June 14, 2010

Flash Forward: California Adventure 2012

Flash forward with me to Disney California Adventure in 2012...

And what a great day is was! Just starting the second decade, it's hard to imagine this is the same little bare bones park we walked through in 2001!

Sure getting into the place seemed a bit tighter as the entrance through the trunstiles into Buena Vista Street noticeably closer to that of Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. For the first time in quite awhile, the line for both parks seems about the same. Visitors are lined up everywhere, and that earlier opening for California Adventure gives us some extra time for breakfast- that is right after we grab our Fastpass tickets for Radiator Springs Racers!

Rushing down Buena Vista Street, I wanted to hop on the Red Car Trolley, but we don't really want to wait in line. Let's catch it later. Follow me, will you?

Down at the the end of the main drag of Hollywoodland, the theater's showing a great new production straight from Disney on Broadway. Sure, it's scaled down for time's sake, but still pretty impressive to be able to see this in a theme park! Whoa, there's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- no, don't stop yet- we gotta go into Cars Land to get our tickets. Just follow the crowd heading the right direction. This reminds me of the daily mad rush yesterday at Disneyland for the Indiana Jones Adventure. Incredible!

Here we are. What? A fifteen minute wait in line just to get a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers? Guess it really is that popular. I'll wait to out while you get us some Cokes.

Take a look at those mountains! Those red rock formations are really cool. Just watching those cars race around makes me glad I decided to wait in line. Hard to believe we're right in the middle of the city of Anaheim! I'll have to check out the Drive-In Restaurant. Sure glad the suits decided to go ahead and build this thing. The food's good and the whole thing's fun.

Finally at the front. OK. 1,2,3,4. Got all those Fastpasses. Come back at 11:30am. Can do. Here's yours. What's that? You saw that Luigi's Flying Tires and it looks better than you thought it would? Sure, let's do it! This whole place looks like something right out of the movie. I could spend all day here.

You are right- Flying Tires was a blast! Let's do it again later on. Hmmm, what's next? You know, there's Mickey's Fun Wheel. Means California Screamin' and Toy Story Midway Mania are right around the corner. Follow me...

And with that our day began. Radiator Springs Racers was a rush. (In fact, we ended up getting another ride at night but it was almost a two hour wait.) After Racers, we decided to ride the rapids at Grizzly River, hop on Soarin' Over California, then go to Tower of Terror. Something's wrong? We forgot something, what was it?

Oh yeah, breakfast!
(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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