Disney California Adventure

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On Saturday the 17th we went to Disney’s California Adventure park. This park is a lot of fun, even though it doesn’t have the same status as DIsneyland itself. We actually saw more characters in this part then we did in Disneyland, and while it was busy, in hindsight it was not nearly as packed as Disneyland gets. We saw lots of Marvel characters around and that is always fun to see. We even saw Groot. There was also a cool Avengers Jeep that we saw a few times, one of those times was with Black Panther and this guards.

They recently remodeled The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into a Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout! (Opened on May 27th, 2017). We started with that ride as soon as the park opened at 7. We ended up riding this twice more. It such a fun ride and has several different variations. The storyline for the attraction is that they Collector has captured the Guardians of the Galaxy and has put them on Public Display for the first time. The queue area is themed around the Collector and his collection of artifacts. The there times that we rode the ride we also went in using the Collectors Private Office, I believe this is the Fast Pass Area. It loads on the lower level of the ride platform, and there is another loading level above it. In the Collectors Office we meet up with Rocket and learn of a plan to breakout the Guardians of the Galaxy. The ride is similar to Tower of Terror, just with a Guardians of the Galaxy theme. When you pause on a different floor a door opens and shows a small scene, for example the guardians fighting the beast seen in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. It also takes your photograph when you are at the top of the tower.

Our next favorite ride was Toy Story Midway Madness, this is a shoot the target arcade ride. You are competing for store using a virtual gun/target system that makes use of 3D glasses as well. We also rode this one three times. They are currently remodeling Paradise Pier into Pixar Pier, the ride was still open, but the outside was under construction and not much to look at.

I took a photograph of the scorecard on my side each time. I kept sitting on the left somehow so I am Player one in all three of the photographs. My younger brother Nick beat my score once, but we were really close.

The rest of the ride we just rode once.

  • Radiator Spring Racers was neat, but not all that exciting. Not really sure what the really long lines are about for it. This ride actually went down just after we used our Fastpass to get into the line, DIsney bestowed upon us (Via the Maxpass App) a Fastpass that could be used that day on any ride. We later used it for Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • Soarin Around the World is a ride you only need to do once, it is another neat ride that isn’t all that exciting. It takes you to different destinations in a glider like plane. They do have different smells used in the ride to go with the scenery and that was a really neat effect.
  • It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a 3D film in an interactive theater that will squirt water on you, and “sting” you. As well as some wind effects. I;ve seen this before and it was mostly unchanged but still fun to do again.
  • Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! This ride was fun, and based on the movie. It showed part of the story where a human child has escaped in Monstropolis and you learn that child is none other than Boo. You then go throughout the story of Mike and Sulley returning Boo to her door. The room with all of the rotating doors was really cool.
  • Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters was interesting in how the cars all moved differently and stopped at a different spot but always lined up and spun. The different songs were neat to see. It use of a trackless ride system allows all of the cars to be positions independently and move in their own direction.

There are only a few ride that we did not go on, the younger kiddie rides, and Grizzly River Run water ride. We had plenty of time in the park to fully explore what was offered.

For Lunch we ate at Flo V8 Cafe, in Cars land. They serve sandwiches. I got the roast beef and cheddar, but we also had the turkey dip in the group. I also got a Neapolitan Shake. The food was good, and the restaurant has a seating area behind it that offers a quite place to hide for a little while. We were also visited by a couple of Ducks.

We did go to the Frozen live show, and actually really enjoyed watching the show. It has some neat effects and the costumes were really neat. The story also has a way of just drawing you into it. None of us knew anything about Frozen and had never watched the movie.

After the show we walked back and forth between our favorite rides (Guardians and Midway Madness) a few times and took pictures when it got dark and the park really does change.

For diner we all ate lighter knowing we had a desert party in a few hours. I got Yachae Mandu from the Korean booth set up for Lunar New Years. It was tasty, with just the right amount of spice. My phone was dead at this point so no more photographs… should have turned the Bluetooth off that day.

The other big show that we went to was World of Color. We actually had Desert Party tickets that provides you with a seat, and a bunch of delicious deserts and cheeses. The desert party was a lot of fun and made the World of Color so much easier and more enjoyable to watch. Most memorable parts was the Aladdin and Genie part, the Pirates of the Caribbean. The Wallie part was also fun.

We ended the night on World of Color, around 9:30pm

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