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Since we had to wait for the packet pick up to open at 10:00 AM to get Megan, Tommy, and Janie’s park passes, we were able to take it easy this morning. That did not really equal sleeping in though since the time difference prodded our bodies into wakefulness and Megan running into the bunk bed ladder finished the job. We headed across the street for breakfast at IHOP (prices are noticeably higher in CA!). I enjoyed my crepes topped with fruit and granola (could have done without the strawberry yogurt on top though).
We drove over to Downtown Disney parking (took a wrong turn on the way and also had to return to the room for me to pick up my e-ticket, oops). Once there we started standing in the expo line but switched to packet pick-up once we realized that was exactly where the tickets were.
We were surprised that the crowds were not huge. The sign for Soarin’, our first ride claimed a 20-minute wait. In reality, it was shorter. Janie and Neal really liked this one. After Soarin’ we headed to Paradise Pier and I got my first glimpse of the new Carsland.
From here we joined the line for Toy Story Midway Mania. This queue has a very different feel from its Floridian cousin. FL pushes the toy aspect of the ride while CA’s version maintains the more elegant feel of a boardwalk from decades ago. I rode in my own car and managed to get my usual level of rabbit. The ride paused a few times while we were in it; the game switched into a no-point mode but we could still practice aiming and shooting.
After this ride we ventured into Cars Land. I seriously felt like I was walking down the main street of the movie. I tried snapping photos of all the buildings (Mom had asked and the design was so neat).
We paused for slushies from a vendor in Bug’s Land and then lined up for Tower of Terror where we had practically no wait before the pre-show. The basement waiting area felt darker than the model in FL.
Janie and Neal headed out for lunch and a return to the hotel at this point. Megan, Tommy, and I walked into the Disneyland Hotel complex to check out the expo. We didn’t stay here very long since we did not find the set-up very impressive.
By the pool area we discovered a Pacific-themed eatery and had lunch/dinner. I enjoyed my salmon, rice, and grapes. We sat inside in the air-conditioning by a large window that overlooked the swimming area.
On our way back to the hotel, we detoured into DCA again. I wanted to ride the Monsters Inc. attraction. I am glad the line was short; I was not impressed.
We relaxed the rest of the afternoon and evening. Megan, Tommy, and I made it down to the small pool where a gaggle of Girl Scouts (or maybe even Brownies) were playing “Katy…Perry” known in my youth as “Marco Polo.” After a while we retreated to the hot tub.
Bedtime came early around 8:00 although my body thought it was closer to 11 thanks to the time change.