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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Waiting for more! Your commentary is great. You guys sure got a lot done in one day!
    A little bit about me...
    First Disneyland Trip: Oct. 1989
    Mandatory first ride: POTC
    Mandatory food: Clam chowder in bread bowl & a churro (not at the same time though)
    Next trip goals:
    1) Ride the Casey Jr. Circus Train. I didn't get around to it on this past trip.
    2) Get over to TSI.
    3) Try a jalapeŮo/cheese pretzel. Yummy!

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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Day 5: Disney's California Adventure

    Wow I thought I would have got more of a response for my Disneyland Recap then for My Universal. Oh well on to California Adventrue.

    For our 2nd day at the Disneyland Resort we would be going to the resorts newest park California Adventure. We arived at the resort once again a little bit before opening. This time they parked us in the HUGE parking garage called Mickey and Friends and we parked on the 3rd level called Mickey and were lucky enough to park right to the escalaters to take you down to the trams that shuttle you to the parks.



    California Adventure opens an hour later then Disneyland does so we went into Disneyland first to kill some time tell California Adventure opened. My wife is a fan of the Enchanted Tiki Room and I had never been in there before so we went there first. We saw we still had about 30 minutes tell the show started so We walked over to Tomorrowland so I could snap some pictures and also maybe ride Buzz Lightyears Astro Blasters again until the Tiki Room opened. Unfortuanatly Buzz was having problems and wasn't opened. So we walked around for a short time and headed back towards the Tiki Room.








    When we got back to the Tiki Room they were finally allowing people in so we went in and found our seats. I found the attraction interesting. The technology was pretty cool with how many anamotronics and such that are in there. But overall I can only take so much of singing birds and flowers lol. I did like the singing tiki masks and stuff though. I think it lasts the perfect amount of time and it was alright. Not my favorite.





    After the Tiki Room was over we decided to go ride Haunted Mansion again. Which we walked right onto. After that we went over to the Train station and rode the Train around Disneyland Back to the Main Street Station so we could head over to California Adventure. I had only rode the Train maybe once before so even though it would have been faster walking I really wanted to ride the train.





    We got off the train and then headed strait across the main plaza over to California Adventure. This park was another reason for Us deciding to go on vacation when we did. The last time I attended Disneyland the area that California Adventure sits on was still a parking lot. So I had never seen it before in person. Also last year Disney announced that they were doing a huge rennovation on the park changing almost the majority of things there. So we decided to go when we did so I could still experiance the park how it was originally built. The signs were everywhere that the renovation was underway but I still got the idea of what it must have been like without the construction going on.





    When we got into the parks "Sunshine Plaza" we had to decide which way we were going first. Kiera wanted to head into the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and make our way towards the Tower of Terror but since we were right next to it (and the restrooms) we decided to head to Condor Flats and the attraction "Soarin' Over California". This ride we walked right onto with zero wait. It like the Simpsons ride or Star Tours is a motion simulator which simulates like your paragliding over many of the areas that California is known for. I thought it was pretty cool. I thought it was going to have more extreme movment but I guess when your paragliding the movements arn't real extreme. I enjoyed how they had wind blowing in your face and you could even smell the differnt scents of the areas you were going over. The thing I really liked though is that the screen that the movie is being projected onto wrapped underneath you so when you would look down you would see the movie too like you were really looking strait down.





    After Soarin' we continued heading down the runway into an area that resembled the backwoods of California. The major attraction here being the Grizzly River Run. Basically its your typical raft ride thru the backwoods of California and around the parks "Grizzly Peak". I was extremely impressed with this raft ride and I have never seen one this well themed or extreme. The ride is long and has two pretty big drops that can give you a pretty good adrenaline rush. This was also the ride where I finally wore my Poncho as well as Kiera wearing hers. And we are glad we did cause we would have got soaked had we not.






    After the river run we went to the Challenge Trail. Basically its like a little kids play area thats themed to the Brother Bear movies as well as teaches about nature and animals and things National Park rangers use. We strolled thru here and played on some of the rope next things and bridges and such. I also got what I consider my best picture at the Disney Resort in this area.





    The next are we came into had the parks Christmas tree set up as well as a few other decorations. I also got my first glimpse of the Paradise Pier section of the park. Which looked like a baron concrete waistland. Thats because this area of the park is where all the work for the renevation is taking place right now. The lake is drained and the Sun Wheel is hiding behind a bunch of construction platforms.





    We headed down towards the west end of the pier first. The first ride we came to was the Golden Zepher. Its a version of alot of the swinging rockets that were popular in the early 1900's. It was different but nothing too exciting. Just think of it as like swings in a rocket. We the went to the Orange Stinger. Which is just a typical Swing ride inside of whats suppose to be an Orange. I guess your suppose to feel like your a bee or something. I don't know. Across from that is the Mulholland Madness Rollercoaster. It was closed at that time but we would make our way back to it later. Then it was onto a ride called the Maliboomer. This being your typical shottower. I'm guessing the theme for it though is that your the ball or whatever it is on one of those test your strength games where you hit the botton with a mallot and see how high it will go up a tower. Anyways these things always give me a rush. Even though this one isn't near as high as the Rocket is at Lagoon. I enjoyed this while I could cause the Maliboomer is one of the attractions being removed for the renovation of the park.





    Next we headed down the middle of Paradise Peir where the bulk of the consruction is taking place. As I said the Sunwheel is closed because its being renovated and turned into "Mickey's Fun Wheel". I didn't lose too much sleep over it being closed cause it would have scared the crap out of me anyways. I hate tall Ferris Wheels and then to add too it the cars you would sit in roll around a track. Also have the games were closed cause they were reduing them all to a victorian themed building look. But we then went to the newest Ride in the whole Disneyland Resort. Toy Story Midway Mania. This was our longest wait for our whole 2 days at the Disneyland Resort. We waited about 25 minutes to go on it and we figure it had the longest wait since its the newest ride. They also have a huge Mr. Potato head out front to talk to you and tell jokes lol. But it was worth it. I really enjoyed this ride. Its along the same idea as Buzz Lightyear. Where its a dark ride and you have guns to shoot things to score points. The difference is this ride is done in 3D and instead of having figures to shot at like Buzz you pull up to movie screens that look like you pulled up to a carnival game. Theres 5 different stations you go to and the ride is just a blast. We also liked how the car would spin around as it took you to the next stations. Unfortunatly Kiera really killed me this time. I wish we could have gone on it again but unfortunatly time just didn't allow it.










    After getting my butt handed to me at Toy Story we then headed to the California Screamin' Roller Coaster. To our suprise the wait was only about 5 minutes for it. Wow I loved this coaster. It was probably my favorite coaster of the entire trip. I really liked how big it is and it was like all over the place. Running from end to end of the pier multipule times. It starts out as a launched coaster which is always a rush but it also has a lift hill half way thru. It also has speakers in the seats which plays a song while its going. Other then Space Mountain i've never seen that used before and thought it was cool and added to the experiance. However I thought the song could have been better lol. I had so much fun on this coaster that when we got off we went around and did it agian a second time.








    After Screamin' we were done with the Pier so we made our way thru the Warf area. This is where I found the preview center for the Calfornia Adventure Redo. Unfortunatly it had just closed but they told us to come back in an hour. So we headed over to A Bugs Land until then. First we stopped at the show "Its tough to be a Bug". I thought this was really cool and had alot of interactions built into the seat. I recommend checking this out if nothing else in Bugs Land. I loved how emmersive the Bugs Land is. It really feels like you've been shrunk down to the size of a bug. They also added some christmas decore in the form of Giant Christmas lights and Ornaments. Bugs Land is made up of pretty much only kids rides so we didn't ride any except for Himlechs cho cho train. basically you just go thru an area with the catapiller finding different food. Its cool cause when you pass by the food thats what it actually smells like. but after that we were done with Bugs Land and headed out and ate our lunch.










    After Lunch the Preview center was finally opened so we went in and checked it out. Theres alot of change coming to California Adventure in the next couple of years. It was cool cause they had a bunch of drawings hanging up and also a model of paradise pier. they also had a video playing of what changes are to come. It will be intersting to go back in 5 years after the changes happen and see how much the park has improved. Some of the changes coming is a complete redesign of the enterance to what LA looked like in the 30's including the addition of the theater that Snow White permered in, The 30's theme will continue into the Hollywood Pictures Backlot where it is being renamed Hollywood Land. They are also going to have red trollys moving between the two areas. Paradise Pier is already under way as they retheme all the buildings to a victorian look. The sun wheel is being rethemed as well as the Maliboomer being removed. They are removing the orange from around the swings and rethemeing those to silly simphonys and the Mulholland Madness is being rethemed to Goofys Sky School. They are also adding a huge Little Mermaid ride and in the lake they are doing a big Bellagio type Fountain show. The biggest addition though is the addition of Cars Land. A whole new area based on the Movie Cars where a life size scale version of Radiator Springs will be as well as 3 new rides. One of which is a huge racer type ride based off the technology Test Track at Epcot uses.








    After the Preview Center we then made our way to the Hollywood Pictures backlot. This area I though was nicely themed and well done. First ride we went to was the Monsters inc. ride. This was nice but basically retold the story of the movie. Then we went to the parks most popular attraction. The Tower of Terror. I've never been on one of these so I didn't know what all to expect. The Disney World one was under construction when we went there and I remember wishing we had gone later in the year so I could go on it. Anyways this ride didn't dissapoint. It is awesome. It had a few unexpected drops and I liked how it would accelerate you up fast and then drop you fast. The wait wasn't bad for it so we went on it second time right away. We also ran into sulley from Monsters Inc. After that we then went and watched the "Turtle Talk with Crush" which I thought was cool cause Crush from Finding Nemo would actually talk to the kids and answer there questions.









    After Hollywood we had some time to kill still so we made out way back to Paradise Pier to go ride the Mulholland Madness coaster. I must say that I was dissapointed with it. I was expecting more of a thrill out of it but it was pretty lame. The Wild Mouse at Lagoon is tons better then this was. So I pretty much don't care to ride it ever again. So after that we went and rode a real coaster. Thats right we went to Screamin' again. We then found a bench to sit on for the Pixar Play Parade right across from the Warf. The parade was pretty cool but It could have been longer. They need to add Wall-e to the parade too. But overall it was good.
















    After the Parade was over we were done at California Adventure. We managed to spend a whole day in the park. So we decided to head back over to Disneyland sence there was another 2 hours tell that parked closed and so we could watch the fireworks.




    We made a plan for what we wanted to do in what little time we had left. Main Street was already packed as people were getting ready for the christmas parade to start. So we decided to run over to Tomorrowland and grab a fast pass for Space Mountain. After we got our Fast Pass we fought thru the crowds again to get to Adventureland. We stopped at the Tiki Room so we could grab a dole whip. These things are so good. I hate Pineapple but I really liked the Dole Whip. But after that it was on to wait for Indiana Jones again. When we were done with Indy the parade was started and cut us off from Tomorrowland. So went the back route thru the castle and Fantasyland and around the Matterhorn (the parade was already over at this end). I didn't know why but Kiera was running the whole way. So we were dead tired by the time we got Space Mountain right at the moment we could use your Fast Pass. After Space Mountain she was running thru the exit and I finally asked why she was in such a hurry. Well she thought the Fireworks started a half hour earlier then they really did. So we waisted all that time running for nothing lol. Since we still had 30 minutes tell the fireworks started we decided to try and get the Matterhorn in. The line moved pretty quick and with about 5 minutes tell the Fireworks started we were loading into our bobsled. But then some kind of alarm went off and they had us exit the bobsled. We waited for a few minutes hoping it would just be a temporary thing. But finally the workers told us something broke and it would be down for 45 minutes. This sucked since we were the next to go but oh well. We decided we wanted to see the fireworks more so we left. Unfortunatly we had no time to get to the front of the castle though so we watched the fireworks from fantasyland. I'm sure we didn't get the full effect of them as we were right in the middle of where the two fireworks were going off but they were still cool. After that the snow came again so we played in that a little and then the park closed. To kill some time after we exited the park we checked out the big disney store in Downtown Disney. And that pretty much ended our day.











    I really liked California Adventure. It seemed more Adult to me which was good. However I could see in a way why people say it doesn't feel like a Disney park because a good majority of the rides there are stuff I can do at our Local Amusment Park. However I still felt like there was a small Disney feel there. I look forward to the changes coming to the park and can't wait tell we go back again to visit the Disneyland Resort.

    And Last here is a preview of what is next in my next Update:

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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Day 6: Knott's Berry Farm

    Well i'm back with another report from our trip. This will be the 2nd to last report so its coming close to being done. Anyways for the 6th day of our trip we attended Knotts Berry Farm. This was a theme park that nether me or my wife had been to in a long time. The only thing I remember from the last time I went was the Parachute drop and the Soap Box racers. I knew the park had undergone a big change though since then. Like I did with Universal Studios I bought a discount ticket off Ebay and only payed 28 bucks a ticket for Knotts. I also didn't take near the amount of pictures at Knotts that I took at the Disney Resort.

    Anyways we actually made it to the this park before it opened so we had about 10 minutes of waiting tell they finally let us in the gates. It seemed like there was alot of people waiting outside but when we got inside its like they all disapered. We started making our way to Silver Bullet first only to find that it wasn't open yet. So we went to find a restroom instead and found ourselves in the mexican area of the park. We were right next to the rollercoaster called Montizumas Revenge so we decided that would be the first ride of the day. Montizumas Revenge is your typical shuttle coaster. It launches you down a track thru a loop then up a tower where gravity catches up to you and you go back thru the track backwards. We were the first ones of the day to ride it so it was fun having it to ourselves. Next we went to the Rollercoaster called Jaguar. This coaster is like a glorified kiddy coaster lol. The que was well themed and it looked nice but it was pretty dumb. The only thing I liked about it was how long it was.




    We next made our way to the Boardwalk area of the park. I had one thing in my sights and that was the Xcelerator Rollercoaster. This thing was amazing. Really short but Amazing. Its a launched coaster that shoots you strait up a huge tower (i'm not sure what the exact height is) and the strait down the other side and thru some banked turns. I can't even explain the kind of feeling you get on this thing. Its a rush. And sinse we were in the area we then went to the Rollercoaster called Boomerang. This coaster is along the same lines as Montizumas Revenge where you go thru it forwards and then again backwards. But this one has a twist in it. instead of launching you thru the course it pulls you up a hill backwards then lets gravity do its thing. you go thru a cobra roll then thru a loop and then up a second tower where your once again pulled to the top and dropped where you go thru it backwards. It was fun but it seemed so much ruffer then the other coasters we had done. We also did the Supreme Scream drop tower. Its the exact same thing as the Rocket at Lagoon except Supreme Scream only drops you and is taller then the Rocket.



    After Boomerang we decided to go back and see if Silver Bullet was open yet and sure enough it was. This was our longest wait of the day where we waited around 25 minutes to ride it but it was worth the wait. This coaster is awesome and easily the best inverted coaster i've ever been on. To add to it the coaster itself is a pretty long ride for rollercoaster standards.



    The next area we went to was Camp Snoopy. Camp Snoopy is the kid area of the park. But I liked how it seemed to be one of the most decorated for Christmas. There was only one ride in this area that we were interested in riding and that was the Sierra Sidewinder Rollercoaster. The Spider at Lagoon is my favorite ride there and the Sierra Sidewinder is similar except for the spinning cars are connected to each other in a train. The ride was fun but not as fun as the spider. Its just not near as fast and you don't spin near as much. But as I said it was still fun. We also ran into Snoopy when we got off so we had to get a picture.






    After Camp Snoopy we made our way back thru the Boardwalk area and went to the parks log ride. I really enjoyed this. Almost as much as Splash Mountain at Disneyland. They also do a christmas overlay to make it look like your going thru santas workshop and see the elves working. I wish we could have done this ride again but we only did it the one time.






    Right across from the log ride is there Mine Train dark ride. I guess this is one of the classic attractions of the park. I thought it was pretty well done. The only thing is they need to replace the speakers way bad. You couldn't even understand what the tour guide was telling you as you passed the displays. Here also a picture of the Calico Square across from the Mine Train ride.




    Next we made our way thru the Roarin' 20's area of the park. There isn't a whole lot there other then the main theater, some bumper cars, and some nice looking buildings. But we then rounded around into the famous Ghost Town area of the park. The first part we came to being the parks newest attraction the Pony Express. This ride is pretty unique. It doesn't have any huge drops or anything. infact its doesn't really have any hills. Its a launched coaster that just goes fast pretty much. However the unique thing is how your strapped into the coaster. You sit on what looks like horses so it kinda simulates like your riding a horse. The restrant that holds you in comes up from behind and presses against your back and holds you against the horse. I really enjoyed the ride cause of how different the ride experiance is just by changing how your seated.





    After Pony Express we had some lunch and then decided to do there rapids ride. So once again on went our ponchos so we wouldn't get soaked. The couple that were placed in the same raft as us were making fun of us for wearing ponchos but they quickly were jealous of us because they were soaked when they got off. The rapids weren't as exciting as I thought they would be. But oh well. We next made our way thru the Ghost Town which they had done up as a Christmas Village. It was cool to see the Christmas stuff everywhere and all the stuff for sale.





    We made our way to the last Coaster we had left. That being the huge wooden one called Ghostrider. I have extremly mixed feelings about this ride. It was big and long and exciting. But it was so so so ruff. I have never rode on anything this ruff before. Me and Kiera both got off the ride with killer headaches that we had he rest of the day. I'm not really sure when the best time to ride this would be but i'm sure I would ride it again. Its just not a more then once ride.



    We had some time to kill still before the show we wanted to see started so we made our way back to the boardwalk and went up in the observation tower to get a birds eye view of the park. unfortunatly the ride is so old that you can barely see thru the plexy glass. Because of this I thought it was a waist of time. We also decided to hit Xcelerater again too since we were in the area. Which was just as awesome as the first time we went on it.







    After Xcelerater we headed back to the main theater for the Snoopys Cool Christmas Show on Ice. I was very impressed with this show. The fact that the stage is a giant ice rink with figure skaters and dancers performing the show is amazing. Also the show is based around Charlie Brown's Christmas which I love. But to my biggest surprise. Was the moral of the story. The show talked about how some of the peanut kids thinking the christmas is all about getting. But at the end the suprise came with one of the peanut kids saying that Christmas is about Christ and his birth and the gift he would give to us of eternal life. I was shocked about this. But thats not a bad thing. I was so happy about it. It seems like more and more each year people remove Christ out of Christmas as they get caught up in shopping and getting. I have a huge respect now or those who run Knotts Berry Farm for not being afraid to hide there beliefs.



    Once again we had more time to kill so we decided to go ride the Silver Bullet again. So we made our way thru the Ghost Town again to get to Silver Bullet. On our way we passed a Nativity Scene where once agian my respect grew more for the people who run Knotts. Silver Bullet was great once again. I could ride that thing all day long.








    After Silver Bullet we went and walked around the Ghost Town some more and also checked out the Christmas tree before the Parade started.






    The Peanuts Christmas parade was alright. I mean its not as extravagent as Disney's but it works. It was short but its something.












    After the Parade we decided to go see there Wild West Stunt Show. We passed by Camp Snoopy and saw the lights turned on so I snapped a picture. The Wild West Show was alright. I thought it had its funny moments but it also had its dumb ones. I would see it again though and thought they did a good job on it.




    We then went back to the Calico Square to watch the Tree Lighting show. Once again the show was based on Charlie Brown's Christmas and was almost exactly like the Ice Show. But it was still good and portraid that same good Moral of Christ being the meaning of Christmas. After the Tree lighting we didn't have much time left tell the park closed so we walked around looking at the Christmas Lights and then exited the park. We were going to get dinner at Mrs. Knotts Fried Chicken cause I heard the food there is really good. However the wait was a mile long so we decided to go to Olive Garden instead.










    Since the night was still young after dinner we decided to head over to Downtown Disney for a little while. Downtown Disney is a pretty cool shopping area. They had many shops that we checked out. One of them being the Big Lego Store. I thought many of the things there pretty cool that they made out of legos. However thats one of the only places I took pictures for the rest of the night. But it was fun. We also caught Disneylands Fireworks again that we could see from Downtown Disney. After checking out the Disney store again and cutting thru the Disneyland Hotel we headed back to our Hotel and ended our day.












    This just made me laugh:


    Overall we had alot of fun at Knotts. However its diffenitly not what I remembered. All the coasters they have are great and worth going on. But it seems like its in an idenity crisus. You have all these new huge rollercoasters. and then on the flip side you have a horse drawn carage ride and an authentic steam engine train. Its like Knotts can't decide if it wants to continue to move forward with current technology or stay in the past for what there known for. And because of this the place doesn't look too great. It seemed like you could see or hear the coasters no matter what area of the park you were in. The other thing too is Knotts has no room to expand outwards. So instead they keep building on top of everything. The train and carage rides both go under the coasters (in which those are intertwinned). Knotts needs to figure itself out before it adds any more big rides. I would diffenitly go again though as theres many attractions that I we still had left to do but no time. You can always find good deals on tickets like I did. I don't know if I could pay the full price for tickets but I would diffenitly hit up discount tickets again.

    And lastly heres a preview of what my last recap will include:


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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing!


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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    It's cool that you went to Knott's as a part of your vacation.

    This is going to irritate some people here but I think Knott's log ride is even better than Splash Mountain! If only Disney could make Splash to be as smooth as Knott's then Splash would be the better of the two.

    And if you think it's a good thing about all the mentions of Christ remember how the old Knott's was, with the Church of Reflections INSIDE the park and also that show where the curtains pulled back and Jesus was staring right at you!

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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Nice report. Thanks alot for sharing Teknik_DC2!
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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Wonderful TR and welcome to MiceChat! You guys make such a cute couple

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    I love it!


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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Also, great spot for the Play Parade, MGB and I used to sit there. but now we sit where absolutely NO ONE sits. So we get infested with characters!

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    I Love this picture!!! Great report

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    Day 7: Hunington Beach and Vegas

    Well I'm back with my last recap from our trip. You didn't think we would go to California and Not go to the beach did you? Anyways Saturday morning we were finally able to sleep in somewhat since we didn't have a park to get to before opening. So we took our time sleeping in and getting ready to leave the hotel. We decided that the beach we were going to go to was Hunington Beach cause i've heard it was pretty nice. Plus it was fairly close. So we packed up the car punched the beach into the GPS and we were on our way.

    As I said before the GPS was great to have and I have no clue how I would have found our way around So Cal if we didn't have it. But there was many instances where it confused me and I still got lost for a moment. Well this happened when we were making our way to the beach. However I was kinda happy it happened because we stumbled across the Import Car store Super Autobacs. Being the fan of Import Cars that I am I had to stop in and check it out. Basically its a huge autoparts store like a Pep Boys but instead of your normal car care stuff they sell performance parts. Many of which are imported dirrectly from Japan. I had a good time looking around and wish we had a little more time (and money so I could by the 2,000 wheels I want for the Type R).



    We finally got to downtown Hunington Beach so we found a parking spot and then walked down the main street there looking at all the surf shops and resturants that line the street. We got to the beach and just walked along the sand and watched the people out in the freezing cold ocean surfing and buggyboarding.





    After walking the beach we walked to the end of the Hunington Beach Pier so we could ge some better views of the surfers and views of the city and beach and such. After our stop in Hunington beach we then headed to a nearby mall so we could get a Cinnabon since they don't have these back home. And once we had got that it was time to make the drive back to Vegas. Once again I got confused by the GPS and missed the turn we were suppose to take. So we ended up having about a 15 mile detour to get back in route to Vegas. But the detour took us thru where the recent fires in California had been. We were able to see some of the house that burn down from the freeway and it was just sad to see the distruction the fires caused.






    We made it to Vegas in pretty good timing so we got to my aunts house and unpacked our stuff again since we would be staying with them again. Unlike the first night we stayed in Vegas we were going out to the strip. I heard some of the Hotels put up some christmas decorations so I wanted to check this out since i've never been in Vegas during the Christmas season. Since I make many trips to Vegas each year I didn't need the GPS to get around the town. We first went to the Premium Outlets to do some shopping and we also got dinner there. Then we headed to the strip. We parked at the Imperial Palace (a perfect central strip location to park) and we headed north to the Vanician and the Palazo. Both had a few suttle christmas decorations but nothing major.




    We then went across the street to the Wynn to see if they had any decorations up. Sure enough they at least put some lights on there trees inside and out.





    We then made our way across the street and started heading back south thru Tresure Island and past the Marage. We cut thru TI but they didn't have anything set up and we didn't make it into the Marage.



    I read online the Ceasars Palace usually decorates there cortyard for christmas but we were dissapointed to find no decorations there this year. Even inside they had almost no decorations except for a few in the forum shops.



    Next stop was the Bellagio. Which was diffenitly the most christmas done hotel we could find. Right when you walk into the shops from the pedestrian bridge you could tell that christmas was there cause they had a christmas tree set up. We went out in front to watch the water fountain show and then we made our way thru to the garden area inside the hotel to see what christmas decorations were there. It was done up very pretty with almost everything being made out of flowers. Even the check in desk had christmas decorations behind it.











    After the Bellagio we were so tired of walking (and it was getting late) so we decided to start heading back to the car to head back to my aunts. The casino smoke was so bad though so we decided to take the long way out the front of the bellagio to avoid it. But by doing that I found some great locations to take some pictures of the nearby resorts.






    What usually takes about a 15 minute drive to get back to my aunts took us an hour. The Las Vegas Marathon was the next morning and so they had many of the roads around the strip closed off. after about 8 detours though we finally made our way back and ended our night.

    Day 8 wasn't anything real exciting. Once again we slept in late and then packed up and hit the road to head back to Salt Lake. The drive was boring as usual and once were home it felt so nice. Unfortunatly though it was way cold and snowed the night we got home so we were really wishing we could be back in California where it was in the high 70's. But oh well. We had a great trip and can't wait to do it agian. One thing we recommend is to take an extra day to just relax in California. We spent all of our days at the Theme Parks Open to Close so we had no time to relax. It would have been nice to just have one extra day to do whatever. But I guess you live and learn right?

    Anyways I hope you all enjoyed our trip recap. I know I wrote a novel pretty much but Since I added these recaps to our blog we will always have our trip to look back on and know what all we did. Anyways thanks for reading.

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    That was an awesome recap and you very Beautiful pictures too.

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    Very long trip report and very enjoyable. Thanks for sharing

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    great pics. i think i got brain damage from the ghost rider too.

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    Re: My California Trip Report (with two days at the Disneyland Resort) 11/30-12/6

    Thanks for the comments everyone. I wish I had and extra day to go to the Disney parks to just take pictures. I love doing photography and theres just so much more I wanted to take pictures but but we just didn't have time to. Hopefully next time I make it back to the parks I'll have a Digital SLR too lol.

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