Fenchurch (fenchurche) wrote,

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Enjoying Anaheim

For our anniversary this year (number 23, if you can believe it! And, rather gratifyingly, we've gotten a lot of double-takes from people when we've told them which anniversary this is... and one blurted "How old WERE you when you go married?!), we decided it was time to once again head down to Disneyland... especially since our last visit heralded the discovery of my newfound status as a roller coaster junkie (and happened on our last day in the park, so I only got to enjoy a few coasters). Since then, I've been to Disneyworld a few times (and, in fact, we realized that we'd spent our anniversary there last year) and Universal Studios Orlando a couple times, as well, but I've really wanted to come back here.

Been having a LOT of fun at Disneyland, even if my feet are starting to feel it -- I have a very difficult time finding shoes that won't eventually give me blisters... the ones I have now are great for regular use, but walking and standing all day? Not so much.

Some of the rides we've done, so far:

The highlight of the trip has probably been California Screamin'. I'm still constantly amazed at how much I love these roller coasters... and amazed that I used to absolutely hate them, because wow. It's got all of my favorite things: catapult launch, a loop, drops, twists and loud, blaring music. I think we've ridden it seven times now and it still hasn't gotten old.

Toy Story Midway Mania remains the ride with the longest line in the park, but is almost worth it, since it's more game than ride. We actually have the game at home and it's fun that way, but not nearly the same. We've only managed to get on that one once so far.

Tower of Terror here is nowhere near as good as the one in Orlando... much shorter. Disappointing.

On the other hand, Disneyland's Space Mountain beats the tar out of the one in Orlando... there's almost no comparison. I was actually pretty sure of that already, but it was nice to have my opinion confirmed. The cars are better designed, the track is better overall and there's music blaring in your ears. They've changed the soundtrack since we were last here and I don't care for the new music as much, but it's still better than the silence you get in Orlando! On one of our times through, we got to be in the very front... and I swear, its almost like an entirely different ride. Incredible! Gotta do that again sometime.

Discovered there's a Single Rider line for Indiana Jones. Much quicker way to get on that one!

And, of course, there's the new Star Tours. I'd ridden it six times in Orlando, but Rackham had never been on it. We've managed to get on it three times, so far... and out of that, I've only had two new scenarios (the asteroid field battle and Hoth), although I got a nice surprise when we had an Admiral Ackbar hologram on one of the rides. I had no idea there was anything other than Yoda and Princess Leia!

We've also had some great food... but tonight's dinner beats everything, hands down. We were looking for something away from the parks, so I did a Bing search on my phone and one of the restaurants listed on the first page was Fire + Ice Bar and Grill. For some reason, the name intrigued me, so I clicked on the link... and the description intrigued me more. Probably the best way to describe it is as Mongolian Grill Fusion. You've got some of your standard Mongolian Grill fare, but why be boring? Some people were having Philly Cheesesteaks and others had hamburgers with all the toppings (prepared on the big grill with everything else). My first time up, I had shaved sirloin with squash, onions, mushrooms and spinach... cooked in an Island Jerk sauce. Yum! Second time up was shrimp, calamari, tilapia, bacon, mixed vegetables and udon noodles cooked in a garlic, lemon and herb sauce. So, so good! And a really decent price, too. We're planning to go back on Tuesday.

The only other really exciting thing that happened was when we were walking back to California Screamin' from Tower of Terror yesterday and one of the lenses in rackham 's glasses decided to pop out unexpectedly! Thankfully, it didn't get scratched up when it hit the pavement and the tiny screw was still stuck in the frames. We talked to an employee at an information kiosk, who called around a few different places and eventually sent us over to the First Aid center. They had a whole collection of small screwdrivers and Rackham was able to get things put back together in no time. Still, a bit of a surprise!

Been really enjoying the sun here... and glad that it hasn't gotten too horribly hot. It's nice to get a break from the rain.
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