Jan and I flew to the John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana California, which was very convenient for our visit to Disneyland. We took a cab to the Days Inn, which was a bit of a trial to get used to, but by the end of five days I liked it a lot. The staff was very nice and appeared as frustrated as Jan and I were by the lack of wifi.
I had my new tablet with me, and to log onto the Internet I soon learned I had to sit right in their lobby. This was fine, as they had the free breakfast down there. From the offerings, I had raisin bran daily, and watched Jan eat Danish pastries by the half dozen.
We inquired about public transportation, and soon figured out an easy route to Disneyland which cost $2 each way by bus. This took us to Harbor Blvd which we hiked up for about fifteen minutes to reach the main gates.
The weather was sunny and warm on Monday and Tuesday, so there were quite a number of people at Disneyland and the new adjoining California Adventure Park. However we didn’t wait more than 25 minutes for any ride, and the people working at the park said it was actually very quiet.
Our very first ride was the Matterhorn, which was quite a bit of fun. We then worked our way through as many rides as humanly possible, doing the Star Wars ride twice.
On Tuesday we checked out the new California Adventure Park and did the Radiator Springs Racers ride. That’s quite a lot of fun as at the end they pretend your car is racing the car full of people beside you. They take those funny photos of you screaming right at the scariest part.
On Wednesday the weather changed a bit, and was cloudy and not that warm. I had to wear my jacket, but it was fine as most of the things we did were inside. I used to have a great fear of the submarine ride at Disneyland due to claustrophobia but found it was fine.
Jan wanted to buy souvenirs so she got a set of those cute mouse ears on a head band. She also got a t shirt and a couple of sweat shirts. I got a tree ornament and we both bought key chains and fridge magnets.
On Thursday we awoke to driving rain, however I’d rented a car and had purchased tickets for Universal Studios, so off we went. It took two hours to get there, but it was worth it as the place was practically empty and we walked onto every single ride without a minute’s wait.
On Friday we flew home exhausted, yet satisfied that we’d done every single ride and had seen every attraction at three theme parks in four days.