Tuesday 13 August
Today was AMAZING! Disneyland really is the happiest place on earth. We arrived when the gates opened at 9am and entered Disney California Adventure Park. The rides we went on were, Soarin over California, Guardians of the Galaxy, Grizzly River Run, The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Golden Zephyr, Silly Symphony Swings, Incredicoaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Radiator Springs Racers, Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. Our favourite was Radiator Springs Racers, and being in Cars Land was awesome! We got a little wet on the Grizzly River Run ride, but we weren’t complaining as the temperatures were in the mid-30s! Little did we know, the worst was yet to come…
We headed over to Disneyland around 2pm and the rides we went on were Pirates of the Caribbean, Hyperspace Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Indiana Jones Adventure, Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, King Arthur Carousel, Star Tours, It’s a Small World, and Splash Mountain. By the time we had done a few of the rides, Mum and Dad’s stomachs weren’t up for too much more, so Tayla, Danika, and Josh went on a few while the parents rested their stomachs.
When we were at Disneyland Paris in 2002, Tayla and Mum went on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. It was terrifying for Tayla who wore tall shoes to reach the minimum height for the ride, and for Mum who held onto Tayla so she didn’t slip out underneath the bar! When they got off the ride, Tayla said, “I don’t want to do that again” but today, she did it again! But I think it was Mum saying she didn’t want to do it again this time…
Tayla and Mum went on the Dumbo ride to recreate the picture they took when Tayla was 4 years old at Disneyland Paris. Went all went on It’s a Small World ride which Dad and Danika went on 8 times in a row when we were at Disneyland Paris because the line was so short and she loved it! This was while Mum and Tayla were on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. All five of us then proceeded to line up for Splash Mountain. We had no idea what was coming for us. By the end of it, Mum and Dad decided that was all their stomachs could take, Tayla was half soaked, and Danika and Josh (who were the two closest to the front) were absolutely drenched. After Josh got out, he rung out his shirt! It was definitely a laugh, but wished we had done it during the heat of the day rather than at 10:30pm at night! We had a random guy in the back of our boat who had a great time laughing at us complaining and our screaming (as you can see in the picture)!
We watched part of the Fantasmic Show, a performance done in New Orleans Square and on the water with the boats. We then watched Disneyland Forever (fireworks show) in front of Cinderella’s Castle which was magical. Tayla, Danika, and Josh went on the Matterhorn Bobsleds (which Danika wasn’t particularly fond of), and then watched the classic Main Street Electrical Parade. Josh decided he wanted to fit as many rides in as he could in the last half an hour he had, so he went for it. Mum, Dad, Tayla, and Danika went on the Disneyland Railroad to the Autopia ride where Mum, Tayla, and Danika got off and went for a spin and did some skids in the cars, while Dad continued on the train to the Main Entrance.
We left the parks at 12:30am and started our short, but slow walk back to our hotel. Our feet were sore and we were all exhausted. We did 16 hours in total at the two parks, and we did it well! Until next time Disneyland!