Disney Trip Planning: Disneyland May 2014 Trip Report Part 6 – Day 3 – California Adventure

53008560023My birthday was the first day I’d ever been in Disney’s California Adventure, and Josh’s first time seeing it since they added Buena Vista Street and Cars Land. We decided to wait for a Fastpass for Radiator Springs Racers and get that out of the way so that we could casually wander the rest of the park. Waiting for the Fastpass was definitely worth it, the line forms to the left of Buena Vista street, but beware of rude people who want the first spot in line because as soon as the rope drops, they don’t care what’s in their way, they will push you to the ground.

Someone in line told us about this “amazing night time show that we should definitely see called World of Color” and Josh and I had to bite our tongues and just be polite instead of saying, “Yeah, we already know about everything you could possibly tell us about, you see, we run a Disney Fan Website.” haha


Anyway, we ended up getting our World of Color Fastpasses, which are easiest to get by veering right at the end of Buena Vista street, heading towards Condor Flats, pass Soarin’ over California, and head straight to Grizzly River Run, where you will find the queue for the World of Color Fastpasses. Josh said he definitely wanted to see World of Color that night and not wait because he had a feeling we’d want to see it again. I was skeptical, but agreed, and I will just tell you now that boy, was he right!

Unlike what I am used to in EPCOT, Soarin’ over California barely had a wait. We hopped in line. The queue is very different than the EPCOT attraction in that it is much more focused on aviation props, history, and basically makes you feel like you are in an Airplane Hangar – very cool for anyone who is into that kind of stuff.

It was time to take a stroll through the Hollywood Land portion of the park, where we saw Muppet Vision 3D, Mike and Sulley to the Rescue (one of my new favorite attractions!), and ate a couple ears of corn at a small cart near Award Wieners. This was some seriously good corn. While munching away, we “window shopped” inside Off the Page, which ended up being one of our favorite shops inside the parks. The Disney Animation building was almost completely empty (everyone must have been in Cars Land) so we played around and sang, and found out which Disney Character was our counterpart – Josh got Winnie the Pooh and I got Belle.

We snatched up some Fastpasses for Tower of Terror, headed over to a bug’s land to ride Heimlich’s Chew-Chew Train. Seriously a fun ride. He has commentary on all the food he eats along the way. We noted later that we had to wear seat belts on Heimlich’s but not on Splash Mountain…. just sayin’


We enjoyed a cookie and an alright cup of coffee (oh and an extra cookie on-the-house as a “congrats for getting engaged” gesture from the Cast Member working the cart), then walked around Pacific Wharf.


It was Paradise Pier time, so we grabbed California Screamin’ Fastpasses, which I recommend doing, then asking for the front seat, because we rode it a few times and experiencing it from the front seat seems to be how it was meant to be seen. Also, Fun Fact: did you know that Neil Patrick Harris is the voice that counts you down on take-off?



Toy Story Midway Mania was great as always, especially since I beat Josh’s score. Also, I will never ride Mickey’s Fun Wheel again. We were in a cart with a group of 3 other people, 2 guys who were a couple and their friend. The one girl and one of the guys were completely fine and excited about the ride, but the guy in the middle was terrified. He was cold and hated heights, oh, and did you know that Mickey’s Fun Wheel is nicknamed by Josh “Mickey’s DEATH Wheel?” That’s because the ride cages swing you over the edge, then sway back and forth. For me, this wasn’t terrifying, rather the swinging motion made my stomach start flipping and turning and after the ride, Josh had to buy me a water and we had to find a bench I could lay on just so I didn’t vomit. Never. Again. Ever.

Our Fastpasses for Radiator Springs Racers were ready, so we headed to Cars Land. Definitely an attraction worth waiting for. I mean, I would never wait in line for more than like 40 minutes for it, but getting the Fastpass first thing in the morning was the way to go. The ride was of a much larger scale than I had imagined it (and I purposely didn’t watch any kind of POV ride videos before we went). Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree is on my and Josh’s list of must-do’s. It whips you all around and you just can’t stop laughing. It’s ridiculous.




Josh had been messaging Guy Selga from TouringPlans.com  all day to make plans to meet up, and now was a good time. He’s been an online-friend of ours, so we wanted to make sure we got in a meeting before the trip was done. We walked over to Paradise Garden Grill because they had appealing-sounding vegetarian options (though in the end, it wasn’t amazing) and had some lunch together. We tried taking the obligatory selfie, when someone offered to snap the photo for us.


(We also tried to meet up with Jeff Heimbuch from CommunicorWeekly.com and Justin Scarred from LiveFastDiePoor.com, but rush hour traffic and things got in the way. But, next time!)

Aladdin, the Musical was the perfect show to settle my stomach a little more. I was still feeling woozy from Mickey’s Do-You-Want-to-Have-a-Bad-Time Wheel, and sitting through that show was the perfect remedy to heal me.

Josh then made a life changing call and said we should go take the The Bakery Tour and he will never let me live down that I said I thought it would be boring, but we did it anyway and they give you a bread sample and it tasted so good, then you smell the bread they are making, then instead of exiting into the gift shop, you exit into the Pacific Wharf Cafe which has bread bowl entrees and oh my god they are so freakin’ good please give me one now I can’t live without more Boudin bread bowls. The goodness of the bread bowls can only have been described in run-on sentence form to fully understand the magnificence. (We had the bread bowls with vegetarian gumbo at Disneyland Park at the Royal Street Veranda the previous day and were like, “yeah I’m glad we had those first because I will never eat another bread bowl besides these bread bowls ever again.)

World of Color was next, and what having Fastpasses means is that you have a reserved standing section. We, of course, arrived at 7:30pm when we could have arrived as early as 7pm which was a huge mistake because there were only tall people left to stand behind. The show was still amazing though, and I wrapped Josh in my scarf because he was cold. After the show, the World of Color music was playing and Josh got really lost in the magic of it all and stretched my scarf out like wings and started twirling to the music and suddenly stopped when he realized some man was standing behind him just watching. He was quite embarrassed.



Oh, and Josh was right, the next day we were determined to get Fastpasses again for World of Color  and show up early for a good spot.


At the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki bar

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