Summer of 2016: Disneyland Birthday Trip: Saturday, Part 4: DCA, Soarin’ & Sunday: Beach Breakfast

Who: Rich and Kathy
Where: Anaheim
What: Kathy’s Birthday Trip
When: July 8-10, 2016
Why: Kathy’s Birthday

After that marvelous dinner, our first order of business was to ride some rides! Woo hoo! So we headed for the new “Soarin’ Around the World,” figuring if we only did that one, so be it. The wait time said 70 minutes but we got in line anyway. It ended up being only about 40 minutes, which was awesome.


We chatted with the couple next to us in line and then we were seated with them on the ride vehicle.

We hadn’t expected to like it – after all, we loved Soarin’ Over California and while we were interested in maybe a Soarin’ Over Florida or a Soarin’ Over America, we weren’t that impressed with POV videos on YouTube.

The experience was so much better. We loved it!! We were seated close to the far end and it’s true about distortion in that location. But overall, it was great! And we all clapped at the same ending as “Soarin’ Over California.”

After Soarin’, we peeked into our favorite gift shop, Rushin River Outfitters to see if they had any more of those fluffy tigers. They didn’t.

And the we stopped in and rode Mermaid, which is so fun!

Then we headed for Luigis Rolickin Roadsters, the replacement for the Luigis tires ride we’d never been on. But this ride was fabulous and a great addition to Cars Land.

One of the CMs wished me “Happy Birthday” in Italian and so I said, “Grazie,” of course. ๐Ÿ™‚

I was craving an ice cream so Rich suggested the Cozy Cone in Cars Land. It was dark by now and the setting was awesome! We love this place – really takes me back to my childhood.


We took our cones to watch the Racers zip by – FPs were gone by this time so we had to give it a pass this trip, but it’s almost just as much fun sitting there and watching.

And then we headed back down Cars Land and caught some of the Disneyland fireworks over the Cozy Cone.

We’ve been wondering if we should get another Disneyland AP this fall and, perhaps, DCA alone would be worth the cost. Love this place!!

By this time we were ready to head back to the resort so, of course, we manage to time it with everybody leaving Disneyland after the fireworks. Oh no! And that meant, standing room only for the shuttle going back to our resort. But the ride was short, but longer than usual because the driver managed to hit every light. ๐Ÿ™‚

We were exhausted when we climbed into bed but so happy that we managed to ride so many rides and have so many wonderful experiences in Disneyland Park and DCA. It had been a full but fruitful day. And the dinner was truly memorable. The only day was memorable.

The next morning we checked out, retrieved our car, and drove to Norm’s for breakfast in Huntington Beach. Then we drove south on PCH, took a drive around Newport Beach hoping for a parking place so we could take a quick walk on the beach. But the parking lot was already full at 10 a.m. so we hit the road and drove home.

What a short but fabulous weekend birthday getaway!

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