California Adventure

We recently went to California Adventure on a "Hey, it's alright" rated crowd tracker day. And guess what? The crowds were alright. We had a fantastic time walking the park and riding all the rides. Dan's favorite ride was Soarin' Around the World:

Random Family from the Internet having fun on Soarin'
This ride is pretty great because it has fans that create a wind effect for when you're flying around the world and the wind also emits scents such as jasmine when you fly over the Taj Mahal.

My favorite was the roller coaster, California Screamin':

Mary and Dan in front of Mickey's Ferris Wheel and California Screamin'
We also rode the Cars race coaster, Radiator Springs Racers, a couple of times:
Pretty cool fake red rocks, huh?
 We passed by Ariel's Grotto and I had to snap a pic for Kevin A. (Ariel was his all-time favorite Disney character as a kid if I remember correctly).
Ariel's Grotto
 We didn't get any tattoos at the boardwalk, but it's nice to know that it's an option if we want to get a Minnie or Mickey tat next time we're there:

After we got off the swings we serendipitously came across a parade - yay! As longtime readers will know, there is a special place in my heart for a good parade, as seen documented here, here, and here.

The GI Joes were dancing in formation

Dancing JellyFish? Yah, we saw that too
Probably the most impressive parade participant was the woman who did a constant gymnastics bar routine while dressed as a cowgirl. Whew - we got tired just watching her!

Dan has not been to Northern California yet, but we did get a good taste of NorCal when we went through the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.There was part of a real tree that was older than the state of California which included tidbits about the history of the state. Dan took an interest in this display:
Dan dissects California Adventures version of California History
 Sadly, earlier this year one of the state's great giant sequoia trees, The Pioneer Cabin Tree, in Calaveras Big Trees State Park fell over. But alas, dear readers, don't worry, Dan was still able to walk through a replica of this terrific tree at California Adventures.

Dan was mad when he found out this was a fake tree 
To really get the full Northern California experience we also went on the Bakery Tour hosted by Boudin Bakery (the original sourdough manufacturers in San Fran). We were treated to sourdough samples and then we walked through the bread factory as the bakers made the famous sourdough (and yes, they even shape some of the loaves into Mickey Mouse - this is Disney after all).

Do you see the Mickey Bread on the top rack?

A baker hard at work
The day was capped off by a fun dancing fountain extravaganza put on to Disney hits, and sung by Disney employees (and maybe helped by the crowd).

Dancing Fountains


  1. Disney has a great product. Fun memories at Disneyland and Disneyworld.


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