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Old 03-21-2013, 03:15 PM   #106
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I kind of felt the need to post these here, since they seem relevant:





Pancho and Pinocchio (I think the spotted son's name is Pinocchio).
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The muffins look so delicious!
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I've never tried Animation Academy but it looks like fun!
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Pancho and Pinocchio (I think the spotted son's name is Pinocchio).
Love your donkey pictures! We haven't gotten to pet Pancho since we moved here because they always have him in the private enclosure... Looks like you caught them on a good day!

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The muffins look so delicious!
They definitely were! Disney always does their baked goods just right
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Chapter 44
Hopping Mad


Our next stop was A Bug’s Land, which we hadn’t actually gone into yet.



We passed through pretty quickly without stopping to do anything. The land is really well themed though.





I love the firefly lamps.



As we were getting close to the exit from the land, we saw that Minnie was doing a meet and greet in her “adventurer” outfit, so we got in line. Unfortunately, we got there just as she was going in, but fortunately, the handler told us that Pluto would be right out. We asked if he’d be wearing any special outfit, and she said just his normal collar. We were okay with that, so we waited around for a couple minutes until our favorite Disney dog appeared.





Next, we exited A Bug's Land and started making our way toward Grizzly Peak. We stopped at a PhotoPass photographer who had set up shop in front of the waterwheel there.





It was officially time to try out another ride we hadn’t experienced yet—Grizzly River Run.



Tracy and I always have mixed feelings about water-based thrill rides in theme parks. On the one hand, they’re obviously fun and I suppose it CAN be nice to get wet on an extremely hot day. 90% of the time, however, the weather just doesn't present that perfect combination of hot and sunny such that you will dry relatively quickly. I hate it when my shoes get wet almost beyond description. It just makes it miserable to walk around afterward. And if it’s cloudy at all or if you go into an air conditioned building, being wet just makes you cold.

Hence, we had always had a love/hate relationship with Kali River Rapids at WDW. It looks like so much fun plowing through the rapids when you watch it from the queue area, but they ensure that you get drenched. We had read that Grizzly River Run was supposed to put Kali to shame in its theming and execution, so we decided we needed to try it out.

Our first move upon reaching the front of the line was to put on our ponchos. We didn’t feel like getting soaked because it was only in the 70s outside. When we got into the raft, we took our protection a step further and put our feet into grocery bags. We were determined not to wind up with soaked shoes for the rest of the day.

These precautions in place, we had a fun ride. It definitely is well-done, though maybe a little overhyped. For the most part, we stayed pretty dry, but our feet were the unfortunate exception. The rafts are built such that water just pools at the bottom, so even our bags weren’t enough to keep us dry. We emerged from the attraction wetter than we would have hoped, and we decided we just needed to go back to the hotel and change.

Luckily, Grizzly River Run is right next to the DCA entrance at the Grand Californian, so we just had to head back across the street and we were at Paradise Pier. We took off our shoes and tried blow-drying them for a few minutes. They got better, but were still a little damp. Our clothes were entirely doomed and we ended up just changing outfits completely. It was at this moment that we vowed never to do another raft ride again unless we could figure out a better system for staying dry. We’ve just never found it to be worth the trouble.

We headed back to the parks through the Grand Californian in our dry clothes and mostly-dry shoes. I took a couple pictures of our favorite bear mural and stained glass doors at the Grand as we walked through because we knew this would probably be our last time through that area in daylight.





Passing by World of Disney, I took a picture of one of our favorite princess scenes in the windows.



This time, we headed into Disneyland.



We stopped for a couple PhotoPass pictures at the train station.







Heading through Town Square and up Main Street, we got some of our last views of the castle during the day.





We went over to Tomorrowland because we had some Space Mountain Fastpasses to use up. Tracy posed well for the picture, but my eyes were closed…



Next we crossed the park over to Frontierland and just walked around that area and New Orleans Square. We saw this interesting bird hanging out in the middle of the Rivers of America.



It was time for a snack, and we knew we couldn’t leave Disneyland having only been to Pooh Corner once. Heading into Critter Country, we were trying to decide what we wanted. Another Tigger Tail was the obvious choice, but we wanted to mix it up a little bit. We saw some delicious looking Chocolate Pecan Turtles in the case and decided to try one.



It tasted as good as it looked, and Pooh Corner further solidified itself as the top snack location we had found on this trip.

We had another set of Fastpasses built up, so we started making our way to Adventureland via New Orleans Square.



Indiana Jones had become one of our new favorite rides in either park, so we had to get one last ride in.





We had a lot of fun, and we were very glad that Indy was open on our trip since it was slated to be the next huge refurbishment. And with that, it was already time for us to park hop again. We were starting to get hungry for dinner and knew exactly where we wanted to go.

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Chapter 45
Mmm, Soup


After hopping to DCA, we stopped first back at The Little Mermaid for another go. We figured that since there was no line, there was nothing to lose. I took a picture of Max because we love him.



Having come back to the surface, we now made our way over to the adjacent Pacific Wharf.



We hadn’t really ventured into this area yet, so first we looked around for a minute.



Between the Cars Land construction walls and the lack of Ghirardelli, there really didn’t used to be much going on over there.



Now it was finally time for dinner. Tracy had chosen the Pacific Wharf Café having read excellent reviews about their bread bowls, and we were psyched to try some.



Our initial plan had been for Tracy to get the Clam Chowder and me to get the Broccoli and Cheese soup in bread bowls. I’m allergic to celery, especially when it’s raw at all, and we had just recently come off a bad experience in Boston where the celery in our soup wasn’t cooked enough and my mouth got all itchy. We were not looking to recreate that experience; hence, I was staying away from anything with celery in it at all. What we didn’t realize was that this would include the Broccoli and Cheese soup. What? Who puts celery in Broccoli Cheese soup?? Usually it’s one of the only ones I know I’ll be safe with.

So we had to change our plans. I had to go with the one soup on the menu without celery in the list of ingredients—the Santa Rosa Corn Chowder. Once I read the description, I got in the mood for it and it started sounding quite good. Unfortunately, Tracy had been looking so forward to trying a couple bites of my Broccoli and Cheese soup that she decided she would be too sad not to get to try that. She realized she cared more about that than the Clam Chowder anyway and decided to go for the Broccoli.

I’m sure our debate made us look like slight loonies to the folks in line with us, but luckily, we finally got our decisions resolved. My Santa Rosa Corn Chowder looked quite delicious.



It was really good and had a nice zing to it. They’ve since gotten rid of this soup and all the other ones without celery from Pacific Wharf so I can’t get soup there anymore. There’s a version of Corn Chowder available at the French Market, but I haven’t tried it out and don’t know for sure that it is devoid of celery.

Tracy really enjoyed her Bakersfield Broccoli and Cheese soup.



Of course, while the soups were delicious, what we were really excited for was the sourdough bread bowls.



This was before we knew about the Bakery Tour, so we hadn’t yet tried any of the sourdough goodness that comes out of the Boudin Bakery. The bread bowls were so incredibly tasty. Definitely my favorite bread bowl I had ever had. We each devoured as much as possible, but it was way too much food for us to finish. We ended up finding a very pleasant duck hanging out in the water near our table, and we fed him lots of bread.



After dinner, we got up and took pictures in the big net full of fish. I feel like the picture would be a lot more dramatic from the opposite side of the water as it would look like you were actually in the net…





The sun was beginning to set on our last day here, so we started to get our last set of dusky pictures. First Tracy posed with the Paradise Pier sign in honor of our temporary home.





I went and posed in the gazebo where Sailor Mickey did his meet.



We started down the ramp toward Paradise Pier and I liked the attraction posters that adorned the wall.



One ride we hadn’t gone on yet was King Triton’s Carousel. It never has a line and we thought it looked like fun.





We quickly were let on and grabbed our choice sea creatures. Sea lions are my favorite animal, so of course I hopped on one of them.



Meanwhile, Tracy made fast friends with this seahorse.



There were other awesome options too, including this adorable otter.



After the loading time was complete, we were on our way through the sea. Obviously it was just a normal carousel, but we still had a lot of fun.





After getting off our new undersea friends, we started to make our way out of Paradise Pier. Tracy stopped to pose with our hotel behind her.



And I took a picture with the whole section of the park looking quite fun behind me.



Alas, now it was time to leave that part of the park behind us and start making our way toward the exit for the final park hop of the trip.

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Oh my goodness! The broccoli and cheese soup! I'm drooling thinking about the soup soggy bread with the chewy crust....
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Love those bread bowls! Since they no longer have any soups there without celery, we've come up with our own bread bowl method since moving out here. We buy one of the big round loaves from Pacific Wharf, then bring it home and make our own bread bowl out of it and fill it with broccoli cheese soup from Costco. It makes for a delicious meal for pretty cheap, and it's so incredibly filling!
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Chapter 46
The Last Hop


On the way out of DCA, we stopped in front of Grizzly Peak and took some pictures with that whole area. They turned out really nice because of the dusky light.





We continued toward the exit.



I had to stop and take a picture with the giant bear.



We actually went out through the Grand Californian exit because we had different plans for heading into Disneyland than the usual routine. I stopped to take a picture of our favorite Beauty and the Beast window display at World of Disney.



Cinderella too.



We hadn’t yet ridden a ride that's very important to any Disney parks experience—the Monorail!



Disneyland’s monorail setup seemed so bizarre to us having been used to the WDW form of transportation. Here it’s actually a ride requiring you to enter the park first. We arrived at the station as one monorail was pulling away, so we waited for the next one.







When ours did arrive, it was Monorail Orange.



We climbed aboard. The first thing we noticed about these monorails as opposed to the WDW ones is that they definitely feel a little smaller and more claustrophobic. It’s also a little weird that they don’t have air conditioning, but that wasn’t an issue tonight.



We began our journey. Now, we had made sure that even though Disneyland is much more a part of the larger metropolis of Anaheim, we stayed inside the Disney bubble from the moment we hit Disney property on the first evening of our trip. We had never ventured beyond the confines of the parks, Downtown Disney, and the hotels. Hence, it was really weird riding the monorail and realizing we were right next to these busy streets.



The monorail took us past the main entrance to Disneyland, and we could see DCA in the distance.



Suddenly, we had entered the park and were zooming around high above Tomorrowland and the Nemo submarine lagoon.



We circled around past the Matterhorn.



And finally, we unloaded in Tomorrowland. We started our walk toward our last destinations of the night.



We walked past the Matterhorn as it looked gorgeous in the sunset.



We weren’t really back for any specific ride, but rather to just experience the last hour or so of park operation. We headed across the hub and took a few final PhotoPass pictures in front of the castle.





Next, we continued into Frontierland where the Mark Twain was looking very pretty in the dusk.



We liked this duck chilling on a crate. He got to live IN Disneyland, so we were really jealous of him right about now.



The sun continued to set.





Here was the Sailing Ship Columbia, docked where we wouldn’t get to ride until our next time here.



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Thanks for reading! I'm so glad you enjoy them Hope you enjoy hearing about all our adventures as locals too!
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Chapter 47
Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye…


Time was getting away from us as Disneyland ticked closer and closer to closing for the night. We went over to Critter Country next on our tour of the park at dusk.



While there, we bought one last snack to have a little later. Next, we walked back through New Orleans Square seeing our last glimpses of the illuminated Haunted Mansion.



With night having officially fallen, I thought the Mark Twain looked beautiful with Big Thunder Mountain looming behind it.



Big Thunder had to be our last stop as the night wore down. With just a couple minutes left until park closing, we hopped into the non-existent line.



I think we rode twice in a row, and by the time we were done, Disneyland had closed for the night. We started the walk out through Adventureland.



Rather than leaving, however, we found a seat on one of the porches along Main Street to eat our last snack. It was, of course, a Tigger Tail. You didn’t think we’d leave having only had one of these delectable desserts, did you?



While on our porch, we reflected on the trip and just how much we had loved Disneyland. I think it was during this time that we first started to think about the possibility of living here someday. It was very much a pipe dream at this point and could easily have been chalked up to the end-of-trip blues, but the thought definitely crossed our minds.

We loved hanging out on this porch and people watching. We decided this was OUR porch, and we continue to refer to it as such to this day.





While we sat there, the park started to empty out around us.



Finally, we began to get worried that we would get kicked out before too much longer, but we weren’t ready to say goodbye yet. I know I was getting choked up at the mere prospect of leaving.

So rather than head out just yet, we walked back up to the hub for a last look at all the pumpkins they had around the Partners statue—one for each land. Here were our favorites.











Finally, we said our farewells to Walt and Mickey, thanking them for our amazing trip.



I took a series of pictures down Main Street and later stitched them together as a panorama.



We got ready to bid farewell to the castle. While its size had seemed almost comical upon our first glance, now it just seemed like home.





Main Street was almost entirely empty now. We knew we needed to start heading down.





As we passed our porch, I took a picture. We knew this would always be a special place for us at Disneyland.



We reached Town Square and took one last picture.



Finally, we passed back under the archways, taking some pictures of the attraction posters.





Turning back for one last look at the train station, we went through the exit, leaving the Happiest Place on Earth behind us.



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Chapter 48
Drown Your Sorrows


We exited the esplanade and headed back toward Downtown Disney.



Our time at the parks may have been over, but the night was still quite young. We were going to soak up as much Disney as possible before our last sleep at Paradise Pier. We had already seen two of the three Disney hotels, and now it was time to complete the trifecta.



We went to the Disneyland Hotel and walked under the glorious sorcerer’s hat, but our real destination was a little establishment in the middle of the hotel’s grounds. Because what’s the best thing to do when you’re sad? Drink!! (I’m kidding, kids. Stay in school.)



We did want to try out something at Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar. We had heard tangential accounts of nights spent here by the WDW Radio team when they had visited Disneyland, and after reading some Yelp reviews, we decided to try it out.

As we were arriving, there was a great little band finishing up their set out on the patio. We were sad to have missed them based on what we heard. We grabbed a table outside—the only one available—and waited for a while to see if a waiter was going to come around. We checked out the menu while we waited.



I love that there’s a whole story behind the bar here and how it's related to the Jungle Cruise with some throwbacks to the Adventurer’s Club, which we were sad we never got to visit in WDW before it closed.



It seemed like we were out of luck waiting for someone to come take our drink order, so I went into the bar instead. I had to wait a really long time to get to the front as several people in front of me were ordering some of the specialty drinks like the Uh Oa, which has a whole show associated with its presentation.

When I finally got the bartender’s attention, I ordered a Piranha Pool for Tracy and me to share. We were neither awake enough nor looking to spend enough money at this point in the trip to both get our own drinks.

Here it was in all of its glory.



Here’s how it was described: It will take some skillful navigating to get you through this one! A mixture that's sure to attack your thirst for adventure! (Strawberry Vodka blended with Pineapple Juice, Cream of Coconut, Strawberry Puree, and Blue Curacao)

Tracy was beginning to wonder where I had gone in the 20 minutes while I was waiting to order, but she was glad I returned with a drink! It was really tasty! It was hard to say if it was particularly strong because we were splitting, but we were here much more for the atmosphere than for the alcohol.

After we finished, we decided to head over to the big outdoor fireplace that was burning just across the sidewalk. We had been getting a little chilly, so it was nice to sit here and soak up some heat.



Unfortunately, it was time for our night to be coming to an end. Though neither of us wanted to go to bed with the prospect of flying home in the morning, we were exhausted after our long trip. So after about a half-hour in front of the fire, we went back to Paradise Pier and hit the sack for the last time.

Overview of September 21, 2011

Highs
- Being reunited with Pancho
- Getting to meet all the remaining characters in their Halloween costumes
- Discovering Animation Academy
- Two delicious meals and a delectable final dessert
- Claiming our porch and creating some great final memories at Disneyland

Lows
- Getting a little too soaked on Grizzly River Run
- Trying to get service at Trader Sam’s
- Our last day in the parks…

Weather
Mid 70s and sunny. Perfect California weather for our last full day.

Food of the Day
Hot Link Corn Dog from Corn Dog Castle


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Ugh, leaving the park on the last night is the worst Our bus driver at WDW told us that it just means you are one day closer to your next trip!
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