This past weekend, Gwen and I joined Courtney and Sarah to celebrate their birthdays at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.
Saturday was Disneyland, and after going through the preliminaries of getting in, we made our way to Toontown, which unfortunately didn’t open until 10:00. So, close by was “It’s a Small World”, and that is where Sarah and I went.
Going into the Small World building, Sarah noticed a duck in the ride’s fringes.
The ride was as bright as ever; I didn’t even mind the song as much as I remembered.
And, in addition to the topiary at the end of the ride, there was another duck.
While we were waiting, out came Minnie Mouse and Pluto.
Once inside Toontown, the first stop was at the Toontown roller coaster. But what’s this? Another duck!
The roller coaster is so much fun, it has to be done twice.
Gwen at the Toontown fountain.
Has to be seen from all angles.
The Toontown building looks amazingly like a David Winter cottage…
A visit to Mr. Lincoln — it just keeps improving!
The Thunder Mountain roller coaster…
Walt with Mickey looking down Main Street with the Fantasyland Castle behind.
Sarah at a colorful water fountain, and Gwen smiling.
Courtney and Sarah standing in front of Mickey’s face rendered in flowers.
The least changed exhibit at the park: The Tiki Room!
The Tea Cups. Long awaited (it rained during the day, which knocked this ride off-line for quite awhile.)
And more Tea Cup pictures
Sunday was Disney California Adventure day. Sunnier than yesterday, it started with a stroll down the Cars main street (“Radiator Springs”)
Waiting for pictures to be taken were Lightening McQueen and Mater the tow truck.
Stanley Steamer — a favorite!
The Cars Roller Coaster — entrance and exit
Getting our pictures taken on the Cars main street.
Looking at the results of our efforts at drawing moving cartoons. Sarah drew a cookie flying out of a cookie jar!
In Hollywood Land, there is a Carthay Circle Theater. Gwen used to teach in LA at the Carthay Center School.
We ate a great lunch at the Italian restaurant. They recognized Courtney and Sarah’s b-days with a special dessert. Gwen and I got Courtney’s as she doesn’t tolerate chocolate very well.
Another colorful ride…
Our turn to get next to Mater, and yes, another duck…
Cars homage to route 66
Back to the Cars Roller Coaster — the vehicles are certainly appropriate!
Oh, well, they didn’t win this race either…
The Scream — the largest Disney roller coaster; not a favorite of Sarah’s. I was able to catch Courtney’s picture. Can you find her?
Yet another roller coaster — this one was a Sarah favorite!
Miss Sarah and the cotton candy…
Sitting on a park bench in Hollywood Land…
Sarah took these pictures just before we took off back to Palm Springs
Bye, Disneyland, until next time. As Bob Hope used to say: Thanks for the memories!