After breakfast we decided to spend our morning at California Adventure. Although we had a Magic Hour for that park, we missed it by doing the breakfast, but it wasn't too bad at all first thing in the morning. Last time we were at Disneyland we did CA Adventure but they didn't have Cars Land or any of that going on, and let me tell you...WOW. That part of the park is absolutely amazing. A must-see, must-do, even if you're not a Cars fan. Hank and I kept remarking that that part of the park will be the future of amusement/theme parks for sure. It's just over the top and really neat.
Henry couldn't go on too many rides, but he was big enough to go on Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and he enjoyed that. His main joy though, was just walking around and feeling like he was right in the movie. It seriously blew his mind. Over by the Cozy Cone Motel you can also meet Tow Mater or Lightning McQueen and although the first few times he was scared (see the cute running away photo below), by Saturday night he was an old pro at walking up and talking to them- they're interactive!
After we did Cars Land for a bit we walked around the boardwalk area, which I loved. There's so much to look at, and even though again, Henry was too small to enjoy the rides we still had a good time. One thing I wish is that I would have gone on the Ferris Wheel, especially since they had moving and non-moving compartments. In case you're wondering, I'm not much of a dare devil and am firmly in the non-moving camp! But anyway, after we made our way through that area we still had a good hour or two before naptime, so we took the train over to Toontown to meet Mickey in his house (more on that next week too). Henry was SO excited, and we were too- I feel like that was the holy grail of character meet and greets, and we got it done. Awesome. So we snapped some cute photos and then headed back to the hotel for his nap...by this point he was ready to pass out in his stroller.
Once Henry woke up we went to dinner at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen. It was an early meal, so it wasn't crowded at all, and the food was excellent. I ordered the catch of the day (pictured below) and besides loving it, we also found out that Henry loves fried calamari- who knew? And you guys, I got a Shirley Temple...we were getting crazy! ;) After dinner we returned (ahem, rolled our full selves) back to Disneyland with some ice cream at our favorite shop on Main Street, The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor. Never mind the wait being 30 minutes...we'll just pretend they serve something a little fancier than Dreyer's. haha. Still delicious though, especially the Firehouse mint sundae Hank got (why does his ice cream always taste better than mine?!). We ended the night with fireworks on our balcony again, and went to sleep at another decent hour. Disneyland Day Two, we love you!
See Day One here.