On Sunday, July 10th, we were back in the Disney Parks, this time, heading to Disney’s California Adventure park.
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We had decided the night before we’d sleep in and take our time getting over to the park, partly due to the child’s behavior. Which didn’t improve much by Sunday morning, but after a couple hours, started to turn around. We ended up heading to the parks around 10am.
Our first stop in DCA was Cars Land! It wasn’t quite as exciting as our rope drop adventure last year, getting to race down Route 66 with everyone, but it was still fun to be back to see Mater, Lightning and the rest of the Radiator Springs gang. We were able to get a ride video from each of the rides, as well as a couple walk through videos, one during the day, one at night.
At the end of the walkthrough video, you can probably hear my child complain about riding Radiator Springs Racers, which she eventually changed her mind about, later in the night. If I remember right, it was around 6:30 or 7, and Individual Lightning Lane passes were still available at that time, so we bought one for my daughter and I at $12 each. Sure beats an hour wait!
We also rode Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters. The posted wait here was 15 minutes and I think it took about that long to get on:
And Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree. The posted wait was 20 minutes, but we were on in 15:
After making it through Cars Land, it was already time for lunch. We had a 12pm reservation at Lamplight Lounge. Since it was on a Sunday, we were going for Brunch! We are not typically brunch people, but figured this might be fun to try.
I chose the French Toast and added a side of bacon, my daughter had the brunch quesadilla, and my wife had the Egg White Frittata Bake.
The French Toast was really thick, as you can see in the picture, and a bit on the dry side. With enough syrup, I was able to make it work. The bacon was crispy and delicious though. The brunch quesadilla had a cute little hidden Mickey burned into the side. I think the kid liked her food. My wife probably liked hers the most out of all of us. While the food was decent, I’d rather stick to the regular menu. Would much rather have a burger or pork chop.
After that, we found some characters on the loose. While looking at the app y the end of our meal, I noticed Raya was not too far away. My kid is loving Raya, so I showed my wife the find and we were off for a surprise over to the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail.
Raya was so sweet. She directed all of her questions to my daughter and they had a nice conversation about dragons and Sisu. We also saw Chip and Dale over here. They were fun. Chip stole my daughter’s hat and put it on. After that, I saw where Mirabels’ meet n greet was, so we went to visit with her. She was great too, talking about fashion with my daughter.
We then looked at some of the rides around the Pixar Pier and ended up just riding the Jumpin’ Jellyfish ride and Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. The Little Mermaid had a posted wait of about 25 minutes. We were on in 15.
Several of the rides near Jumpin’ Jellyfish all had a 5 minute posted wait, which typically means you’re waiting for the current ride to end and you’ll be ready to get on. We could have rode more, but the others wanted a break, which I took as a sign to take a quick walk around the pier.
At this point, we were trying to determine whether or not to go back to the hotel as it was mid-afternoon and we knew we’d want to be at the World of Color show at the end of the night.
Tune in to the next post to see whether we stayed or left! Thanks for reading along and watching the YouTube videos. If you haven’t had a chance yet, I’d love to have you subscribe to the channel.
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