Hi guys I’ve missed you! 😀 So this weekend was a blast. I absolutely love Disneyland beyond belief! It’s actually a life goal of mine to run the Disneyworld marathon, or at least the Disneyland half (if I can’t make it to Florida!). A friend of ours got us free tickets because his dad works for the company – SCORE!!
After driving down Thursday night, we woke up early Friday morning to hit up the park for an all day adventure. 9:00 am – midnight!
Waiting outside the parks & posing with a random letter (they had no ‘T’ or ‘S’ to stand for our names!) as part of the CALIFORNIA sign:
We then headed into California Adventures (even though us girls really wanted to go to Disneyland first). For those of you who’ve never been, basically California has different California “lands” (Hollywood, wine country, a boardwalk, a mountainy/woody area, etc). The big rollar coaster was closed, so we did the new Toy Story ride (kind of like an interactive video game where you ride in cars and can shoot at 3-D targets).
Group in front of the grizzly mountain waterfall ride:
And we rode Soaring Over California. That ride is awesome. You basically “soar” over a giant movie screen showing scenic views all over California. It feels completely real because they even stimulate wind and smells (you can smell the ocean!). It’s cutely and creatively decorated, but not as “magical” as Disneyland, and can get tiring quickly. You feel like you’re at an actual amusement park or boardwalk. So after about 2 hours over there I was ready to get to the Magic Kingdom!
I love Main Street USA! I’m a huge history buff, so I love historical things such as this street.
We hit up most of the rides including Pirates of the Caribbean, where I saw Johnny!
Unfortunately we didn’t run into the real Johnny like I did last time at Disneyland. 😉
My little 8-year old sister has been obsessed with Johnny Depp since she saw the first Pirates movie when she was 4 or 5. I mean obsessed. She has a life-size poster of him (in our room that I share with her at home!), her pillow case has his picture on it…she thinks she’s going to marry him. It’s hilarious!
I got to go on the new (re-done) It’s a Smallworld ride.
My favorite…Indiana Jones!
haha I find this picture of me and my roommate hilarious.
Mad Hatter teacups:
Don’t worry, no one got sick 😉
Lesson learned, don’t try fitting 4 huge guys in 1 teacup:
Finding Nemo submarines was the longest line we waiting in (50 minutes!) and the most boring one!
We get excited 😉
Unfortunately we only saw a few characters – Tigger, Pooh Bear & Mickey, but the only one we stood in line for was Mickey. You have to meet Mickey Mouse while at Disneyland!
Sad story. One of the guys in my group knocked on Mickey’s head when we went up to him. What?!?! You don’t do that to Mickey Mouse!! What a jerk! It was funny though because Mickey took him to the corner and put him in “time-out”. They made up, and Mickey gave him a hug afterwards, but I was so embarassed. I’m not really friends with this guy, and that was just a mean thing to do!
I was keeping my eye out for the princesses and Mary Poppins (one of my faves!), but no such luck. Last year picture with Mary Poppins (because I love them):
In front of Splash Mountain. We opted against standing in the 80 minute long line for it.
The mean Mickey attacker got called up to be a part of some New Orleans Mardi Gras show! That was exciting.
I’m so happy we got to enjoy the fireworks show. Last year it was too “windy” and they cancelled them on us at the last minute :-(. Disneyland fireworks are the best I’ve ever seen in my life. And it doesn’t help that they’re choregraphed to Disney music and sound clips! Random fact: Each fireworks show costs something around $45,000! Crazy.
Some intense photography taking:
Check out what I was taking a picture of!
Balloons!! They’re a blown up Micky head balloon within a clear balloon. The cool part was that they had some battery operated flashing light system, so the Micky head flashed different colors. Sweet! Too bad they were $12!!
After walking around non-stop all day, we were starving at night! Our midnight snack as the park was closing…ice cream from the Main Street ice cream shop! I got a scoop of cookies n’ cream and a scoop of Nestle cookie swirl. The waffle cones smelled way too good to pass up 😉
I’m usually not a huge fan of cookie dough ice cream (I just pick out the cookie dough, HA!), but this was the best cookie dough ice cream of my life. I don’t know if I was just super hungry or what, but it was swirled throughout, and just plain A-MAZING.
Unfortunately, I really didn’t get many pictures of my eats (and they weren’t all too exciting anyways!). My food stash bag sure came in handy though! Friday morning breakfast was a Rudi’s spelt English muffin with my barney butter sample. I didn’t feel like spending $10 on a blah sandwich or something for lunch, so my “lunch” (more like random snacks) throughout the day/afternoon consisted of a Clif z-bar, cherry pie Larabar, part of a delicious snickerdoodle cookie, and this wonderful pineapple dole whip:
I had heard so many raves about this thing, I knew I had to try it out. I checked out the ingredients list, and even though it has tons of crap stuff in it (including partially hydrogenated oils), it was crazy good! Tasted just like airy, whipped pineapple froyo!
That night we crashed at Sara’s (my roommate) sister’s house, and in the morning she made us cinnamon rolls:
I had 1 1/2 doughy goodness straight out of the oven 🙂 Plus a baggy of dried cereal out of my stash, since I’m always starving right upon wakening!
Saturday we were exhausted, but managed to squeeze in a little shopping at Forever 21 😉 Then we headed to the Dodgers game!
Too bad I’m a Giants fan (Giants & Dodgers are rivals!), so I had to root for the Marlins (who they were playing against). It was an awesome game. 3-3 bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, runner on 2nd & 3rd. Dang!! The crowd went crazy when the Dodgers scored (and won the game 😦 ).
We had awesome seats:
I think that’s Manny Ramirez running. Can’t tell for sure though. Our seats were right by him in the outfield and everyone was crazy chanting his name.
You don’t even want to know what my dinner was! Heart Thrive lemon poppyseed bars (deeeelicious – review coming soon!), 1/2 Clif pumpkin pie bar (my last one!), and a pack of TJ’s trailmix. Seriously the only food options around us were hot dogs, red-meat sandwiches, fish tacos, and giant pretzels. No joke! They really need to work on their vegetarian/non-red meat options! I really didn’t want to spend $6 on a giant pretzel, so “grab-bag” it was! I really need to go on a bar detox. haha.
After the game, we crashed at our friend’s house this time since it was closer to the stadium. In the morning, his parents were insanely generous enough to make us all breakfast! They whipped up a batch of pancakes, bacon & supplied Costco muffins. How kind! 😀 Unfortunately, I really wasn’t feeling the pancakey breakfast (plain ol’ bisquick), so I had 1 pancake (to not be rude, of course!), a few bites of a giant Costco blueberry muffin (you know how huge those things are!), and the other 1/2 of my Clif bar (RIP pumpkin pie flavor).
We then hit the road so I could make it home to meet my sisters who were coming to visit for a few days! Phew! Can’t a girl get a moment of rest? 😉 I had a fun (but quick) sister visit, and the Lady Antebellum concert was amazing!! So stay tuned for that recap in another post 😉
I had an AWESOME weekend 😀 It was so much fun, and I hung out with some great people. I only hope to become better friends with most of them in the future (Mickey Mouse attacker not included).
But before you go…check out Megan’s Chobani giveaway! Man oh man I love me some Greek yogurt!
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