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Unread 25 Nov 18, 07:12 PM  
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Natsynoo's Perfect Panamian Adventure: DCL EBPC Oct 2018 - Day 2 California Adventure

We woke up at 4am I had hoped to sleep a little longer but it always takes a couple of days to adjust to the west coast timezone. We hung around the room for a while and enjoyed a little rest before getting up and heading out to California Adventure at 6.45am.

We arrived at Jamba Juice at 7.15am where I ordered a medium Mango a Go Go and Matt had the Aloha Pineapple which came to $13.58. We also had a Sugar Bun from La Brea Bakery to share for $4.30.

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We were let into California Adventure at 7.30am and waited at the rope for a bit. I used the time to buy our Maxpass and set up our first Fastpass for Incredicoaster.

Carsland was to be our first stop though, to ride Radiator Springs Racers, which was done and dusted by 8.15am.

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Next up was Toy Story Mania which was a walk on. I won. As per.

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On our way to Toy Story Mania, however, we found a Photopass photographer, and grabbed some snacks with our favourite Disney viewpoint in the world (so far!).

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By the way, we absolutely loved the new Pixar Pier area, such a fantastic use of all of the theming opportunities that Pixar offers!

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We spotted that Incredicoaster was down on the way over there and it wasnt long before the notification came through on my phone that we had a multi-experience Fastpass to use instead, so we decided to use that for Guardians Mission Breakout instead. We also picked a new Fastpass for Soarin to ride shortly after.

On our way over there, we spotted Halloween Mickey heading over to Buena Vista Street so quickly joined the queue before it got too long.

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Soarin was great as usual, so our next stop was to be Guardians Mission Breakout using our Fastpass. Once through, I booked another Fastpass for Guardians more or less straight after as it was a new one for us and I thought wed like to ride it twice we were right! It was absolutely fantastic and a great use of the shell of Tower of Terror.

I love Tower of Terror, dont get me wrong, and please Disney, dont touch the Florida one, but Guardians was brilliant!

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Between rides, we grabbed a Sprite ($4.51) and went to see the painted picture walls that were on my bucket list.

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After our second ride on Guardians, we headed over to Grizzly River Rapids for which we had an 11.15am Fastpass, and we spotted Vampirina on the way so we met her so we could show our niece (who is a massive fan!).

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We got soaked on Grizzly, but thankfully it was nice and sunny and warm so we dried off
soon enough.

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We decided to check on Incredicoaster next, and it was posting a 30 minute wait with no Fastpasses available. We decided it was now or never, so went for it. On the way, we spotted at the Adorable Snowman for a Frosty Parfait ($6.45) which was super yummy, especially the lemon soft serve.even though it turned my tongue green!

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And thankfully, Incredicoasters line took only 15 minutes so that was ever better. Another Disneyland win for us, making California Screamin far more relevant and we just loved the storyline of this new attraction. But one go is enough for me on the whizzy woo coasters.

After this, it was Churro Time, so we spotted by Senor Buzzs for a cinnamon churro and water ($9.50) and then popped into Bing Bongs for two of the cotton candy spirit jerseys (one for me, one for my sister) ($140.05).

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The Pixar Pal Around was posting a 20 minute wait for the swinging version, so we rode that.

By now, it was lunchtime (1pm). Matt fancied pizza but at $7 per slice in the parks (and wed want 2 each), I suggested that Naples could be better value. He agreed, so we headed out of the park, via the Grand Californian, and were seated straight away.

We ordered a large margherita and two soft drinks which came to $42.02. For those who are not familiar, Naples is very similar to Via Napoli in WDW, and we just loved these restaurants. The pizza never fails to impress and this was delicious as ever.

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The park was getting busier now, and we had more or less ticked off our must dos, so we decided to have a wander through Downtown Disney back to Disneyland Park to finish off what we needed to do in there. Unfortunately though the World of Disney store was closed (we later learned that it was reopening the next day after an extensive refurb so they were busy setting everything up in there) so there wasnt too much to see.

We were back in Disneyland for 2pm, were we popped into the Main Street Clothiers store to get our little niece Molly her own cotton candy spirit jersey ($48.48) before getting some photos of us in front of the Castle, using the Photopass that comes with the Maxpass.

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I had managed to secure a Haunted Mansion Holiday Fastpass for 2.45pm so we headed in that direction. We loved this ride again, such an improvement on the standard Haunted Mansion attraction.

Afterwards, we stopped by the shop in Adventureland opposite Indiana Jones to pick up a Quiksilver baseball cap that Matt had spotted the previous day ($25.86).

At 3.15pm we were growing weary, what with the time difference and a long and busy couple of days. We decided to stop for a scoopy ice cream ($11.84) to pass the time before our Space Mountain Fastpass at 4pm.

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On our way over, we grabbed a Sprite ($4.50), and then rode Space Mountain. It was more thrilling than I remembered!

At this point, it was time to head back over to California Adventure as I was desperate to see the Coco show at 5pm. I absolutely loved it the songs, the puppets, the dancing, the colours. I hope they keep it going!

These are all videos, so if you click on the image and head to the Flickr website, you can watch them from there!

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After this, we thought wed give Radiator Springs Racers one last try, and waited 25 minutes for a single rider experience which I didnt mind too much.

We were conscious of time by this point and Matt was keen to go to Hooters for dinner tonight, so we headed to the Grand Californian now to catch a Lyft to the nearest restaurant which cost $9.64.

Matt loved his Triple Dog Dare wings (he got the look from the waitress as usual as this is the hottest sauce on their menu and he has it without any ranch dressing), whilst I had the lame BBQ wings, with some curly fries to share. With two soft drinks, the bill came to $43.05 + tip.

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We got a Lyft back to Disneyland ($9.65) and by this point, I was really starting to struggle with tiredness but I knew I had to see Fantasmic so powered through. It was so busy but we managed to find a good spot and so waited it out for the show to begin.

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Well it was absolutely fabulous. Yes, I would prefer it to be held in a seated amphitheatre like in WDW but the modernisation and special effects added to the Disneyland version during the recent refurb were well worth it and I just adored it. It was magnificent and I hope that WDW gets the same loving upgrades in the near future.

By now, it was almost 10pm so it was time to get me home and to bed. Not before picking up my coveted Stitch pillow pal though ($32.31). The walk back was a real struggle being so tired, but I made it, and was in bed by 10.30pm.

Tomorrow was cruise day, and I was excited!
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Again I dont know how you manage so much!

Great day though!
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looking forward to the cruise tomorrow,brilliant disney days though,i would love to visit that park some day xx
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Originally Posted by margyloveswdw View Post
Again I dont know how you manage so much!

Great day though!
Haha thank you! I did less well on this day but managed to power through just long enough!

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looking forward to the cruise tomorrow,brilliant disney days though,i would love to visit that park some day xx
Thank you! California Adventure is truly wonderful, I'm sure that any true Disney fan would love it! Hope you get the chance to go some day!

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Another fun packed day . Love your ears and the wall photos. The girl in your green tongue photo made me smile😄😄. Wow that pizza is huge. We would love to go back to Disneyland one day we really enjoyed it but it was so busy when we visited we didnt get time to do a lot of the rides.
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Another fun packed day . Love your ears and the wall photos. The girl in your green tongue photo made me smile😄😄. Wow that pizza is huge. We would love to go back to Disneyland one day we really enjoyed it but it was so busy when we visited we didnt get time to do a lot of the rides.
Haha oh yes the pizza was big and amazing!
Yes it does get very busy but we are just very focussed on our must do's and get in early as it tends to get busier in the afternoons and evenings.
Our favourite resort (so far!)

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So what exactly is a 'candy cotton spirit jersey'?!

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So what exactly is a 'candy cotton spirit jersey'?!

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They're really loose fitting light weight jumpers, and so comfy!

Here's the cotton candy one <3

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