Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Kelley-fornia Adventure, Part 3: California Adventure Park!

Day 4:
Another fun-filled day at a Disney park awaited us.  This time it was at California Adventure Park.

I immediately loved the decor of the park with it's nod to an older America.

We headed straight to Radiator Springs Racers...and so did a lot of other people!  It was about an hour wait in line, but so worth it.  It was an awesome ride with many surprises.

This park is not nearly as big as Disneyland and much less crowded.  We also found that a majority of the rides seemed to be geared to younger kids.  Although there were still thrill rides and lots of adults enjoying them, there were also some very ssllloooowwww rides.

We rode on...

...and more!

We got to see more characters and actually got to meet them this time!!!

The Green Army Men from Toy Story

Flik from A Bug's Life

Phineas and Ferb

We were also able to see the Pixar Parade twice while we were there with lots of cool characters.

Look, I found a sign with two of my favorite things!!!

We stopped in Clarabelle's Hand Scooped Ice Cream for dessert in the afternoon.  Everyone else had ice cream in a cone.  I got a hand dipped ice cream bar covered in Mickey confetti's.  And it was the BEST ice cream bar I've ever had!!!

We saw Donald Duck walking away from his post at one point.

Then we saw Mickey Mouse!!! We hadn't seen him at all yet, so we were super excited!!!

We were even more excited that we got to actually get a picture with him!!!

Aaaannnndddd.....remember the hat that was given to Preston by his great-grandfather?!  Mickey signed it!!!

As soon as Mickey left, we ran into Pluto!!!

And he signed Preston's hat too!!!  Now the hat is extra-extra-special.

Ahhh, the magic of Disney.  Even grown adults get excited to see someone dressed up as a beloved cartoon character!

We had another amazing day together, celebrating lots of firsts.  We loved finally seeing in person attractions that we've only seen on TV or online.

What we learned:  1) California Adventure is a much more low key place. We probably wouldn't visit again anytime soon.  2)  Clarabelle's has the best ice cream bars!!! 3) It's easier to meet the characters.

Once again, we were so exhausted by the end of the day after being there for 10 hours!

The best part of the day was meeting Mickey Mouse and seeing Preston's excitement when his hat was signed.  Great memory!!!

Vacation is far from over.  Next on the itinerary-San Diego!!!!

Hotel accomodations in Anaheim were made possible with the help of Heather Newton of Shipsmart Travel Inc.

California Adventure Park Tickets were made possible with the help of Abbey Mings of Vacations Gone Goofy.

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