Thursday, December 16, 2010


We decided yesterday that we would do Disneyland today. Its been about ten or twelve years since i did the parks here in California so we were up, showered and on the road by 8:30am!

Took us about 45 minutes to get there, we parked up in the Toy Story parking lot and each bought a single day park hopper ticket that allowed us to got to both Disney parks and go backwards and forward to each one at our leisure. We then took the shuttle bus from the parking lot to the parks, Kami kindly pointed out the sign on the shuttle bus reminding me that if it was full at least i would be assured a seat!

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It was 9:30 when we arrived and the parks didn't open till 10 so we had a wander round, took a few pictures and then bought a huge chocolate chip cookie for breakfast before lining up at the entrance.

Just for you Jens!            Kami with Goofy!!                                      Tower of Terror in the distance

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As Kami has a few metal rods and screws in her back she’s unable to go on any ride that comes to a sudden stop vertically or puts pressure on her spine in a downwards action. She did however go on the Tower of Terror with me which I've been on in the Disney in California and is one of the best rides in the park. As the gates opened we made our way straight there and were in the first group of twelve to go on the ride.

Waiting at the entrance                              Kami excited waiting for Tower of Terror!

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As soon as it was over and we exited we walked round to the entrance again and went on for a second time straight away with nothing more than a 1 minute wait!!

Me all excited!      Tower of terror                            Waiting inside                          Our ride!!

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I'm not gonna tell everyone what happens  but suffice to say its a great ride and scares the pants off you if you've never been on it before! well even if you have been on it it still takes a lot of beating by other thrill rides.

Next we made our way over to the various other rides including the rollercoaster they have that fires you off  horizontally before doing a few turns and a couple of loops. We then went on the big wheel that's a bit different from normal ones as some of the carriages actually turn and move around, the video below shows what i mean.

Rollercoaster                                             Big wheel

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I've never been on one like this and me having that chocolate chip cookie before going on this was NOT a good idea. I've been on hundreds of rides in the past and this was the only one that I've ever felt a bit odd on! there were sick bags in the actual carriages and i swear i was like an inch away from picking one up and filling it!!

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After the big wheel Kami wanted to go on the chairs that fly around on the end of chains. I was seriously feeling sick at this point and would have gone on with her had i not being felling like this but i left her to go on alone and i stood and took pictures.

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We then went on the water ride. We put our belongings in the free lockers before lining up to get in the big round tyre type carriages and set off down the rapids. it was too bad but we sat in with 2 young kids who had been  on the ride for the last two rides and were staying on for a third time. They knew all the places we were gonna get wet and we stupidly all sat at the same side  hence all the weight being at one side and the water coming over the edge a lot where we were all sat. Kami and i got off totally drenched! it was great fun though and only took an hour or so t try off in the sunshine! well it did for me in my shorts, i think Kami’s jeans took all day to dry out! her having to walk round the park all day looking like she had pee’d herself!

The water ride                                                                        Me drenched                            Kami drenched

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We had covered most of the rides in this park and decided to walk over to the other park, we also said that we would be best going on the other water ride first and being wet all at once and drying out rather than drying out and then getting wet again! no idea what happened about this as we totally did it the wagon way and went on all the dry rides before then going on the wet one only to get all wet through again!

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We went on a boat ride that took you through the Amazon jungle and was full of plastic animals and a guide driving the boat with a gun to shoot any wild animals that tried to take out the boat!

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We were both pretty hungry and headed over to the New Orleans area to get some food at the Blue Bayou restaurant, one of the only table service and nicer restaurants in the park. The food was excellent, we both had the Gumbo soup and i had the Jambalaya and Kami had the Monte Cristo sandwich, a sandwich of turkey, bacon and cheese wrapped in bread then deep fried and sprinkled with sugar!! it sounds gross but tasted delicious! The restaurants really nice and if you go one of the boat rides the boat actually goes through the middle of the restaurant!

New Orleans in Disney!

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Our food

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After eating we decided to walk round the park and not go on any rides for a while till lunch had settled, we went through the Haunted Mansion and then walked over to space Mountain but via the other water ride, splash mountain.

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I was sat in the seat in front of Kami in the log type carriage and never even thought what would happen when he water splashed up. I would get the whole tidal wave of water while Kami being a lot smaller than me would get hardly anything over her!

Warning!                        Before                                                     And After!!!

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Water log ride

We made our way over to Space Mountain, did that ride, then came out and waited inline for the bob sleigh ride, however the ride had broken down and after waiting 15 minutes we exited the line and went on the Buzz Lightyear ride. We then made our way back over the the bobsleigh, went on that as it was now up and running again and then headed over and went on the Snow White ride. The bobsleigh ride was pretty rough, it threw us both from one side to the other and we both got off feeling like we’d been in a car wreck!

Main Street at night             Cinderella's Castle                                                         Square trees!

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By the time we made our way back to the main entrance it was after 5pm and we headed out on the shuttle to the parking lot to pick up the car and drive over to the bar by the venue for the pre show meet up. We had both brought a change of clothes knowing that we wouldn't be going back to the hotel before the show and also knowing we may have got a little wet on the rides!! It was a long day but we both had a fantastic time and I’ve got some great memories from the day.


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