The trip home begins, first Anaheim.

We’ve talked about going to Disneyland for years. Della went years ago and wants me to see it too. Palm Desert is only two hours away. 

So we part ways with our friends as they go to visit relatives near Carmel.

The LA area freeways are too much for me so I navigate.
The view of Disneyland from our room just off the property.

We couldnt get reservations for Sunday so we just got our bearings.

Disneyland Welcome sign
Lots of Bird of Paradise around the property
Time out for a Margarita in Downtown Disney
Out for a walk along Katella Ave.
Walt Disney and Mickey just inside the gate of California Adventureland.
Were in the back row. The ride used to be the Drop of Doom.
Mickey Mouse
We tried the Carousel

Walking back to the Hotel, the Fire Department past us and turned into our Hotel. Luckily, they had a patient in the Ambulance by the time we walked back to the hotel.

We tried Soar California which we loved. Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission Breakout got us flying around our seats. (I believe it was formerly called Drop of Doom). We got on the Carousel which provided a great view of the park. The Genie option proved to be a godsend and we moved lines very quickly. A cold wind and rain discouraged us from staying the entire day.

Tomorrow, we goto Disneyland. You pretty much have to download the Disneyland app to show tickets, make reservations for rides and use Genie. It’s probably the best way to order food as well. We’ll try that tomorrow.

Disneyland Entrance

It poured over Southern California for days. There were numerous flood and slide warnings. So ponchos were the order of the day. It did make for smaller crowds.

Ponchos not attractive but necessary during atmospheric river event.
Walt and Mickey in front of Disneyland Castle
Millennium Falcon at Smugglers Run Ride

We spent all day at Disney and were soaked by 2 PM. We went back to the hotel for a couple of hours to change and rest, then went back. So glad we did as we got some good photos and got on a Star Wars ride.  To me, this is the magic of Disney. I prefer Disneyland over California Adventure.

Due to the weather, there was no parade or fireworks works our final night there. On the way out we stopped at the Lincoln Theatre. Fortunate happenstance, as it was very informative. It is Black History Month and the story is about Lincoln being influenced by Frederick Douglass. Lincoln was anti-slavery but not an abolitionist. If Douglass had not influenced Lincoln, slavery in the U.S.  may have lasted another 100 years. 

Frederick Douglass
Abraham Lincoln

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