Disneyland – Day 3!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

This was our last day at Disneyland 🙁  For resort guests, it was Extra Magic Hour morning at Disneyland. The park opened at 7 a.m. So, we got up and made our way to the entrance of the park a little after 6 a.m.  It really didn’t seem that early to us.  The whole time we were in California, we could not get our bodies to adjust to the 2-hour time difference.  So, most mornings we were naturally waking up at 4:30 and 5…because our bodies thought it was really 6:30 and 7 (the times we are used to waking up).

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The Extra Magic Hour morning at Disneyland was so unlike the EMH mornings at Disney World.  There were not that many people in the park.  It was really nice.

Zachary wanted to ride Space Mountain again, so we went to Tomorrowland and while he rode that, Taylor and I rode Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (we were the first guests on the ride that morning…so for a little bit of time, I had the high score of the day). We also rode Star Tours and then she wanted to ride the AstroOrbitor.

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When we were at Disneyland the day before, It’s A Small World was really crowded. We decided to go there next by taking a walk through the castle.

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They had the entire ride decorated for Christmas and the song was a mash-up of “It’s A Small World” and “Jingle Bells”.  I loved all the decorations inside the ride.

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By the time we had finished It’s A Small World, it was almost time for the park to open to the other guests.  We wanted to ride The Haunted Mansion together before we left Disneyland Park for the day.  When Zachary told Taylor the ride was decorated like “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” she decided she would give it a try and ride it.  It was really cute.  Jack Skellington and had came in and invaded the mansion and decorated it for Christmas. Most of the pictures I tried to take inside the ride did not turn out.  So, these are about the only two that are halfway decent.

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After we were done riding The Haunted Mansion, we decided it was time to leave Disneyland and head back over to California Adventure for the rest of the day.  Before we left Disneyland, the kids wanted to walk through the Main Street Fire Department and climb up into the firetruck.

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Something I was not aware of before we left for Disneyland, was how close Disneyland Park is to California Adventure.  The front gates of both parks face each other and are basically divided by a large sidewalk.  So, you can literally walk from one park entrance to the other in a minute.

Once we got inside California Adventure, we headed straight for Soarin’.  We had not been able to ride it when we had been at the park on Tuesday.  The wait time for the ride was less than 5 minutes.

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After we rode Soarin’, we headed back to Paradise Pier so we could ride Toy Story Mania.  It was one of the other rides we had not been able to ride on Tuesday because the line was so long.  At Disney World, they have fast passes for this ride.  They do not give out fast passes for TSM at Disneyland.

It is always fun to hear what Mr. Potato Head is going to say.  At both Disneyland and Disney World’s Hollywood Studios, he talks to the guests.

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We waited about 40 minutes in line to ride TSM…so Taylor was coming up with ways to entertain herself!

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Zachary and I were ride buddies.  This is one of my favorite rides…period! I love it…even if Michael always beats my score.

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So, after Michael had beat my score again on Toy Story Mania, we decided to head over to Mickey’s Fun Wheel…the Ferris Wheel.  Now, this is not your ordinary Ferris Wheel.  There are certain cars that are stationary, but then there are other cars that are “swinging” cars.  We decided to take a chance and tried out a swinging car.  If you look at the photo, you can see the red tracks that run in the middle of the wheel.  Each car has it’s own track and as the Ferris Wheel goes around, the cars slide and swing along the track.  It was a little freaky at times…especially when the car felt like it was going to swing upside down and there are not seat belts or lap bars inside the cars.

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After our thrilling Ferris Wheel ride, we headed over to get tickets for World of Color.  The nighttime show that they do with the fountains.  After we got our tickets, the kids wanted to check out the Wilderness Explorer Camp.  Here, you can earn your Wilderness Explorer Badge…just like Russell from UP.

The kids did a little rock wall climbing to earn their Adventure Badge.

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Once the kids did all of the obstacle courses to earn their badge, we were able to meet Dug the dog!!!

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After the kids had become Wilderness Explorers, we stopped off for a quick lunch and then headed to the Aladdin Musical at The Hyperion Theatre.  This was one of my requests.  I wanted to see this show before we left.  It was AWESOME!!  The Genie totally stole the show.  His improv was great and he stayed really current with his jokes.  Added jokes about Black Friday Shopping, Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez’s breakup…he was a riot!   We also used our Priority Seating pass tickets that came with our booking and we were able to get seats right up front!  Just another perk of being a Disney resort guest.

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When we walked out of the Aladdin show, Sully was out.  So, we stopped for a quick photo and then went and rode Monsters, Inc. again.

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Zachary wanted to go back and ride California Screamin’. So, he and Michael headed that direction.  Taylor and I decided to go back to Carsland and ride Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree again.

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Taylor and I walked back over to Paradise Pier and got there just in time to see Michael and Zachary take off on California Screamin’.

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She wanted to go back and ride the swings again.  Swings are another thing that I can’t do.  They make me so dizzy.  So, I stood below and took photos.  Did I mention that Michael and Zachary were riding the roller coaster…I think they rode it 3 times in a row!

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While Taylor and I were on the Zephyr, Phineas and Ferb went by for their dance party.

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We met back up with Michael and Zachary and they convinced Michael and I to ride Goofy’s Sky School again.

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Then, we headed back to Radiator Springs.  I wanted to get a family photo with the snowman car.

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At this point, it was time for us to leave and go to the Disneyland Hotel for our Thanksgiving dinner at Goofy’s Kitchen!  There were a lot of different characters walking around meeting everyone.

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Alice was probably my favorite character that visited us during this meal.  She sat down and talked to the kids.  She asked Zachary about his shirt and compared riding the Tower of Terror to falling down the rabbit hole.  She was so sweet.

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Dinner was really good.  Goofy’s Kitchen is a buffet and they had all the traditional Thanksgiving foods.  So, we still got our turkey and mashed potatoes and things like that.  The kids even tried macaroni and cheese pizza!

After dinner, we went back to California Adventure so we could try to see the World of Color Show.  It was pretty neat.  It would have been better, but there was a family that was a little rude and came in and stood right in front of the kids when the show started.  But, we got to see most of it and Michael got a good arm workout because he held Taylor for about 30 minutes so she could see.

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After the show, we went back to our room and finished packing.  The next morning we got up and after eating a little breakfast, we got our car and left Disneyland. As we left the Grand Californian, we noticed how pretty the front doors were.  We hadn’t noticed them before because they had always been open.

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We got our car and left. We had another busy day ahead of us.  Instead of Black Friday Shopping, we were going on a private limo tour of LA!!!