Category Archives: Anaheim

California Adventure

Ivan and I woke up at 7 am on January 21, 2013.  We left the hotel at 7:40 am and started walking to California Adventure.

We went on lots of ride at California Adventure.  Ivan and I use the Fast Pass and it’s great not waiting very long for rides.  We rode the big ferris wheel (the moving carriage!), Soarin’ Over California and other cool rides.

We walked to Jazz Kitchen in Downtown Disney.  Keith and Thresa, who we met on our Alaskan cruise, met us there.  We started off with some cheesy garlic bread.  Ivan had a seafood salad while I had the pasta jambalaya with chicken, sausage and shrimp.  The food was tasty.  It was sooo great catching up with Keith and Thresa.  I totally forgot to get a picture of all of us though.  Next time!!

We went back to California Adventure to go on more rides.  We saw the parade with Pixar characters.

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Later, we met up with my old friend Jerry and his girlfriend Denise.  It was great to see him and meet his girlfriend.  We all had pasta for dinner.

We checked out the Mad T Party. 

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The bar had a cool table hanging down from it.  There was red lights on in this area and flashing drinks.  Ivan and I each got a flashing drink. 

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Ivan and I watched the Mad T band with Alice while Jerry and Denise went on a ride. 

We had a fast pass for Tower of Terrors, so we said we’d meet up with Jerry and Denise later.  The Tower of Terrors was lots of fun.  It was my first time riding this ride, but I’ve been on the one at Disney World.  It’s scary because you’re not sure if you’re going to fall or go back up.

We met up with Jerry and Denise at California Screamin’ and rode the fun rollercoaster.  It was cool riding it at night with all the lights on.

Ivan and I were trying to convince Jerry and Denise to watch the World of Color water show with us, but they said they were headed home. 

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We said good-bye and headed to the area for ticket holders – we got the tickets earlier in the day. 

The World of Color show is amazing with lots of Disney cartoons shown on the fountains with lots of lights as well. 

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It’s really worth checking it out.

After the show, we rushed to Toy Story and it was really quiet – we rode it twice in a row and then it was closed.  The park was closed so we walked back to the hotel.  It was a really fun day filled with rides, Disney characters and friends.

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon

Ivan and I were up at 4 am on January 20, 2013 for the half marathon.  Ivan ate oatmeal and we both got ready.

We left the hotel early and walked to the start of the Tinker Bell Half Marathon.  Ivan didn’t think it was that cold so he took off his long sleeve shirt.  He would definitely warm up while running.

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Ivan left to join Group B which would start a few minutes after Group A started.  I left him at 5:10 am and started walking towards Downtown Disney.

It was cold for me since I wasn’t running, but I’m glad I had my big jacket.

I waited in between the entrances of California Adventure and Disneyland for Ivan to run by.  I wasn’t sure what time he started.  I was signed up to get the text race updates on the phone. 

I saw Ivan later on and yelled at him.  He waved and ran on his way into Disneyland. 

I got a text message about Ivan’s progress.  I went to find the entrance into Disneyland but nobody knew where it was.  I went to the wrong side.. I headed to the left side where the Disneyland entrance is and walked inside.  It was weird seeing Main Street so quiet.  I saw Mary Poppins and chimney sweepers there.  I walked farther along the street and saw Tinkerbell. 

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Then, I saw the Disney Castle. 

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Ivan ran through California Adventure after Disneyland and then through historic Anaheim which he thought was lovely.

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I waited a few minutes in the VIP area which didn’t have any seats.  I didn’t see Ivan so I figured I missed him.  So, I thought I should head to the finish line.

It was a lot warmer now then earlier since the sun was out.   I walked to the finish line and sat down on the VIP bleachers seating area.  I ate a banana and made banana and peanut butter sandwiches for Ivan.  Ivan wanted to do 2 hours and it was 2 hours already, so I thought he would be by soon. 

I kept a look out for him.  A few minutes later, I saw Ivan and cheered him on.  I walked to find Ivan. 

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I congratulated him and saw his cool Tinkerbell medal.  He told me it was really cool running through Disneyland and California Adventure in the dark with just the runners.  There were also bands playing and lots of Disney characters.  He stopped along the marathon route to use the toilet.  But, he said the longest lines were the people who wanted to take pictures with the characters.

Ivan’s time was 2 hours and 15 minutes. 

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I was so very proud of him!

We walked back to the hotel to rest for awhile.  Ivan was thinking of taking a nap, but he ended up relaxing while he used the internet.

We walked to Bubba Gump for lunch.  Ivan and I shared salmon and a Cajun mahi mahi with grilled shrimp on top.

It was time for more relaxing in the hotel.

I drove us to Fashion Island where we checked out the home furnishings stores.  Ivan and I both liked the cool Room Service store. 

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I drove us back to the Red Lion Hotel.

That night, we walked next door for dinner at IHOP.  Ivan had a spinach, mushroom and onion omelette while I had a vegetarian omelette.

It was an early night for us since we were both knackered (tired).

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Anaheim

Ivan and I were up at 7 am on January 19, 2013.  We had breakfast at the house.  Lil Dave didn’t want to join us our trip since he wanted to spend time with his dad and his cousin Swedish Dave. 

We grabbed our suitcase and left at 8 am headed from Las Vegas, Nevada to Anaheim, California.  Ivan is going to be doing Disney’s Tinkerbell Half Marathon.  I drove us for four hours.  We checked in to the Red Lion Hotel which is right near Disneyland.

Ivan and I walked around to find a restaurant for lunch.  Ivan wanted to load up on carbs for the race tomorrow so he found pasta on the California Pizza Kitchen menu.  I got a great vegetarian pizza with whole wheat crust.  Ivan had a salad and a Kung Pao spaghetti dish.  The food was great.

Later that afternoon, we walked to the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall where Ivan had to pick up his packet for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon.  I went in line to get my stuff for the Chear Squad.  I got VIP which included a Disneyland pass (for either park), a Mickey clapper, blanket and anChear Squad shirt.  I will also get to go in the VIP area. 

After we walked around the Weekend Health Expo and grabbed some free Luna bars. 

Ivan wanted to walk around Downtown Disney.  He thinks it’s better than the Downtown Disney in Orlando which I agree.  It’s always cool to check out the LEGO Store in Downtown Disney since there are huge characters outside and in the store.  I really liked the Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie hanging from the ceiling.

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We walked back to the hotel.  Ivan and I used the internet while we watched tv. 

We wanted to go to Bubba Gump for dinner, but decided against it since we were too tired to walk a lot.  We walked to IHOP which is right next to the hotel.  Ivan had the tilapia while I had a tasty grilled chicken sandwich.

We came back to the hotel and called it an early night.  We’ve been sleeping early to get used to waking up early for the half marathon.

Source: Aladdin LEGO picture

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