California Adventure & Disneyland 12/11/2012
To The Rainforest Cafe For Breakfast
Did You Know? - Rainforest Cafe is a themed restaurant chain owned by Landry's Restaurants, Inc. of Houston, Texas. It was founded by entrepreneur Steven Schussler. The first location opened in the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on February 3, 1994. In 1997, the chain consisted of only six restaurants, all in the United States. In 1998, the plan was to build 10 additional restaurants in the United States, seven in Mexico and five in the UK over the decade.
In 2000, the Rainforest Cafe was bought by Landry's Restaurants Inc., a company specializing in dining, hospitality, entertainment, and gaming, based in Houston, Texas. To date the company owns restaurants in the United States, Mexico, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Japan. Rainforest Cafe focuses on local tourism for a majority of their income.
Jon just had "Pie of the Viper" so he is cooling off his tongue
Pie of the Viper - Freshly baked Mexican-style breakfast pizza brushed with salsa and topped wit scrambled eggs, Roma tomatoes, red, green and Poblano peppers, cheddar cheese and our four cheese blend. Garnished with fresh cilantro.
Legos On Display In Downtown Disney
Did You Know? - Lego (trademarked in capitals as LEGO) is a popular line of construction toys manufactured by The Lego Group, a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company's flagship product, Lego, consists of colourful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts.
Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways, to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects. Lego began manufacturing interlocking toy bricks in 1949. Since then a global Lego subculture has developed, supporting movies, games, competitions, and six themed amusement parks.
Who is the dragon after
Did You Know? - A dragon is a legendary creature, typically with serpentine or reptilian traits, that features in the myths of many cultures. There are two distinct cultural traditions of dragons: the European dragon, derived from European folk traditions and ultimately related to Greek and Middle Eastern mythologies, and the Chinese dragon, with counterparts in Japan, Korea and other East Asian countries.
The two traditions may have evolved separately, but have influenced each other to a certain extent, particularly with the cross-cultural contact of recent centuries. The English word "dragon" derives from Greek δράκων (drákōn), "dragon, serpent of huge size, water-snake".
California Adventure Was Our First Stop
A real 1920's Goofy
Hey... We have it a try
The Fun Wheel is a great way to see the entire park
Did You Know? - Mickey's Fun Wheel is an eccentric wheel, differing from conventional Ferris wheels in that 16 of its 24 gondolas ride on interior rails so that they slide inward and outward as the wheel rotates.
This results in a more intense experience, and motion sickness bags are provided in each gondola due to the disorienting nature of the ride. The other eight gondolas are fixed to the rim of the wheel and do not slide. Guests may choose to ride in sliding or fixed gondolas, each of which can carry six people.
Soaring Over California has the "Fly Girls" entertaining theses days
To Disneyland We Go Arriving At 2:00 Sharp
The City Hall is the first stop on the walk through downtown
This year the tree has LED lights
Up up we go
On the paddle wheeler
Billy Hill and the Hillbillies
Great music and great fun
Laugh, giggle and sing along...
Cute little girl
Toon Town Decorations
I think of Paul William every time I see a "Dime Store"
Off To Catal
Renee has a pre-dinner drink with us
Return To Disneyland For Fireworks
We were shocked that Disneyland still allowed scripture, God, and the real holiday to be celebrated! It was so beautiful to see and hear these magnificent people recreate the story of Jesus on the steps of the Disney Railway Station....
Thanks You Disney for bringing real Christmas to Disneyland....
The Candlelight Procession
Did You Know? - The Candlelight Ceremony, one of the oldest traditions at Disneyland, includes a choir made up of Disney Cast Members, an orchestra playing classical Christmas hymns and a celebrity narrator who reads the story of the first Christmas as told by the Bible. It is a wonderful and popular Disneyland tradition.
Over the years, the Candlelight Processional has been a tough-to-get ticket, and park guests would stand for hours in an attempt to watch the ceremony. In response to this demand, Disneyland has announced they will hold a record 20 nights of the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional for the 2012 Holiday season.
18 of the 20 nights will be open to guests, with the first two nights being invitation-only events. Disney has also announced that the performances scheduled for December 3-20, 2012 will be open to registered Annual Passholders free of charge.
The lighting changes on a regular basis
It's really magic
The mood lighting was just fantastic
The MC did a super job reading from the Bible and telling the story
Thank You Disney
We Then Headed For A Place To Watch The Fireworks
Real gas lamps
Did You Know? - Public illumination preceded the discovery and adoption of gaslight by centuries. In 1417, Sir Henry Barton, Mayor of London, ordained "lanterns with lights to be hanged out on the winter evenings between Hallowtide and Candlemasse." Paris was first lit by an order issued in 1524, and, in the beginning of the 16th century, the inhabitants were ordered to keep lights burning in the windows of all houses that faced the streets.
In 1668, when some regulations were made for improving the streets of London, the residents were reminded to hang out their lanterns at the usual time, and, in 1690, an order was issued to hang out a light, or lamp, every night as soon as it was dark, from Michaelmas to Christmas. By an Act of the Common Council in 1716, all housekeepers, whose houses faced any street, lane, or passage, were required to hang out, every dark night, one or more lights, to burn from six to eleven o'clock, under the penalty of one shilling as a fine for failing to do so.
The lights begin to dim
With synchronized music
Did You Know? - "Believe... In Holiday Magic" Fireworks Spectacular
Fill your heart with the magic of the holidays with this very special edition of the nighttime fireworks spectacular. Watch in awe as world-class pyrotechnics ignite to a soaring sound track incorporating classic holiday songs.
And the grand finale is grand indeed: over 80,000 twinkling lights illuminate Sleeping Beauty Castle, adorning it with sparkling "icicles" and shimmering snow-capped turrets. Dreams of a white Christmas also come true, with gingerbread-scented snow falling on Main Street, U.S.A.; Small World Mall; and the Fantasmic! viewing area.
And It Snowed
We Headed For Catal
We called Lisa and told her of the elopement....
Lisa called in 1.2 seconds after receiving the text message
We were treated to new experimental drinks! Santee did a GREAT job
Dang... Do we really have to go home?