From Carol: We’re checked in and picking up where we left off in March 2008 — touring Disney’s California Adventure to see things we didn’t get a chance to do on our Easter vacation. This time we’re with Lisa/Jiminy.
After Lisa picked us up at the airport see here, brought us to the In-N-Out Burger place see here, then to Target to pick up a few things we’d need, she was our personal tour guide of Disney’s California Adventure on Monday.
That day we walked a lot — starting from the Disneyland Hotel, through Downtown Disney, most of DCA, and then back again — a total of 2,305 steps (1.08 miles) — in just that part of the afternoon and night.
Compare that to what I usually walk in an average day at home — 1100 to 3500 steps — and that explains why I already have two blisters!
All of us wound up getting blisters, but they were not as bad as they were on our Easter trip. This time we were using inner and outer wicking socks, which helped a lot!
Tuesday we walked a grand total of 5619 steps — that’s 2.65 miles.
Wednesday the counter on my pedometer was reset somehow during the day, so I can’t report how much we walked that day.
Thursday we walked the most: 11,111 steps for a total of 5.24 miles!
On Friday we took 9,342 steps — 4.41 miles.
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We’re glad we got to see the monorail’s Golden Gate Bridge recreation — because it will probably have been removed the next time we’re back at Disney’s California Adventure.
The Pixar Play Parade was going on while we arrived, pretty much blocking us after entering through DCA’s main gate.
We took a few photos, then Lisa / Jiminy directed us towards the Condor Flats district of DCA.
On the way to Condor Flats, we checked out the California Zephyr train-themed area. We liked the theming, but it is a shame all that trouble was spent by Paul Pressler just on shops rather than into better attractions when DCA first opened.
Every Disney park needs a train… that’s the way Walt would have wanted it. Too bad this one doesn’t move, huh?
Here’s our friend Lisa / Jiminy being an excellent tour guide for us! We opted to get Fast Passes for Soarin’ Over California rather than wait in line, and then come back after our dinner at Wine Country Trattoria that night — but we didn’t notice that DCA was closing at 8 pm and not 9 pm that night, so we missed out on using the Fast Passes!
Above you see Jiminy/Lisa, Michael and Rich Koster outside Taste Pilot’s Grill in the Condor Flats section of DCA.
Even if you don’t want to buy anything, check out the store in Condor Flats to see how the Imagineers incorporated real life events and items into the theming.
This is how a door to the Cast Member-only backstage area is marked in a little-seen part of Condor Flats.
At Grizzly River Rapids there are historical artifacts as part of the theming.
Talking with Lisa near the Brother Bear area, something we didn’t take time to see.
Walking by Grizzly River Rapids on Mon., July 28th. Michael and Rich rode it later in the week.
The sun setting behind (and to the right) of Paradise Pier.
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