Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trip Report Tuesday: California Day 12 {Part 1} Disney Park Hopping & Our Favorite Dining Experience at Disneyland

If you're like us, excellent Disney dining days are something you both look forward to and enjoying looking back at!  This was one such day!  Come along with us for a morning of park hopping magic, followed by one of my favorite dining experiences ever!

Day 12 {Part 1} - Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wednesday California Adventure Park was offering an extra magic hour in the morning so we kicked off this day with some of our favorites there!  First, we made a beeline for a Soarin' fastpass!  (Remember, Disneyland & California Adventure are still on the old school paper fastpass system.)  

Radiator Springs Racers x 2

Radiator Springs Racers is easily one of our favorite rides in this entire park!  I'd heard from my Cars loving Uncle Ken high praise about both this land and attraction, and it lived up to every word!  We rode this as much as possible, squeezing in two rides on this fine morning!

Soarin' Around the World
If you caught last week's trip report, you know that the new version of this ride was something we were greatly anticipating and that lead to feeling greatly disappointed when we boarded it the night before and were evacuated from the ride due to technical difficulties.  This bright and beautiful morning we were able to not only board the ride, but actually experience it completely!  

Those of you who know me well, know that Disney gets me all sorts of emotional.  (In the best way possible, that is.)  I had been both ecstatic about experiencing the updated ride, and honestly, very nervous too.  Soarin' Over California will forever be one of my favorites and the soundtrack was nothing short of a masterpiece!  I hoped they hadn't screwed it up this go around!  Friends, they didn't!  Happy tears ran down my face nearly the entire ride (okay, probably the entire ride)!  I loved it!  I don't know that I'd say I prefer it to the original, but it definitely holds its own and maintains it's status as one of my favorite attractions!  Phew and hooray!

Morning Snacks
Popcone, & Schmoozies, & Watermelon! Oh my!

 How cute is this cone themed concession area in Cars Land?!

A yummy mango "schmoozie" for me, please & thank you!

This girl hasn't met a fruit she doesn't like and watermelon tops the list of her faves.  A fresh fruit treat was just what she needed to put a bit more bounce in her step!

The feel of this portion of the park reminded me a lot of Hollywood Studios.

Tower of Terror
You may remember that we made a point to get shots of the exterior on our first day at the park, with a tip from my girl Chrissy that the signage was coming down that week in prep for its transition to a Guardians of the Galaxy ride.  This morning it was gone, which was sad, but made us all the more glad we'd made it out to Cali in time to experience their version of the attraction before it was no more!

Little One's PhotoPass Fun...

Goofy's Sky School

This is one goofy coaster!

Now it was time to walk over to Disneyland for our lunch, which would be eaten inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction! ....

Lunch at Blue Bayou
Dining at Blue Bayou was one of the things we'd had on our Disney bucket list for years before this trip!  As a family of POTC fans we'd imagined how awesome it'd be to dine in a restaurant located right inside this original Disneyland attraction!  It didn't disappoint one lit'l bit!

While we awaited our requested waterside table, Little One and I popped in to the Pieces of Eight shop next door and picked up her souvenir wishlist item of a Disney Babies version of the dog from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride! So soft, snuggly, and absolutely adorable!

The atmosphere was amazing and the food was fantastic!

The ambiance of the restaurant was perfection, but it is a bit challenging shooting food pics in there.  Trust me, they looked even better in person, and tasted even better yet!

My chocolate cake eating partner (& we let the key holding Pirates dog in on the fun too ;))!

You may not be able to make it out too well, but the pirates ride is running just behind my loves there.  That's where the boats go passing by.  We were seated waterside which was fantastic!

Pirates of the Caribbean 
After dining inside the attraction we simply had to board a boat and enjoy the ride immediately after lunch!

Their Pirates ride is very different and quite a bit longer than ours at Disney World!  Theirs has several extra scenes and truly has a classic feel to it.  It was really neat to experience all the differences between the one we know and love and this Disneyland original!  It's pretty amazing!  

Haunted Mansion Holiday
I can't say enough good things about Haunted Mansion Holiday!  At one point I told Jason that it alone was worth our trip to Disneyland!  It's just so neat to see a classic attraction completely transformed, top to bottom, decor, music, and overall theming for the holidays (Halloween/Christmas)!

Little One posing pretty with her Haunted Mansion Top Hat in front of the attraction.

Even the "stretching room" changes over to Nightmare Before Christmas theming!

Sally premiered this year as the newest addition to the holiday attraction!

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through

Disneyland's castle may be small (smaller than I'd even imagined), but it does house something pretty cool inside!  You can walk through and see the story of Sleeping Beauty unfold!  If you visit Disneyland, it's definitely worth the walk through!  

The final page of the book does change color, as you'd expect - pink, no blue, no pink! ;)

One final photopass pic of the morning, with the man & the mouse, and the original castle in all its pretty pinkness!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Next trip report I'll take you along with Little One & I for an afternoon mommy/daughter Downtown Disney District Date.  Then, something I'm really excited to share, World of Color!  You won't want to miss it!

Sometimes snapshots just don't do things justice!  Be sure to check out the video footage from this day and more on my family's YouTube channel, 
Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE the theming you captured this particular morning! While not a HUGE Cars fan, that theming is absolutely adorable! I can't imagine changing the theme for an entire ride, especially at Disneyland or WDW! I love that they go to the extra work to holiday-ify the Haunted Mansion! Disney really does go above and beyond in every way! Thanks for sharing, my sweetest friend!

  2. I love any dining that has that extra to it...like the San Angel one in Epcot's Mexico and Pinocchio's Haus. I would be all about the Pirates eating! How fun. And, I've wanted to see the changed theme for the Haunted Mansion since I found out they did it! So so neat. Aria would adore the pirates key dog too. She loves her Disney baby Pegasus.

  3. I have absolutely no doubts that my car loving family would LOVE Radiator Springs. My girls (and hubby) would just think that is so much fun. Disney and details. They don't miss a single thing do they?!

  4. That looks so fun! Wish it was at Disney WORLD..ahaha..I won't ever venture to CA most likely! I could never refuse a Disney Baby either, they are all so cute~

  5. I LOVE those Mickey dishes. Perfect for summer! I think I could get those and my husband probably wouldn't even notice they were Disney themed. ;)

    Visiting from 5 on Friday! Glad I found you!
    Jessica @ http://iamteacherfit.com

  6. A little late here, but I'm SO glad you guys were able to ride Tower of Terror before it went away. BUT CAN I JUST SAY...THEY REPLACED IT WITH SOMETHING EVEN BETTER!! All the caps! lol TOT wasn't my favorite ride, but it was sooo good and so popular. After going on Guardians, I was blown away. It is so much fun!! I can't wait for you guys to come back and go on it (you'll have to try and get all 6 songs!).
    And I'm so, so glad you guys got to experience Haunted Mansion Holiday and that we were able to go on it together!! LOVE it!
    P.S. Goofy's Sky School scares me. LOL

  7. What a fun time! What a cool experience being able to eat adjacent to the POTC ride! I'm not sure if/when we'll be able to make it out to California/Disneyland....but your posts really make me want to go soon!


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