San Diego Nov 2011

from Oct 28th to Nov 18th, 2011




California Adventure Park


Groman Chinese Theatre


Griffith Observatory



November 10th, 2011

We drove up to Anaheim to spend the day at Disney California Adventure Park, it is one of the parks that we have not done.  This park is undergoing expansion so we will revisit, for sure, in March 2013.  We arrived around 10AM.  The parking for Disney is now further away, so we need to transfer to a shuttle bus to get to the gate entrance.  The busses are wheelchair accessible, in fact they gave us a bus just for us.  We bought our tickets just before boarding the bus, there was no line no waiting.

There are 4 sections:

A Bug's land, which is mainly for the kiddies with all their kiddie rides.

Golden State, we went to Soarin' Over California, you are seated then the movie begins, you soar and swoop over famous California landmarks.  It is spectacular.

Hollywood Pictures Backlot, we went to Monsters, Inc Mike & Sulley to the Rescue, we join the action of the heroes that race through Monstropolis to return Boo to her room.  The Twilight Zone Hollywood Tower Hotel of Terror (Norman sat this one out), where you enter the hotel and you take the elevator ride of your life, this elevator does a few drops when you least expect it.  Then onto Muppet Vision 3D to watch Kermit and friends in 3D.  Then Turtle Talk with Crush, this is interactive where the turtle talks with the members of the audience.  Also got some photos of the backlot.

Paradise Pier, we went to Toy Story Midway Manial (a 45 minute wait), this is an interactive ride where you get to try out your skills by shooting at targets.  Then onto the Mickey's Fun Wheel (Norman sat out on this one also) it is a caged gondola, what a spectacular view from the top.

We had the most perfect weather for this day, low 70s.  We left the park close to 6PM, took the shuttle back to the parking lot.

We ate at Outback, just love their steaks.

We had taken a hotel room for that night in Anaheim, stayed at Quality Inn.  We could view the fireworks from our room.  Took some photos of it.

November 11th, 2011

Our plan for today was to visit the Chinese Grauman Theatre in Hollywood.  Took lots of photos of the hand and foot prints and some of the stars on Hollywood Blvd.

Then onto the Giffith Observatory that overlooks Los Angeles and where you can see the Hollywood sign.  It is an icon of Los Angeles, a national leader in public astronomy. This is one gigantic observatory and in 2002 they started excavating two more floors below, it was quite the engineering feet, it took them four years to do.  This is all about astrology, has a planetarium inside.

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