I’m going to Disneyland!

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Last week, I got an email from Heidi asking me about Sunday’s schedule. When I replied that it was pretty open, she asked if I wanted to go to Disneyland. For FREE. Um, yes please! So, my last morning at camp was a casual one. I had some breakfast, packed my bags and said good-bye.

8669060163_6b576cab7c_hThen it was time to hit the road back to civilization. I made it back to Burbank with time to spare and got to say hi to Tom and the girls. Naturally, we weren’t telling them our destination because they’d have been crushed, so we tried to keep our exit casual. We were meeting some of Heidi’s mom friends, one of whom was the wife of an employee and was able to get us in for free if we were all there at the same time. Heidi and I grabbed a quick lunch and then met them at the entrance. Everyone was really nice and we headed into the park.

I’d never had a chance to ride Splash Mountain, so I was happy that it was open. We’d initially planned to just grab a FastPass, but the time to come back was between 4:30 and 5:30 and that seemed a little late for a ride where we might get wet (caution: foreshadowing). So, we opted to wait in the hour-long line:

SMThe time passed quickly and it gave me a chance to chat with Heidi’s friends. The ride was fun, but we ended up getting SOAKED. Heidi and I were in the front of the car and got hit by two different waves. I think we’re screaming in this picture more in fear of the drenching we were about to receive:

SM1Poor Heidi’s purse was dripping water for a good solid hour and I don’t think her sweatshirt ever dried out. You can’t tell from the picture, but every part of my pants were soaking wet.

SM2But it was fun. A couple of girls grabbed a snack afterward, this adorable Mickey-shaped pretzel:

Pretzels

We then rode the Matterhorn which is one of my favorite rides and hit a few other favorites. It’s strange to go to the park and not be trying to maximize our time and hit as many things as possible. But that’s the difference of getting in for free vs. paying a lot of money for a ticket. Then it started to get to be dinner time and we headed over to California Adventure, which serves alcohol (the Mouse does not.) These moms don’t mess around…

I’d also never been to California Adventure:

CA1It was pretty nice:

CA2We had dinner at a Napa-themed italian restaurant. The food was good, the wine delicious and we got to eat outdoors. Such a treat.

CA3Afterward, we grabbed some ice cream for dessert at Ghiradelli. The park is just as lovely at dusk:

CA4We went to check out the recently opened Cars Land and ride the new racing ride:

CA7The line was long and slow, and I’ll admit that I was skeptical that the ride could possibly worth it when it looked like a glorified Autopia:

CA5But it was an amazing ride. I can easily see it becoming a classic like Pirates or the Haunted Mansion. Highly recommend it:

RacingWe also did another fun ride that I can’t remember the name of:

CA6We finished the ride as the firework show was starting and all of us were getting pretty tired. Heidi and I bid the other ladies farewell and hit up the Disney store on the way out. We had a good time trying on silly hats and looking at souvenirs:

HatsBut then it was time to head home. I had an early flight in the morning. Guess it’s time to return to reality. So many thanks to Heidi for inviting me along. It was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation.

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