do cause sometimes I am worried I am the only one that finds my humor in this blog amusing.

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Again with these two! Too much cuteness going on!

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And then there is this pair: too much crazy going on!

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It was nice to be able to find the little rides tucked away that we could all ride together as a family. The boys were all about riding all the BIG rides, but I was just happy to enjoy the rides we got to do together; that’s what made the trip for me.

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That and cute photo ops like this! I swear, by the end of the trip Little Miss and I were pros at using a heavy Ansel to take selfies.

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We knew after Bug Land that it was time to fed the bigger people in the group (aka the mama was getting ready for our big meal out). And wouldn’t you know you it we just happened onto another ride to do together before our late lunch. It’s like they stratigically place the rides near the exits so you will never leave!! This time we took a trip under the sea and visited my sister’s favorite Princess: the Little Mer-mer (the Little Mermaid to the rest of us).

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Little Miss did not seem to be all that impressed with Princess Ariel, she kept giving me grumpy faces the whole ride. Aunt Kat-Kat, I think we need to do a Little Mer-Mer intervention stat!

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But then somewhere around “Kiss the Girl” someone got awfully quiet.

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A belly fully of mama milk and a smooth ride with nice music makes for a great napping opportunity apparently.

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With a napping Little Miss leading the way in her stroller, we broke from the hustle and bustle of the parks and made our way here for lunch:

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We had decided to eat out near/at the park at least once besides the character meal we did (while packing the rest of our meals but more on that later), and when we saw that there was a Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney we knew we had to eat there. We’ve been to a couple before and we know that Padawan enjoys all the animals everywhere (plus it would probably entertain Little Miss as well) and their food is pretty darn good too (a salad covered in pecans, goat cheese, and strawberries is nom nom in my book).

Whew! So there it is the first half of our second day! I warned you that I had a lot of photos to share and would probably have to do multiple posts for a 2 day vacation! But you don’t mind do you? Pretty pictures are fun to look at, especially ones with cute babies in them, even more so when the cute babies are in Disneyland. Have any of you been to California Adventure? Did you like it more than Disneyland? Why or why not?

In case you missed the big revealour character experience, the magic beginning, or the continuation of the magic just follow the links to the previous posts.