Disneyland Day 2-California Adventure!!

We arrived bright and early on Sunday! I knew Fast Passes for Radiator Spring Racers had been running out an hour after Park opening so I wanted to make sure that our one and only day in California Adventure wasn’t wasted. πŸ™‚

We made it just in time. We were about 15 min. ahead of our friends and by the time they got there they had run out of FP’s!!

 Looking down the street of Carsland.

I loved all the attention to detail they put into everything here. It really felt like you were walking down the set of the movie. 

The first ride we went on was Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree!

The que for Mater really showed what Disney does best as far as submersing guests into the story. It was so ornate. I loved it!! πŸ™‚

The kids were getting more and more excited! πŸ™‚ 

It’s a cute little ride. It’s sort of a tea cup ride but it whips you around more since you are in a trailer. It was a lot of fun!

These hats were awesome! I really wanted to buy one..LOL! 

In the movie they have the Cozy Cone Motel. Staying true to the movie they made them into little food stands where you can get different things to eat. 

The first one is the Pop-Cone, you can get different flavored popcorn like pickle flavored popcorn. The second one is Cone-Coctions. They serve Redd’s Apple Freeze. It is soooooo goood! By far my favorite drink we tried. I will warn you however, the speed at which you are served is terrible. I think we waited 30 min. with only 3-4 people in front of us. It was crazy hot that day and so it felt like we were baking in an oven. 

 The third one is Chili Cone-Queso. They served chili with beef, chicken or vegetarian, and a pomegranate limeade…either virgin or not. We tried the non-alcoholic one of course. It was tasty. Jared like it over the Apple Freeze but I liked the Apple one better. πŸ˜› 
The last one was Ice Cream-Cone. You can get..you guessed it…Ice cream and churro bites with a chocolate dipping sauce. 

Our Chili Cone-Queso.
 Walker was hilarious..when he found out you can eat all things in a cone that’s all he cared about. Eating food from a cone was top priority! Hehehe!!

The red drink is the Pomegranate-Limeade. Sorry I didn’t get a pick of the Apple Freeze. Just imagine it just like that one but apple juice color. πŸ˜›

Further on down the road! πŸ™‚

We’ll be back here a little later. πŸ™‚ 
We hit a dead-end so we did a u-turn and took the scenic tour back the other way! πŸ˜‰
It’s hard to grasp the scope and size of what they built here. I kept up with the progress as they built this land. The scaffolding, rock-work, man hours, ect. was unbelievable. They brought in artists to get the light and shadows, and colors just perfect. It looks very real up close. You wouldn’t know otherwise!

Can we ‘hitch’ a ride?! πŸ™‚
Luigi’s Flying Tires is another new ride in Carsland. We of course had to be sure to give that one a whirl! πŸ™‚

You can see on the ground those black circles. Those are air vents. It’s sort of like a giant air hockey! Air blows up and makes your tire float. As you lean one direction or another your tire will travel. It was a fun little ride. πŸ™‚ Very windy!!! LOL!

We had to take some time to visit the classics for Alayna. She really wanted to visit Bugsland!

Guess who we ran into????

The last time we met Flick, Walker was 5 years old. It’s been 7 years since we’ve seen this guy!!

He was as cool as ever! πŸ˜›
After the meet-n-greet it was time for some more rides!

The moment finally arrived and it was time to ride the ride we had all been waiting for. Radiator Springs Racers Baby!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€

Some of us were more excited than others…Alayna was obviously unsure what this ride would hold! LOL! 

I assured her it was just like riding in Dad’s car with the windows down. She bought it for a bit! πŸ™‚

All I can say is Disney really out did themselves with the beauty and size of this ride! I can’t get over it!
Now there is an outdoor portion and an indoor portion to this ride. My indoor pics turned out, well, like indoor flash pictures…sorry…

As a family we decided this was an excellent ride. It was a great combination of a roller coaster thrill ride and the classic Disney story telling ride you’d find in Fantasyland. Well done! πŸ˜€

I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw our picture when we got off. Jared is blocked by the number and I’m blocked by my crazy hair!!! I mean what is going on there!!!!!!???? Hahahahahaha!!! Alayna is still plugging her ears because it was too loud for her and Walker and Eli are having a great time! πŸ™‚ So funny!!
We ran around and hit Little Mermaid, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Toy Story, King Triton’s Carousel, California Screamin’, and Sorin’ Over California. By then we were feeling a bit worn out. 

As we took a quick break I got some more pictures of Buena Vista St.

The Red Car Trolley.

Carthay Circle Restaurant. 
This is a reproduction of the Carthay Circle Theater. This theater played a very significant role in the life of Walt
Disney; it was the location where his first feature-length film,Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs, premiered in 1937. The dΓ©cor of Carthay Circle Restaurant
reflects the romance and refinement of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including
references to the accomplishments of Walt Disney and his original animators. Maybe we’ll be able to eat there one day! πŸ™‚ I hear the food is amazing!

We decided the Carthay was probably out of our budget, so we ate at the Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Cafe. They had some really yummy sandwiches and they were reasonably priced. πŸ™‚

We met one of the Buena Vista St. citizens, Donna. She introduced us to her festively dressed dog Lady! She was very sweet! πŸ˜€

Disneyland Park has a Walt and Mickey statue, but California Adventure never has had one. With the remodel of the Park they added one here. I think it’s very fitting to the time-period they are trying to portray. 
We headed over to Disneyland after this and rode most everything in Fantasyland. We had to of course get one ride on Pirates and then we headed home for the night. It was a HOT day but we made the best of it and had a great time. It is Disney after all!!!! πŸ˜€

We checked into the Ramada Plaza Inn that night as well since we only had 1 free night at the Hilton. We’ve stayed there before. It’s walking distance from the Park, a great price, and pretty nice. πŸ™‚

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