Competitively, like the "kids" we are, MJ and I followed the navigation system in her car while the others followed theirs in another car. We won — and with enough time to park and go up and down the parking garage elevator three times to retrieve bits and bobs of things we'd left behind.
We began with Soarin' Over California in the California Adventure Park. Then off to see Ariel's Underwater Adventure. Trying to step out of my fearful of roller coaster self, Cheryl, Caiti and I took on California Screamin' where I lost my voice! Next we meandered over to Tower of Terror, where Caiti works, to check out the lobby. None of us wanted to be herded into an elevator to experience the 40' free-fall fall and re-experience breakfast. . . Instead, we opted for Monsters Inc. and a really wonderful lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant whose decor reflects the romance and glamour of Hollywood's Golden Age. It was at its namesake L.A. theatre, built in 1926, that Walt Disney premiered his first feature-length film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937.
Afterwards, we headed for the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, and my favorite . . . the Mad Tea Party. Confession time: I'd always wanted to go on this ride! Unfortunately the Indiana Jones Adventure, Splash Mountain and Space Mountain were all closed for repairs or major renovations. As the sun set, we headed to Main Street for the holiday parade . . . A fun-packed day, so much so that it was hours after returning home that I could settled enough to fall asleep around 1 AM.