Disneyland/California: March 4

Our last day at the Disneyland Resort – boo!  There was, of course, so much left undone… but we looked at some options, made our top choices and headed out.

We started the day at California Adventure, waiting at Rope Drop to get fastpasses for Soarin’.  First stop after that was Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree.  It was already a 25 minute wait (we are so spoiled, I know!) but it was well worth it.  We hung out in Carsland with Nolan while Kyle and Elise rode, then headed back to Condor Flats to ride our still-favorite ride.  For the sake of time, I road with the girls.  They got a kick out of Duffy “riding” with us (in the under-seat storage area).  He enjoyed it just as much as we always do!

We saw the real Duffy next (who doesn’t sign at DL – odd) an ate a delicious lunch of one last corndog and some phenomenal skewers (including a dessert skewer) from Paradise Pier Garden Grill.  After lunch, we walked through Carsland and It’s a Bug’s Land one more time on the way to Hollywood – Disney style.  The charming version, not the sketchy one 😉

We had tried to prepare, but there were no words to describe how incredible the Animation building is on the West Coast.  We were all speechless walking in… and now I’ve deleted the rest of this sentence three times trying to describe it.  Just go, already.

In the animation building, we checked out the Sorcerer’s workshop (incredible!) while waiting for our scheduled drawing class.  If you’ve been to the animation academy at WDW, this is similar – but absolutely humongous.  With the size and schedule it’s much less intimate of course, but it’s perhaps a trade-off for going as often as one would like?  We drew Tigger and Minnie, and had a great time as always – then said a sad goodbye to California Adventure!

Across the Esplanade at Disneyland Park we headed first to Tomorrowland.  The girls wanted to ride Space Mountain again (yes!) so Kyle took them on Buzz while I got fastpasses.  They weren’t for a while, so we went to Adventureland to check out DL’s Jungle Cruise…. and get a Dole Whip, of course, despite absolutely not being hungry.

We also got to ride “it’s a small world” again before heading back to Space Mountain – which was closed, again.  What gives, Disneyland?!  While we waited for it to reopen we said hello to a Stormtrooper (who can’t sign autographs because he can’t put his blaster down, “just in case”), took another trip through the castle walkthrough, and rode Astro Orbiter.

We had absolutely intended to see the Disneyland Story and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln, but I think we’ll have to try that when we have somewhere for the kids to go or when Nolan is much bigger. As a 45 minute show, we had almost an hour to wait for the next one, too.  Not happening with a
We finally headed to our parade spot where everyone sat while I picked up some delicious sandwiches and soup from Jolly Holiday and desserts from the Confectionary.  By this point, we had determined Nolan’s previous GI issues were not likely allergy-related, as one-by-one we all fell to the most wicked stomach bug Kyle and I have ever seen.  It’s not all that surprising though, that we still thoroughly enjoyed the nighttime parade in spite of ourselves.  It was a wonderful end to our vacation!