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Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report


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    So for the first time in 3 years I got to visit California. I was last in Anaheim in November of 2006. This time I was not visiting Disneyland, but going to my cousin's wedding in the Bay Area. Luckilly the timing was right for me to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum. I also got to do some other neat things too. So let's get this report started.

    My parents, sister and I were driving down from Washington. We stopped the first night in Rouge River, OR and stayed at a nice Best Western.
    Day 2 got us into California.

    Mt. Shasta from a rest stop.

    We reached San Ramon in the afternoon on Friday. That night we had dinner at my Aunt's house. Saturday was the wedding itself. It was wonderful, but since it was a family event I will only post one picture which I think captures some of the spirit of the event.

    Now Sunday after brunch at my Aunt's house I went with another Aunt, Uncle, a cousin and her boyfriend to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. I last visited in 2001 and it was not a very nice place. Lots of graffiti and bad employees. This time it was a lot cleaner and graffiti was almost non-existant. Six Flags has improved. We rode Kong once and Medusa a couple times.

    My cousin and I watched the Tiger show. I loved seeing them dive for me.

    A fountain

    Fish pictures.

    My cousin's boyfriend took this picture of V2. My Uncle, cousin and myself are up there somewhere. My Aunt chickened out, but my Uncle and I got her on the next ride.

    Then we had to go see the Sea Lion show. It was Halloween themed. Really silly and written for kids. The plot revolved around a which who stole all the Halloween Candy. Still the Sea Lions were neat.

    I like how even the Sea Lion was in costume.


    We went over to catch the Dolphin show. I liked this one better. Lots of great dolphin tricks and it was all themed to disco. At one point the lights went out and the disco lights came on, including a disco ball!

    Man Dolphins are hard to get a picture of. I enjoyed myself. I generally do not like Halloween events at parks, but this one was ok. The zombies were generally only found in mazes and in a parade that we skipped. I had no monsters jumping out of bushes and such, which was great. I am not interested in that stuff. There were lots of little kids around and even after dark the spooks were not coming after them.

    I really do feel that Six Flags has improved. They are lots cleaner and are running coasters much better.

    Coming UP: Walt Disney Family Museum and the trip home.

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    Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

    Awesome! Looking forward to the rest! Don't hold back now.. looks like you're skimping out!

    Visit my mice chat toy shop!

    Track Disney Animation Presence in the Theme Parks Worldwide!


    • #3
      Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

      ok so we had an 11am start time at the Disney Museum. We set out around 8:30am to make sure we made it. Good news is that traffic was good. We hit a little at the toll station before the bay bridge, but other than htat no real issues.

      It actually was not hard to get to the museum. We just had to follow Van Ness and then Lombard to the Presidio. Anyway, here is a picture of the outside.

      Of course once inside you were not allowed to take pictures. Regardless the museum is terrific. The CMs were marvelous. My only complaint is that they had sold out of all the Museum logo pins. The d23 members bought them all during the preview weekend.

      There was one place I took a picture inside. They have a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

      Outside I took some more pictures.

      We headed back to San Ramon. One the way was Oakland.

      And we did stop for lunch somewhere on the way.


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        Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

        The next day we headed home. On the way I took a few pictures.

        By Turner Oregon is a little theme park called Enchanted Forest. There was recently a report in the other theme park section of this stie of this charming little park.

        Columbia River on the WA/OR border

        That's it. Thanks for reading.


        • #5
          Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

          Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing.


          • #6
            Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

            Wow, that was quite a trip!


            • #7
              Re: Melonballer returns to California: A Trip Report

              Cool trip. Glad you had a nice time.


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