S: California May 2012
BC: Thank you for a great week | Goodbye California, | We hope to see you soon, Mariann,Danika,Ty Dakota, and Alena | May 2- 9 2012
FC: Mariann Ty Danika Alena Dakota
1: California Here We Come | This trip was a last minute decision. We got passports for the boys and booked the tickets all in less than one month. These are pictures from our first flight out of Victoria 1:30pm May 2, 2012. This was the first time that Ty,Dakota and Danika had ever been on a plane. (We ended up on a total of 5 planes there and back)
2: We spent our first day in California at universal studio's. We had an adventure just trying to get there. We had to take a bus then we transfered to the metro. The trip took about 2 hrs. We even had a lady on the bus that was a little crazy, yelling about having a gun and going to shoot a guy. Poor Danika I thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head. We had fun trying to get back, since the bus was on a different street. But we did it !
3: Danika and ty wanted to ride the Jurassic park ride first, but Since transformers had only been open for 3 days we asked if we could ride that one first. that was a good idea since everyone got soaked at jurassic.
4: The Simpson's ride was Danika's favorite ride. Dakota really enjoyed see the 3D King Kong and Ty thought the dinosaurs in Jurassic were great. Too bad we didn't have more time there, we didn't have time to see the Terminator. I'm crossing my fingers that we can go back another time. Universal we all loved you, thanks for a great day. | the Mummy | SHREK | House of Horrors
6: DAy 1 | Our very first ride in disneyland was Indiana Jones in the adventureland area. The car jerked us left and right and started and stopped.It was a lot of fun.After Indiana we headed towards "New Orleans Square" were we went on Pirates of the Caribbean. I have to say I was a little disappointed in that ride,but luckily we didn't get too wet. Then the "Haunted Mansion" which was pretty cute with floating ghost. Splash Mountain was a fun wet log ride,and YES we all got wet.
7: In critter Country I had to jump on "the many adventures of Winnie the pooh" I dragged Dakota in with me and Danika and Mariann jumped in too. It was a really cute ride. Thanks Danika for making Dakota smile :)
8: FRONTIERLAND Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was a ride we kept coming back to day after day. We all loved it. On our last day Ty and Danika were able to ride the railroad again and again with no line ups. | This is one of my favorite funny pictures. I was trying to take a picture of all of us at the same time, as you can see that didn't work. Ty and I had such a hard time keeping our eyes open with all that california sun shinning in our eyes. | Fun Moments
9: On our second day in Disneyland we tried to use our magic morning pass but when we got there we realized Mariann grabbed our Universal passes instead. So Ty ran back to the hotel to grab the Disney passes, By the time he got back it was almost 9am. So we thought we would try it again the next day. On tuesday our last day Ty and Dakota didn't want to get up so it took a lot of work to get them out of bed. When we got to Disneyland it was 8:55 am so we never used our magic morning passes, but it really it wasn't a big deal since the line ups weren't too bad at all. | As we were walking around we walked right into free ice cream so we had to take a minute and grab one. mmmm so good. | Carl's Jr I think was our favorite restaurant. I think every time we went anywhere else someone got sick. Sorry IHOP and DENNY's
10: FANTASYLAND Alice in Wonderland ride
11: FANTASYLAND area was so much fun. Danika,Mariann and I (Alena) tried to ride every ride in that area. -Alice in wonderland -Mr.Toad's Wild Ride -Peter Pan's Flight -Pinocchio's Daring Journey -Storybook land canal boats -Mad Tea Party and the ride we can't get out of our heads It's A Small World. I was a little disappointed that we couldn't get a Dumbo ride in, but the line ups were always so long. | MAD TEA PARTY
13: Everyone had so much fun relaxing in the hotel pool.
14: I have to say, I was a little disappointed with this ride. I thought we be able to drive fast and smash into one another. This was more like a pleasant drive in the country side. Hey Disney ! more smashing rides please.
15: ToonTown was really cute. We only spent a little while there cause we started to get very hungry. "Gadget's Go Coaster" was really fast and fun not what I expected for a kid ride.
16: This ride was so much fun, I don't even know how many time we went on it. But for me the best part was that even Dakota wanted to go on it again. And just a side note I do believe that I kicked everyones butt !
17: Good bye Disneyland side and now over to ... | Both parks looked so different at nighttime. So many lights, and you saw things that you didn't see in the daytime. We missed the fireworks in the park but one night we ran outside the front of our hotel to catch them. So beautiful outside the park it must have been perfect inside. | We had so much fun on the disneyland side.. I was very surprised that we only went 3 times on Star Tours. We did ride almost every ride in the park. Some I would ride again and again, others once was enough. Next time I will make you guys ride Mark Twain Riverboat. That ride I was sad we missed. | California Adventure side was also awesome. Unfortunately the Cars area wasn't open yet and Goofy's Sky School was closed.. Other than that I think we went on every ride. Soarin' Over California was a favorite with all of us. Dakota told me he loved learning to draw the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland in the Character Close up. Ty really wanted to see Turtle Talk with Crush. It was very cute. We did skip a few of the musical shows, maybe next time we can squeeze them in. | California Adventure area
18: The River Run was a lot of fun, but boy did you get wet. The first time Mom, Danika and Ty went on it they got soaked. I only got a few drops on me. The next time we braved the run Dakota joined us. Mom had a plan this time. She traded coats with Danika, since Danika's coat was water proof. (didn't work, her butt got wet.) The next day she was even more prepared bringing plastic coats. Success | Danika's coat | This time they stayed dry, But Ty, Dakota and I got soaked. We didn't care,, we had a blast
20: I don't know if I even want to talk about this ride. Mickey's Fun Wheel was anything BUT fun for me. This ride scared me so much, I was pretty close to having a panic attack. I'm not sure why it freaked me out so much maybe because you weren't strapped in. This ride was the only one I would not go back on. Sorry Mickey
21: Roller Coaster Time........ | What can I say about California Screamin' Mariann and I didn't want to go on it. Danika asked and asked so we broke down. OMG I thought I was going to die. I had to close my eyes or else I probably would have had a heart attack, I was so scared. When we got off it, only then did mom and I realize we went upside down. Of course Danika wanted to go again, so mom and I took a deep breath and went on it two more times. I have to say by the last time I had my eyes open and was having fun. Now I think it was one of my favorite rides. Dakota and Ty also loved it. | Tower of Terror I think was one of Danika's favorite attractions. We only went once but she kept asking to go back. Sorry Danika.. I love the picture of us as we are falling down. Dakota is laughing while I'm holding on for dear life. I'm not sure what Ty is doing ? Maybe praying lol Danika is screaming her head off. Looking at the picture I would never guess that she wanted to go back.
22: Bug's Land was very cute. We went on all the rides. Francis' Ladybug boogie (picture above) Was a fun ride that turned and whirled you around. Helmlich's chew chew train (below) A very cute little ride, that took you around a very small track and everything around was HUGE so you felt very small. I wish it was longer. missing are pictures fromFlik's Flyers it was cute soaring ride.. | These 3 pictures are from Tuck and Roll's drive EM buggies, basically bumper cars. Bottom two pictures were from It's tough to be a bug. A 3D adventure so cute and fun, defiantly the cutest 3D glasses. My favorite of all of bug's land rides
23: The Lego store in Downtown was awesome. I couldn't believe all the cool things that they had on display made out of lego. | TOY STORY was the longest ride we had to wait for. We waited easily over 1 hour. All of us agreed that was way too long to wait for a 5 min ride. Waiting that long was | especially hard on Ty because he had a little bit of heat stroke. I do believe I kicked everyones butt on this ride too. I don't remember if beat Ty but I have proof that I beat Dakota the picture on the left. We tried going on this ride again, but there was always a long line. Too bad it was a fun one.