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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim January 22nd 2020

The thrills, the spills, the near-death experiences, the brown pants and the shut eyes...yes, we’ve survived the LA freeways!! After that, the rides of Disney seemed quite tame, definitely less chance of dying! We decided to treat the girls to one last lesson in the marvels of science and stop by Hoover Dam in our way out of Vegas. Geoff remembered a small snippet of one of the few lectures he attended...something about cooling techniques for the curing of the concrete in the dam (I was clearly at the pub for that one)...they were suitably wishing we would shut up. Then we hit the road. Longest and scariest drive so far, and quite a lot of holiday traffic...so glad it happened at the end rather than beginning of the trip! But we made is safely, dropped ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim January 23rd 2019

Riley and Richard take off on a boys only trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! We had five days to live it up and let Mum relax. We went to California Adventure for two days, Disneyland for one and everyday in the hotel pool. Our first stop was Cars land where Riley saw Lightening McQueen, Mater and Red. His first ride was the Cars land race that scared him off rides for a bit. We also saw Woody, Cap, the Black Panther and Spidey. We saw the Guardians of the Galaxy in a dance off party. We met with Goofy, Mickey, Donald and Groot. The next day we entered Disneyland. Riley was brave and tried the Indiana Jones ride. But his favourite ride was 'It's a Small World'. Riley took photos with Snow White, Cinderella ... read more
Riley on the plane on the way to Disneyland
First stop at the Disney Store
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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim November 2nd 2018

Most people in L.A. probably don't write a blog about going to Disneyland, but we are not like most people. Plus, it was Rosie's 2nd birthday, and Disneyland is big vacation for anybody even for one day. While we are adding additional part-vacation posts, why not add a picture of some cute Halloween pictures of front of the pumpkins and Halloween costumes.... read more
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Mothers Day Abs woke up and 1 am but I got her back down and then wished Caroline a happy mothers day before we went back to sleep again. Abcde and I then got up at 5:30 local time but it still feels like 8:30am to us cause, ya know, Kentucky time. She watched Disney channel in español while I read a book until wife was ready to greet the day. We killed some time at the hotel, gave the monkey a shower, got soap in her eye, took 20 minutes to pick out a toy from the treasure chest behind the front desk, removed the car seat from the Hyundai and watched some HGTV. Katrina and Joel came to get us and our first stop was target. It had been decided that it was my ... read more


Today we visited California Adventureland - the next door neighbor to Disneyland, and it was fantastic! Loved it so much. We saw several street shows, was able to rub elbows with Pluto and Oswald (the original lucky rabbit drawn by Disney), visited Cars Land, ate some amazing sourdough bread bowls at the Pacific Wharf and chilled on a massive ferris wheel ride. It was fantastic! We have been super lucky in that the weather has been overcast, the lines short and the food great. I actually enjoyed it more than Disneyland, though I think you just have to go to Disney! And remember.."it all began with a mouse"...... read more
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Graduation time came and went, and in order to celebrate this milestone I have had the great opportunity to go to Disneyland! A childhood and adulthood dream come true! On the way we stopped and visited the Seven Magic Mountains "art" collection of rocks, the beautiful desert, a tortoise and the world famous Baker thermometer. Disneyland has proven to be much more and much different than I had imagined. We went on several rides including the storybook canal, It's a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, and a few more. It's a small world - that about blew my brains out. It was just so much going on, it was complete sensory overload for me. To finish all of it off we waited and saw the Disney Parade of Lights which ... read more
Much more beautiful than the rocks
7 magic mountains art exhibit
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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim February 22nd 2016

Geo: 33.8327, -117.916We decided to pack up early, load the car and check out so we could grab breakfast. If you're ever in the L.A. or Anaheim area, I highly recommend Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles. We've always had great service and the chicken 'n waffles are effing amazing. I know they're all the rage these days but I was going to Roscoe's years ago BEFORE that craze started. Now they've expanded to multiple locations, one of which happened to be a quarter mile from our condo. YESSSS. It was so damned good. I love just eating the chicken, waffle 'n syrup, dipping it in the gravy and eating it all together in one bite. The waitress even gave us a free sample of their mac 'n cheese. On par with what homemade baked mac n cheese ... read more
Walking through Cars Land
Cars Land
Galen eyeing Mr. Potatohead

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim February 21st 2016

Geo: 33.8327, -117.916We started the day off with coffee and mimosas and nice clear view of Anaheim from our balcony window. =) Then it was off for a full day in Disneyland!dWe hit up all of our favorite rides. We kept wondering what drama would befall us that day but literally nothing crazy happened. We got on Splash Mountain with virtually no wait in the line. Rides kept breaking down this weekend, and we managed to get to the ride right as it reopened. This is my favorite ride in both parks. It's just so damned happy and fun. =D For lunch, Anna and I slipped out to Downtown Disney to get Earl of Sandwich and some wine. Then I realized Chris had my ticket to get back in so he had to come rescue me. ... read more
Why Herro
Waking Up with Coffee and Mimosas
Selfies!

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Anaheim February 20th 2016

Geo: 33.8327, -117.916We got up at the crap hour of 4am. Most of us work so we were limited to a 3 day trip. The cheapest Disneyland tickets were ironically 3 day park hoppers. So... We ended up doing two partial days and one full day. We made the long drive down I-5 and got to Anaheim around 11am. Not bad timing! We did most of the checking in process to our condo but the rooms weren't ready yet so we just headed over to the park. My sister Geneva made Galen and I some badass crocheted Disney hats. My Minnie hat had a detachable bow (she made three other bows in other colors). Even though it was February, it was already incredibly warm outside. The next two days the heat would reach into the 80s ... read more
Sunrise on the 5
Disney Ready!
Galen's Ears


So, we accidentally chose Disneyland's 24-Hour Party as our day to go to Disneyland. It was insane.They had record-breaking crowds, and both parks hit max capacity. If you left the park for any reason, there was no going back in. We had no idea what was going on, or even that it was a 24-hr party. We'd checked the website before our trip and saw there was a diamond celebration, and that they'd be giving our prizes all weekend. Sounded good! Oops. When we arrived, all of the parking lots were full. After circling around for a while, we were finally directed to an overflow lot. From there, they shuttled us into the park. The line to get into Disneyland started back by California Adventure. We still hadn't caught on that this was abnormal. When we ... read more
Navigating the "24-Hour Party" Crowds
Jo sees Buzz Lightyear!
The Buzz Lightyear Ride




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