S: Cruise to California and Disneyland Vacation 2011
BC: The outside fireplace at the Grand Californian. We've checked out and we're waiting for our ride to the Long Beach Airport.
FC: Cruise to California and Disneyland Vacation September 20 - 27, 2011
1: The cruise passengers: Deb and Drew Westwood; Karen, Trevor, Ashley and Austin Stephen; Jennifer, Dave, Megan and Emily Lewis; Sara Westwood and Chris Michaux; Carly, Rod and Gabrielle Henderson.
2: The start of our adventure. Deb and Drew chartered a bus to take us from the ferry to the cruise ship terminal. | Ashley and "Horsey" sit in the front seats with Megan.
3: Canada Place Ashley sits on our stateroom balcony and waits for the ship to leave. | Carnival Spirit Total Staterooms - 1,062 Decks - 12 Passenger capacity - 2,124 Total crew - 930 Officer's nationality - Italian Ship size - Large Tonnage - 88,500 Ship length - 960 Registry - Panama
4: Our stateroom #7191 Karen always got lost trying to get back to the stateroom. | Ashley and Horsey are thrilled to be on the top bunk. (photo taken from video)
5: Deb and Drew in the Empire Dining Room. We had 2 assigned tables on the starboard side with excellent views of the ocean. | Happy Birthday Drew!
6: Here is one of the outdoor pools. Austin jumped in here without wearing a life jacket. | Trevor jumped in after him and wore wet shoes to dinner. Trying to pack light seemed like a good idea at the time. | Austin watching the "Wonder Pets" on Karen's iPhone.
9: Cheers! | Breakfast in the Empire Dining Room. Ashley and Austin decorated their shirts in the kids Camp Carnival and wore them a lot.
10: What do you mean I wore this shirt a lot? | Towel folding into an elephant
11: The end of the cruise. Due to some larger than expected ocean swells, the ship was a couple of hours late arriving It was a close call for the Lewis' and Henderson's who were flying home today. Deb and Drew were flying to Tucson and had a little more time. Trevor, Karen, Ashley and Austin Stephen, Sara Westwood and Chris Michaux hired a limosine to drive them from the cruise ship to Anaheim.
12: Austin and Ashley watch Disney cartoons in the lobby of the Disney Grand Californian hotel during check-in. The hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Disney and features an exclusive entrance to the California Adventure Park. | We stopped at White Water Snacks before heading to the Disney parks. It was attached to our hotel and was one of our favorite places to grab a quick snack.
13: Our hotel room wasn't ready yet so we headed to Disneyland. The park was Halloween themed. Austin is pointing at the train. He was very excited about riding on it.
14: Train ride to our first stop... the Haunted Mansion in New Orleans Square. | Austin is wearing Mickey Mouse ears from his first Disneyland trip in 2008.
15: Austin jumps with Tigger while Ashley gives Eyore a big hug in the Hundred Acre Woods.
17: Ashley and Austin walked a lot and were both pretty tired by bed time. | A view of the pools from the deck 5 patio just outside our room #5024. We had a courtyard view and watched the Disneyland fireworks from our balcony.
20: The hotel lobby "Great Hall" | After a long day | Very tired | World of Color from the hotel viewing deck - 6th floor Paradise View Terrace
21: "Was that fun or was it scary?" "It was scary." "Do you want to do it again?" "No." | Space Mountain "Ghost Galaxy" | This was Halloween themed too with ghostly skeletons and loud noise. Ashley and Austin probably would have liked it as the original Space Mountain. | The Hollwood Tower of Terror
22: 2008 | 2011
23: "No Ashley, let me help." | Just a little more, I think I've almost got it...
25: Ashley and Austin liked the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction the best. They knew it as the "runaway train" and rode it the most. We all got very wet on Splash Mountain.
26: "Mickey's Fun Wheel" Ferris wheel. We rode in one of the gondolas mounted to the outer rim. | The view from the top to the Grand Californian Hotel viewing deck
27: We just missed Woody at the Big Thunder Ranch but found him again near the Toy Story attraction. | King Triton's Carousel. The only horse here was a seahorse.
28: Paradise Pier | Paradise Bay | Ashley with Mater and Lightning McQueen | Cool guy!
30: In the afternoons we came back to the hotel pools for a break from the crowds. | The Redwood Pool with a water slide.
31: The hotel entrance to the park comes out at the Grizzly River Run. | The 2 newest characters
32: Ashley found Mickey Mouse in his house in Toontown. | Austin loved the characters!
33: Trevor, Ashley, Mickey, Austin and Karen
34: Kung Fu Panda!
35: Character breakfast at the Storyteller's Cafe