Friday, June 27, 2008

Day 5
June 7 , 2008
Behind the Orange Grove
Word of the Day: Forced Perspective

Today is another bright and sunny day in Southern California. Although the day holds much anticipation of things to come, it is also a sad day in some respects. Today is our last full day on this adventure of a life time. So long in the planning this adventure has been and now it is nearly over. It seems like only yesterday we boarded a plane for LAX.

Our first stop of the day was Goofy’s Kitchen at the Disneyland Hotel. Another wonderful character buffet breakfast with delicious food and endless interactions with the characters. We also celebrated the birthdays of two of the members of our group. They each received special birthday Mickey ears and a cupcake.
Following breakfast we walked back to the hotel and entered The California Adventure through the Grand Californian entrance and headed down to condor flats, home of Soarin over California before the parks official opening .
We were met by a cast member from the attraction who gave us a little introduction and showed us the crystals that are used for the orange scent. It was time for us to break up into the Minnie and Mickey groups and enter the attraction. The Mickey group went backstage while the Minnie group rode Soarin . Then the Mickey and Minnie groups switched and now we were backstage at Soarin, behind the huge screen where we got to watch our fellow adventures Soar over California. This was a great perspective for viewing the operation of this attraction.

We left Soarin and walked to the Hollywood section of the park and the animation building, where the rolling marquis read “Welcome Adventures By Disney”.
Here we had our Private Talk with Crush, which was totally cool dude and continued on to the animation studio where we all learned to draw Mickey Mouse. Robyn and Quinn had tubes for us to put our drawing in, which we would get later on that evening.

Leaving the animation studio, water was once again waiting for us.
According to our itinerary this should have been the last stop as a group until dinner that night. But there was another surprise in store. Quinn told the group to follow the paddle and we did. We walked through the park, and ended up looking at Mr. Potato Head. We were at the new Toy Story Mania attraction which was in cast member previews. Another Wow for our incredible adventure guide, Quinn. The group got to take a ride on the newest attraction, before it was open to the public and what a great attraction it was.

The group received their super fast passes for the day and had the option of priority seating for the Aladdin show around 11:30. The show was great and is one of the longer Disney Theme Park Live performances. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I would say it is a not to be missed show.

The rest of the afternoon we were on our own to enjoy using those super fast passes in the parks.

We were to meet at 5:45 pm in front of the Hyperion Theater for our
Farewell dinner, the location was to be a surprise.

To be continued

1 comment:

Amy said...

Hi! I found your blog via your posts on the disboards. Your trip report is great! Thanks for sharing your adventure.