Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Disneyland Trip Report - Day 1 - 9/6/06

Tammy and I are finally on our trip to Disneyland!!! We left Orlando this morning at 7:25 a.m. EDT on a Delta flight. It was a Song plane, so everyone had their own TV, which helped during the 5 hour trip. We landed at LAX at 9:30 a.m. PDT. We got our bags, then we caught the shuttle bus to the Disneyland Resort at 10:15 a.m.

We arrived at the Grand Californian Resort at 11:15 a.m. We checked in, but our room wasn't ready, so we checked our bags. We had tickets to the Orioles vs. Angles game at 12:30 p.m., but we were pretty tired from the traveling and we didn't feel like going through the hassle of getting to and from the stadium, so we decided to skip the game. We were pretty hungry, so we headed to White Water Snacks at the hotel to grab a bite to eat. I'm not going to detail everything we ate on this trip, but I must say that the nachos at this place were outstanding.

After eating, we decided to go to California Adventure. We entered through the hotel entrance and we went counterclockwise. The first attraction we came to that we wanted to see was "Golden Dreams." It's a movie about California's history. It was so-so. Then we headed to Paradise Pier to ride the Sun Wheel and California Screamin'. California Screamin' wasn't operating, so we kept walking through and headed to Hollywood Pictures Backlot.

Once we were at the Hollywood Pictures Backlot, we rode Monster's Inc. Both Tammy and I loved this ride. Very cute dark ride that follows the storyline of the movie. But, since we both love the movie, I guess it was a natural that we would like the ride. :-)

Finally, at 3 p.m., our hotel room was ready. We headed back to the hotel, got our luggage and freshened up a bit. We then returned to California Adventure. We headed back to Paradise Pier, and thankfully, California Screamin' was running, so we rode it. Not a bad coaster. I recorded it using Tammy's camera. After we got off, we rode the Sun Wheel on one of the non-swinging cars. We got a great view of the whole Disneyland Resort. We could even see mountains off to the northeast.

After getting off the Sun Wheel, we headed back towards the entrance and we did some shopping. We didn't get much since it's the first day. After shopping for a while, we headed back to Monsters, Inc. and rode it again. Yep, we still like the ride.

We had reservations for dinner at Hook's Pointe at the Disneyland Hotel at 6:40 p.m., so we came back to the hotel and got dressed and headed over to the Disneyland Hotel. We got there a few minutes early, but it wasn't crowded at all, so they seated us immediately. We had a great waiter and the meal was delicious. It was nice to have a grown-up meal for once. It's been a while. ;-)

Once we finished dinner, we walked around the Disneyland Hotel for a while. There were a few displays showing the history of the hotel and all the famous people that stayed there. Pretty interesting. We did a little more shopping, and then headed back to our hotel--the Grand Californian.

We're pretty wiped out, so we're going to call it an early night. Good night!


Nina said...

I'm so glad ya'll had a good time. The pictures are great.

6:00 PM, September 22, 2006  

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