Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Day 7: End of Our Anaheim Fun

See all our Fun in Anaheim photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/msla/sets/72157605829097639/

Sandy and Valerie have departed - Sandy for a week of sightseeing in California with her daughter and Valerie home to get ready to go to Maine. So it was just three of us today.

After we got our blogging done, Gerri, Linda and I went over to Downtown Disney for lunch and some shopping. I really like the California version of Downtown Disney. It seems much more adult-oriented than the one in Florida and I like the layout better. We were there during the evening a couple of times and it's nice and relaxing strolling around listening to the live musicians. Today we had lunch at the La Brea Bakery Cafe. We each had a salad and a cold drink. Then we went to World of Disney and all of us parted with more than a few dollars.

After storing our loot in a locker at Disney's California Adventure, we headed straight to Soarin' Over California for FastPasses. We planned to see the last performance of the day of the Aladdin stage show later, but it turned out our FastPasses conflicted with that. We decided to get in the standby line and, although the sign showed a 30-minute wait, were on the ride in about 15 minutes. Coming out of the Soarin', we gave away our unneeded FastPasses and beelined it over to the Aladdin queue - pausing briefly while the Pixar Play Parade passed by - only to find out that Tuesday is Aladdin's day off. Bummer!

Undaunted, we perused our park map and noted what we hadn't yet seen the 3-D movie, It's Tough to Be a Bug. So we walked over to "a bug's land" and did that attraction before heading to Paradise Pier. We weren't about to ride the thrill rides there, but a new attraction opened just days before we arrived - Toy Story Midway Mania. A giant audio-animatronic Mr. Potato Head tells you outside the ride that "It's a ride that's a game. It's a game that's a ride." Riding along wearing 3D glasses, you use a pull-string launcher to send virtual eggs, darts, hoops and other projectiles at 3D targets representing various carnival games. Your score is recorded on an LCD screen in your car. At the end, you learn how close you came to the all time highs for the day and month. None of us came even close, but we had a good time. The queue was long and it took about 45 minutes to get on the ride, but it was well worth the wait. Who knows if we'll ever get back here, after all!

There are two places to eat at Pacific Wharf - the Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill and the Pacific Wharf Cafe. We chose Mexican - burritos or tacos, and I had a frozen Margarita from Rita's Baja Blenders. Thus fortified, we found spots to wait for Disney's Electrical Parade, the precursor to the SpectroMagic parade at Disney World. Very cute and a fitting finale to a wonderful week in Anaheim.

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