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  • Trip Report Our last Disneyland Trip before it closed - 03/08/2020 - Disney with Dad and Jr Chef

    Well I know the parks have been closed for a few weeks now. I thought maybe people would still like to hear some stories about a visit before the craziness. This was a trip we took on March 8th, 2020.

    Happy Weekend! It's time for another Disneyland visit with just the kids and their Daddy!


    It's Daylight Savings and even though we lost an hour of sleep overnight, the kids were still awake early. The freeways were great, the line at the parking garage short, and by 9am (an hour after opening) we were inside the park!
    We've been holding on to this $1.50 refillable popcorn bucket for a few weeks now. It's about time we get some use out of it! I was happy that the popcorn stand was open this early in the morning and with a short line!


    So many things we could do today! First stop is the Swinging side of the Fun Wheel!


    We got Sulley from Monsters Inc! The kids love the swinging side.


    Wow, look at that popcorn. Super yellow. Ian loves the buttered popcorn and they got it right this morning.


    Still no line at the fun wheel so we took another spin. This time getting Dory.


    Well that's something new. Usually after the big spin cycle, it takes a while for the swinging gondolas to come to rest. These look like brakes now underneath. I asked a cast member and she said they were installed about 2 weeks ago. That's an easy improvement!


    After the Fun Wheel, the three of us got a photo in front of the van from the new Pixar movie Onward. It just came out on Friday, but we haven't had a chance to see it yet.


    What do you want to do next Alli? Over to the Inside Out Emotional Whirlwind.


    Not the gum commercial again!


    We got to walk right on Jessie's Critter Carousel.


    Ian hopped (ha) on a white bunny. Alli found a pink armadillo nearby. That left me on a stinky blue skunk.


    As soon as we got into the park today, I picked up a 10am fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania. Time to use it!


    The shooters don't go down all the way since I have to sit in the middle, making it a little harder for the kids to shoot, but they make do.


    Decent scores.


    Ian really wants to get on the Incredicoaster. He got measured at school and by Grandpa at home and somehow came up to 48". He made sure to wear those same shoes he was measured in when we got ready this morning. He's still a bit shy of the 48" line.


    I brought a gallon ziplock bag just so we could get a few extra refills. The stand in Pixar Pier was popping fresh corn, so of course we got a refill.


    We have to pick our rides today because we can only go on things that support 3 people riding together. The Golden Zephyr works for that!



    As does the Little Mermaid.


    The kids really wanted to do some climbing. Over to Redwood Creek!


    Ian thought he knew where to go, but I think he still needs to work on his directions. We went on a circuitous route to get to the climbing wall.


    Made it there! It's not too busy either. Just 1 or 2 other kids waiting in line with us.


    They climbed for 30+ minutes, always listening to what Cast Member Samuel asked them to do. Mostly making sure they went around the exit gate to come get another turn. And then waiting until he told them they could go, even if the wall didn't have anyone climbing on it.


    Nice splits Alli. That's a good stretch.


    After multiple times on each wall, and no one coming in line, Cast Member Samuel gave Ian a new challenge. Instead of going from Start to Finish, see how you do going from Finish to Start! And he made it! Without falling!


    Ian doesn't venture up this high too often. Good thing it's soft bark underneath.


    During one of their times in line behind another kid, this girl wasn't tall enough. Cast member Samuel still made it special for her, telling her about a bunch of stone bears just outside the climbing area. If she climbed on top of them, smacked each one on the nose and they didn't wake up, have her parents take a photo of her and bring it back to him, then he'd give her a special present.
    Well when the kids heard this, they wanted to get a special present too. Samuel said it's normally for shorter kids, but since they were so well behaved he'd do it for them too.


    They smacked the bears on the nose and I got a photo.


    Upon returning, they each got a Timon and Pumbaa "Wild About Safety" card.


    Thanks Samuel!


    They had fun on the ziplines.


    And I let them go up and down the slides as many times as they wanted.


    Finally it's time for our Radiator Springs Racers fastpass! No super long lines here today thankfully.
    Look at that bird taking a bath in Radiator Springs.




    Let's go!


    Gotta enjoy these moments while I can.


    And we won!


    There's still a little bit more of the day to go. Coming up in Part 2!
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    I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

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    It's been a fun day at Disneyland with just me and the kids. There's just a little more time left in our day for something fun!


    Last year the kids had a lot of fun doing the Jr Chef show with Goofy. After riding on Radiator Springs Racers, I was intending on taking them on another ride over in the Hollywood Backlot.
    But checking the time (12:30) and checking the event guide, the next Jr Chef is at 1pm. I asked the kids if they wanted to wait and they both said YES!

    By 12:42 we were at the front of the line. After they asked if the kids had any allergies, I turned over the kids to Jr Chef Cast Member Robin and found my way to the front of the stage.


    Lots of people saving seats, so the closest I could get was the 4th row. But I remember from last year that parents were allowed to sit in front of the benches as long as they were behind the taped off section. So I gave up my fourth row seat and stood off to the side. Right around 1pm the kids all walked in. I got some video clips and I have a few more photos below.


    Moving up front to get a good picture.


    First we start off by cleaning our hands.


    Today we're making oatmeal raisin cookies. And in our recipe we're using almond flour.


    Almost time for the kids to add ingredients.


    Ian added a scoop of flour.


    While Alli added in baking soda and salt.


    Then it all gets mixed together.


    After scooping the cookies onto a tray, it all goes into the magical Disney oven. We've got time to play a game! I like how the kids have their names on their hats. It lets the cast members call the kids by name. Ian even got a call-out at 1:05 into the video below.


    And magically the Disney oven has baked all the cookies and even wrapped them!


    Pose for the camera with Goofy!


    Afterwards all the kids were walked over to the holding area. Parents picked them up from there.
    I brought the kids back to the front of the stage to get a picture with their treats.


    Now we get to eat them! The kids each gave me a bite and it was tasty.


    Because we got so little time with Goofy during Jr Chef, we walked over to see Goofy in a character meet and greet.


    Smile kids!


    While we were waiting for Goofy, another kid in line had a chef hat that he was coloring. The kids really wanted to do that too. Right in front of Monsters Inc are these tables set up for chefs to color their own hats.


    After getting their paper hats, stickers, and crayons, they told the kids go sit at their favorite table.


    And so Ian went one way and Alli went the other. Eh, if they want to be independent some of the time, I'm okay with that.


    Robin, who did a great job with the kids during Jr Chef, saw Ian coloring and came over to chat with him for a few minutes. I guess the kids left a good impression on her because she told me how they were both so sweet.


    Ian is making a pattern. Interesting.


    I was wondering how he was keeping track of the pattern. Looks like he's got his own organization tricks. He's lined the crayons up from top to bottom. When he's finished with a color he puts it on top, and his next color is the one on the bottom. Not sure where he picked that trick up, but, clever.


    Alli, that looks wonderful!


    Great job on that pattern Ian. And he colored the Mickey ears the same color as the stickers.


    This is what I was bringing the kids over here for. Mickey's Philharmagic opened back in April 2019, but we haven't gone in here yet. We've been to the one in Florida and a few of the ones in the overseas parks, but never here.
    Cast Member Don greeted us as we walked in and gave each of the kids a sticker. Ian got a Mickey sticker to match his shirt. Don flipped through his pile of stickers and found a Minnie sticker for Alli to match her shirt. Thanks!


    I know they were replacing Muppet Vision 3D because it wasn't pulling very big crowds. This isn't really that much better.
    Ian wanted to sit right up front. We were the only people in the entire row.


    The kids enjoyed it like I knew they would. Reaching out for all the 3D effects. Not sure how much more we'll come see this though. The original opened in 2003 at the Magic Kingdom and the video hasn't changed ever since.


    More popcorn? Oh yes. The kids wanted more. This is our 3rd refill.
    Walking towards the Grand Californian, near Soarin there is another popcorn stand. I'm sure Grandpa would like it if we brought him some popcorn home. I emptied the bucket into the ziplock bag we brought and went up to the stand to get a refill.
    When I got out my money to pay, the cast member said "It's on the Mouse". Really? Thank you!
    I don't know what it is, but we've had some really good interactions with cast members today.


    Like I said, we were walking towards the Grand Californian with the intention of leaving. Ian asked "Can we go on Grizzly River?" Uh, no thanks buddy, I don't feel like walking back to the car wet.
    Alli said "I want to go!" Sigh... But kids, it's a 30 minute standby line. Kids together said "awww".
    I pulled up my Disneyland app, checked to see if there was a fastpass, and sure enough, an immediate FP was available. Alright kids, let's go on it.


    Ian had a wall of water come up over the side and down his back.


    Well I've had it worse. Everyone got a little wet but no one got soaked. The kids had fun, so that's what really matters.


    We walked through the Grand Californian and Ian was hoping to see a cake in the lobby like last year. No luck. Instead we went to the gazebo at the Disneyland Hotel. The kids dried off in the sun and then had races.


    Back at the parking garage it's time to head home. We didn't get the closest parking spot today, but at least we'll have a very quick exit.


    When we got home, I asked the kids to draw me a picture of what their favorite part of the day was.
    Ian - He loved doing the Jr Chef. His picture is of himself with a Chef hat. There's even little Mickey on the hat. He's holding a spoon mixing something in a bowl.
    Alli - She loved riding on the Grizzly River. She's drawn herself in a boat and all surrounded by water.
    Both of these were spur-of-the-moment experiences. Guess even those can make a big impression. It pays to be flexible.


    Today was fun hanging out with the kids!

    Hope this brought a little bit of Disney magic to your day!
    Visit my blog at http://flowerstales.blogspot.com/

    I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
    Joe's Epic Overnight Disneyland Dream Suite Trip Report

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    • #3
      I always enjoy reading your trip reports. You have such a wonderful family!

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      • #4
        Nice to see another trip report. How are the kids doing, not being able to get to Disneyland anytime for the foreseeable future? How are you and Teresa managing?
        Stay safe and healthy.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by DanaJ View Post
          I always enjoy reading your trip reports. You have such a wonderful family!
          Thanks Dana. Appreciate the kind words.


          Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
          Nice to see another trip report. How are the kids doing, not being able to get to Disneyland anytime for the foreseeable future? How are you and Teresa managing?
          Stay safe and healthy.
          Hey Steven! We're keeping the kids entertained at home. They do miss going to Disneyland, but they've been pretty understanding. And even though we can't go places, I like to keep them busy doing all sorts of other things.
          "Like what?" you ask.
          Thanks for asking. Like...

          Having a Peeps Taste test! They came out with 9 different flavors this year and we have to try them all!

          And then we had a bracket face-off.


          Chalking the driveway for people who are out walking by.


          And celebrating different National Days.
          Like Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.


          And National Cheese Fondue Day.
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          I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
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          • #6
            Glad you guys continue to have fun. Ian and Allie ha e great attitudes.
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            • #7
              looks like you had an awesome trip. hopefully you can make more Disney memories very soon.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by sbk1234 View Post
                Glad you guys continue to have fun. Ian and Allie ha e great attitudes.
                Yes indeed. Hope you're holding out well at home, teaching your class.


                Originally posted by Belushi87 View Post
                looks like you had an awesome trip. hopefully you can make more Disney memories very soon.
                Hope so! Our Spring Break trip to WDW had to be cancelled, and I'm not too hopeful about a summer trip to Aulani.
                We'll get through this. Gotta stay safe in the mean-time though.

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                I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite! Read all about it here!
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                • #9
                  This brought up old memories of when my dad would take my sister and I to DL when we were younger. Thank you so much for sharing your visit! Please keep the stories coming.

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