Celebration – Day 2

What a great beginning. We are staying at the Hilton Convention Center, Anaheim, which is a short RideArt shuttle bus ride to Disneyland, (or slightly more expensive Uber ride, but still less than $10 including tip.)

Our hotel has a continental breakfast included for Hilton Honors members. It is an excellent selection of pastries, cereals and fresh fruit. Definitely going back tomorrow.

We made it to the Star Wars area of the park. The set was amazing. Spaceships , bazaars, bars were all “authentic” looking Star Wars. Sadly, there is only one ride with a very long wait time. However, it is certainly worth the walk through the incredible sets. Incidentally, my hat is from Camp Sangamon in Pittsfield Vermont. It is owned by friends of mine and both of our sons spent and loved several summers camping, learning and growing there.

With all the times I have visited Disney I cannot believe I have never ridden the car racers at Radiator Springs Racers. I have always loved the scenery the imagineers created for this attraction. It may be the most beautiful and impressive part of Disney, next to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, of course. Along with being so impressive, the ride was tremendous as well.

After what may have been the best hamburger I have ever had at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes. It’s in Downtown Disney and worth the walk. While we are talking food, Tortilla Joe’s makes a mean Mexican dinner.

We spent some time visiting with Disney Characters, Goofy, Minnie and Mickie, Grace loves all the characters. We rode the little kids rides, Dumbo, the carousel, rocket ships, THEN went on the big people’s rides, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain. Well, lets just say it was a full day.

Speaking of full, our last ride was a repeat of Splash Mountain. I truly believe that Disney added a feature, perhaps just for repeat riders, where they have hidden buckets of water that are dumped on riders during one of the dark flume drops. NEVER have we all been so soaked as we were on that ride. Usually the riders in spot 1&2 are the victims. This time, everyone was soaked. I mean soaked. And we never laughed so hard either. It was a great time and is a great attraction.

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