View Full Version : April 10-13: Day Two - Burnt Popcorn at California Adventure

04-16-2001, 07:51 AM
Ron (38) Not a Disney Nut, and Shannon (37) started our second day in heavenly Disneyland with a free breakfast from our concierge lounge. It was a nice day to begin our adventure.

Upon entering California Adventure, we were assaulted by the same smell previously reported: burnt popcorn! Well, Ron and I had previously gone on a Backstage Tour in Disney World, and we knew that ALL those wonderful smells are piped in to entice us to enter the various stores. So, what was up with the burnt popcorn? We had to know, so we asked at Guest Relations. Guess what - the first week of using their "smell pumpers", they spilled the chemical stuff on the engine, and it is burning. They keep pumping it out, because they are hoping to burn the smell off! So, for the time being, we are stuck with that nasty smell! We actually saw black smoke coming out of the vents along the corridors!

While at Guest Relations, we bought tickets for the Eureka Parade viewing. I had learned about this before going to Disneyland, from Janet, in our concierge pre-visit call. This is similar to the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet, but better! For $41.00, you can buy tickets for a special balcony to watch the Eureka Parade. While there, instead of just desserts, you get: (all-you-can-eat) soup, shrimp cocktail, appetizers (quiches & meat pastries), desserts, and WINE!! Since no one knows about this yet, you don't have to get in line at the crack of dawn. We wandered in about 9:30 AM, and bought our tickets. When we got there that night, we were the only two tickets sold. So, we had two servers for the two of us!! Now, the parade isn't nearly as neat as Fantasmic, but the food you get is worth the $41.00, I thought!

We ran to Soarin over California, and got Fastpasses, and then rode. It is as cool as everyone reported. I did Screamin, but Ron wouldn't go. It is sooo smooth - maybe even smoother than Rockin Rollercoaster. We kind of poked around the park, trying to do everything in a leisurely manner. Since we have hoppers, our plan is to go back and forth several times a day. I was too scared to go on Maliboomer, but I am determined to go on it before leaving. My stomach gets upset just thinking about it, but I have to do it!!

Since I have nothing new to add at this time, I will sign off. I am kind of compacting my reports to new impressions or ideas, but feel free to ask about anything!! I just don't want to bore you!!

Tomorrow, my Mickey signature secret!! :eek:

04-16-2001, 02:28 PM
Thanks for posting!

:) BAS

04-16-2001, 06:12 PM
Thank you for the great tip on the Eureka Parade Buffet. Where did you purchase the tickets for this event? I may be able to entice DH with wine.


04-17-2001, 07:40 AM
You buy your tickets at Guest Services, which is to the left of the entrance to California Adventure, before you go in, or just after you've gone in (they have doors in both places).

Marla Hellwig
04-18-2001, 04:35 AM
Thanks for solving the "mystery" and thanks for posting!

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05-03-2001, 11:44 AM

Help clear up some confusion for me please! :smooth: I've never been to Disney so I could be completely wrong so please bear with me. We're planning our trip to DL in March and I was under the impression that if you get flex tickets through a good neighbor hotel that you aren't allowed to hop from park to park in the same day. You are just allowed to re-enter the same park as many times as you want during the day. Is this right or not? Is it the same as booking through AAA? Sorry, I'm just confused!! :confused: :confused: :confused: I would LOVE to be able to go from DL to DCA and have it only count as one day on the hoppers.

Misty :earsgirl:

05-16-2001, 09:08 AM
We were staying on-site, and purchased through AAA, which guarantees park-hopping. However, I have heard that the Good Neighbor hotels now offer park-hopping with a 3-day or longer pass. Please check my information - I would hate to lead you wrong. I just read that information on one of the boards.

Maybe, try a search of "park hopping" to see what turns up, as far as information!:rolleyes:

05-19-2001, 10:57 AM
My understanding is guests can parkhop w/3 day passes. BUT I found out my local AAA store's passes do not include any EE.
What did you think of the parade? That parade dining tip was news to me! MANY thanks!

05-28-2001, 08:42 PM
I am in the minority, but I enjoyed the parade. I must admit, however, that I may have enjoyed it more because of the great dining experience!! I am going to do it again for sure when I go at the end of June!!