Sunday, October 16, 2016
#BoompaGoesToDisneyland :: Hot and Sweaty
Day two at the parks saw us heading into California Adventure for the coveted Cars ride fast pass. We got it, but the park was super hot and crowded and we hadn't made a really good day two plan, so we floundered a little. We did the Monster's Inc. ride, which never has a line and sort of wandered around. Eventually, we ended up indoors and ready to watch Dude Crush at "turtle talk". I absolutely love listening to crush and am amazed at the technology. The best part, Crush picked my dad to talk to. He called him, "Carvin' Karl" or something like that and teased my dad about the possibly too causal way he might swim. It was pretty funny and a great time.
The rest of the day morning we just sweated, ate churros and fought the ginormous crowds. The temperatures got up to a sweltering 95 degrees and it was just sticky and miserable. So, after we all rode on Cars, it was to the shuttle, the hotel and off to the beach! We put the kids in their suits and Quinn had a rest on our drive the beach.
I think it's mostly because of my mom's obsession with the Beach Boys and all historically California ideals they generate, but our beach of choice is always Huntington. The pier is cool, there are always surfers, and we can head to Ruby's Diner for dinner - ice cream first.
The beach was a total energizer for all of us, especially the kids. The only time Quinn cried on the whole trip was the beach...the ocean was a little too big and windy for him, but I was more than happy to hold a squishy kid wrapped in a blanket on the beach.
After our time at the ocean and one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen (seriously, it was divine) we headed back to Disneyland. We stayed until 11.
The highlight of the evening was our family of five's ride on the Jungle Cruise in the dark. I didn't know that they ran the ride in the dark, but it's much more fun than in broad daylight. The boat captain shines a spotlight on the animals and is a little more loose with the script. Our captain was Juan. He was maybe the funniest tour guide I have had on the jungle cruise in my life. And not only was he funny, but, we saw a LIVE RACCOON on the ride. It totally freaked Juan out and he went off script for the rest of the ride he was so flustered. It was the best.
Then, we went to bed!