Robert and I decided to take a trip to Disneyland before he started school as a way to celebrate (and it was the last time we would be able to go for awhile).
We finally reached the parking structure after a lovely detour, rode on the tram, got off the tram and decided to hit California Adventure. Our first stop was a newly favorite ride, Toy Story Mania. If you have never been on that ride...you need to go. It is so MUCH fun!! You wear 3-D glasses while sitting in a two-seater and each person has a type of launcher/gun. As soon as you sit down you are in for a whirl wind of fun. you get taken to a practice screen where they show you how to use your "gun". After the short practice you get spun to another screen and for a bout 30 seconds or so you are playing carnival like games; either popping balloons with darts, breaking plates with baseballs, playing ring toss with the martians, and more. At the end of the ride they tally your score and you get ranked by animal. This is a picture of our score screen. Robert is blue and I am red. He always seems to get a higher score than me, but I have better accuracy. I am proud though...I finally reached the cat ranking!
It is a quick ride, but we believe it is worth the wait. The line gets pretty long fairly early in the day so we usually hit that one first.
After that we did our usual stint around California Adventure. Muholland Madness and Soarin' over California (we didn't visit Bug's Life this time). Then we ate lunch at the Rainforest cafe.
Then off to Disneyland! The Haunted Mansion was closed...very sad. But we were able to get on all the others rides we wanted. Since most kids were back in school the park wasn't very crowded. I believe our longest wait was about 15 minutes for Peter Pan...maybe 20. But still a good wait time for that ride which is usually at least a 30 minute wait.