Sunday, April 13, 2008

our California Adventure days 1-4

Day 1: travel day
Our airplane ride was pretty smooth...I sat with Reilly and Gavin and they each wanted to hold my hand during take off. Reilly could not look out the window even though I think he wanted to. Gavin surprised us all and had his nose pressed up against it at times! Same with Zack and Carsyn across the isle sitting with Brian...they all loved it. The boys also loved watching tv on the way there...laughing out loud as they watched Just for Laugh Gags...it was pretty funny!!
So, here are a couple of shots of the maps that WestJet has to show where you are, how fast you are going and how high you are flying...got them mixed up in the post though...the Montana one should be first followed by the Los Angeles one but whatever...lol!


I also had to take a pic of the wing of the plane high above the clouds...
There aren't any pics of us on the first day after arrival cause we were too busy navigating ourselves from the car rental place to our hotel...Google maps are awesome...especially if you read them right...lol! I made a slight booboo and we were headed the wrong direction and let me tell you...if you have never seen the freeways in LA...one false move and you could seriously be lost for days! Luckily, we were able to get turned around right away and made it to the hotel after about an hours drive. We checked in and headed off to scope out the hotel and the neighborhood. We wandered over to my Mom's hotel where they were just arriving, so the 8 of us headed out in the search for food. After supper, the 6 of us went for a family swim and soak in the hottub and were off to bed early so we would be ready to start our day.
Day 2: Disneyland & California Adventure
these are the palm trees that line both sides of Katella Ave...these were right outside our hotel
this is a map of the area that's part of the sidewalk...pretty cool huh?

Off we go...I cried as we approached the main gates because I couldn't believe the boys were finally here. There is soooo much to take in all at once we weren't sure where to look or go first when we noticed Mickey standing there signing autographs and posing for pictures. Met a few other characters on our first day as we went from one area of the park to another.

We did some rides we could all go on and we had to split up so that the thrill seekers...Brian, Zack, Carsyn and Grandpa Bud could do the things they wanted too and the rest of us could as well. It worked out well.
We headed off to California Adventure and again did some rides the whole family could enjoy. Monsters Inc is a must if you visit...it's so cute!
Again, we split up...the thrill seekers headed off to the Tower of Terror and the rest of us waited to see what they looked like when they got off. Zack and Carsyn liked it but Brian loved it!!! He wanted to make sure he went again before we left. After that, we wondered off to Bugsland. The whole area is designed for mostly younger kids and Gavin loved it. It's bsed on the movie, "Bugs Life." Check out this bench...it looks like it's made out of popsicle sticks! ah crap...with all the trouble's I've had getting this all put together...I deleted the pic of the popsicle bench...I'll share it later along with some other misc. pics.
The attention to detail and the lengths they go to to capture the theme of everything is amazing and almost mind boggling. How can you not get caught up in it all!!
While we were hanging out in Bugsland, Zack, Carsyn and Grandpa Bud went to get in line for California Screamin'. Grandma and Reilly went to watch and Brian stayed with Gavin and I...he wasn't sure he wanted to ride that rollercoaster. This is the one I'm talking about...


We went back to Disneyland after that. Went on the Jungle Cruise in the dark and then watched the fireworks...they were spectacular. If I can figure out how to insert a video, I will cause Brian captured the entire show...it truly is magical!
Went on a few more rides after that and then tired and with sore feet from our 14 hour day, we walked back to the hotel to crash!
Day 3: California Adventure & Disneyland
Started the day at California Adventure...went on the Grizzly River run first. All I have to say is be prepared to get wet!!! It's fun though...even though I screamed some...lol!!
Spent more time in Bugsland, went on the Monsters Inc ride...again and saw the 3D show, "Muppet Vision."
We ate and did some other rides and then we saw the 4D show, "It's tough to be a Bug" and as much as I want to tell you all about it, I can't cause it would ruin it for you if you ever go to see it. I will tell you that we all loved it and it's totally amazing! You have to see it if you can!!!
Aren't we cute in our bug 4D glasses?


this is the sign into the theatre without the flash...
and with the flash...just so you can again see the details
After the bug show, we watched Disney's Electrical Parade...

pretty huh?

After that, we went to Disneyland to see Fantasmic. This show is another spectacular event.
We arrived a bit later than we had hoped and sadly we didn't get the best spot to watch but it was ok. If you plan to take it in, I highly recommend going early to get a good spot. Here are a couple of holograms from the show I managed to capture...



After Fantasmic, we were done for the day.

Day 4: Universal Studios

This was a great day! even though it was busy, it wasn't as bad as Disney had been the past 2 days!
If you visit, Shrek 4D is a must see! We saw the cars from the Fast and the Furious...the boys thought that was too cool!
They are opening a Simpson's ride in May and near where it's going they had this...

of course we had to go in and check it out. Brian was in his glory with all the Simpson stuff he could have bought. He did pick up a pretty cool shirt!
What else...had lunch at Mel's Diner, saw Beetlejuice and Frankenstein walking around the park as well as Zorro, Dora and Diego as well as the characters we met.
We took the studio tour...that was very cool to see the sets and experience some special effects.
On the tour we drove by Wisteria Lane...remember the pic in the slideshow...they were filming Desperate Housewives today people!!! I was sooo excited but sadly, they weren't on the street when we drove by...must have been doing a scene in a house! Oh well, I still thought it was cool that they were on set!!
On the way back to the van, we spent more time on the City Walk. Some of the pics I included in the slideshow were from the city walk, like Brian sitting like Forrest Gump...they had that set up outside the "Bubba Gump Shrimp Company" restaurant. I wanted to eat here...

but I was out voted so I had to settle for a picture of it.
Drove back to the hotel in some pretty crazy thick traffic but had a swim and a soak upon our return.

So there you have the first 4 days of our trip...this only took me most of the day to put together so that the pics and slideshows were in the right order...lol! Enjoy and please leave some comments...this was a lot of hard work...lol!!!
I'll get the next few days posted in a couple of days...I need to spend some time with Brian before he leaves town and I must do some housework before I spend another day in fron of my computer...lol!!!

5 comments:

Stacy said...

looks great girl i hope everyone had a great time!!!

Boo said...

loving all the pictures!!!! Wow! The Electrical parade looks amazing! that must have been so neat to see!

Thanks for sharing with us!

grover said...

love the pics!!
fantasmic is such a awesome show..glad to hear you enjoyed it!
you guys sure saw lots of characters-lots of fun photos ops!
did you eat at bubba gumps? love that place-lots of fun!

Julie said...

I love your pics.You were a great looking Wilma......LOL.The kids must of had a blast! TFS

Sherri said...

Wow love all the pics and the neat way you were able to incorporate them in your blog ~ sounds like you guys had a fantastic time!!!!

Good to hear ~ glad you are home safe and sound ~
take care :-)